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Trove Tuesday: Mining Accident

Today's post involves my 2nd Great Uncle Albert 'Victor' Battye.  Victor (as he was known) was the son of Edward Battye and his wife Ellen nee Pierse.  He was born in Gundagai in 1888 and died at his mother's house at Jones' Creek on the 13th November 1919.  He never married and was buried at the North Gundagai Cemetery on the 14th December 1919.  I have previously posted about him here.

Source: "OH, MY POOR WIFE" (1916, October 29). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 9. Retrieved from


Victor Battye, a young miner, was seriously injured at Gundagai North Gold Mine on Friday, through the fall of a large rock.  Battye received immediate assistance, and was found to be suffering from severe injuries to the spinal chord, the lower part of the body being paralysed.  He was conveyed to the hospital, where he lies in a precarious condition.

Source: FALL OF EARTH. (1916, October 31). The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser (NSW : 1868 - 1931), p. 2. Retrieved July 4, 2017, from



QUITE a gloom was caste over the town on Saturday by the unfortunate accident that befel Victor Battye, a young and experienced miner.  It appears he was working about 50 feet down in the Gundagai North Gold Mine at Jones' Creek, when a fall of  rock, estimated by the manager of the mine to be about half a ton, fell, from a distance of about five feet overhead, one rock striking Battye on the side throwing him down.  His mate Harry Smith was a short distance away and went to his assistance and called for help and Battye was removed to the surface and afterwards carried to the local hospital, the lower portion of his body and legs being semi-paralysed.  On arrival Dr. Gabriel gave the body a good overhauling and pronounced the case a serious one as the spine was injured.  Battye now lies at the hospital in a serious condition, but we are pleased to be able to state the case is making as much progress as possible considering the injuries.  Much sympathy is felt for the Battye family, as Victor was a very conscientious man and had been the main support to the home for many years.

Source: ALL ABOUT PEOPLE. (1916, December 28). The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural and Mining Advocate (NSW : 1898 - 1928), p. 4. Retrieved from


Yesterday afternoon Mr. Victor Battye, who was injured in a mine accident a few months back, was taken to Sydney for medical treatment.  A big body of volunteers carried Vic. the two miles journey from the hospital to the railway station.

Source: ALI ABOUT PEOPLE. (1917, January 15). The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural and Mining Advocate (NSW : 1898 - 1928), p. 2. Retrieved from


Mr. Vic. Battye, the victim of the Reno mine accident, is to undergo an operation in the Sydney Hospital in the course of a few days when Dr. Maitland returns from Kosciusko.  Vic. has been an inmate of Sydney Hospital since he was taken to Sydney.


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