Brisbane, Wednesday-- William Slavin (62), who recently arrived in Brisbane from Sydney in search of work, was found in Musgrave Park yesterday in an unconscious condition, clutching a small bottle of strychnine. He had written on a torn cigarette packet: "I've done my best to get work, but no one wants me. I can't go home after this morning. I forgive them, and hope my dear son Paddy forgives me. I am taking poison." He died in hospital soon afterwards.
Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia), June 25, 1930.
BRISBANE, June 24. Repeated failures in an endless quest for work resulted in the death of William Slavin, aged 62, of West End, who was found to-day writhing in agony on the grass of Musgrave Park, City, this morning, with a small bottle of strychnine clutched in his right hand. The man was almost unconscious when found, but made desperate efforts to point to a coal pocket from which a pathetic message written on a torn cigarette packet was found. The message read. "I have done my best to get work, but no one wants me. I can't go home after this morning. I forgive them, and hope my dear son Paddy forgives me. I am taking poison."
Slavin died soon after his arrival In hospital. He arrived in Brisbane from Sydney some weeks ago in search of work.
Townsville (Queensland, Australia) Daily Bulletin, June 25, 1930.
While patrolling Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, about noon yesterday, a constable found an elderly man, later identified as William John Slavin, of Thomas-street, West End, suffering from the effects of poisoning, believed to have been self-administered. The ambulance brigade was summoned, and he was removed to the Brisbane Hospital, where he died at 1 o'clock. The deceased, who was a married man, has been unemployed for some time. He left a note stating that it was his intention to take his life.
Brisbane (Queensland, Australia) Courier, June 25, 1930.