Husband sees wife burnt alive

TIMES GONE BY, with historian Paulette Flint

1926: THE Town Hall was the scene of a bright gathering when the friends of Mrs JW Lee assembled to say farewell.

Music, songs and dances were enjoyed. An amusing competition was held, Matron Wiseman and Mrs Childs winning the first prize (a pair of sweet dishes), the consolation prize (a novelty tape measure) going to Mrs WP Mellefont.

The prize winners presented their prizes to the guest of honour.

After a dainty afternoon tea was served, the Mayoress, Mrs EM Breslin, presented Mrs Lee with a gold wristlet watch. Mrs Lee was also the recipient of several bouquets of flowers.

An enjoyable evening organised by the Misses Hawker, Tudman and Sweeney was held at the residence of Mr and Mrs HW Ferris, in aid of the sweet stall at the Church of England sale of work.

Mah jongg, bridge, dancing and competitions were indulged in by the guests.

1947: Mrs Emma Archay, 25 years, died in hospital early this morning as the result of severe burns received when she was lighting a kerosene lamp at her home at Calliope yesterday.

Her husband saw her run down the steps of her house, enveloped in flames.

She collapsed at the foot of the steps and her husband and friends quickly extinguished the flames.

The funeral will take place in Rockhampton tomorrow.

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