Saturday, August 20, 2011

One last song at Kaihu


A MAN DIES WHEN SINGING A SONG.

The police authorities received word to-day that Mr Wainhouse, railway manager at Dargaville, dropped dead last night in the Kaihu Hotel, at nine o'clock. An inquest will be held, probably on Monday.

The Hon. E. Mitchelson received a telegram to-day which shows the death of Mr. Wainhouse took place under sensational circumstances. It appears that Mr T. H. Barstow was formerly stationmaster at Dargaville, but he was appointed secretary of the Mitchelson Timber Company and resigned his position. Mr Fox was temporarily in charge of the railway station, and Mr Wainhouse, late stationmaster at Rotorua, was transferred to take the place of Mr Barstow.

Last night a farewell social was tendered to Mr Fox, and while singing a song at this function Mr Wainhouse dropped dead.
It is unnecessary to say that this brought the social, to a close. When the sad occurrence became known it caused quite a gloom at Kaihu and adjacent districts.

Auckland Star 29 July 1899


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