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On this day …….. 8th of June 1916

Peculiar and painful complications occurred on the 8th of June 1916 in connection with the burial of two soldiers in training, Private Thomas Crockett, of Milawa, and Private Pollard, of Wodonga, who died in Melbourne from meningitis. The remains were placed in the van of the morning train at Melbourne, and on arrival at Wangaratta one coffin was taken away by an undertaker, assisted by a member of the railway staff. On the arrival of the train at Wodonga it was discovered that an error had been made, and that Private Pollard’s coffin remained at Wangaratta instead of Private Crockett’s. The information was telegraphed to Wangaratta, and a motor car despatched by the stationmaster overtook Private Crockett’s funeral procession, nine miles away, and within three miles of the cemetery. A special engine and truck were sent to Wangaratta for Private Pollard’s coffin, and the remains were taken to Wodonga at 4 p.m. By a curious omission, the special train did not bring Private Crockett’s coffin, but the ordinary train shortly followed the special, and only a brief delay fortunately occurred.

On this day …….. 8th of June 1916

Peculiar and painful complications occurred on the 8th of June 1916 in connection with the burial of two soldiers in training, Private Thomas Crockett, of Milawa, and Private Pollard, of Wodonga, who died in Melbourne from meningitis. The remains were placed in the van of the morning train at Melbourne, and on arrival at Wangaratta one coffin was taken away by an undertaker, assisted by a member of the railway staff. On the arrival of the train at Wodonga it was discovered that an error had been made, and that Private Pollard’s coffin remained at Wangaratta instead of Private Crockett’s. The information was telegraphed to Wangaratta, and a motor car despatched by the stationmaster overtook Private Crockett’s funeral procession, nine miles away, and within three miles of the cemetery. A special engine and truck were sent to Wangaratta for Private Pollard’s coffin, and the remains were taken to Wodonga at 4 p.m. By a curious omission, the special train did not bring Private Crockett’s coffin, but the ordinary train shortly followed the special, and only a brief delay fortunately occurred.

On this day …….. 22nd of April 1906

On this day in 1906, the unique spectacle of a man selling his own coffin at auction entertained a crowd of people in Wangaratta, Victoria. J.R Wood from Milawa put up his coffin for sale because he was leaving the area. He was a carpenter by trade and had made a coffin some years earlier and had used it for a bookcase. The coffin was purchased by a local undertaker for 12 shillings.

 

ON THIS DAY ……… 20th March 1930

On this day in 1930, the Commercial Hotel and Store at Milawa was destroyed by fire. The licensee at the time was Mr. H McCarthy, was preparing to set out for Melbourne with Mr J Puddy, the baker. They had risen early, well before dawn, and when making last minute arrangements, one of the hurricane light the men were carrying exploded,and within minutes had caught the petrol station on fire. The hotel dated back to the early 1860s.

 

 

On this day …….. 14th of January 1977

Mini tornado touched down in North East Victoria on this day in 1977, cyclonic force winds hit Milawa, wrecking St Paul’s Anglican Church and devastating Brown Brothers Winery. In twelve minutes $2,000,000 of damage was recorded.

 

 

On this day …….. 8th of June 1916

Peculiar and painful complications occurred on the 8th of June 1916 in connection with the burial of two soldiers in training, Private Thomas Crockett, of Milawa, and Private Pollard, of Wodonga, who died in Melbourne from meningitis. The remains were placed in the van of the morning train at Melbourne, and on arrival at Wangaratta one coffin was taken away by an undertaker, assisted by a member of the railway staff. On the arrival of the train at Wodonga it was discovered that an error had been made, and that Private Pollard’s coffin remained at Wangaratta instead of Private Crockett’s. The information was telegraphed to Wangaratta, and a motor car despatched by the stationmaster overtook Private Crockett’s funeral procession, nine miles away, and within three miles of the cemetery. A special engine and truck were sent to Wangaratta for Private Pollard’s coffin, and the remains were taken to Wodonga at 4 p.m. By a curious omission, the special train did not bring Private Crockett’s coffin, but the ordinary train shortly followed the special, and only a brief delay fortunately occurred.

On this day …….. 22nd of April 1906

On this day in 1906, the unique spectacle of a man selling his own coffin at auction entertained a crowd of people in Wangaratta, Victoria. J.R Wood from Milawa put up his coffin for sale because he was leaving the area. He was a carpenter by trade and had made a coffin some years earlier and had used it for a bookcase. The coffin was purchased by a local undertaker for 12 shillings.

 

ON THIS DAY ……… 20th March 1930

On this day in 1930, the Commercial Hotel and Store at Milawa was destroyed by fire. The licensee at the time was Mr. H McCarthy, was preparing to set out for Melbourne with Mr J Puddy, the baker. They had risen early, well before dawn, and when making last minute arrangements, one of the hurricane light the men were carrying exploded,and within minutes had caught the petrol station on fire. The hotel dated back to the early 1860s.

 

 

On this day …….. 14th of January 1977

Mini tornado touched down in North East Victoria on this day in 1977, cyclonic force winds hit Milawa, wrecking St Paul’s Anglican Church and devastating Brown Brothers Winery. In twelve minutes $2,000,000 of damage was recorded.