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Born: 8 October 1927 - Ardlethan, New South wales, Australia
Died: 20 October 1998 - Griffith, New South wales, Australia

The Area News (Griffith) - 28 October 1998

MR R KAWELMACHER Raymond Kawelmacher (better known as Norky), late of Coolah Street, Griffith, died at the Griffith Base Hospital on Tuesday, October 20 at the age of 71 years. He was the loved brother of Myrtle Diggelmann, George, Rex and Maree Trembath and families. The funeral service was held on October23 at the Cathedral Church of St Alban Martyr Griffith, before an interment in the lawn section of the Griffith Cemetery. Funeral Directors were Collier and Trenerry, Funeral Directors of Griffith, Hillston arid Darlington Point-Coleambally.


KING James
Born: 1874 - Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia
Died: 1 March 1929 - Mooroopna, Victoria, Australia

The Free Press (Kyabram) - Tuesday, 5th March 1929


The death occurred in the Mooroopna Hospital on Friday morning of Mr James King, aged 57 years, a resident of the Tatura district for over 30 years, The late Mr King was stricken with paralysis on Tuesday last and was taken to Mooroopna Hospital but little hope was held out for his recovery. He leaves six children, the oldest 17. His wife (who was the sister of Messrs George, William, Albert, Robert and Alf Seamons of Tatura and Mrs Bentleigh, Brunswick) predeceased him about six years ago. The funeral took place on Saturday. The remains were interred in the Tatura Cemetery, The burial service was conducted by Rev Father O'Connell.


KING Michael James
Born: 19 April 1951
Died: 13 February 1971 - Goroke, Victoria, Australia

The Mail Times (Horsham) - 15th February 1971


A Nhill youth died at the weekend when his car skidded and overturned twice on the Goroke-Edenhope road at Karnok.
He was Michael King, 18, of Beecher Street.
Three other youths in the car were injured.
Potter and Wilson were taken to Goroke Hospital and Potter was later transfered to Wimmera Base Hospital in Horsham.
Clarke was treated for his injuries and allowed to go home.
Police said yesterday the youths were travelling towards Edenhope about 4 pm on Saturday when their car skidded on a straight stretch of road 14 miles south of Goroke.
The car overturned twice and King died instantly.
Police said the youths were driving a 1959 model sedan.
First Const. Edgar Forge, of Goroke, is preparing a report for the coroner.


KING (nee Seamons) Sarah
Born: 1885 - Murchison, Victoria, Australia
Died: 1 December 1923, Mooroopna, Victoria, Australia

The Shepparton News - Thursday, 6th December 1923

Much sympathy has been expressed for Mr James King in the bereavement that has been sustained by him on the death of his wife, which occurred at the Mooroopna Hospital on Saturday last, following an attack of pneumonia. In addition to the husband, she leaves a family of six children, the eldest being 12 years and the youngest three years of age. The deceased who was only 35 years of age, was sister of Messrs. Robert, Alf and George Seamons of Tatura. Her eldest brother was killed in the great war.


LEAREY (nee Wall) Florence Elizabeth
Born: 30 July 1893 - Violet Town, Victoria, Australia
Died: 20 May 1932 - Tocumwal, New South Wales, Australia

The Finley Mail - Monday, 30th May 1932

Mrs Geoff Learey
A genuine feeling of sadness pervaded the town of Berrigan on 21st inst. when the news was circulated that the wife of Mr G Learey, of Green Swamp, had died the previous evening. Early on Friday she had given birth to twins, a boy and a girl, at a private hospital at Tocumwal and it was indeed sad that before the day was out they were left motherless. The deceased who was 38 years of age had lived at Green Swamp for some years, and had made a friend of all who had the privilege of making her acquaintance, her kindly disposition, generous nature and pleasing manner, earning the greatest popularity, respect and esteem. The sad occurrence was the theme of much sympathetic comment and expressions of condolence with the bereaved husband and relatives were heard on all sides. In addition to the twins, there are two other children bereft of an excellent mother's love. The remains were interred in the Methodist portion of the Berrigan Cemetery on Saturday afternoon, where a large gathering of sorrowing friends assembled to pay their last tribute of respect. The service at the graveside was conducted by the Rev RJ Kennedy.


