Dam proves a fa­tal spot for res­i­dents to cool off

Kalgoorlie Miner - - OPINION - Paul Simp­son

Mal­colm Dam has al­ways been a pop­u­lar swimming place for Leonora and Gwalia res­i­dents, but sadly it has been the scene of many deaths.

In this 1909 case, the po­lice were search­ing for miner Wil­liam Ni­cholas Go­dena, who went shoot­ing game with a friend.

He was wad­ing through kneedeep wa­ter, then stepped into a hole and dis­ap­peared.

His friend said he rose to the sur­face and said “I’m set­tled”, be­fore go­ing un­der again and not reap­pear­ing.

His friend could not swim and was un­able to ren­der as­sis­tance, in­stead mak­ing his way to the Leonora po­lice sta­tion.

They at­tended then sent back a re­quest for divers and equip­ment.

They searched through­out the day with­out suc­cess.

When the moon rose, the po­lice again started div­ing, even­tu­ally lo­cat­ing the body in 3m of wa­ter.

“The body was brought to town and an in­quest opened and ad­journed,” wrote the Kal­go­or­lie Miner.

“The de­ceased, 38 years of age, started work at Gwalia last Thurs­day.

“A mem­ber of the Cool­gar­die branch of the Min­ers Union, he leaves a wife and two chil­dren at Bon­nie Vale.”

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