Today in history: Snake kills 19yo, horse dies in race fall

ON THIS day (January 6) in Gladstone history:


The grass-fed holiday meeting of the Gladstone Turf Club was commenced today in fine, warm weather.

The attendance was good, and the course looked splendid, but the track had hardly recovered from the recent flood rain, making the inside going hazardous at the straight entrance.

The racing was marred by one serious accident. In the opening race, coming into the straight with a field of nine, WH Murray's Lady Lou, ridden by T Ryalls, came down heavily.

Phil Palmer, ridden by McGibbon, toppled over Lady Lou, and Erin's Maid, ridden by Marshall, also came down. Lady Lou could not rise, and was subsequently destroyed. Jockey Ryalls was seriously injured, sustaining a fractured rib, a compound fracture to the leg, a cut head, and slight concussion of the brain.

Marshall escaped with a dislocated collarbone, severe bruises and a shaking.

The stipendiary steward, Mr Wilson, and the committee inspected the track after the accident and decided that it was safe for racing, providing the jockeys kept out.


Whilst clearing lantana on his father's property at Colosseum yesterday morning, Henry Francis William Ward, 19 years, was bitten by a black snake.

He immediately hurried to a neighbour, who made an incision and placed a ligature above the wound, after which Ward received first aid from the Miriam Vale Ambulance officer.

He, however, died while being conveyed to Gladstone hospital.