In 1923 a relative of mine, William Elbeshausen, owned the Red Lion Hotel in Windsor, a suburb of Melbourne. He lived there with his two unmarried sisters, Lydia and Maud. He was a bachelor and was engaged to marry a Miss Burgess.
Each morning he went to the
butcher about 8am to buy a piece of steak for his breakfast. He then
returned to the hotel where he had his breakfast. He was sometimes away
for quite a while, however, on a cold bleak morning in May he didn't
return from his morning walk.
Just before 4pm, a fully
clothed body was found in the water near Luna Park in St Kilda - It was
William. An inquest was held and it concluded that 'on the 22nd day of
May 1923 at St Kilda, William Edward Elbeshausen was found drowned in
the sea, having been in the water several hours. There is not sufficient
evidence to determine how or by what means he got into the water.'
happened to William? Did he fall into the water? Was he attacked? Did
he intend to take his own life? I guess we will never know.