William Cramp was born 28 October 1849 in Brenchley, Kent, England, United Kingdom to George Cramp (1811-1871) and Keziah Pierson (c1828-1870) and died 25 May 1884 Maryborough, Queensland, Australia of fall from a railway bridge. He married Mary Ann Martin (1851-1875) 29 October 1870 in Tonbridge, Kent, England, United Kingdom. He married Mirinda Whayman (1856-1929) 1 October 1875 in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia.


Offspring of William Cramp and Mary Ann Martin (1851-1875)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Keziah Cramp (c1872-1918)
Mary Ann Cramp (1874-)
Joseph Cramp (1875-1875)

Offspring of William Cramp and Mirinda Whayman (1856-1929)
Name Birth Death Joined with
George Cramp (1879-)
William Robert Cramp (1880-1929) 2 October 1880 Saltwater Creek, Queensland, Australia 20 July 1929 Pukekohe, New Zealand Annie Patterson Allison (1877-1969)
Edgar Thomas Cramp (1883-)

On Sunday evening a sad and fatal accident occurred. A man named William Cramp, cutting timber for Mr. Benson, and at one time carting for Robinson at the Bridge at Maryborough, left Tiaro about 7 p.m. to return to his camp at Redbank. He and his two companions attempted to cross the railway bridge over Nash's gully, and there being only a narrow plank, never intended for passengers, they had to crawl over on their hands and knees. By the statement of his companions, he fancied he was over, when he suddenly disappeared, and fell a distance of 60 feet. On his companions descending, the poor fellow groaned twice and then died. He was about 35 years of age and had married twice, and it is said his second wife left him some time since. A magisterial enquiry was held this afternoon before J. M'Kewen, Esq., J.P.,aud a verdict given in accordance with the evidence. It is high time that the railway authorities took steps to stop anyone crossing this bridge. School children cross daily, and even race across. The police are powerless to interfere; and when some one more influential that this poor wood carter is the victim, then perhaps the authorities willl take such steps as are necessary to prevent a recurrence. There should be a heavy line, in default imprisonment, for all offenders, and parents suffer for their children ; better for them fine or imprisonment than their little ones to lose their lives.

Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, 27 May 1884, page 3


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