I suspect Charles Clements was a bit of an attention seeker. You can’t discount the fact that he may have had some sort of unknown medical condition, although he did like getting the attention of the police a little more than your average person does. His ‘body’ was even found clutching a note for them requesting assistance. Just as well he wasn’t found by an illiterate undertaker.
There is a hell of a lot of empty distance between Broken Hill, Port Pirie, Salisbury or Adelaide even now. He is lucky he only ‘dies’ in a public place with kindly passers-by to revive him. Funny that….
I like the way the locals scratched up some money and sent him to Broken Hill. Not our problem, off you go. I wonder if he ‘died’ regularly in North Queensland. Did they do the same thing, sending him off to Broken Hill to get him out of their hair?