A Workplace Accident

My First Cousin, three times removed Josiah Eldridge.

GENERAL NEWS. (1877, May 22). The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843-1893), p. 2. Retrieved March 11, 2011, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18818875

The Binda correspondent of the Gouburn Herald writes:-On Thursday last Mr. Marsden, Coroner, held an inquest near Binda on the body of a young man named William Brownlow, aged about nineteen, who was killed the pre-vious day under the following circumstances: It appears that at a place called Green Camp Creek a man named Josiah Eldridge; assisted by a lad about fourteen named William McDonald, was engaged in putting up a fence for Mr. Alexander Webster, when the deceased came and assisted them for about two hours with the fencing, and then pro- ceeded to cut down a tree about 2ft. 9in. in diameter. He cut it about half through when, being a leaning   one, it fell, splitting up the centre und leaving the butt resting on the splintered portion about five feet from the ground. Deceased then commenced to cut away where the tree, was resting, and while so doing it fell on to him across his chest. He did not speak and on Eldridge and the boy, who were close at hand, running up to him they found he was already dead Assistance was obtained and the tree removed. The verdict of the jury was accidental death and that no blame attached to anyone.