MARSHALL Frederick Thomas
Born: 26 February 1907 - Footscray, Victoria, Australia
Died: 28 January 1960 - Orbost, Victoria, Australia

Bairnsdale Advertiser - 1st February 1960


It took four doctors at Bairnsdale Hospital several hours to attend the five men injured in the railway tragedy near Orbost at 3.30 on Thursday afternoon.
The leader of the work gang, Frederick Marshall, of Nowa Nowa, was dead on arrival at hospital. He was the driver of the trolley that crashed 30 feet from a bridge spanning the Princes Highway, between Orbost and Newmerella.
There ware fourteen persons on the two cart unit when the leading section left the rails, throwing three men from the bridge. Eight of the remaining eleven jumped to safety by landing on railway sleepers as the trolley plummeted earthwards with their six mates.

The uninjured watched helplessly from the ten-feet wide viaduct. The six victims were spread across on grass and rocks adjacent the highway road. It is believed that the machine crashed on top of the driver, who sustained shocking head injuries. Orbost ambulance was summoned, and Dr Gardiner, of Orbost, had a busy time treating the men. Rescuers had to negotiate a rocky gully to reach the victims.

Two trained nurses, on a motoring holiday, arrived at the scene, and rendered on the spot attention. With First Constable L Ostler, of Orbost police, assisting, the injured were lifted into two waiting ambulances. An Orbost newsman, rushed to the scene to gather information, found himself driving one of the ambulances. Station attendant Mr Keith Bateman was at the controls of the first vehicle to leave for Bairnsdale.

A police motor cycle from Bairnsdale, met the ambulance and provided an escort. The driver of the trolley died some distance from Bairnsdale. Bairnsdale Hospital Staff had been alerted and was standing by as the first of the injured arrived.

The railway workers were returning to Nowa Nowa from Orbost when the mishap occurred. Police said it appeared school children had placed rocks on the line and these caused the machine to crash from the bridge. Two nine year old boys have been interviewed at Orbost by the constabulary. Hospital authorities to-day (Monday) reported the five men as comfortable.

Killed - Frederick Marshall, 54 years, of Nowa Nowa.
In juried Critical: Guiseppe De Marco, Bairnsdale, compound fracture of arm, fractured pelvis and internal injuries.
Serious: Angelo Coco, Bairnsdale, fractured shoulder, fractured femur; Michael Fatone, Bairnsdale, fractured pelvis, hip and ankle, internal injuries.
Satisfactory: Rocci Puzella, Bairnsdale, fractured leg and ribs.
Minor: Francisco Scroezylski, Bairnsdale, was allowed to go home after being treated for a lacerated right hand.

Also involved and unhurt (all of Bairnsdale): Candido De Marco, Leonardo De Marco, Agostino Mortaruola, Paolo Recchia, Guido Maglioni, Pasquale La Manna; Angelo Landieri (Bumberrah) and Albert Hayes (Nowa Nowa).
Smaller article also appeared in The Sun on the 29th January 1960

held on 17th March 1960 at Bairnsdale and completed at Orbost on the 6th April, 1960.

Frederick Thomas Marshall died from injuries received on the 28th January, 1960 when a trolley on which he was being carried was derailed on Railway Viaduct between Orbost and Newmerella, such derailment being caused by stones being placed on a railway line by two nine year old boys.
I find that the death of the deceased was due to misadventure.


MARSHALL (nee Bristow) Ruby Jane
Born: 1908 - Carlton, Victoria, Australia
Died: 2 December 1958 - Daylesford, Victoria, Australia

Daylesford Advocate - Tuesday, 9th December 1958


The death occurred on Tuesday of a well known and respected resident of the town in the person of Mrs Ruby Jane Marshall, after a short illness.
Born in Melbourne, Mrs Marshall came here about twenty years ago and made a large circle of friends by her kindly nature. Mr Marshall, four sons and two daughters mourn the passing of a devoted mother.
The funeral which took place on Thursday afternoon from Christ Church to the Daylesford Cemetery was largely attended, many floral tributes being received.
Coffin bearers were Mr A Petten (son-in-law), L Hedwards, W Cowan, R Matthews, T Tori and M Turner.
Rev JF Gibbs conducted the services at the church and cemetery.


McPHERSON (nee Miller) Eleanor Francis
Born: 1907 - Surrey Hills, Victoria, Australia
Died: 15 October 1933 - Shepparton, Victoria, Australia

The Shepparton News - Monday, 16th October 1933

Friends of Mr Colin McPherson of Grahamvale will regret to learn of the death of his wife, Mrs Eleanor Frances McPherson, which took place in a private hospital yesterday, at the early age of 26 years. Deceased who was the only daughter of Mr TA Miller of Brighton, was only married in June 1932. About a fortnight ago she gave birth to a baby, but pneumonia supervened and she passed away at 3 am yesterday. The funeral took place to Shepparton cemetery this afternoon, when the Rev G Paul officiated and Messrs Kittle Bros had charge of the funeral arrangements. The cortege was a lengthy one, many beautiful wreaths being received. The coffin bearers were:- Arthur Miller, George and Norman McPherson, Robert Banks, Chas H Wright and Neil Forbes.


