On This Day……… 9th April 1855

On this day in 1855, at about 9am the boiler of a steam engine, on the road leading from Bakery Hill towards the bridge in Ballarat, burst with a loud explosion. Numerous parties of men were at work all round it, and yet, strange to say, in every instance escaped unhurt, with the exception of a few comparatively trivial scalds. Sadly a dog was killed, and the windows of Messrs. T. and J. Bray’s, which were immediately opposite, smashed.