29 July - 1917 - The Outback Accident That Changed Australian History

On the 24th of May 1917, famous Aussie boxier James Leslie “Les” Darcy died in America. Just over two months later in Western Australia, his namesake, jackaroo James Darcy, would unwittingly become the one to really alter history when he came off a horse in the remote Kimberley and suffered terrible internal injuries. His only hope was surgery — done by a postmaster being instructed by a surgeon 1200 miles way in Perth — via Morse Code telegraph messages. What came later, saved countless lives.


 

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