“The Death of Willie Stone”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1975
Keywords: horse racing death
Found in: Australia


"In a graveyard at Toowong, where the river rolls along, Lies Willie Stone a trusted man and true." Well-beloved and handsome, he falls and is killed in a horserace. Listeners are told that "'Twas God's decree and he alone knows best."


Stone came from a well-known family of horse trainers, but he was not killed in a race; rather, he was thrown in a practice run. The informant, M. Sullivan, thought this piece might be the work of "Cyclone" Jimmy Connors. - RBW


  1. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 224-225, "The Death of Willie Stone" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, FaE224