MILLER Thomas Anderson
Born: 29 April 1871 - Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Died: 13 December 1946 - Shepparton, Victoria, Australia

The Shepparton News - Monday, 16th December 1946


After a series of severe illnesses in recent years, Mr Thomas A Miller, of Knight, Street, Shepparton, passed away at his residence on Friday night at the age of 75 'years. His remains were yesterday taken by Messrs Kittle Bros to Melbourne for interment in the family grave at Brighton Cemetery.

The late Mr Miller, who was a native of Ballarat, had a distinguished career with the PMG department, having risen to the post of chief clerk in the administrative office at Melbourne, a position his ability, integrity and keen sense of duty would have fully merited. On several occasions he was selected to perform special missions for the de residing in Melbourne he made his first essay in conducting with the Canterbury Methodist Male Choir. On coming to live in Shepparton about 13 years ago - soon after his retirement - he continued his interest in music. His tenor voice was much appreciated in the Centenary Choir. His other main hobby was fishing at which he spent many delightful hours. With his wealth of experience to draw upon, the late Mr Miller, in his clear deliberate style, was a most interesting raconteur of past events.

He is survived by his wife and four sons -Howard (Sydney), Arthur and Keith (Melbourne) and Alan (Shepparton). A daughter Nell (Mrs Colin McPherson) predeceased him.


MILNE (nee Seamons) Caroline Annie
Born: 12 December 1900 - Yandoit, Victoria, Australia
Died: 12 May 1943, Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia

Castlemaine Mail - Saturday, May 15th 1943

Mrs Caroline Annie Milne, whose death occurred at the Castlemaine Hospital on Wednesday last, in her 43 year, was a well known and popular resident of Clydesdale. Her passing has evoked deep regret throughout the district and sincere sympathy for the bereaved husband, Mr Chas Milne, and the son and daughter who now mourn the loss of a devoted mother. Mrs Milne was active during the 1914-18 war on soldiers work, but failing heath in recent years precluded any possibility of her being similarly engaged in the present struggle. The funeral on Thursday was largely attended. Floral tributes, massed on the beautiful maple casket, were eloquent testimony of the esteem in which the deceased lady was held. Prominent amongst these was a domed wreath from the Wattle Gully gold mine. Following a service at the residence, conducted by Rev Barnard (who also officiated at the graveside), the cortege moved off to the Newstead cemetery. The casket-bearers were Messrs RW & L Seamons (brothers), Fred Milne, G Robertson and T Wilson (brothers-in-law).


NICKELS Benjamin Eilee
Born: 22 December 1866 - Amherst, Victoria, Australia
Died: 8 December 1946 - Echuca, Victoria, Australia

The Free Press (Kyabram) - Friday, 13th December 1946

Mr B.E. Nickels

Mr Benjamin E. Nickels, one of the best known and respected persons in Kyabram passed away in Echuca Hospital on Sunday, within 14 days of his 80th birthday, which he had often expressed a wish to celebrate. Mr Nickels was proud of his years and the activity associated with them. He was born at Amherst, near Maryborough in 1867, his parents being Christopher and Katherine Nickels.

Deceased served his apprenticeship as a wheelwright at Clunes and completed his time, when only 19 years of age. At that age, with the assistance of two boys, he built an old English platform wagon, which competed successfully against all other makers in Victoria. He continued his occupation as a coach builder in Melbourne and also when he came to reside at Kyabram in 1899. For a time he also conducted a small boot store in Allan Street. A most versatile tradesman, he could turn his hand to almost anything, particularly regarding woodwork. As a young man he was possessed of a pleasing tenor voice, and religiously inclined, he was associated with Gipsy Smith, the well known evangelist, for a period. He was also a member of the Orange Lodge and a staunch Rechabite.

With the late Mr Nickels, cricket was almost an obsession, and he never wearied of discussing the teams of his youthful days, and of which he was an integral part as a batsman and bowler. Even at an advanced age he could deliver a guileful ball.

During the past 28 years he has acted as caretaker of the Kyabram Mechanics Institute, and his ability as a billiards player was well known. He had been failing in health for the past two and a half years but it was only a few weeks ago that he became seriously ill, and was removed to Echuca Hospital.

