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On This Day – April 21, 1926

Falling out of bed on April 21, Clarissa Miles, 60, of Roslyn street, West Melbourne, received injuries from which she died six days later. At the inquest today tho Coroner (Mr D. Berrman) found that death was accidental.

Henry John Edward Jones, engineer, Macquarie street. Prahran. said he saw his aunt in the Melbourne Hospital on April 26. and she told him she was turning over in bed when she fell out. She was a big woman 15 or 16 stone in weight.

On This Day – April 8, 1939

A miscalculation while giving a sword-swallowing exhibition at Mordialloc Carnival on April 8, led to the death of Johan Lilja, 52, of Taylor Street, Yarraville, the Acting City Coroner (Mr Beers, P.M.) was told today.

He recorded a finding of accidental death.

Medical evidence showed that, when examined at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Lilja had a perforated wound in the gullet. He died from pleurisy and pneumonia on April 11.

Mrs Lilja said that she accompanied her husband to Mordialloc Carnival, where he gave an exhibition of sword-swallowing. That night he said he thought he had injured himself, and appeared to be very ill. He was examined by a doctor next day. and ordered to hospital.