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Removing dead from Spencer Street railway station, Melbourne

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dc.contributor.otherSutcliff, photographer
dc.coverage.spatialSpencer Street?, Melbourne 1908
dc.description.abstractPhotograph that shows two men carrying a coffin on a railway platform. Others on the platform include four men in metal helmets and two in dark helmets with insignia. There are a large number of chairs ranged along the walls of the station building. The building's walls are timber and the roof is of corrugated iron. The gable features exposed beams in the Tudor style. Signs painted on the two sets of glass doors indicate that the station has both a smoking and a waiting room. There are two conflicting hand-written captions associated with this picture. One places the scene at Coledale on the NSW coast, while that on the back of the print suggests that the image is connected with the accident at Sunshine, on the outskirts of Melbourne. If the latter is correct, then the coffin is likely to be that of one of the accident victims. The Sunshine accident occurred when the Easter Monday special train from Bendigo passed stop signals and collided with the rear of a train from Ballarat that was standing at the station. 44 people died and 431 were injured in what until 1956 was Australia's worst railway accident.
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dc.format.mediumBlack and white photograph
dc.format.medium15.6cm x 21cm
dc.relation.ispartofNational Union of Railwaymen of Australia
dc.relation.ispartofNoel Butlin Archives Centre. ANU Archives Program.
dc.relation.ispartofseriesMaterial relating to railway matters collected by M.William John Ellis over the period 1898-1949. The series contains press cuttings, 159 photographs and 1 photograph album.
dc.rightsThis image is provided for research purposes only and must not be reproduced without the prior permission of the Archives Program, Australian National University.
dc.subject.otherrailway lines
dc.subject.otherrailway accidents
dc.subject.otheraccidents & disasters
dc.subject.otherrailway platforms
dc.subject.otherrailway stations
dc.subject.otherrailway workers
dc.subject.otherrailway waiting rooms
dc.subject.otherbuildings, structures & establishments
dc.titleRemoving dead from Spencer Street railway station, Melbourne
local.description.notesInscribed in red ink above image, u.l..: COLEDALE 15.3.08, scribbled over in pencil
local.description.notesinscribed in pencil verso: Removing Dead from/ Spencer St./ (Sutcliff Photo)
local.description.notesinscribed in ink verso: 6 x4
local.description.notesalternative number: K2047
local.description.notesFor more information on this accident see: Coroner's Enquiry into the Sunshine Railway Disaster, published by W.O. Bagley, Melbourne, 1909, Archives file: P56/266/5
local.description.notesEllis entered NSW Railways Service in 1882 and retired May 1924. He was a fitter and turner at the Eveleigh workshops and for 13 years was examining fitter and fitter in charge of the Sydney accident train. His career in the Railways was disrupted by an incident in 1909 when he was dismissed from his position because he had suggested to the NSW Railway Commissioner that some senior officers be removed. Ellis maintained they were negligent in their duties to the safety of the train-travelling public. On 25/3/12 a Select Committee recommended that Ellis be reinstated and compensed for losses. The last was done but Chief Commissioner Johnson did not reinstate him. It was only when Johnson left NSW in 1915 that Ellis was re-employed in the workshops. In July 1926 he was a witness in the coronial inquiry into the Aberdeen railway accident of 10/6/1926.


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