Alfred Edward Manning
- Born: 12 Mar 1849, Sydney, NSW Australia
- Died: 28 Jan 1872, Levuka, Fiji at age 22
Noted events in his life were:
• source. Mary-Ann Cook who writes:
Mr Alfred Manning, acting Attorney-General in Fiji, who was drowned in the Levuka harbour, was a native of Brisbane, being the son of Mr J. Manning, the esteemed police-magistrate of that city, and the nephew of Sir William Manning, Q.C., the eminent barrister of Sydney. He then left with a crew of two half-castes for Nananu, a run of a few hours. It is supposed that the uncertain state of the weather in the afternoon induced Mr Manning to return, and he was doing so about dark, when, off Levuka Point a squall swept across the sea, and at a very short distance from the shore the tiny craft capsized and sunk. Poor Mr Manning, either from debility or the shock, seems to have made little effort to save his life. He was bravely assisted by one of his dusky crew, but he must have died very shortly after being precipitated into the sea. One of the Fiji crew also sunk, whilst helping Mr Manning, and is supposed to have been taken down by a shark. The latter appears to have floated all the time "with his face just above the water, and the waves washing over it into his mouth, but unconscious." He was conveyed to the cutter La Marie, off Vagadace, and thence to the shore, where Dr Mitchell, soon in attendance, used every effort to restore animation - but without avail.
The Grey River Argus, 5 April 1872, page 2.