Drowned learning to swim

The evening of February 18, 1909, a number of women and children went to one of the Great Cobar mine tanks to “bathe’’, something they enjoyed regularly. Cobar, in mid central New South Wales, was a stronghold of copper and gold mines, starting from the 1870s. By 1909, the hot, dry town had hit itsContinue reading “Drowned learning to swim”

A holiday tragedy

Australia Day, in 1917 known as Anniversary Day, was a great Friday in Wrightville, a small mining town near Cobar in mid central New South Wales. People had gathered for the festivities, which included a swimming carnival in the mine tank. Lucy (Lulu) Ted and Thelma Knight, aged 9, 8, and 6 were brought toContinue reading “A holiday tragedy”