Local Tragedies 1800's

The Sunshine District, like all districts has seen it's fair share of tragedies.

The most significant accident was the Sunshine Station Railway disaster in 1908. At that time it was Australia's worst railway accident. 

But there has been many more tragedies in the local district and whether these have been work site accidents, motor car accidents, level crossing accidents, drownings in the district's creeks & pools and murders. Other tragedies have not happen in the district but the families of the district has had to mourn these events.

A sample of these tragedies have been recorded in various Victorian papers.

1849

The Keilor murder case, John Kane

1851

Black Thursday fires

Timber dray capsizes, Henry Delahey killed

1861

Bushrangers Sanders & Johnson, hold-up the Cropley's Farm & rape their servant girl, Mary Egan

1862

Mariibyrnong River Toll Bridge Keilor, William Anderson

1866

A child killed by swallowing a bean, Sarah Jane Seuling, Aged 5

Thomas Cahill's house destroyed by fire

1867

The murder at Keilor, John Fairweather

A fire at Braybrook, Mr Kell's

1868

Albion Commons School destroyed by fire

1869

Keilor Fire

1870

Salt Water River, boy John Clancy & man James Morris drowns

1872

Fatal Accident, John Scott, Aged 63

Stabbing a Chinaman at Braybrook

Destructive fire at Maribyrnong

The Coroner - Accidentally drowned, Michael Brown, Aged 4

1873

Fire at the Melbourne Meat Preservation Company Works

1875

Scarlet Fever at Kororoit Creek

1876

Fire at the Lithofracteur Works Maidstone

1877

Matricide near Footscray

Fatal accident, Mary Corcoran, Aged 66

1878

Nitro-Glycerine explosion, James Hodsman, Aged 50

Mr. C.B. Fisher employee drowns, William Edward Rolfe, Aged 17

1880

 

Explosion of gun cotton, Charles Kampf, Aged 15

Water tank drowning, Meat Preservative Company, Maribyrnong, William Farrar, Aged 8

1881

Inquest, determined suicide, George Hales, Aged 30

1883

Killed by a stone, Patrick Harrigan, Aged 40

1885

Drowned, William McIntosh, Aged 55

 

Another death by drowning, 'Billy' Workman

Fatal accident, Michael Fox, Aged 11

1886

Hunt Club Hotel Fire

Awfully sudden death, Patrick 'Pat' Leddin, Aged 21

1887

The peculiar death at Footscray, Alexander Watson, Aged 60

Alleged attempt to murder

1888

Accident at a Footscray Millinery Factory, Dianna Newman, Aged 22

1889

Extraordinary suicide at Kororoit Creek, A woman drowns herself and her infant, Charlotte Lacey

Dickson's Hotel Kororoit Creek, sudden death of Matthew Harrison

1890

Fire at Keilor, another old land mark destroyed

The railway fatality at Braybrook, Benjamin Warner, Aged 39

Supposed suicide of a man, Thomas Strachan, Aged 30

1891

Fatal accident at Stone Quarry, Hugh O'Brien

Fatal accident at St. Albans, Patrick Ginane, Aged 19

The Braybrook Railway Fatality, Mary Goodwin, Aged 67

 

1892

Terrible explosion, men killed, Galvin Alan Warnock aged 19, Alex Stewart aged 22 & John Alan Hearse aged 26

Fatal accident, Alfred Caesar Harold Berry, Aged 19

1893

The quarry explosion, Death of Daniel Reidy, Aged 34

The death of William Murphy

Fatal Steeplechasing Accident, An Amateur Rider Killed, William Thomas Kirkup Harrison, Aged 27

Fatality at Braybrook, George Lightfoot, Aged 62

1894

Accident at an explosive factory, William Ross dies, Aged 23

1895

A bridge on fire

The fatal gun accident at St. Albans, John Bristow Burrows, Age 23

Riding fatality at Deer Park, Thomas Gill, Aged 36

The Maidstone fire, death of Mrs Brundell

1896

The Keilor drowning fatality, brothers David (Aged 10) & Joseph (Aged 8) Yates

The Keilor Plains fatality

Another man run over, Richard Delahey, Aged 48

1897

Death by drowning, John David Dempster, Aged 15

1898

 

Terrible explosion, one man killed, John O'Shannassy

Death of a cricket enthusiast, Henry Joyce, Aged 71

Thrown from a horse, Peter Harrick, Aged 29

Found drowned, Thomas O'Rourke

Another case of drowning, Joseph Coombes, Aged 73

1899

A pig dealer's death, John Baker, Aged 66