So I thought it could be a good idea to share what I have been up to - and most importantly record some of my genealogy research, because sometimes my brain is so full it is nearly bursting and I just cant remember where I wrote that very important new fact or discovery down. Hopefully, now I will know.
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Wonderful Escape From Injury By Lightning
After my post last week, I have been looking to see what else I might learn about the Graham family from Garryowen, near Queanbeyan. I came across this dramatic report of a lightning strike. The title of the article says it all really.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954) Tuesday 26
November 1872, page 4
Rebecca, from last weeks post will have been about four years old at the time of the lightning strike, her brother Robert though was about twelve. I'm not sure I'd have referred to him as a little child, though I do wonder if I had a career in newspapers in a former life, because I seem to write in very long sentences just as they did !
I have discovered other bits and pieces about this family which I will save for another time. But I have included the article immediately before the lightning strike report. Living in the Shaky Isles as I do, I like to read about how earthquakes were reported when there wasnt a great understanding of their cause, or how the shockwaves travelled, and how they were often reported as separate events in different locations, as if they had happened in isolation and werent in fact the same shock felt over a wide area. (It's a morbid fascination I have)
What a fortnight they had had in Queanbeyan though, earthquakes, lightning strikes - I wonder if there was anything else out of the ordinary.