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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

George BONICE

Born C.1844 [323: 29-Jul-1903]
Prior to working in Three Springs he had been a prospector on the Kalgoorlie-Boulder goldfields [323: 29-Jul-1903]
Railway Labourer in Three Springs in 1903 [50]
He was a permanent way hand on the Midland Railway's Three Springs gang [323: 29-Jul-1903]
Within his camp he kept a large quantity of brush and firewood and early one morning it caught alight while he was sleeping [323]
One of his co-workers, whose camp was nearby, woke to a strange noise at 3:30am to find his camp engulfed in flames and smoke [323]
Once the flames were extinguished his charred and unrecognisable body was found at the door to his camp [323]
It was believed he'd woken in a suffocated state, rushed to the door and fallen backwards as the fire was strongest at the door [323]
Died 27 July 1903 in Three Springs [323: 29-Jul-1903]
An inquest in Mingenew found that his death was from being accidentally burnt and that the fire was from his own negligence [323]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'George Bonice' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 4 July 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/george-bonice [reference list]




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