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The following account comes from the 1940 Evening Post newspaper published in Wellington. The reports contain details of the death and inquest of Joyce Myrtle Spurdle, who died as a result of injuries sustained when she slipped on a banana skin.

Banana skin


Evening Post

Volume CXXIX, Issue 90, 16 April 1940, Page 11.



It was revealed at an inquest before the Coroner, Mr. J. Enislie, today, that Joyce Spurdle, aged eight, of 66 Central Terrace; died at the hospital from a fracture of the skull received when she slipped on a banana skin while playing at school on April 4.

Evening Post

Volume CXXIX, Issue 83, 8 April 1940, Page 1


SPURDLE.—On Saturday, April 6, 1940, at the Wellington Hospital, Joyce Myrtle, the dearly beloved daughter, of Reginald and Katherine Spurdle, of Central Terrace, late of Inglewood; aged 8 years. R.I.P.