Today in history: Boy injured playing with mincer

ON THIS day (December 23) in Gladstone history:

1875:

A little boy named Shepherd was amusing himself the other day with the butcher's mincing machine, when he got his hand caught between the cog wheels. He is progressing favourably, but will probably lose the use of his hand.

An amateur entertainment was given to the members of the School of Arts on Thursday evening. The programme was successfully carried through before an audience somewhat diminished by the uncertain weather. The Ethiopian Club will give their next entertainment on Thursday next, and they promise a better night's entertainment than the last.

During the week a shark, six feet long, was landed last Tuesday in the harbour. A stingaree was hauled ashore by Mr McCollim and assistant. It weighed three hundred-weight. This morning a rock cod of 75 pounds fell to the lot of Mr Hawthorn.


1914:

Two local fishermen, Peter Lorenzen and Charles Erickson, left in a motor boat for Facing Island. They had tea at the island, but when Lorenzen woke this morning he found that his companion was missing. The dinghy was found floating upside down but no trace of Erickson had been discovered up to a late hour tonight.