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James Ramsay (1853–1879)

A dreadful accident occurred yesterday afternoon at Minninup. Mr. James. Ramsay was standing behind a timber whim loaded with a log, when the chain by which the pole was fastened to the log became unfastened, and the pole rebounded backwards, striking him on the head with terrific force causing instantaneous death. This event has thrown a gloom over the whole district, as Mr. Ramsay, although quite a young man, was universally respected. He was a member of the Roads Board, a large landowner, and one of our leading agriculturists and stock-breeders. He had twice visited the Eastern colonies for the purpose of selecting cart horses and pedigree cattle, and would, doubtless, had his life been spared, have taken a prominent part in public affairs in the district. His death will cast a gloom over our agricultural show, as he has been about the largest exhibitor, and it is a singular coincidence that the deaths by accident of three old colonists and leading men – E. Newman, J. De C. Lefroy, and James Ramsay – all occurred just before the Bunbury agricultural show.

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Life Summary [details]


11 November, 1853
Bunbury, Western Australia, Australia


27 October, 1879 (aged 25)
Bunbury, Western Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

farming accident

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