Murphy’s Creek Railway Accident

On the morning of January 29, 1913 a livestock train departed from Toowoomba and derailed near the Murphy’s Creek railway station, about one mile from the station yard limits. No members of the crew were injured, but many hundreds of cattle were killed and a considerable amount of damage was caused to the vehicles and the track.

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Queensland State Archives Digital Image ID 23822: Another view of the wreckage

 

In response a breakdown train was sent to the scene of the disaster to clear the line for traffic. The area where the derailment had taken place was relatively inaccessible and workers had to prise the wreckage apart. Tragically, the next day a relief train from Toowoomba ran into the men working on the breakdown, with the result that six men were killed and several were seriously injured.

 

Within its collection Queensland State Archives holds the depositions and findings from the inquest into the railway accident at Murphy’s Creek (Queensland State Archives Item ID 18933). The inquest file, number 164 of 1913, is available for viewing in the Public Search Room.

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Queensland State Archives Digital Image ID 23817: Rescuing the injured

From the inquest file, the following items have been digitised and made available on Queensland State Archives image catalogue, Image Queensland:

  • Rescuing the injured – railway accident at Murphy’s Creek, 30 January 1913 (Queensland State Archives, Digital Image ID 23817)
  • Clayton’s awful position when found – railway accident at Murphy’s Creek, 30 January 1913 (Queensland State Archives, Digital Image ID 23818)
  • Showing how some of the men were pinned under the trucks – railway accident at Murphy’s Creek, 30 January 1913 (Queensland State Archives, Digital Image ID 23819)
  • Removing some of the bodies – railway accident at Murphy’s Creek, 30 January 1913 (Queensland State Archives, Digital Image ID 23820)
  • Transhipping passengers and luggage – railway accident at Murphy’s Creek, 30 January 1913 (Queensland State Archives, Digital Image ID 23821)
  • Another view of the wreckage – railway accident at Murphy’s Creek, 30 January 1913 (Queensland State Archives, Digital Image ID 23822)
  • Removing the debris – railway accident at Murphy’s Creek, 30 January 1913 (Queensland State Archives, Digital Image ID 238123)
  • Volunteers – railway accident at Murphy’s Creek, 30 January 1913 (Queensland State Archives, Digital Image ID 23824)

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2 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    Thanks for these photos, how would I discover if there are any photos of Sgt Peters who attended the accident. We do not live in Brisbane so I cannot visit the Archives. Thank you, Alice Peters

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