Terrible Shooting Accident, Two Children Killed
Explosion of a Pea Rifle, Sydney, September 30.
The Brisbane Courier
1 October 1906
A shocking shooting accident took place at Big Plain, in the Narrandera district, on Friday.
A son of Mr. W. J. M'Kay asked a son of Mr. G. Gilbert (who is caretaker of M'Kay's father's property) to bring a rifle from the kitchen to shoot a rabbit.
While the weapon was being brought out it exploded, and the bullet entered the head of Gilbert's brother, aged 8 months, causing instant death. The (bullet passed through the baby's head and struck his sister, aged about 3 years, who also died.
The children were playing on a rug fifty yards from where the pea rifle exploded.