ON THIS DAY…… 20th November 1905

Hand on fire

Ernest Potter from Gundagai district of New South Wales was making rabbit poison on this date in 1905 when a bottle containing phosphorous spilt over his trousers and one of his hands. The mixture flared up. Potter managed to put out the flames on his trousers and put his hand in water, but when ever he took it out of the water, the phosphorous continued to blaze. He galloped 8km to Gundagai for medial treatment.