From: The Bendigo Advertiser, Wednesday 28 October, 1874, page 3
INQUESTS The district coroner held an inquest yesterday at the Raglan Hotel, Axedale, on the body of Ann Mulcare, a child ten weeks old, who had been found dead in a cradle on the previous day. The evidence given showed that the child had been left at home, in charge of an elder sister, whilst the mother was in Sandhurst.
The child had been put to bed, but on going to the cradle afterwards, the sister found that the child was dead. In putting her to bed, care was taken that the clothes did not cover her face, and these were in the same position when it was discovered that the child was lifeless.
Dr. Macgillivray stated that he had made a post-mortem examination of the body, which was that of a well-nourished child. The brain was much congested, and the lungs in part only, showing that the child had not been suffocated. The cause of death was congestion of the brain. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony.
An inquest was subsequently held at Drake’s Hotel, Campaspe, on the body of Bertie Gloster, a child five months old, who also died on the previous day. Rosa Gloster, the mother, stated that a week ago, the child took a cold, but finding that it was not getting better she determined to come to Sandhurst for medical advice. On the road, about two miles from her place, the child died. Dr. Macgillivray stated that the cause of death was acute pneumonia and pleurisy, and the jury returned a verdict to that effect.
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From: Bendigo Advertiser, Thursday 28 June 1906, page 8
OBITUARY The funeral of the late Mr. Terrence Canny, an old and highly respected resident of Mosquito Creek, took place yesterday to the Axedale Cemetery, and was very largely attended. The coffin-bearers were Messrs. P. Bourke, P. Rogers, E. Harrison, and T. Burns. The Rev. Father Rohan conducted the burial service. The deceased gentleman leaves a widow, two sons and a daughter to mourn a sad loss. Messrs. Fizelle and Mulqueen carried out the funeral arrangements.
HANNAH CANNY DIED 1908
From: Bendigo Advertiser, Thursday 16 January 1908, page 3
The funeral of the late Mrs. Hannah Canny (relict of the late Terence Canny) took place yesterday to the Axedale Cemetery, leaving her residence, Mosquito Creek, at 2 o’clock and was very largely attended. The deceased lived in Victoria for 56 years, was a native of County Clare, Ireland, and leaves two sons and one daughter. The coffin-bearers were Messrs. E. Drake. J. Frawley, C. Shanahann and J. Mann. The Rev. Father Cremins read the burial service and Messrs, Fizelle and Mulqueen carried out the funeral.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF TERRENCE CANNY DIED AT AXEDALE 25TH JUNE 1906 AGED 76 YEARS ALSO HIS BELOVED WIFE HANNAH WHO DIED 13TH JANUARY 1908 AGED 80 YEARS NATIVES OF CLAIRE, IRELAND ETERNAL REST GIVE TO THEM O LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM
From: Bendigo Advertiser, Monday 04 May 1914, page 6
“THE BENDIGO ADVERTISER. (PUBLISHED DAILY.) PROGRESSION, OUR RIGHTS AND OUR RESOURCES. BENDIGO, MONDAY, MAY 4, 1914. SATURDAY NIGHT’S DISASTER.
On Saturday night at about 10 o’clock the most terrible accident ever recorded in the history of Bendigo mining occurred at the Great Extended Hustler’s mine, when seven miners were launched into eternity with appalling suddenness. Occurring at so late an hour, and its nature and extent being for some time wrapped in obscurity, the news of the fatality did not become generally known till yesterday morning had advanced, and the first intimation many persons received was when the intelligence was conveyed to hushed audiences in some of the churches.
As usual, vague rumors as to the extent and nature of the accident got abroad, but it soon became definitely known that seven miners had perished as the result of an explosion, not, as is usually the case, at the working face, but in a crosscut and level, by reason of the ignition of a large quantity of explosive material which was stored in the crosscut at a place set apart for it, in accordance with the regulations.
The force of an explosion of this character has often been exemplified. A well-known instance in the history of Bendigo mining is the dynamite explosion which occurred in 1881 at the enginehouse of the New Chum Consolidated mine. The building was wrecked, and seven men were injured, one of them—the enginedriver—succumbing a few days later. On Saturday night the explosion was confined to the crosscut and adjacent workings, and the position of the bodies of the men, and the nature of their injuries are sufficient to show that the men were killed instantaneously.
Four bodies were found in the crosscut and three in the level. The fumes descended into the lower levels, and for a time placed the lives of other miners in jeopardy. Owing to the injury to the shaft, and the necessity to proceed cautiously, some hours elapsed before these men were raised to the surface, after which efforts were made to recover the bodies of the seven miners who had met their death.
How the accident actually occurred will never be known, and explanations can only be surmised. The holes had been drilled in the workings, which are some distance from the crosscut, the machines had been removed, and preparations were apparently in progress for charging the holes. How far this operation had advanced may be explained at the inquest, but the actual cause of the explosion will remain a mystery. If it was through any blunder or carelessness, the man responsible has perished with his companions, and if it was brought about by any unexpected occurrence, its nature is not ascertainable. The explosion itself has removed every clue.
The one dreadful fact remains—that seven men who were looking forward to a respite from work during the day of rest, have been suddenly cut off, and many families have been plunged into mourning. The accident has cast quite a gloom over the city. The most poignant grief will naturally be felt by relatives and friends of the dead miners, but the public generally will be profoundly shocked by what is little short of a calamity, especially when it is borne in mind that practically everything has been done to prevent accidents in our mines that human ingenuity can suggest.
How much provision the deceased miners have made for those dependent on them may be shown in a day or two, but this dire event surely emphasises the necessity for every miner becoming a member of the Miners’ Association or some organisation which provides for him in sickness or in case of accident, and for his relatives in the event of death. We have always contended that this is one of the first duties of every miner, on account of the perils which beset his path from the time he leaves the surface till he returns.
Already movements have been started for the relief of those who may be plunged into distress by Saturday night’s explosion, and it is certain that the public of Bendigo will respond liberally to the appeals which are being made. We can only add that it is with profound sorrow we place the details of this terrible accident before our readers, and in doing so we desire to express our deep sympathy with all who have been called upon to suffer bereavement.
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September 2020), memorial page for William Ryan (1888–2 May 1914), Find a Grave Memorial no. 159241478, citing Axedale General Cemetery, Axedale, Greater Bendigo City, Victoria, Australia ; Maintained by Tony (contributor 47889408) .