He is survived by his widow and a family of five sons Benjamin Aubrey (Kyabram), Percy Neville (Beechworth), Frederick Judkins (Kyabram), George Anzac (Footscray), Christopher Aldane (West Melbourne) and one daughter, Amy (Mrs R McIntosh, Rushworth). There is one surviving sister, Mrs Don Calder, Tarnagulla.

The funeral took place on Monday to Kyabram cemetery. Prior to the cortege leaving his late residence in Unitt St, a short service was conducted by Rev RG Mitchell, who also officiated at the graveside. Coffin bearers were Messrs P Nickels, G Nickels, F Nickels (sons) and R Seamons.


NICKELS Frederick Judkins
Born: 4 November 1916 - Kyabram,. Victoria, Australia
Died: 12 December 1974 - Gordon, Victoria, Australia

The Sun (Melbourne) - Friday, 13th December 1974


A man died yesterday when his panel van was hit by a passenger train at Gordon, near Ballarat. The man Mr Frederick Judkins Nickels, 58, was on look out duty for a work crew. The panel van which had a radio walkie talkie was pushed a quarter of a mile along the track. Mr Nickels of Lyons St, Newstead, near Ballarat, was on the way to a position near Llandeilo crossing east of Gordon, when the train struck about 10.10 am. The train, was reported to be running late. It was Mr Nickels job to warn by radio a work crew down the line of approaching trains. A Ballarat ambulance took Mr Nickels to the Ballarat Base Hospital. He was dead on arrival.

The Courier (Ballarat) - Friday, 13th December 1974


A Newstead man died when his panel van was crushed, ripped apart then pushed for a quarter of a mile by a train just outside Gordon yesterday morning. The dead man was Frederick Judkins Nickels, 58, of Lyons Street, Newstead. He was an assistant fencer on the railways. Nickels was on temporary 'walkie-talkie' duty when his 1963 panel van was hit by the passenger train on its way to Horsham. It was his job to warn by radio a permanent way crew further down the line of an approaching train.

The crew was working on the line at Bradshaw's, a little east of Bostock Reservoir. The dead man is understood to have been traveling to take up a position near the Llandeilo crossing just east of Gordon when the train struck his vehicle, about 10.18 am. The train, on a daily schedule was reported to be running late. Nickels may not have known this. The impact tore out a signpost and the front end of the car was torn from the body leaving a trail of pieces from the gearbox and engine along the track for many yards. The front wheels and radiator were flung up onto an embankment.

The remained of the panel van, with Nickels still behind the wheel was pushed for a quarter of a mile along the track, past the site of the old Llandielo railway station. The twisted and crumpled remains of the panel van had to be removed from the line before the train could proceed. An ambulance was rushed from Ballarat, and took Nickels to the Base Hospital, but he was dead on arrival.
Senior Constable D C Beverin of Gordon was in charge of police operation.


Born: abt 1904
Died: 22 June 1917 - Echuca, Victoria, Australia

The Free Press (Kyabram) - Tuesday, June 26th 1917

The death occurred on Friday night, at the Echuca hospital, of Mavis Nickels, aged 14, daughter of Mr & Mrs Ben Nickels, of Kyabram, following an operation for appendicitis. Deceased was a very bright girl, and her death has excited feelings of regret and sympathy for her parents. The funeral took place at Echuca on Saturday.


NICKELS Percy Neville
Born: 13 December 1914 - Kyabram, Victoria, Australia
Died: 2 May 1958 - Gin Gin, Queensland, Australia

The Courier - Mail (Brisbane) - Saturday, 3rd May 1958

Three men were killed in Queensland road accidents yesterday - two when cars crashed trying to avoid a wallaby, and the third at a level crossing smash. The two men who died avoiding a wallaby were members of a party of Seventh Day Adventists returning home after attending a camp at Yeppoon. The driver of one car swerved and braked on the Bruce Highway and the following car crashed into it. The men killed were Percy Nickels, married, of Zillmere, Brisbane and Norman Cross, married, of Southport. They were passengers in a car driven by George Walker of Maryborough. Another passenger, Eddie Hinze, of Ipswich, received minor injuries and shock. The accident occurred about 40 miles south of Bunderberg, between Childers and Gin Gin. Gin Gin Ambulance bearers took the three men to the Gin Gin Hospital where Nickels and Cross died later in the day. Hinze was able to return to Ipswich by plane.




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