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Napoleon Everingham (1851–1880)

The festivities and rejoicings which attended the recent opening of the railway to Wellington were not without their dark side. A telegram in the Sydney Morning Herald of the 3rd instant, announcing the opening of the line, conveyed further the sad intelligence that a shunter named [Napoleon] Everingham had been crushed to death between two carriages while in the discharge of his duties. The sad event cast a gloom over the whole proceedings, the darkness of which was intensified by the knowledge that the deceased had left a widow and three children to mourn his untimely end. The man had not, however, been unmindful of his obligations. In February, 1870, he had effected a life assurance policy with the Australian Mutual Provident Society for £100. He had paid in premiums the sum of £3 10s. only, in return for which a cheque for £100 is about to be dispatched to his widow, as some little solace to her in her bereavement. It is incidents of this character, occurring before our very eyes, that are required to impress upon our people a proper conception of the value of life assurance. One ounce of the inexorable logic of fact is worth a whole ton of the most impassioned eloquence that was ever born of the honey of Attic bees.

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'Everingham, Napoleon (1851–1880)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 June 2024.

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