Hannah Maria Guest

Female 1872 - 1895  (~ 23 years)


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  • Name Hannah Maria Guest 
    Born circa 1872  Melbourne, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 29 Sep 1895  Footscray, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name: Hannah Maria Guest
      Death Place: Footscray, Victoria
      Age: 23
      Father's Name: Joseph
      Mother's name: Elizth McClure
      Registration Year: 1895
      Registration Place: Victoria
      Registration number: 13278
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1872
    Inquest 1 Oct 1895  Yarraville, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    ANOTHER SEWER FATILITY. MISS GUEST. WAS DROWNED. The Coroner for Bourke district, Mr Candler, with a jury of five (Mr W. H. Williams, foreman), held an inquest on Tuesday, at Blackson's Yarraville Hotel touching the death of Hannah Maria Guest, who fell down one of the wells at the pumping station at Spottiswoode on last Sunday afternoon. Eliza Evans, single woman, daughter of Martha Evans residing in Footscray, knew the deceased Hannah Maria Guest, who was 23 years of age and unmarried. On Sunday afternoon witness was in company of deceased between 4.30. and 5 o'clock at Spottiswoode, when they went for a walk. The deceased said she would like to see the pumping station. They went over a portion of the works, and went to a cutting. They saw a man, who asked them if they would like to go underneath, if so to follow some ladies who were going on in front. They stopped to speak to a Mrs Woodfield, whom the deceased knew, and then followed the Misses Woodfield. They lost sight of these ladies, and then went through some big iron-pipes when they came on the ladies, in whatappeared to be a room. On the side of this room there was a hole. Deceased went towards this hole, and she said "Look Lizzie how dark it is!" Witness said that it was and turned to go away, when she heard a scream, a number of boys who were there and the other ladies then ran away. Witness said that she must then have lost her senses for she remembered no more. No one interfered with the deceased. The man who spoke to them gave them no caution. Witness had no suspicion of danger. Witness did not see any notices posted cautioning trespassers. There was a fence in front of the entrance of the tunnel with only one rail, under which they got. She thought they were only about five minutes in the tunnel when the accident occurred. Clara Woodfield, daughter of George Woodfield, Castlemaine street, Yarraville. Was at the pumping station, Spottiswoode, in company with her sisters and mother on Sunday. She knew the deceased very well. Witness and two sisters entered the cutting. As witness was entering the cutting she saw deceased up above. Wit ness and her sisters then went on through the pipes to where the accident happened. Witness saw Miss Evans and deceased there, and as witness and her sisters were turning to leave the chamber they spoke to them. Deceased approached the well, and as she did so she said to her friend "How dark it is Lizzie !" She then turned round, put her foot backwards down the well and fell in backwards. She screamed, and said ''I'm going !" Wit ness was close to her, and when she fell witness looked down and saw deceased, heard her splashing and called to her, and said " Can you hear us?" They got a very distinct answer "Yes !" They could hear her splashing in the water. Witness called to her to keep up as they had sent for assistance, but they could not hear anything further, as there was such a noise in the tunnel. Her friends would not let her look down any more, as they were afraid she would fall in. A man came in a few minutes. He went for others, and they went down with lights. Was there when deceased was brought to surface, about an hour and a half after she fell in. Saw no notices warning people away.

    George Shearing, engine-driver at McCulloch and Dunn's contract at the Sewerage works, Spottiswoode. On Sun day evening between 5 and 6 he went to the pumping station to assist in recover ing deceased's body from the bottom of one of the cemented tanks. It was about 30ft from where deceased fell to the sur face of the water. There was about 15 or 16 feet of water in the tank. There was a ledge which he thought deceased struck as she was going down. Found an umbrella on the ledge. The side of the tank was smooth like glass, and there was nothing the deceased to catch hold of. ?? watchman for Mr Shaw, ?? building at the Spottiswoode pumping station. On Sunday, the Misses Woodfield sent their brother to witness for a ladder and lamps to go down the shaft; Declined to let them have them, and told him that there was water in the bottom. This was referring to a shaft outside the building. Did not know that they were going into the pumping station. Couldn't say whether there was a watch man on the pumping station. He had only to do with the building above. David Henry Crockett, constable, stationed at Yarraville, deposed that he was present when the body was recovered. Removed the body to the residence of deceased mother, Wilson street, Yarra ville, examined the body and found a large bruise on the left temple. The left hip and thigh were also very much bruised. Froth was issuing from de ceased's mouth. Saw her umbrella on the ledge, which was about 15 feet above the surface of the water. Witness did not see any warning notices posted about, nor did he see any person in charge of the wells. Geo. Shearing, (re-called), said that the opening of the well was about four feet away from the edge of the tunnel, and there was an incline towards the well where the deceased fell in. In answer to the coroner, Senior-Con stable Rushford said that the area where the works are belonged to the Metropolitan Board of Works, and are fenced in. The coroner addressing the jury, said that the evidence showed that the de ceased's death was the result of her own act in going where she did. There was no interference, and no one contributed to the accident. It was evident that the public had no right to visit the works, and in doing so they did so at their own risk. Women particularly should not visit works, where there were many dangers, without a guide who was familiar with the same. The evidence disclosed that the deceased was sensible when in the water, and the only assumption there was that she met her death by drowning. The jury brought in a verdict of acci dental drowning.

    Independent (Footscray, Vic. : 1883 - 1922) Saturday 5 October 1895 
    Buried 2 Oct 1895  Williamstown Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • THE LAST SAD OFFICES. - The remains of the unfortunate young lady, Hannah Maria Guest, who met with her death by accidentally falling down one of the strain ing tanks at the Spottiswoode Pumping Station on Sunday last were conveyed to their last resting place, the Williamstown cemetery, on Wsednesday last. The first portion of an impressive service was held in St Luke's church, Yarraville by the Revs. S. B. Scott and and C. A. Brewer, a former incumbent of the parish and a friend of the deceased. The Rev. Mr Scott delivered an address, which deeply affected his hearers. After " Rock of Ages" had been sung the funeral cortege, over half a mile in length, proceeded to the cemetery, where the concluding por tion of the service "For burial of the Dead" was read by the Revs. S. B. Scott and C. A. Brewer, and the young frienids of the deceased sang "On the Resurrection Morn.'' The floral tributes were both numerous and hand some. Mr E. . R. Warne conducted the funeral arrangements in an efficient manner; the sad procession being the longest that has as yet left Yarraville.

      Independent (Footscray, Vic. : 1883 - 1922) Saturday 5 October 1895
    Person ID I11106  Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2013 

    Father Joseph Guest,   b. 20 Aug 1831, Hill Top, Dalton, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1886, Wilson street, Yarraville, near Melbourne, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth McClure,   d. 31 Mar 1901, Wilson Street, Yarraville, near Melbourne, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1867  Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name: Joseph Guest
      Spouse Name: Elizabeth Mcclure
      Marriage Place: Victoria
      Registration Place: Victoria
      Registration Year: 1867
      Registration number: 3524
    Family ID F3826  Group Sheet


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