Three children die on their way to town’s day of fun

August 15, 1888 – Almost all of the children of Bourke, country New South Wales, were in the back of horse-drawn vehicles heading to the country town’s picnic ground by the Darling River. The Annual Children’s Picnic procession would have been full of laughter and expectation, as the annual event brought the town together.   ThereContinue reading “Three children die on their way to town’s day of fun”

Horses hasten men’s end

No-one saw Thomas Hood, driver of the mail coach from  Mudgee to Wellington in rural NSW, get kicked in the face by a horse, but the mark of the shoe was plainly visible on his face. Death-by-horse was a reasonable common occurence in early Australia, particular as horses were essential for transport of people andContinue reading “Horses hasten men’s end”