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Robert Wickham (1851–1896)

A fatal accident happened at Beecroft this morning. While the down Northern express, due at Hornsby Junction at 9.44 a.m. was passing Beecroft, the driver, Wickham, who had been oiling his engine and was returning to the cab, slipped and fell from the engine, breaking his neck. The body was brought on to Hornsby Junction, where an inquest will be held to-morrow. Wickham was highly spoken of by the railway employees, and was generally respected. He was the driver of the train that ran through the slip points at Carlingford about four years ago.

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Additional Resources

  • item about the accident, Newcastle Morning Herald (NSW), 12 June 1896, p 4
  • inquest, Daily Telegraph (Sydney), 13 June 1896, p 11
  • funeral, Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW), 16 June 1896, p 4

Citation details

'Wickham, Robert (1851–1896)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 29 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


18 November, 1851
Margate, Kent, England


11 June, 1896 (aged 44)
Beecroft, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

workplace accident

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