The Nurse - Fire!

Voices of the Past

A photograph showing a man and woman sitting outside of their home which has been destroyed by fire.

Man and woman sit outside home destroyed by dynamite, 1906

"The little town, all in quietness, hundreds of prospectors dreaming of the wealth that was to be theirs on the sale of their claims, little dreamt a few minutes before that such a calamity was due to overtake it, carrying destruction of homes in its wake. I escaped, doing up my hair as I ran, an old cloak thrown over my shoulders and a red cotton bag in my hand... With the awful noise of the explosion over, it was found that several of the inhabitants were burned out, homes completely wrecked, my own amongst the number."

- Mrs. Annie Saunders, Cobalt's first nurse