Monday, August 03, 2015

Mother with nine children

A TERRIBLE VOYAGE.---The steamer WilliamPenn, from London and Havre to
New York,with 500 passengers, has arrived after a terriblepassage. On
Tuesday, the 10th of November,when the steamer was in the mid-Atlantic,
aheavy storm came on and continued with greatviolence for five days. The
432 steerage passengers were of necessity confined to their berths.The
strength of the gale would lift large massesof foam from tho crests of
the great waves andspread them over the entire length and breadthof the
ship, drenching everything and every-body. The ship behaved admirably,
with theexception of her dreadful rolling. At about 6a.m. on the 12th,
and before the passengers hadleft their berths, those of the first cabin
werearoused from their vigils by a tremendous crashon the starboard side
of the ship and the dashof waters down upon them. All, of course,
wasconsternation and dismay until the extent ofthe injury or danger
could be distinctly ascertained. They had shipped a heavy sea thatstove
in about ten feet of the dining saloonabove, and the water, flooding the
floor, wasmaking its way through the openings for ventilation and light
to the cabins below, whichwere flooded to the great discomfort of the
in-mates. The incident created the greatest alarmamongst the passengers,
which was increasedalmost to a frenzy when a second tremendoussea broke
into the fore saloon, and flooded thecabin so much that it was found
necessary totake the women and children to the after-saloon.One mother
of nine was in a state of franticalarm. Having left the aft-saloon with
heryoungest child she took her station at the opendoor, and there stood
counting her children ---one, two, three, as one by one they arrived
untilseven of the nine had been counted in,

but seeing nothing of the other two, cried out, as if in bitter agony,
"But where, oh where are the twins ?" Ina moment more the twins also
were safe.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Shark Attack


DRURY.-On the 27th November at The Retreat, Petrie's Bight, Brisbane, Alexey O'Connell, youngest son of Albert Victor and Mary Drury, aged 12 years and 5 months, from mutilations received from a shark whilst bathing.


Family Notices. (1880, November 29). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 2. TROVE


Friday, January 16, 2015

Death from Convulsions.


A lad of 12 years, named Robert Charles Brennan, residing at South-street, Ipswich, had an attack of convulsions on Monday about 4 o'clock, and died shortly afterwards. Dr. Brown was summoned, but the lad was beyond his aid. A postmortem examination was held yesterday.

Family Notices. (1912, April 24). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 4. TROVE


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Unpleasant death


JENNINGS -On the 13th September, at the Rocky Waterholes, John Oram Jennings, from inflammation of the   bowels, aged 2 years and 1 month. 


Family Notices. (1874, September 19). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 4. TROVE


Saturday, November 15, 2014

HENDLE - BYRNE


Brisbane Father And Daughter Die On Same Day

A man and his daughter died within a few hours of each other on Tuesday, and their funerals took place yesterday.

The father was Mr. William James Hendle, 88, of 35 Kedron Park Road, Wooloowin, who had been ill for a long time, and his daughter was Mrs. Esther Maud Byrne, of 104 Abbotsford Road, Mayne Junction, who met with an accident a year ago. Mrs. Byrne's funeral left the Ade- laide Street funeral parlour of Cannon and Cripps at 10 a.m. yesterday for the Mt. Thompson Crematorium, and her father's funeral left the same parlour for the Toowong Cemetery at   2.30 p.m.  

William is great grand Uncle of the author

Brisbane Father And Daughter Die On Same Day. (1939, March 2). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 2. TROVE

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Drowning Fatality.


AT MAROOCHV HEADS.

There appears to be much truth in the old saying that when there is one accident there must be others. First we had the accident at Eu- mundi whereby Walter Thomas lost his life, followed by the one at Buderum which cost Miss Rowland her life. The third one turns up at the Maroochy Heads, where, as the result of bathing in the open sea, Victor Gommersall is washed out and is seen no more. On Friday afternoon last at about 4 o'clock, six young men, Victor Gommersall, George Irwin, Henrick Andresen, Frank Etheridge, G. Best, and Isaac Gommersall, went in for a bathe about a quarter of a mile from the South Head of the Maroochy River. They were indulging freely in about 3 feet of water, there being a heavy sea on. A huge breaker came in and the undertow carried three of the party, Victor Gommersall, George Irwin, and Heurick Andre-sen out to deep water about four chains from the shore. Gommersall and Irwin were close together, and the former, who, by the way, was a good swimmer, got hold of Irwin, saying ' Oh, my God, help me. ' Irwin took hold of him, but after going under water had to release himself in order to save his own life. Irwin got out to land with great difficulty, but while doing so saw Gommersall washed seawards. The tide was going out at this time, so that assistance had to be rendered at a disadvantage. The alarm was raised that someone was drowning. Mr. George Histed rushed down to the beach and saw Mr. A. Saint in the water up to his waist, while a form could be seen in the billows. He went in but had to return, and procuring a rope he returned with Mr. M. D. Mitchell to the water. The rope was thrown to the form in the water, which Andresen clutched and was hauled ashore unconscious.

Restoratives were administered, and animation restored after 15 minutes.

Nothing could be seen by this time of Gommersall. Word was brought up to the deceased's parents and to Nambour. The police, Acting-Sergeant M'Neill and Constable Adams went down next morning, and with the assistance of Messrs. C. Prentis, C Pickering, J. White, and C. Nichols, jnr., a search was made ot the whole beach from Mooloolah Heads to Point Arkwright, the various islands, banks, and inlets of the Maroochy River up till Sunday night. The search was continued under Constable Adams on Monday and Tuesday Constable O'Brien, of Brisbane, arrived on Tuesday to assist in the search, and left Nambour the same afternoon for the Heads. Victor Gommersall, is a son of Mr. Joseph Gommcrsall, of Petrie's Creek. He was a promising young man of 21 years of age, and was universally popular. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents by the whole community.


Drowning Fatality. (1906, January 5). Chronicle and North Coast Advertiser (Qld. : 1903 - 1922), p. 3. TROVE

Victor Salisbury GOMERSALL  29/12/1905  1906/000410   Joseph GOMERSALL and Mary Anner SALISBURY


DROWNING FATALITY


THE RECENT DROWNING FATALITY.      

The body of William Bradshaw, an apprentice on the ship Orari, who was drowned on Monday near the Seventeen mile Rocks through the capsizing of a boat under circumstances detailed in Tues- day's "Courier," was recovered by the   police about 6 o'clock yesterday evening some distance above the rocks, and taken   to the hospital morgue. It is understood that a magisterial inquiry will be held shortly.


THE RECENT DROWNING FATALITY. (1901, November 22). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 4. TROVE

Recorded in the Qld BDM index as Wilfred BRADSHAW  18/11/1901   1901/003867  father William BRADSHAW and no mother