Nicol, William ‘Bill’ Bertram

Personal Details

First nameWilliam 'Bill'
Middle nameBertram
Date of birth08/04/1929
Place of birthTownsville, Qld
Date of death20/12/1950
Age at death21 years


Son of Charles Bertram & Irene Kayes
First husband of Patricia Little and Father of:
Anthony William Charles – born 27 May 1950
William Rowland Mark – born 31 August 1951
who were both born in the Muttaburra Hospital

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Grave number204
AddressHillview Station
OccupationStation Hand
Date of funeral21/12/1950

Died from Internal injuries from fall from horse.

The Central Queensland Herald Thursday 21 December 1950
Nightmare Drive With Injured Man
MUTTABURRA, December 17.— An 18-year-old woman drove her badly injured husband 28 miles in a utility truck over several boggy creek beds to a doctor at Muttaburra early yesterday.
The injured man is Bert Nicol, 21, who was injured when his horse fell and rolled on him while he was mustering sheep on Hillview Station 900 miles north-west of Brisbane.
Several times during the nightmare drive into Muttaburra the utility stalled, bogged and skidded in the creek beds and on the slimy road. Rain was falling most of the time.
Nicol was mustering with his father, Mr Bert Nicol, and another man, Leo Dickson, when his horse bolted and slipped on the greasy earth. Nicol (sen.) galloped his horse seven miles back to the homestead for the station “blitz buggy” to take his injured son to the home stead. ‘
Because of the state of the roads and creek beds between the station and Muttaburra Mr Nicol first tried to get his son into town on a quiet horse. He was so badly injured, however, that he could not stay on the horse.
Nicol (jun). has been married for only 14 months. He has a baby four months old. He is in the Muttaburra Hospital in a serious condition.
[Source: Nightmare Drive With Injured Man. (1950, December 21). The Central Queensland Herald (Rockhampton, Qld.: 1930 – 1956), p. 4. Retrieved November 6, 2013, from]

The Longreach Leader Friday 22 December 1950
Willam Nicol (21) died in the Muttaburra Hospital early on Wednesday as a result of injuries received while mustering on Hillview Station, Muttaburra, last Saturday.
Bill, as he was familiarly known throughout the district, was riding with his father, Mr. Bert Nicol and Mr. Leo Dickson, when his horse took fright and bolted. It is believed that the horse put its foot in a hole and when falling rolled on its rider, in injuring him internally. Mr. Nicol rode to the homestead, seven miles away, and returned with a blitz buggy. The injured man was placed in the vehicle and driven across country. The dead man’s young wife drove him into Muttaburra, where he was admitted to hospital and an immediate operation was performed. His injuries were extensive and he did not respond to treatment dying at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Mr. Nicol is survived by his wife and infant child. His mother arrived by special plane from the coast on Sunday morning.
YOUNG MAN KILLED IN MUSTERING ACCIDENT. (1950, December 22). The Longreach Leader (Qld. : 1923 – 1954), p. 7. Retrieved November 6, 2013, from