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From: Sunelia Heath <>
Subject: [ZA-IB] Queenstown Free Press (Dec 1897)
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 11:31:38 -0800 (PST)
Friday, December 3, 1897
Birth,- At Queenstown, on the 1st December, the wife of W.J.R. GAMMIE, of a Son.
Tuesday, December 7, 1897
Died,- At Queenstown, on 28 November, 1897, George N. MITCHLEY, aged 39 years 11
Tuesday, December 14, 1897
Sad drowning fatality at Zwartkops.
An accident of the most painful character occurred yesterday (Thursday)
afternoon on Zwartkops River. Albert GREEN, aged 18, son of Mr GREEN,
photographer, of this town, and Arthur RENTON, aged about 24, went out in a
sailing boat shortly after two o’clock. There was a strong south-easter blowing
at the time, in fact a gale raged during the whole day, and it was eminently
dangerous for anyone to attempt to sail a boat under such circumstances. This,
however, did not deter the young men from making the attempt, and launching, the
frail lugsail they careered merrily before the wind. Their pleasure, however,
was unhappily to be of short duration. On nearing the wagon bridge they
attempted to turn back, but owing to the force of the gale blowing, the boat,
apparently, had become unmanageable, the mast ran foul of the bridge, and a
capsize resulted. The small boat almost immediately sank, and the two poor
fellows were struggling in the water. They both struck out and swam towards the
north bank. Young GREEN, however, who was a poor swimmer, succumbed about 50
yards from the shore. RENTON managed to come within a couple of yards of the
bank near the railway bridge, and Mrs CHELLOW (wife of the railway employee who
is in charge there) who was an eye witness of the disaster, ran down the bank to
render any assistance she could, and threw the end of an apron towards the
unfortunate fellow. He made an attempt to catch it but failed, and being very
much exhausted threw up his hands and disappeared. There were no people about
at the time, with the exception of Mrs CHELLOW and Miss VREIDE, daughter of the
tollkeeper at the wagon bridge; but the alarm was soon spread, and every
endeavour made to recover the bodies. Owing to the tide running full, it was
quite impossible to work with any hope of success; but nothing was left undone
to effect the purpose. About half-past 6 the tide turned, and efforts were
increased, three boats were engaged dragging all the likely spots on the river,
where the bodies might have drifted; but up to half-past 7, when our
representative left, no success had been attained.
Friday, December 17, 1897
Died,- At Queenstown, December 15th, 1897, Percy Oscar Nolan, beloved son of J.
And L. AUSTEN, aged 3 years and 2 months.
Friday, December 17, 1897
A Gallant Native.- The death, from consumption, took place at the Frontier
Hospital on Tuesday night of Private JULY, Cape Police. The deceased greatly
distinguished himself by his gallant conduct at the Langberg, where he saved the
life of Private WELAN, Cape Police.
Tuesday, December 21, 1897
Birth,- At Hardwycke House, Queenstown, on the 18th December, 1897, the wife of
J.B. KIRTON, of a Daughter.
Died.- At Stanley Grove, Manchester, on 23rd November, Marian, the beloved wife
of William A STILLWELL of Johannesburg.
Died.- At Burghersdorp, on Wednesday, the 15th December, 1897, Arthur Ayliff,
fourth son of Hardwicke and Alix ANDREWS, aged 9 months and 27 days.
Friday, December 24, 1897
Died,- At Queenstown, on Dec. 21st, Mary Ann Elizabeth, dearly beloved wife of
F. HOWARD, aged 27 years, 7 months and 12 days.
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