I wonder why a hopeless alcoholic like Christina Holt decided to take up bike riding? Of course, brandy has probably never been something that has ever helped with good decision-making, so, there you go. I suspect that her brandy consumption might have been part of the reason she crashed the bike in the first place.
Little Lonsdale Street is not somewhere you would consider taking your bike riding lessons these days as it is pretty much in the centre of the city of Melbourne. The only bike riders there are the much-maligned bike couriers rushing from building to building.
I found the article about the inquest and it reports that Christina and a companion were learning to ride gentlemen’s bicycles with the assistance of the owners, whom they did not know, when she crashed into a kerbstone, fracturing her ankle.
Little Lonsdale Street would have been an interesting address back in 1900 though, not one known for health and fitness, but certainly one known for liaisons between men and women. From the late 1800’s this was a street known for its variety of brothels. Perhaps Ms Holt had a good reason to drink!
Interestingly there were further articles about this unfortunate death bemoaning the way doctors treated those with the ‘disease of drunkeness’. It was suggested, quite obviously you would think, that tapering off the drink instead of a total stop would be a far better way to treat those afflicted, as complete withdrawal often ended in death. I wonder how many unfortunate souls died this way?