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Burial Location:Kookynie  (details...)
Occupation: Miner
Place of Death: Kookynie Hospital, Kookynie
Date of Death: 06 February 1911
Date of Burial:07 February 1911
Age:38 years
Cause of Death:Fracture of Skull
OGM Ref#: 1972


According to the Acting Coroner, Mr J. Leipold, J.P., who held a Coronial Inquest at Kookynie on 15 February to establish the cause of death of Mr Nightingale, death was due to a fracture of the skull received by falling from a tram line whilst tipping a truck on the Champion Gold Mine, Kookynie.

The deceased's mother, Amelia Montgomery, was born in 1841 at Ashby St Ledgers, Northamptonshire, England. She married Henry Nightingale on 17 February 1860 at Daventry, Northamptonshire, England. He was born 16 February 1834 at Floore, Northamptonshire. The first four children of this marriage were born in England before the family emigrated to Clunes, Victoria, where the remaining 5 children were born. They were: Charles Henry born 1862; Samuel born 1866; Edwin born 1868; Mary Ann born 1870. George, born 1872, was the first of the children born in Australia but he died on 25 October 1874. The next child was the deceased, who was born in 1874. Then followed Alice Evelyn in 1878 and William born 23 September 1878 (it is not known if Alice and William were twins); finally, John born 1882.

Henry died 3 October 1904 at Tallygaroopna, Victoria. His wife died in Avenel, Victoria, on 25 October 1928.

George Henry died intestate, leaving an estate valued at £6. The deceased had spent 23 years in Victoria before moving to Western Australia.

Parents:Amelia (nee MONTGOMERY) and Henry NIGHTINGALE
Birth Details:1874, Clunes, Victoria; Birth Registration 21739/1874, Clunes
Death Certificate:6/1911, North Coolgardie
State Records Office: NIGHTINGALE, George - Kookynie. AU WA S2323 cons5790 1911/038 Item 1911-03-03 - Part of INTESTATE FILES (PUBLIC TRUSTEE); Death of George Nightingale at Kookynie on 6.2.1911 AU WA S76 cons430 1911/1171 Item - Part of GENERAL FILES [2]
Comments:A footnote to this story is "Owing to the heavy drain on its fatal accident fund the Miners' Union has unfortunately found it necessary to demand increased contributions from its branches. It is distressing to have to note that since the beginning of the year Death has been very busy among underground men, not only along the Mile, where several shocking accidents have occurred, but also out-back. The last to meet his end was J. Nightingale, a prominent Kookynie union man. A lamentable feature of the sad business is that had proper precautions been taken by those in charge of the mines most of the lives would not have been sacrificed. So far there is no talk of the department taking legal proceedings against those officials who were at fault."