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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Percy Edmund HUNT

Born 1896 in Kiddington with Asterleigh, Oxfordshire, England [20] [21]
Son of Victor Edmund HUNT and Gertrude Eliza BARRETT [20] [21]
In 1901 was living with his parents and siblings on Globe Farm in Kiddington with Asterleigh, Oxfordshire, England [20]
Departed Liverpool, England on the steamship Zealandic and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 15 January 1921 [70]
Farmhand on William PADBURY's Fairfield  Farm in Three Springs, Western Australia in 1921 [19] [24]
He passed away at the age of 24 years on Fairfield  Farm in Three Springs after he was crushed by a falling tree [24]
Died 31 October 1921; buried Three Springs General Cemetery, Three Springs (Anglican, Unsurveyed Corner) [24]
Local farmer Evander W. FRANKLIN officiated at his funeral, which was undertaken by Isaac WALLACE of Three Springs [24]


From The Geraldton Guardian newspaper, Thursday 3 November 1921:
Killed by a Falling Tree
"Inspector Simpson has received from Constable Kroschel, of Three Springs, a report of a fatal accident which occurred to a young man named Percy Edmund Hunt, who was employed by Mr. William Padbury, at Fairfield Farm, about
12 miles from Three Springs. It appears that on October 31 deceased and another man named William Ernest Long were engaged in cutting down some big salmon gum trees. The men were working about 100 yards apart. Long saw a tree at which Hunt was engaged fall, and a little while afterwards, not hearing the sound of his companion's axe, went to the spot. He found him lying under a gimlet
tree log, and, obtaining a horse from the cart, pulled the log off him, when he found his mate was dead. It's believed that when the salmon gum tree which Hunt had been felling came down it crashed against a gimlet tree a little distance away. This broke off about 30 feet from the ground, and the upper portion caught Hunt as it fell, killing him. Constable Kroschel, accompanied by Dr. McAleer, proceeded to the spot in a car belonging to Mr. N. J. Dunn, and the circumstances of the case were reported to the Coroner, Mr. Raymond Gee, at Geraldton, who decided that an inquest was unnecessary. Deceased, who was a returned soldier, came from England, his mother residing in Oxfordshire."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Percy Edmund Hunt' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 June 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/percy-edmund-hunt [reference list]




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