Accident at intersection of Lord and Church streets claims life of senior citizen

Times change: The new Port Macquarie post office under construction, 1969. Photo supplied by Port Macquarie Museum.
Times change: The new Port Macquarie post office under construction, 1969. Photo supplied by Port Macquarie Museum.

A collision on Thursday between two vehicles at the intersection of Church and Lord streets in Port Macquarie, claimed the life of Annie Rose Coad, the driver of one vehicle.

Mrs Coad, aged 62, of Owen Street, was conveyed by ambulance to the Hastings District Hospital and was pronounced dead there at 10am. Mr Thomas Minter, of Kennedy Drive, was taking his three daughters to school, and travelling in a northerly direction in Lord Street.

Mrs Coad, who was alone in her car, was travelling in a westerly direction in Church Street. Police reported the front of Minter's vehicle collided with the near side doors and pillars of Mrs Coad's vehicle. The impact caused both vehicles to skid for about 60 feet.

The deceased's vehicle mounted the gutter and rolled onto its near side. Minter's vehicle also rolled onto its near side. Mr Minter was unhurt but his three daughters suffered injuries and were conveyed by ambulance to the Hastings District Hospital.

New Post Office open

The first section of the new Port Macquarie Post Office opened for business at 9am, yesterday and demolition of the old post office has already begun. Postmaster Mr Hurrel said it was expected the whole of the new post office would be occupied by Christmas. The new building, he said, was a departure from usual post office design. He added this town could well be proud of the strikingly different building.

Flood lights for memorial

Port Macquarie RSL Sub-branch has asked the Oxley County Council to install floodlights at the relocated war memorial on the harbour front, free of cost to the sub-branch. The Sub-branch has agreed to buy the lighting equipment at a cost of $200 and wants the County Council to do the installation without charge. Port Macquarie Municipal Council will meet the annual cost of electricity and will have the lights linked to its street lighting network. Writing to the county clerk Mr E. Doyle, sub-branch secretary Mr R.D. Bawden points out the sub-branch has already contributed solidly towards re-positioning of the memorial and has now made this further gesture of the purchase of the lights.

Mayor presents Book Week prizes

Last Thursday the mayor presented prizes to the nine winners in the municipal library's Children's Book Week art competition. The competition proved a triumph for St Joseph's Convent and Regional School winning eight of the nine prizes. The librarian, Mrs Kirkness, commended the high standard of the 180 entries.

Scene of a fatal accident at the intersection of Lord and Church Streets, 1969.

Scene of a fatal accident at the intersection of Lord and Church Streets, 1969.

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