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Richard David Paton (1863–1901)

At Native Dog Gold Mine, near Oberon, on Thursday, a serious mining accident occurred, resulting in one man being killed and another injured. The two men, Richard Paton and Thomas Collingwood, were removing some washdirt in a race, the sides of which were about 14 feet high, when the banks fell in. Paton was completely covered, but Collingwood was able to remove a portion of the earth from overhead, and call for assistance. A couple of miners at once commenced to shift the earth away, but when Paton was extricated life was extinct. Collingwood sustained a dislocated shoulder and was brought into the Bathurst Hospital yesterday for treatment.

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'Paton, Richard David (1863–1901)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 22 February 2024.

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Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia


30 May, 1901 (aged ~ 38)
Oberon, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

mining accident

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