Western Leader : February 15th 2011
2 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 NEWS Office Ph 837 0340 Fax 837 1760 Editor Claire Haynes email: edwl@snl co nz Sales Manager Julie Cooper email: julie cooper@snl co nz Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: delivery@snl co nz Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: email@example.com 66,735 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) Delivered each Tuesday*/Thursday/ Friday to Avondale, Blockhouse Bay, Glen Eden, Glendene, Green Bay, Harbour View, Henderson, Henderson Valley, Herald Island, Hobsonville, Kelston, Laingholm, Massey, Massey East, Massey North, New Lynn, Palm Heights, Ranui, Sunnyvale, Swanson, Te Atatu Peninsula, Te Atatu Sth, Titirangi, Waima, Waimanu Bay, Waitakere, Western Heights, Westgate, West Harbour, Whenuapai, Woodlands Park. *Every 4th Tuesday 'Waitakere Ranges Edition' includes: Huia, Little Huia, Cornwallis, Parau, Laingholm, Oratia, Scenic Drive, Carter Road, Waiatarua, Henderson Valley, Swanson North, Piha Rd, Henderson RD1 & 2, RD Redhills, RD Waitakere. 2 Waipareira Ave, Henderson. P.O. Box 21167. Parents of babies to 6 years old Do call our friendly staff today about your child's needs. 18, 20 & 25 Wolverton St Avondale Ph: 828 9083 Web Page: www.kiwicarepreschool.co.nz Email: firstname.lastname@example.org sudoku THE NUMBER PLACING GAME Fill the grid so that every column, every row and every 3x3 box contains the digits1-9 SOLUTION TO W241 04 A NZ COMPANY SINCE 1984 PH 838 9118, PIONEER ST PH 827 8827, 10A MARGAN AVE www.theaussiebutcher.co.nz HENDERSON NEW LYNN WE SELL ONL Y THE BEST OF NZ MEAT! 2817AA EXPIRE 20/2/11 OP 7 DAYS FRESH BONELESS CHICKEN BREASTS FROZEN NO.20 CHICKENS LEAN GRAVY BEEF PEN N PEN 199 KG 099 KG 799 KG ONLY NOW NOW WHITE VEAL LEG ROASTS FRESH BBQ CHICKEN THIGH CUTLETS RANGITIKEI FREE RANGE FROZEN CHICKEN PORTIONS 4KG CHEAP PLAIN O LIMITED TIME ONLY) BAG FOR 999 KG (((L (L 899 KG ))$1999 BAG ONLY NOW LEAN DICED BEEF O O O O O O O OFFERS S OFFERS EXPIRE EXPIRE 099 KG ONLY 3502453AA Deaths linked to car era Road casualty. The year of death on Mary Ann French's tombstone is incorrrect. But the cause of her demise is well documented. Photo: MATTHEW GRAY By MATTHEW GRAY Mary Ann French was knocked unconscious after being struck by a car at Birkenhead on the evening of May 14, 1924. The 52-year-old was rushed to hospital with obvious head injuries and a broken leg. But doctors could do nothing to save her. The mother of at least six adult children died a day later and was buried at Waikumete Cemetery on May 16. She was one of three Aucklanders killed in road accidents that week. William James Morely, 58, of Mt Eden, died instantly after fall- ing from the lorry he was driving and being crushed under one of its front wheels. Augustus Streat, 56, also succumbed to injur- ies soon after being thrown from the horse- drawn wagon he was navigating along Moun- tain Rd. Both men, like Mary Ann, were laid to rest at Waikumete within a few hours of each other. All three tragedies were evidence of a rela- tively new and deadly phenomena facing 20th century New Zealanders. Road safety was fast becoming a major issue as more and more Kiwis risked life and limb on the nation's once quiet streets and highways. The increasing use of motorised vehicles was a major factor behind the rising number of deaths and crash-related hospitalisations. Cars were seldom seen in the first years of the 1900s and were gener- ally playthings of the well-to-do. But statistics rocketed in the decades that fol- lowed. Around 71,000 were in private use at the time of Mary Ann's death and that number climbed to around 155,000 over the next six years. New Zealand, despite a global financial recession, had one of the highest vehicle owner- ship rates in the world by 1930. It also had one of the worst road tolls per head of population and 178 deaths were recorded in 1929 alone. Mary Ann was born in 1872 and married George Edward French in 1890. Her husband, who worked as a labourer, lived until the age of 75 and was buried next to her on July 6, 1940.
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