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Riding fatality at Willunga in 1897

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Type of event Accident

Town or locality Willunga
Date occurred or began November 11, 1897

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Ten year-old Gordon Richards, the eldest son of Harry and Margaret Ann Richards of Willunga, was killed in a riding accident on Thursday 11 Nov 1897. The boy left home at 5 o'clock on a quiet horse to fetch another horse from a paddock about a mile and a half from the town. The animal he was riding must have stumbled on a stone, slid along for several feet, and then have fallen over on the boy. The lad's head was severely crushed, and death must have been instantaneous. The matter was reported to Police-constable Tuohy who in company with Captain T. Atkinson, went to the scene of the accident. They were satisfied with the cause and circumstances of the fatality and decided that an inquest was unnecessary. Deep sympathy was felt for Mr. and Mrs. Richards in their bereavement. The funeral of Gordon Richards, who was accidentally killed in a riding accident took place at 4 o'clock on Friday 18 Nov. Sympathy for the parents drew a large number of people, and the juvenile members of the Order of Oddfellows, to which the lad belonged, together with the children of the public school, joined in the procession. The Rev. G. W. Griffiths officiated.

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