The way we were


The way we were – Workmen inspect the wreckage of a school bus carrying 34 children from Coondle, Culham and Dewars Pool which was hit by a wheat train at the former Clinton Street level crossing on 6 August 1931, killing five children and injuring 12 others, many seriously.

The tragedy occurred in dense mist after the steam train had pulled out from the former Duke Street station, not far from the Toodyay School where the children were about to start morning classes.

The accident was described as WA’s worst for many years.