Riding fatality at Willunga in 1897

Event Dates:

11 November 1897

Ten year-old Gordon Richards, the eldest son of Harry and Margaret Ann Richards of Willunga, was killed in a riding accident on Thursday 11 November 1897. The boy left home at 5 o’clock on a quiet horse to fetch another horse from a paddock about a mile and a half from the town. The animal he was riding must have stumbled on a stone, slid along for several feet, and then have fallen over on the boy. The lad’s head was severely crushed, and death must have been instantaneous.

The matter was reported to Mounted Police-constable Thomas Stephen Tuohy who in company with Captain Thomas Atkinson, went to the scene of the accident. They were satisfied with the cause and circumstances of the fatality and decided that an inquest was unnecessary. Deep sympathy was felt for Mr. and Mrs. Richards in their bereavement.

The funeral of Gordon Richards, who was accidentally killed in a riding accident, took place at 4 o’clock on Friday 18 November at St Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga. Sympathy for the parents drew a large number of people, and the juvenile members of the Order of Oddfellows, to which the lad belonged, together with the children of the public school, joined in the procession. The Rev. G. W. Griffiths officiated.


1897 ‘GENERAL NEWS‘, Adelaide Observer 13 November, p. 28. , viewed 09 Feb 2024,
1897 ‘COUNTRY LETTERS. COUNTRY NEWS‘, Adelaide Observer 20 November, p. 10. , viewed 09 Feb 2024,

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