Boxing day tragedy

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 onContinue reading “Boxing day tragedy”

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”