Anton or Anthony Kimbel (1883 - 1922)

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Birthplace: Windsor, NSW, Australia
Death: Died in Sydney, NSW, Australia
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About Anton or Anthony Kimbel

Originally a photographer like his father, A Kimbel produced many works that are held in private and public collections including the National Library of Australia, which holds "Views of Cobar" . He is perhaps best known for his death from snakebite received while performing in his show as "Arthur Psycho", described in detail in the following information.

From http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/3542665 "Views of Cobar [microform] Bib ID 3542665 Format Microform, Book Author Kimbel, A

Printer	(Cobar [N.S.W.] : Anderson & Maliphant)

Description Cobar, [N.S.W.] : A. Kimbel, [192-?] [16] p. : all ill. ; 13 x 19 cm. Collection RNB geography of N.S.W. series Notes Cover title. Reproduction Microfiche. Canberra : National Library of Australia, 2004. Subjects Cobar (N.S.W.) - Pictorial works. Other authors/contributors National Library of Australia Terms of Use Copyright restrictions may apply. Address enquires to: Preservation Reformatting Unit, National Library of Australia, Canberra ACT 2600. "

Marriage announced in "The Sydney Morning Herald" of Monday 8 July 1907:

"KIMBEL-HARTT -June 17 at the Methodist Church Cobar by the Rev F T Walker, Anthony second son of the late Herr Wilhelm Kimbel, Woollahra, to May, only daughter of Edwin Glennie Hartt, Nor- folk, England. "

Coroner comments on Anthony's death in "The Sydney Morning Herald" of Saturday 28 January 1922:

"SHOWMAN'S DEATH. BITTEN BY A SNAKE. CORONER'S COMMENT. An inquiry was held at the Coroner's Court yesterday on the death of Anthony Kimbel, 38, a showman, which occurred at Sydney Hos- pital on January 12 from the effects of snake bite. It was stated in evidence that the deceased, who exhibited snakes under the name of Ar- thur Psycho, at a show in Hyde Park, was bitten by a tiger snake during an exhibition on the night of January 10. Ho was admitted to tho hospital, but died two days later. In returning a verdict of accidental death, the City Coroner made the following state- ment:-"Venomous snakes should not be al- lowed to be exhibited. No permission to any showman should be granted unless there are some means by which the police can see the snakes exhibited conform to the per- mission granted. A policeman could not tell but perhaps a remedy would be to make a showman liable to a heavy penalty. The performers should not be allowed to throw their lives away, and for their safety, as well that of the public, something ought to be done." "

Death reported in the "Barrier Miner" of Friday 13 January 1922:

"FATAL SNAKE BITE. SYDNEY CHARMER'S DEATH. Sydney Friday, A snake charmer named Anthony Kimbel, who was bitten on the hand by one of his reptiles on Monday night, died in the Sydney Hospital yesterday morning. "

Death described in "The Sydney Morning Herald" of Saturday 14 January 1922:

"SNAKE-CHARMER'S DEATH. The death occurred at Sydney Hospital yesterday morning of Anthony Kimbel, 38, a snake charmer, who was bitten on the hand while giving a performance at the Hyde Park carnival on Monday night. Kimbel at the time of being bitten protested that there was no danger from the bite, as the fangs had been extracted from the snake. The on- lookers advised Kimbel to go to the hospital for observation, and at first he declined, but later, at the request of the police, be attended at the hospital, where he subsequently collapsed."

From "The Sydney Morning Herald" of Friday 14 January 1922:

"KIMBEL.-The Relatives and Friends of Mrs. MAY KIMBEL and FAMILY, of Queensland; are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of her dearly beloved HUSBAND and their FATHER, Anthony; to leave the private mortuary of Mr. Charles Kinsela, 143 Oxford Street, city, THIS FRIDAY, at 1 p.m., for C. of E. Cemetery, Rookwood. CHARLES KINSELA, Phone, 6M Fadd._Funeral Director.

"KIMBEL.-The Relatives and Friends of Mrs. E. KIMBEL and FAMILY, of 30 Edward-street, Woollahra are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of her dearly beloved SON and their BROTHER, Anthony; to leave the private mortuary of Mr. Charles Kinsela, 143 Oxford-street, city, THIS FRIDAY, at 1 p.m., for C. of E Cemetery. Rookwood. CHARLES KINSELA.

"KIMBEL-The Relatives and Friends of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. KIMBEL, of 30 Edward-street, Woollahra, are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of their beloved BROTHER, Anthony Kimbel; to leave the private mortu- ary of Mr. Charles Kinsela, 143 Oxford-street, city, THIS FRIDAY, at 1 p.m., for C. of E. Cemetery, Rookwood. CHARLES KINSELA

"KIMBEL-Friends of Miss GLADYS McCRORY and Mrs. RUTH WALKER are kindly invited to at- tend the Funeral of their dearly beloved FRIEND, Anthony; to leave Kinsela's Parlours at 1 TO-DAY."

Manly Library also has the following article at: http://blogs.manly.nsw.gov.au/manlylocalstudies/ "posted by Manly Library | 9:23 PM | 0 comments TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010 Carnival fatality The Manly Carnival of 1920 was marred by a bizarre fatality. On Thursday 11th March 1920, showman Anthony Kimbel employed Teresa Caton (26) as a snake charmer in one of his sideshows on the ocean beach. Two snakes were delivered to Kimbel, a black snake and a tiger snake. He took hold of the black snake, and was promptly bitten, but he applied a ligature and his own antidote and felt no ill-effects afterwards. The following day Miss Caton picked up the tiger snake and put it round her neck. She was immediately bitten. A ligature was tied round her wrist and the antidote administered, but it was ineffective. Later that day she was admitted to Manly Cottage Hospital in Raglan Street, and she died there on Saturday 13th March. At the coronial inquest, Mr Jamieson, the City Coroner, found that she had died from the effects of the bite of the tiger snake, and he warned that these reptiles should not be displayed in settings where they could come into contact with the public; he hoped that the police would take steps to protect the public from this sort of danger. It is not known where Miss Caton was buried; it does not appear to have been in Manly Cemetery, and we have not found a death notice in the Sydney press. Labels: Manly Carnival, snakes"

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Anton or Anthony Kimbel's Timeline

1883
1883
Windsor, NSW, Australia
1907
June 17, 1907
Age 24
Cobar, NSW, Australia
1908
1908
Age 25
Wellington, NSW, Australia
1909
1909
Age 26
Cobar, NSW, Australia
1910
1910
Age 27
Cobar, NSW, Australia
1917
1917
Age 34
QLD, Australia
1922
January 12, 1922
Age 39
Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Rookwood, NSW, Australia