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ON THIS DAY ……. 30th March 1870

A fearful explosion of gunpowder occurred at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, at Martin’s Gap, twelve miles from Mansfield. Two waggons were proceeding to Jainieson with a general cargo of merchandise. One of the waggons was loaded with seventy-five kegs of gunpowder, which, by some unexplained cause, exploded. The waggon was smashed to atoms, and the effects of the explosion were felt at a distance of three
miles. William Jewell, the driver, was literally blown to pieces. The head and arms were found in one direction, and the legs were shot into a tree forty feet from the ground, and 150 yards from the scene of the accident — Five horses belonging to Jewell were killed on the spot.
Cruikshank, the driver of the other waggon escaped without injury, but the horses were terribly burned, and the waggon knocked to pieces.

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 3rd April 1909

CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER.

Two employees of the Victorian Railway, named William Harry, a driver, and David Thomas, a fireman, were placed on their trial in Geelong on a charge of manslaughter. The case arose out of the death of James Boxell, a gatekeeper, who was killed by an engine in charge of the accused at the Wellington-street crossing on this day in 1909. The accused were found not guilty, and were discharged.

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 30th March 1870

A wagon loaded with seventy five barrels of gun powder blew up at Martins Gap out side Mansfield, on this day in 1870. The driver, William Jewell, was literally blown to pieces. Five horses were also killed on the spot

 

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 30th March 1870

A wagon loaded with seventy five barrels of gun powder blew up at Martins Gap out side Mansfield, on this day in 1870. The driver, William Jewell, was literally blown to pieces. Five horses were also killed on the spot

 

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 3rd April 1909

CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER.

Two employees of the Victorian Railway, named William Harry, a driver, and David Thomas, a fireman, were placed on their trial in Geelong on a charge of manslaughter. The case arose out of the death of James Boxell, a gatekeeper, who was killed by an engine in charge of the accused at the Wellington-street crossing on this day in 1909. The accused were found not guilty, and were discharged.

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 30th March 1870

A wagon loaded with seventy five barrels of gun powder blew up at Martins Gap out side Mansfield, on this day in 1870. The driver, William Jewell, was literally blown to pieces. Five horses were also killed on the spot