In 1921 in what would otherwise have been a pleasant Christmas Eve in Wynyard, the occasion was marred by an accident which resulted in five innocent bystanders being taken to Spencer Hospital.
Double wedding celebrated at the Deloraine Presbyterian Church on 2 April 1902. William John Wright to Maria Elizabeth King and Alfred King to Elsie Teresa Crothers. The boys' mother, Maria Elizabeth King, died the year before the accident in October 1920.
Just before 11:00 pm, a party of carol singers set out with the intention of singing through the town and collecting for the hospital. The carollers began singing outside the Anketell’s Mart on Goldie Street where a crowd soon gathered. A second song had just started when a car suddenly ploughed into the crowd, scattering them in all directions.
The peaceful atmosphere gave way to commotion and a section of the crowd rushed after the car. A number went to the assistance of the injured, while others stood almost stunned by the unfolding event.
The injured included Albert Chatwin, who sustained a broken leg; Henry Beswick Calder, suffering from shock and bruises; Leonard and Ernest Wright aged 6 and 10 respectively, both suffering from serious scalp wounds; and William John Wright of Moore’s Plains, the father of the two lads, who also sustained bruises and was severely shaken.
Thomas Stephen Berechree, the driver of the vehicle, was arrested by the police and charged with being drunk and disturbing the peace.