On this day ………… 7th March 1861

On this day in 1861, Mr Jones a miner on the Wahgunyah, North East Victoria Gold fields, was halfway up a 220 ft mine shaft when he fell. Normally a fall over 100ft would be followed by instantaneously dead, however Jones not only survived, but sustained only minor injuries. It seems the well dug at the bottom of the shaft to act as a collection point for seepage, was in this mine, covered only by light weatherboards instead of slabs, which slowed Jones fall. Incredibly, this was not the first time for Jones. According to reports in the Federal Standard news paper, it was his second accident within a month.