Dam proves a fatal spot for residents to cool off
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.”