1901 – Eleanor Mary Spencer was one of two people to die of ‘heat apoplexy’ (heat stroke) at Cue on January 7, 1901, claimed The Southern Cross Times and numerous other newspapers.
It was a week of temperatures above 38 degrees, in the remote Western Australia outback mining town.
The other victim, they said, was 22-year-old Thomas O’Donnell.
Unfortunately, it seems some papers got the story wrong.
Others more correctly reported that O’Donnell was killed at the Long Reef Mine, at Lennonville, not far from Cue, at about 9.20 am on Saturday, January 5.
It was thought that he had gotten into the cage to go to the surface, dropped his billy lid, and in leaning to retrieve it somehow got caught between timber and the cage.
The lid was later found at the bottom of the shaft.
Sources: The Southern Cross Times, Wednesday 9 January 1901, p3
The Argus, Wednesday 9 January 1901, p3
Westralian Worker, Friday 18 January 1901, p2