Shock over teen’s farm death

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Alexandra Henderson with her dog Captain. Her family have paid tribute to the 19-year-old.
Camera IconAlexandra Henderson with her dog Captain. Her family have paid tribute to the 19-year-old. Credit: Picture: Facebook

A young farm worker fatally injured at a property in the State’s south-east has been remembered as a compassionate person who cared deeply about the world and animals.

Alexandra Henderson, 19, was found unresponsive by another worker about 11.35am on Monday at a farm near Dalyup, 40km north-west of Esperance.

It is believed she was herding a large bull when she was struck and driven into the fence railing. She was taken to Esperance Hospital but died from her injuries.

Dorothy Henderson said her daughter, better known as Ally, had worked with livestock all her life and had been employed at a farm near the family’s property.

Mrs Henderson said her “beautiful” daughter’s sudden death had left the family devastated but consoled by the fact she was in a “happy place” at the time.

“She was working on a property she loved, with people she cared for and respected and who cared for and respected her,” Mrs Henderson said.

“Alexandra was only young but she had worked with animals and farm livestock in particular her whole life, including cattle. She was a competent horse-woman, breaking and training our horses.

“She was also a compassionate person who cared deeply about her world and the living things she shared it with.”

Mrs Henderson said Alexandra had been studying equine science through Charles Sturt University, but had also studied units in criminology and law.

“We will miss her out-spoken personality, her commitment to justice, and her practical capabilities. More than that, though, we will miss her friendship,” she said.

Mrs Henderson said the family had been blown away by the support they had received from the local community.

“We are buoyed at this time by the fact that we have spent so much time with her, and that we live in a community which has supported us with an outpouring of love and support,” she said.

“We are also incredibly appreciative of those who tried to keep our lovely child with us, those attending the scene at the farm, the ambulance crews and the team at the Esperance District Hospital who did all within their power to prevent her from leaving us too soon.”

WorkSafe is investigating and yesterday sent two inspectors to the farm.

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