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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Jim" Sydney George BRANDIS

Born 1915 [15]
Son of Sydney BRANDIS and Mary Ann BRIDGES [15] [86: 12:Jan-1937]
Nephew of John Edward LEONARD and Selina May BRANDIS of Three Springs [15]
Farmhand for Thomas WATSON at Strawberry in the Mingenew district [86: 12:Jan-1937]
Died 10 January 1937; buried at the Utakarra Cemetery in Geraldton [26]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 15 January 1937:
Fatality at Dongara - Young Man Killed
"Another fatality occurred at Dongara last week-end when a young man, Sydney George (Jim) Brandis (21), employed by Mr. Bert Watson, of Strawberry, was fatally injured in a motor smash. The accident occurred about one mile from Dongara on Saturday night when Laurie Selwood, of Mingenew, and Brandis were riding a motor cycle from Dongara to the beach. The motor cyclists were some distance behind a motor truck, travelling in the same direction, and it appears that the truck, which was driven by Gordon Tamblyn, had just topped a rise when the lights failed. When Selwood, who was driving the motor cycle, topped the rise he was confronted with the truck standing in the middle of the road, he swerved sharply to the left to avoid the vehicle, but the right hand handle-bar caught the back of the vehicle and Brandis was thrown heavily against the truck. He sustained multiplex injuries including a shattered hip, broken ribs, internal injuries and head injuries. The injured man was conveyed to the Geraldton Hospital where he succumbed at 6 a.m. next morning. The remains were interred in the Geraldton cemetery at 3 p.m. on Monday. Selway was fortunate in escaping with an injured right hand and shock."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Sydney George Brandis' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 August 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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