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Roland Cudmore (1879–1913)

A telegram was received in Adelaide on Thursday night conveying the sad tidings that Mr Roland Cudmore of Mildura had been killed in a motor accident. Mr Cudmore, who had been on a visit to his father (Mr. Daniel Cudmore), of Victor Harbor, left Adelaide on the return journey home at about 10 o'clock on Tuesday morning in a motor he had purchased about six months previously. Doubts were expressed at the time of the wisdom of his setting out on the long journey by himself, but he was confident that he would complete it safely, and started in the best of spirits. The car was found overturned at Ned's Corner late on Thursday afternoon, with Mr. Cudmore's crushed body lying beneath it.

Mr. Wilkinson, of Murthoo Station, was the first to know of the accident, and he hastened to Ned's Corner woolshed in his car and telephoned the news back to the station. Assistance was immediately sent to the scene, and telegrams were also despatched to Mildura, and a doctor, and the police were advised. Mr. Arthur Crozier, of Kulnine Station, rendered help, and after releasing the body he conveyed it in his car to Mildura.

It is estimated that Mr. Cudmore would reach Ned's Corner by about 12 o'clock on Wednesday and he must, therefore, have been lying under the car for a day before he was discovered. He left a widow (a daughter of Mr. J. W. Porter) and three children, the eldest of whom is only about 3 years of age. Mr Cudmore was educated at St Peter’s College, and served in the South African War as an officer of the first contingent, gaining the Queen’s Medal and four clasps for service in action in Cape Colony and Orange River Colony. He was very well known in Adelaide, and possessed a wide circle of friends.

It is about eight years since he took up land at Mildura.

Mr. H. Cudmore, of New Zealand, is a brother and Mrs. Milroy Smith, of Tasmania, a sister. Mrs. Cudmore is a sister of Mrs. C. L. Jersop, Mrs. W. A. Verco, Mrs. V. M. Newland (British East Africa), Mrs W. Angus, and Mr. F. W. Porter.

Renmark, October 24

Mr. James Wilkinson, of Murtho Park, was returning with his wife from the Darling River on Thursday, when he found the overturned car about eight miles below the Kulnine station homestead. Mr. Cudmore's arm and head were pinned below the left side of the car. Mr. Cudmore had apparently been dead many hours. From appearances, the car turned suddenly in its tracks, owing to the slippery nature of the ground. Mr. Wilkinson came on to the Ned's Corner woolshed and telephoned the news to the Mildura police and to Mr. Arthur Crozier of Kulnine.

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