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On This Day……… 9th April 1919

Rochester

Steve O’Brien met with a painful accident on this day in 1910. Whilst standing by a wagon the horse moved, and the wheel passed over his right foot, the toes of which were cut off.

 

 

On this day …….. 12th of December 1908

On the evening of the 12th of December 1908, Mr. Phillip Wirths of Wirths’ Circus, met with a painful accident. He was riding his favourite horse Bobs round the ring, and jumping through burning hoops held by the attendants. The rim of which struck him on the forehead, and threw him back on his horse, before he fell to the ground. Mr. Wirths, although severely burned about the face, courageously completed his performance.

 

On this day …….. 4th of December 1904

Falling horse

James Wessan, a resident of Brunswick, was treated at the Melbourne Hospital on
this day in 1904 for an injury to his head owing to his horse falling over.

ON THIS DAY…… 30th August 1923

 

Frederick Smith was sentenced to 15 years gaol with a private whipping of 10 lashes with the birch for the shooting of Constable Delaney. The funeral procession for Constable Delaney through the streets of Swan Hill in 1923. He was later buried in the Greta Cemetery.

Early on the afternoon of Thursday, 30th August, 1923 Constable Joseph Delaney went to Tyntynder (near Swan Hill) to interview Frederick James Smith, a 15 year old ward of the State, in relation to a burglary. On his entering Smith’s home the youth challenged Delaney and menaced him with a shot gun. Delaney advanced on the lad who shot and fatally wounded the constable. Smith fled the premises on Delaney’s horse, but surrendered himself to police later the same evening at Nyah West. Smith appeared before the Bendigo Supreme Court charged with murder. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. He was further ordered to receive a private whipping of 10 lashes of the birch.

 

On This Day……… 9th April 1919

Rochester

Steve O’Brien met with a painful accident on this day in 1910. Whilst standing by a wagon the horse moved, and the wheel passed over his right foot, the toes of which were cut off.

 

 

On this day ………… 13th March 1909

A shocking accident, happened on this day in resulting in the death of Mr. George Whitaker, proprietor of the “Korumburra Times,” occurred near Loch. Mr. Whitaker, with four’ others, was returning from the Grantville Show in a buggy. When near Loch a team of horses, attached to a heavy waggon bolted and dashed into the buggy, which was wrecked. All the occupants of the buggy were thrown on to the roadway, and the waggon, passed over Mr. Whitaker, killing him instantly. The others, with the exception of Mr. Talbot Atkins, who was severely bruised, escaped unhurt. About five years ago Mr. Whitaker was thrown from a horse on the Jumbunna road, near Korumburra, and badly injured.

 

 

On this day …….. 19th of January 1910

A live horse was found stuck in the fork of a tree at Myall Creek, near Inverell, NSW on the 19th of January 1910. The tree was cut down and the horse walked away none the worse for it’s experience.  Our question – how on earth did it get up there??

 

 

On This Day – January 12, 1922

COMMITTED FOR MANSLAUGHTER

A tragic occurrence on St.Kilda-road on this day in 1922, when a horse and cart, in which two men collided with a tramcar with the result that two passengers, Emily McKenzie, 34, single and Albert Villani, married, received fatal injuries. Charles Murphy, 32, labourer, was present in custody. Murphy climbed into the back of the cart, and assaulted the driver, George Whorlow, causing him to lose control of the horse. The coroner found that the collision was due to interference by Murphy with the driver of the cart and that Murphy was guilty of manslaughter.

 

On this day …….. 11th of January 1928

On 11th of January 1928, Mr R. long of Hester, Western Australia, was grooming a horse when it kicked him in the face, knocking him out. Long had been blind in his left eye owing to the depression of a piece of bone below his eye, caused by an injury received in World War I. After the accident, Long found that the blow had freed the bone that was causing his blindness and he could see again in his left eye.

 

 

On this day …….. 28th of December 1937

While chasing an emu on horseback at Gol Gol, John Dempsey (54), of Buronga, near Mildura fell on his head and was killed instantly. His neck was broken by the fall. Dempsey was fencing when he saw the emu and he gave chase immediately. It is believed that he was thrown from the saddle when the horse stumbled.

On this day …….. 12th of December 1908

On the evening of the 12th of December 1908, Mr. Phillip Wirths of Wirths’ Circus, met with a painful accident. He was riding his favourite horse Bobs round the ring, and jumping through burning hoops held by the attendants. The rim of which struck him on the forehead, and threw him back on his horse, before he fell to the ground. Mr. Wirths, although severely burned about the face, courageously completed his performance.

 

On this day …….. 4th of December 1904

Falling horse

James Wessan, a resident of Brunswick, was treated at the Melbourne Hospital on
this day in 1904 for an injury to his head owing to his horse falling over.