Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2009 9:48 PM
Subject: Monday Morning Photo. 26/01/09.
I've had the attached photo of Ballarat C Box for ages and I've no recollection of how I came by it except that it was in the family.
I didn't attach any particular importance to it other than as a record of the early 20th century on the Victorian Railways.
But.....not so long ago I found out that my paternal Grandma's younger brother, Bill Howard, met eternity right here, at Ballarat C Box on or about May 9th, 1915.
He was hit and run down by a locomotive and died shortly afterward in hospital. His brother-in-law quoted him as saying,
" I was a fool to go for the staff, I completely forgot about the other train".
Presumably he was the signalman on duty.
So maybe he is the sportin' looking chap posing on the steps of C Box.
It is obviously a professional photo, it is mounted on card and is quite badly damaged. I've had a bit of a go at tidying it up but my skills are very limited.