Arthur Ernest GODFREY

Male 1890 - 1926  (35 years)


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  • Name Arthur Ernest GODFREY 
    Born 12 Sep 1890  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Apr 1926  Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Thursday 8 April 1926, page 7

      GARAGE TRAGEDY.
      MAN ELECTROCUTED.
      ACCIDENT AT MARYBOROUGH.

      MARYBOROUGH, April 7.

      Last night Arthur Ernest Godfrey (aged 36 years) was killed by coming into contact with an electric wire. He was effecting some repairs to his motor car at his parents' residence in Zante-street. The car was in the garage which was lit by means of an electric light wire connected with the kitchen switch. Godfrey evidently had the globe of the light in his hand, lighting up his work. The globe seems to have broken, and he had a new one in his right hand, his intention evidently being to screw it in without turning off the switch in the kitchen. Probably his left hand accidentally came in contact with the wire in the broken globe, for apparently death was instantaneous. His brother Norman and his brother-in-law, Mr Hughes, found him at 10 o'clock. He was a married man, and leaves a widow and one child, 6 years of age He was employed as a labourer at Walkers Ltd.
    Funeral Service 8 Apr 1926  Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4

    • Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947), Friday 9 April 1926, page 4

      FUNERAL.

      The funeral of the late Mr. Arthur Ernest Godfrey, which moved from St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church yesterday morning, was largely attended by relatives and friends of the deceased, including many of his comrades from Walker Ltd. An impressive service was held at the church by the Rev. W. H. Waters. Many tokens, indicative of widespread sympathy with the bereaved family, were sent, comprising floral and immortelle wreaths, cards, and letters of condolence. As the cortege moved from the church the bell of St. Stephen's was solemnly tolled. The pall bearers from the church to the hearse were Messrs. William, Reg, and Norman Godfrey (brothers of deceased), J. Kemp, J. B. Arthur, and H. Murphy (brothers-in-law), and at the graveside Messrs. J. McAlister (representing the Boilermakers' Union), F. Werder (machine and coppersmiths), T. Newbury (fitting shop, A.W.U.), M. Geisler (moulding shop, A.W.U.), J. Hunter (Sunbury School Committee), and G. Price (A.E.U.) The Rev. W. H. Waters also officiated at the graveside.
    Obituary 8 Apr 1926  Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser 

    • Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947), Thursday 8 April 1926, page 4

      TRAGIC DEATH.

      MR. A. E. GODFREY. TOUCHES LIVE ELECTRIC WIRE.

      CONNECTED WITH HOUSE SWITCH

      On Tuesday night, about 9.30, Mr. Arthur Ernest Godfrey (in his 36th year), accidentally met his death through contact with an electric light wire, at the residence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. Godfrey, Zante-street. It appears that the deceased, who was employed at Walkers Ltd., was overhauling his Overland car in his parents' garage, which is about 50 feet from the house. In order to facilitate his work he attached a length of insulated wire, with a bulb on the end, to an electric light socket in the kitchen. Whilst attending to the car, however, the bulb broke. He secured another bulb from the dining room, and returned to the garage, but in groping about in the dark his left hand must have come in contact with the wires in the broken bulb and the full force of 240 volts passed through his body, for the switch had not been turned off in the kitchen. When subsequently discovered he still had the sound bulb clenched in his right hand.

      Death must have been instantaneous, for a medical examination afterwards revealed that death was unquestionably due to an electric shock.

      Nobody actually witnessed the distressing occurrence, but about 20 minutes to 10 a younger brother, Mr. Norman Godfrey, and a brother-in-law, Mr. J. Hughes, on returning home were horrified to discover deceased's dead body in the garage, lying beside the car. The brother immediately stooped down to lift up the deceased, but touched the live wires of the broken bulb, and himself received a severe shock. He was thrown back on the ground, and was momentarily helpless. The current, however, was immediately switched off. Apart from the natural shock of finding his brother's dead body, Mr. Norman Godfrey did not seriously suffer from contact with the live wire.

      The deceased is survived by a widow and one little daughter, Doreen, aged about 6 or 7 years; also by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. Godfrey, five sisters, Mesdames J. Kemp, J. B. Arthur, and J. Hughes (Maryborough), the Misses Violet and Gladys Godfrey (at home), and Messrs, William, Redves, Norman and Gordon Godfrey (Maryborough).

      The deepest sympathy is felt for the bereaved family.

      The tragic nature of deceased's death has naturally drawn attention to the strength of the voltage in the city's mains. An official of the Electric Light Department stated last night that the present voltage is 240, the maximum allowed by the Queensland Electrical Board, which considers this voltage perfectly safe. In cases of accident, he pointed out, it becomes largely a question of the state of one's health. As an instance, he himself had received a voltage of 450 on one occasion, but survived it, whilst others have been known to receive an infinitely greater shock, and still live. On the other hand, a person in weak health or run down might easily succumb to a much lighter shock. It was always advisable to avoid any possibility of accident to switch off the current when changing bulbs. The deceased, it was stated by members of his family, had enjoyed good health, and had not complained of being unwell.

      It was stated by the police authorities last night that the wire attached to the kitchen was perfectly insulated, with not a flaw along its entire length.

      The late Mr. Godfrey, in his younger days, was a popular footballer, and in recent years he had been an active member of the committee of the Sunbury State School, where he had performed a good deal of very useful work, and invariably took a keen interest in the welfare of the school and its scholars. The funeral takes place this morning, at 11 o'clock from the Presbyterian Church.

      1926 'TRAGIC DEATH.', Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947), 8 April, p. 4. , viewed 25 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article153153215
    Buried 8 Apr 1926  Maryborough Cemetery, Cnr Walker St And Bruce Hwy, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I10755  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 25 Aug 2018 

    Family Myrtle WRUCK,   b. 26 Sep 1900, Miles, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1963, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 8 Sep 1917  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
    +1. Norma Doreen "Dawn" GODFREY,   b. 5 Mar 1920, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 2005, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Last Modified 25 Aug 2018 
    Family ID F5362  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Sep 1890 - Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Sep 1917 - Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Apr 1926 - Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFuneral Service - 8 Apr 1926 - Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser - 8 Apr 1926 - Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 8 Apr 1926 - Maryborough Cemetery, cnr Walker St and Bruce Hwy, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Birth registration: Ernest Arthur Godfrey, Birth date: 12/09/1890, Mother's name: Charlottie Britton, Father/parent's name: Matthew Godfrey, Registration details: 1890/C/9163.

    2. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Death registration: Ernest Artnur Godfrey, Death date: 06/04/1926, Mother's name: Charlotte Britton, Father/parent's name: Matthew Godfrey, Registration details: 1926/C/2028.

    3. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1926 'GARAGE TRAGEDY.', The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), 8 April, p. 7. , viewed 25 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article21017212.

    4. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1926 'GENERAL NEWS.', Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947), 9 April, p. 4. , viewed 25 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article153151591.

    5. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1926 'TRAGIC DEATH.', Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947), 8 April, p. 4. , viewed 25 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article153153215.

    6. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1926 'Family Notices', Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947), 8 April, p. 4. , viewed 25 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article153153223.

    7. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Marriage registration: Arthur Ernest Godfrey, Marriage date: 08/09/1917, Spouse's name: Myrtle Wruck, Registration details: 1917/C/2186.