Group of men rescuing train driver after crash, Moselle, Queensland 1938; Uniden...
Group of men rescuing train driver after crash, Moselle, Queensland 1938About this object
A reproduction of a black and white photograph of a group of men pulling the train driver, Mr McMuntrie, from the wreckage of the engine after a head-on collision with another train at Moselle Siding (near Richmond, Queensland) on 2nd December 1938.
The engine driver, Mr Bowler; and the fireman, Mr Galton (both from Richmond) were killed. Mr Galton was crushed from the waist down but survived the crash long enough to be removed from the wreckage. He is said to have asked to see the crash site and then died.
The train driver from Hughenden, Mr McMuntrie who is pictured in this photograph being rescued, tried to save his train by putting it into reverse at full throttle. His fireman, Mr Cransen, was able to jump clear of the tracks before impact. Unfortunately Mr McMuntrie sustained severe injuries. As can be seen in this image, one of his arms was completely severed above the elbow and one of his legs (seen lying on the stretcher) has the boot facing back to front. Mr McMuntrie died from his injuries.
Sent by Email 5th October 2018 Name: Sue Jenkinson-Thompson (nee Bowler) Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Comment: "The train driver killed at Moselle was George Bowler (not Bowden). He was my father's father. Please check court transcriptions for evidence. Please change. Thank you. Sue"Format
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Handwritten on back: "(4) // McMUNTRIE BEING TAKEN // FROM ENGINE ONE ARM // COMPLETY (sic) CUT OFF ABOVE // ELBOW AND ONE LEG // LYING ON STRETCHER, // THE BOOT IS LYING BACK // TO FRONT."
Printed on back: "Kodak Royal // Digital Paper Papier Numerique // GRNHLLS CC 001.jpg001 HD // 2627 256 N N N N--- SA108 Z102.4/ 100.0
152mm x 102mmSubject and Association Keywords
Flinders Shire Historical Photograph ProjectCredit Line
Image donated to the Flinders Shire Council Historical Photograph Project by Mr Philip Jenkin.Object Type
The train driver killed at Moselle was George Bowler (not Bowden). He was my father's father. Please check court transcriptions for evidence. Please change. Thank you. Sue
Just letting you know that you've spelt the surname incorrectly, it's McMurtrie, not McMuntrie. Obviously someone wrote it down incorrectly at the time.
could please correct the name of one of the drivers - its not Bowden its Bowler and George Bowler was a relative of mine. Its also listed in the newspapers of the time as Bowler.
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