It’s in the papers…

It’s in the papers…

Another selection of items found in old newspaper reports…

Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW) 24 August 1931


Melbourne, Monday: Playing in a shed at the rear of his home at Frankston, Ernest Perrott (10) became hooked by the ear to an 11 inch shark hook dangling on a chain from a rafter. He hung above the ground until his cries attracted his mother, who managed to unfasten the chain.

Sydney Morning Herald, 27 October 1921:

IN DIVORCE before Mr. Justice Gordon, Perrott v. Perrott

The suit was continued in which Isabella Emily Bremner Perrott sued for judicial separation from Edward Montgomery Perrott on the grounds of cruelty. The petitioner complained that her husband persisted in flogging her, her wards, her maid servant, with a cat o’nine tails as a regular form of domestic discipline. Madame Montbenoit, a teacher of languages and formerly a teacher of French at the University of Sydney stated that she lived with Mrs. Perrott for 12 months during 1920-21 as a lodger. The respondent was at the place during 12 days and was intoxicated four times. On one occasion he locked his wife out of the house.

Indianapolis Star, Indiana 28 March 1910:


Catania March 27: While the quantity of lava from the craters of Mount Etna continues to decrease, the internal activity of the volcano was stronger today than yesterday. Frank A Perrett, the American vulcanologist, believes the decrease in flow of lava is due to obstructions in the new craters which prevent it flowing freely and that in a few days or perhaps in a week the molten mass will either force a passage or an earthquake will result.Unknown North American Newspaper, 1961:

Evening Post, New Zealand 2 February 1933:


Auckland 1 February: 3 occupants of a sedan motor car had a miraculous escape from death when a car was struck at Jacob’s Ladder level crossing near Kaikohe by the south bound train this morning. The owner and driver of the car, W.Parrott, of Matarana, Mrs Parrott and T.Broomfield of Kaikohe received minor injuries and were taken to the Kaikohe hospital. The train struck the car on the driver’s side, just behind the front seat, hurling it off the line and completely wrecking it. The driver of the train pulled up promptly and backed the train to the scene of the accident. It was found that Mrs. Parrott was unconscious, bruised and suffering from shock. Mr. Parrott who had been thrown through the smashed roof was bruised and dazed and was also suffering from shock. Mr. Broomfield received bruises and scratches. The Jacob’s Ladder level crossing is about 4 miles south of Kaikohe on the Kaikohe – Whangarei road and is a particularly dangerous place, being on the hillside with the view of the approaching train obscured by a bend in the line.

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