Robert Ferguson YATES was my father's uncle. The story of his accidental death was reported in The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), Tuesday 9 January 1923, page 10, and is shown below:
CRUSHED BY A LOG.RUTHERGLEN, Monday.-While engaged in sawing a log in two on uneven ground on the property of Dr. J. R. Harris, this afternoon, Robert Yates, aged 20 years, son of Mr. T. Yates, was crushed to death by a portion, of the log. The log had been almost sawn in two when it was found necessary to put a wedge in to keep the cut open. Yates, who was inserting the wedge, slipped, and the log breaking in two, part of it rolled on him and crushed him. Assistance was at hand and the log was removed, but Yates died almost immediately. Deceased was a member of the Lake Rovers Football Club.
The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Tuesday 9 January 1923, page 11, also mentioned the death.
CRUSHED TO DEATH.
Melbourne, January 8.
Mr. Robert Yates (20) met with a shocking death to-day. He was sawing a huge log at Noorong, near Rutherglen, when the log slipped and rolled on him. crushing him to death.
The second article reports that the location as 'Noorong', however, this is an error and the location is actually Norong, Victoria. Norong is located in Northeastern Victoria, approximately 11 km from Rutherglen. See map below:
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