The Argus Melbourne, Vic.
4 Feb 1896.
LOST IN THE BUSH
STRANGE RESCUE OF AN OLD MAN.
A lad named Norman Pateman, aged 18 years, who, with some companions, was camping on the Hawkesbury on Anniversary Day, went out with one of the party to look for wallabies in the swamp. His friends returned, but he has not been seen since.
The services of two black trackers have been secured, and, though they did not find the missing lad, marvelous to relate after keeping on tracks which they believed to be his they found a poor old man who had been lost in the ranges and who had lain down to die after having subsisted on water and grass four days.
The old fellow had covered his face with his handkerchief, and was quietly awaiting his end when discovered. With attention he recovered, and was taken on to his destination.
As young Pateman had a gun and cartridges it is hoped that he will be enabled to subsist until he is found.
The Sydney Morning Herald
10 Feb 1896
(FROM OUR CORRESPONDENTS.)
THE MISSING LAD PATEMAN.
HIS BODY FOUND.
The dead body of the lad Norman Pateman, who was lost at Blackwall a fortnight ago, was found this morning by some children about half a mile from Blackwall post-office. The body was much decomposed.
A Macintosh was wrapped round deceased head. It is thought probable that he accidentally shot himself or was bitten by a snake or death adder.
The black trackers, the police, and search parties have been out constantly for the last fortnight. The body has been brought up from Blackwall for examination Later.
Further particulars show that the death of Norman Pateman was evidently due to a gun accident, as the police found his head completely shattered. He is supposed to have tripped over a stick. The body was found in a patch of dense scrub.
The Sydney Morning Herald NSW
14 Feb 1896
Mr. and Mrs. T. H. PATEMAN desire to make public and thankful ACKNOWLEDMENT to all — members of police and others — who joined in the prolonged search for their son Norman; and assure them that their sympathy, shown in this practical way, has been a comfort to them in their anxiety and distress.
The Sydney Morning Herald NSW.
26 Feb 1896
January 26, 1896, at Woy Woy, near Gosford, from a gun accident, Norman Eualdrie, beloved son of T.H. and H. I. Pateman, aged 17 years and 2 months.