On this day ………… 7th February 1906

A 14 year old mail boy employed on a rural postal run in the Forbes district of NSW had a narrow escape from drowning in a large water tank on this day in 1906. He led his horse, which was attached to a sulky, to a tank. Instead of drinking, the animal plunged in and began to swim pulling the sulky into the water. The boy climbed into the sulky, pulling the reins, impeding it’s movements, with the result that the animal was drowned. The boy could not swim, but saved himself by sitting on the floating animal for seven hours, until travellers came along and rescued him.