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A man named Andrew Duckworth baa for some time past been residing at Gatlin River looking for suitable land to settle upon. He was a few days ago staying at the house of a settlor named David Cook, at the head of the lake, when he was shown by Cook the place where a human skull and some hones had been discovered. Duckworth scraped the surface, and discovered some more hones, with part of the jaw. All the front teeth were missing, evidently having fallen out. The jaw appears to have been that of a middle-aged man, the teeth found being sound. Duckworth subsequently saw a man named Lumsden, who informed him that he had the skull of a human being at his house. There were some large bones, which Duckworth advised Lumsden to keep, which the latter said he would do, adding that he should have informed the police of the discovery when it was first made. Duckworth said he would inform the police, as there was likely to he an inquiry, and this meeting with Lumsden’s approval the local police were communicated with last Tuesday. The skull is said to ho a small one, and may bo that of a Maori. It was found in the bush at the edge of the lake, and from all appearances has been there for several years.

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HUMAN REMAINS FOUND AT CATLIN RIVER., Issue 7986, 15 August 1889

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