Aikman, John D. "Western Australian Lonely Graves and Burials at Sea Vol 1 A-E" (2017) Coate, Yvonne & Kevin. Hesperian Press. Page 33.
West Australian - 17 February 1896.
John D. Aikman was killed accidentally at the Barrabool mine at the 42-Mile on Wednesday. It appears that the deceased was sinking a shaft with a mate named W. C Ward. Two shots missed fire, and deceased got on the rope to descended in order to ascertain the reason, before his mate had hold of the windlass. Ward made a frantic effort to stop it by grasping the barrel, but the barrel accidentally toppled over and fell down the shaft, pinning Aikman by the shoulders against the side. He was speedily brought to the surface, but died in a couple of hours. Aikman was a native of Scotland, and was a nephew of the late Dr. Burnes, of Edinburgh University.