Peeps in the Past: Epidemic boosted number of insurance claims

July 26-August 1, 2020. Presented by Mildura and District Historical Society. Compiled by Judi Hyde and Sue Kelly for the Mildura Rural City Council Library Service.

100 years ago

ITEMS: The chairman and director of the City Mutual Life Assurance, Mr A. Crowley, said that new business is a record as the total written was considerably over 1,500,000 pounds and offers were made to conduct branches of the society's business on a purely commission basis from Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and the Old Country but for the present, business should only be confined to the Commonwealth. Claims by death are less than in 1918 and during 1919, while the plague epidemic was in Australia, claims were higher than during the four years of warfare. Mr and Mrs Pyers have just received from Mr W. Williams in Leongatha a wrist watch, which belonged to their son Stuart M. Pyers, who was standing with Mr Williams, side by side waving to some Germans who were seeking to surrender (having been cut off) when a machine gun opened fire. He was shot in the chest and later buried near Pozieres on July 1916. His companion took charge of the watch so to return the watch to his parents, who highly value their brave lad's possession. (28/31.7.1920)

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