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A strange premonition happened in Swan Hill, Victoria to Mr Robert Henry Athorne, farmer aged 47, who was run over by his wagon, and died on 22nd May 1916 at the Swan Hill Hospital.

In March, Athorne dreamt that he would meet with a fatal accident, which he took such notice of the premonition, that he at once insured his life against  accident for between, £4,000 and £5000.

He left a wife and ten children, the eldest of being 21 years and the youngest nine months. ⁣

 

On This Day – November 3, 1923

DIVE INTO ENGINE FURNACE.

At Bowen, North Queensland, the strangest case of suicide ever reported in Queensland, and probably in Australia, occurred on November 3. A man, who had previously divested himself of clothing entered the engine shed in the railway yards, climbed on to an engine, opened the firebox, and dived head foremost into the furnace. Cleaner R. Gray was nothing on one of the engines, when he saw the man enter the yard naked and jump cm to an engine which was unattended, but which had steam up and the fire going. Gray ran in pursuit, but was not quick enough to thwart the demented man’s action. Leaping to the footplate, Gray made a clutch at the disappearing feet and managed to get a temporary hold; hut he could not hold on. Gray, with others, strenuously endeavoured to extinguish the flames, but did not succeed before the body was reduced to a charred mass. A pair of trousers and a singlet were found in the yard, and it is hoped to trace the man’s identity by their means.

On this day ………… 15th February 1903

A Strange shooting case was reported front Oberon, New South Wales, on this day in 1903. Ada Knauif, six years of age, was found shot through the head, and an examination showed that the gun ‘had been placed in the mouth of the child. Two of the child’s brothers, the elder of whom is 15 years of age, were the only persons at home at the time.

 

 

On This Day – November 3, 1923

DIVE INTO ENGINE FURNACE.

At Bowen, North Queensland, the strangest case of suicide ever reported in Queensland, and probably in Australia, occurred on November 3. A man, who had previously divested himself of clothing entered the engine shed in the railway yards, climbed on to an engine, opened the firebox, and dived head foremost into the furnace. Cleaner R. Gray was nothing on one of the engines, when he saw the man enter the yard naked and jump cm to an engine which was unattended, but which had steam up and the fire going. Gray ran in pursuit, but was not quick enough to thwart the demented man’s action. Leaping to the footplate, Gray made a clutch at the disappearing feet and managed to get a temporary hold; hut he could not hold on. Gray, with others, strenuously endeavoured to extinguish the flames, but did not succeed before the body was reduced to a charred mass. A pair of trousers and a singlet were found in the yard, and it is hoped to trace the man’s identity by their means.

On this day ………… 15th February 1903

A Strange shooting case was reported front Oberon, New South Wales, on this day in 1903. Ada Knauif, six years of age, was found shot through the head, and an examination showed that the gun ‘had been placed in the mouth of the child. Two of the child’s brothers, the elder of whom is 15 years of age, were the only persons at home at the time.