Natural & Unnatural Disasters
A listing of some events, some humourous, some tragic, some natural and some not, that have been documented as part of Waanyarra’s colourful history. Do you have any such recollections that may be worthy of inclusion on this page? See home page for contact details. 1862 In January, 1862 temperatures soared to 118 degrees F … Continue reading
Burns caused the death of John Frayne, a native of Devonshire, England, aged 38. The inquest was held at the White Swan Hotel in July, 1868. The verdict was that he had died from burns received when he fell into a fire. Mr. John Frayne, who was the cousin of Dunolly Publican, Peter Frayne, had … Continue reading
Cholera was believed to be the cause of death of Mr. Peter Campbell of Waanyarra. Mr. Campbell took ill and died only a few hours after returning from Dunolly on 15th April. Seik Cassin, a native of Calcutta, died in his tent at Long Gully on the 24th August. The inquest revealed that he died … Continue reading
“On Saturday night last, the 14th instant, I was milking the cows in the yard when I heard a child scream. I ran to the house immediately and saw the deceased outside the door with her clothes on fire. I ran to her and tore her clothes off.” This is part of the statement made … Continue reading
In January, 1862 temperatures soared to 118 degrees F and 120degrees F in the shade. The following week temperatures went as low as 45 degrees F.