Boxing day tragedy

Image: Sharyn Moodie

1880 – Young Parkes flour mill worker Joseph Sim was riding his horse over a hurdle at a Boxing Day event, when it caught on the post and fell on him.

“He was immediately removed in an impossible condition to the hospital for medical attendance’’, where he died without recovering consciousness.

While newspaper reports say the event happened on Boxing Day, his headstone records December 28 as his date of death, so he may have lingered in hospital for a few days before succumbing.

The Parkes flour mill. Image: State Library of New South Wales. Date unknown

Parkes, NSW

SOURCE: The Sydney Morning Herald Thursday 30 December 1880 p 5

Published by Sharyn Moodie

Travelling around Australia for work, I've found so many amazing headstones. But what is more amazing is the stories behind some of these deaths, and the way newspapers of the day reported them.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: