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Fatal Accident on the Upper Ngunguru, 1892 PDF Print
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Written by PapersPast, National Library of New Zealand   
Saturday, 08 August 2009

Northern Advocate, 20 February 1892

A sad accident attended with loss of life, occured in the Kauri Timber Company's bush on the upper Ngunguru river, on the morning of Wednesday last the 17th inst.

It appears that the Lynch Bros. had a contract for falling and logging a quantity of timber in the above company's bush, the two brothers were working by themselves, and about 9 a.m on the morning in question both of them were jacking a log oyer a rather rough roadway, Edward Lynch was working well towards the centre of the log with his jack, whilst the deceased (David) had another jack, on the lower end. Both men were lifting the log over a stump when suddenly the log swerved around on this stump, striking David on the chest knocking him down and rolling over him. Edward got the log off his brother as expeditiously as possible when it was found that the whole of the chest was crushed in. The unfortunate man lived about three minutes after the log was got off him, remarking to his brother, "Ned, I'm done for."

a verdict of, "Accidental death through the rolling of a log on deceaseds chest." was returned.

Edward Lynch at once went for assistance, some four miles distant and on returning with some friends ami a stretcher, the corpse of his brother was conveyed to the Ngunguru Hotel, where an injuest was held on Thursday morning, before F. F. Day Esq., J.P., Coroner, and a jury of six, of whom Mr H. H. Taylor, was chosen foreman. Constable Moore of Kamo, watched the inquest on behalf of the police. Nothing new was elicited and a verdict of, "Accidental death through the rolling of a log on deceaseds chest," was returned. The deceased David Lynoh was highly respected as a hard working sober man. He was about 45 years of age, and unmarried. The body was interred, on Thursday evening in the Ngunguru Cemetery.

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