Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Trove Tuesday - Philip Merchant Tenterfield


I love it when Trove allows you to find events that would not be easily discovered without a random search.

This post concerns my great grandfather, Philip Richard Merchant of Tenterfield. His story made both the Brisbane and Sydney papers.

Sydney Morning Herald, 12 March 1931, p. 10

DRAGGED BY A HORSE
TENTERFIELD, Wednesday
Late yesterday afternoon Philip Merchant,
a married man with 11 children, a resident 
of the Tenterfield district, suffered severe in-
juries when he was dragged several hundred
yards by a horse. He was riding on a cart-
load of wood, and, when he attempted to
jump off, his foot became caught in the reins,
tearing the winkers off the horse and causing
it to bolt. Merchant was dashed against
three telegraph poles. His condition is
critical.

Philip survived this accident. He died 20 years later in Tenterfield aged 68.

3 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! Sounds like he was very lucky to have survived the accident.

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  2. Ouch! He must have been unable to work for a few weeks following that.They didn't have sick leave then did they?

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  3. He was lucky to survive that wasn't he...wouldn't have been the first to die from something like that.

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