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Bush Fatality (22 July 2014)

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Copy of Article in Western Star

Thought this might interest some.

I am unsure of the year but I would say around turn of the century (1900's)

Mr W Shanahan has received a letter from the manager of Inverleigh Station, north Queensland, giving particulars of an accident a few weeks ago, which resulted in the death of his young brother Martin.

The accident happened about 8am on 1st October about 50 miles from the station. Martin Shanahan was working at a mustering camp. After the mob had been rounded up, he with two black boys, were taking the cattle back to camp.

After going some little distance, they saw another mob, and one of the boys started to turn them into the mob being driven. The cattle broke and gave trouble. Martin Shanahan went to the boys assistance and galloped after the Cow and Calf. He had a lot of pace up and was going down a stony ridge when the mare evidently put her foot on a round stone which rolled and brought her over right on top of him. The boys galloped up to him and caught his mare and assisted him on to her, then took him to the bore drain, where he had a wash and drink. He seemed pretty right. One boy started back with him to the camp and the other went to inform the head stockman of the accident. The boy and Shanahan reached the camp at about 10am. About 5 pm they started in the Spring Cart for the head station and travelled until dark, when the injured man asked to camp as he did not feel fit to go further. A boy also took a letter to the manager advising him of the accident and saying the cart would keep going until they met with the station buggy. The manager was camped 30 miles from the station when he got the letter that night and arranged with a fencing contractor, Neilson, to take his buggy.

The injured man was transferred to the buggy and remarked that he did not know rightly what had happened, but wished to go to the hospital as soon as possible as he was very bad. He seemed to get worse as they went along and kept calling out to go steady even when the horse was just moving. They were from 9.30pm to nearly ?am going about 9 miles. After leaving the Fish hole camp, he was very quiet. Neilson pulled up and found he had passed away quietly. Neilson drove on with the body to the station and the police in Normanton were informed of the accident.

The letter concludes, Martin was buried at Inverleigh under a ti-tree, not far from the yard where he broke in so many horses. It was a big shock to us all. He was well liked by everyone at the station and was looked upon as one of the permanent hands. He was one of the cheeriest little souls in the Gulf and he and I were very good friends.

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