One brother, William, was living with his family at Woodstock on Loddon in central Victoria and his oldest son, William John was 18 years old. Apparently William John was working nearby as a woodsplitter at Shelbourne (cutting timber for a bridge) when he picked up his gun by the muzzle and it caught on a log and shot him in the stomach. He didn't die immediately and was able to tell his father and others what had happened so his workmate, George Cousins, wasn't implicated in his death.
|William John Alford's inquest
Bendigo Advertiser 23 June 1871
|Edward Alford, accidental death.
Kerang Times and Swan Hill Gazette, 28 Nov 1884
|Edward Alford's accidental death
Evelyn Times and South and East Bourke Record, 28 Nov 1884
|Edward Alford's inquest
Bendigo Advertiser, 26 Nov 1884