Saturday, April 19, 2008
100 Years Ago
Tomorrow, the twentieth of April, marks the one hundredth anniversary of what I believe is the second worst train disaster in Australia, after Granville.
Forty four people were killed and a couple of hundred injured when the train from Bendigo careered into the back of a packed train from Ballarat that was stationary at Sunshine Railway Station, on the outskirts of Melbourne.
Here are a few phrases from the lurid news story published in The Age the following day.
'appalling railway accident'
'injured were supposed to be burned underneath'
'smashed to pieces'
'sight was something pitiable'
'smashed into a conglomerate'
'with hideous wounds'
'the occupants being chopped up and mangled by the broken wood and ironwork'
'impossible for the uninjured passengers, as they rushed up and down in their excitement to avoid trampling on and tumbling over the dead and wounded'
'corpse, with the head completely torn off'
'mangled body of a mother with her dead baby clasped'
'body of another man was hanging up between two carriages '
'impaled on the ends of sharp splintered woodwork'
'violently hurled from their seats'
But the worst,
'Most of the men who had gone through the collision were hatless'.
So, you are catching a train tomorrow?
Top picture from ANU.
Other from the Herald Sun.