Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A minor incident

As the National Library of Australia rolls out more rural and regional newspapers, I'm finally snatching glimpses of life for those families who didn't often make a splash in the national press. For example, Samuel BORDER (senior, 1857-1931) was born in the Cowra region (Mulyn), lived in the Cowra region at the Bangaroo area as a farm laborer, then lived in Moorbel, Canowindra.

Apart from his obituary published in the Cowra Free Press in 1931, the only other reference in papers (including Sydney papers) was to a diptheria outbreak in 1893 that killed two of his children in a week (Minnie and Arthur).

So it was to find an article this week on Samuel that did not involve death, but only a close shave for the 62 year-old.

Canowindra Star
27 June 1919
SULKY SMASHED. - Mr Sam.. Border, senr., got into trouble with a horse and sulky near the show-ground on Monday last. The animal played up and finally smashed both shafts of the vehicle. Mr. Border was dragged some distance, but we understand that his injuries are not serious.

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