Group of men rescuing train driver after crash, Moselle, Queensland 1938; Uniden...

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Flinders Shire Historical Collection

Name/Title

Group of men rescuing train driver after crash, Moselle, Queensland 1938

About 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 Bowden; 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.

Maker

Unidentified

Maker Role

Photographer

Format

reproduction

Date Made

2013

Inscription and Marks

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

Measurements

152mm x 102mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Hughenden (Queensland)

Subject and Association Keywords

railway accidents

Subject and Association Keywords

people

Subject and Association Keywords

Richmond (Queensland)

Collection

Flinders Shire Historical Photograph Project

Credit Line

Image donated to the Flinders Shire Council Historical Photograph Project by Mr Philip Jenkin.

Object Type

Photograph

Object number

2013-98

Copyright Licence  

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M. McMurtrie 22 Dec 2016 07:12 AM,UTC

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.

Vivianne Kay 06 Mar 2014 05:52 AM,UTC

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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