John Blinman, known as Jack, was the son of Thomas and Charlotte Blinman. Charlotte (nee Heneker) was the daughter of James and Maryann Heneker Charlotte Heneker was born in 1865 and died in 1932. Her husband Thomas Blinman was born in 1857 and died in 1935. The couple had 12 children with John (Jack) being born on 2 July 1893 at Beltana, South Australia (according to the Australian Birth Index 1788 – 1922. The story of Jack’s demise is another sad story of the tough life of many who lived in the outback of South Australia. “SHOOTING FATALITY. Beltana, January 28. Mr John Blinman, aged 21, youngest son of Mr.Thomas Blinman, met his death under painful circumstances on Mon- day last. He was employed as shepherd by Mr. S. S. Lock, of Puttapa. Mr.Lock was in the township, and on arriving home about dusk found the lad dead, shot through the top of the head, the passing through the roof of the house. It is presumed he went inside to get a rifle to shoot some wild dogs, and in coming out slipped. Much sympathy is felt for his parents. From: The Chronicle Saturday 7th February 1914 page 41.