Muralla Rail Disaster

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Date: 13 Sep 1926 [unknown]
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aka Blandford Railway Accident

Twenty-seven people lost their lives and 42 injured as a result of a midnight train collision in the Upper Hunter Valley on Sept. 13, 1926 near Murrurundi, New South Wales. Breaking away from a goods train at Murulla, four cars laden with wool dashed backwards down a gradient and crashed into the oncoming north-west mail train from Moree to Sydney. Many of the passengers were children returning to school from holiday. Sometimes referred to as the Blandford railway accident, as the crash occurred before the community of Brandford,in an area bordered by both Brandford and Murulla districts.

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Surname Given Names Age Burial Other Family in Accident
ACKLAND Catherine Sarah (Ireland) 49 yr. Scone Catholic Cemetery Infant maimed; husband thrown from train.
ADAMS Arthur Edgar 50 yr. South Head Cemetery
ANDERTON Azubah (Davison) 41 yrs. Helensburgh Cemetery
BRUSH Alfred Charles "Stumpy" Moree Cemetery
DOYLE Janet 15 yrs. Quirindi General Cemetery
DUNBAR John 71 yrs. Scone Anglican Cemetery
FRIPP Ada Methven 15 yrs. Murrurundi General Cemetery Sister Emily Fripp hospitalized for 3 months at St. Vincent's Hospital.
GARLAND TEMPLETON Elizabeth 34 yrs. Haydonton Cemetery
GILES John 60 yrs. Penrith General Cemetery Wife also killed.
GILES Sarah A (Price) 65 yrs. Penrith General Cemetery Husband also killed.
JEFFERSON Albert 25 yrs. Sandgate Cemetery yesorno
JURD Arthur George Oswald 15 yrs. Moree Cemetery yesorno
MALLETT Sydney Sustains17 yrs. Rookwood Cemetery yesorno
MALONE Kathleen 22 yrs. Rookwood Cemetery yesorno
McDONALD Emily Carlingford Anglican Cemetery yesorno
McGRATH Owen Vincent 55 yrs Waverley Cemetery yesorno
McKEOWN Frank 32 yrs. Tamworth Cemetery yesorno
McMILLAN Walter Kenneth 31 yrs. Waverley Cemetery yesorno
MOCKRIDGE John Reuben 28 yrs. Rookwood Necropolis and Taita Cemetery No
NOLLER Stanley Augustus26 yrs. Mays Hill Cemetery yesorno
RICH Howard J. 7 yrs Sandgate Cemetery yesorno
VAGIANIS Peter Murrurundi General Cemetery No
SAMPSON Olive Clarice Gunnedah General Cemetery yesorno
WALKER John Errol6 yrs. Sandgate Cemetery yesorno
WALKER Helen "Nellie" (Pollock) Sandgate Cemetery yesorno
WILSON William H. 68 yrs Haydonton Cemetery Wife also killed.
WILSON Flora Dundas (Campbell)47 yrs. Haydonton Cemetery Husband also killed.


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Ada Fripp and Peter Vagianis were in unmarked graves and that is now being rectified
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Ada Fripp was accompanied by her sister Emily, who was injured and spent three months in St. Vincent's Hospital recuperating. Tom Fripp, their father, was made a life member of the Wilson Memorial Hospital at Murrurundi for a donation he made to it in gratitude for their services.

Peter Vagianis had no other relatives in Australia, as far as is known. His parents were Stanley and Eudokia Vagianis

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