Court House Hotel’s thunder box

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The Court House Hotel, Shepparton, Victoria. Picture: State Library Victoria.

Charlie Dealey, a farmer from North Mooroopna in Victoria, gave a new meaning to the term ‘thunder box’ in September 1932.

Charlie was in the backyard dunny of the Court House Hotel in Shepparton when he was killed instantly by an explosion, which was heard throughout the neighbourhood.

The farmer was visiting Shepparton to do his regular shopping with his wife when he was found dead with the whole of his left side shattered.

Poor old Charlie reportedly had been using gelignite for removing tree stumps on his property, and it was presumed that he had left a plug of the explosive in his left-side vest pocket, which had accidentally ignited while he was visiting the outhouse.


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