Mine injuries and deaths Victoria
Another site for your favourites is the Victorian Mining Accident Index compiled by Dave Evans and presented by the Ballarat & District Genealogical Society. This is my way of introducing you to a most informative site. It isn't only these few John Smiths injured or killed in mining accidents, but 5,600 miners from the 1850s to the 1940s.
Married, 33 Y. O.
30 Y. O.
Single, 21 Y. O.
Married, 28 Y. O.
Wilkinson & Co Mine
Smith, John F.
Married, 41 Y. O.
Injury in claim
This photograph below I took at a little town called Yapeen, Victoria last month December 2011.
I'm always filled with a mixture of excitement and suspicion when I see a John Smith.
I wasn't disappointed this time.
After I took the photo, (I swear there was not another living soul to be seen in this town) I went around to the Guildford Hotel.
As I was showing the photograph to a couple of the locals, this old man pipes up " He was me grand father!"
This is the excitement part.
"I'll have another beer and a beer for this man here too please". I order, as I fossick in my bag for pen and notepad.
"Tell me about him." I coax all smiles and pen poised.
" Well, it wasn't his real name," says my new found drinking partner.
"Oh! I'm not surprised. Most John Smith's were hiding", says pedantic know-it-all me. " What was his real name?" I ask excitement mounting.
"William", says my new friend as I order another two drinks.
"William what," I ask impatiently.
Suspicion finally kicks in but not before the laughter from my drinking partner and his friends.