Today in history: Fire destroys store, man crushed by car

ON THIS day (December 3) in Gladstone history:


1879:

Mr CC Breslin's general store and dwelling house, together with the new Australian Joint Stock Bank building, which was nearly finished, were totally destroyed by fire this morning between two and three o'clock. Only a few articles of furniture were saved. The store books, which were in an iron safe, were nearly consumed, as the plates of the safe were very thin. The origin of the fire is not yet known.

1931:

S Swaysland, orchardist, aged 62 years, was driving a motor truck on Tuesday afternoon, and in running back down an incline he applied the brakes, but as these would not act, he jumped out and endeavoured to stop the car. He was jammed against a tree and died from internal injuries yesterday.

1941:

On Sunday, 23 November, the Amateur Swimming Club held the first carnival of the year. In the 50 yards freestyle, Ian Raynor disclosed great promise. Garth Starmer and brother Jack also displayed promise. All the old populars, Johnny Lovett, Col Keong, Pat Crow, M Sievers and "Browne" gave sterling performances and should do even better as the season progresses.