New sport - climbing the pyramids
On 8 March 1915, The Northern Miner (Charters Towers) revealed that reports of the death of four soldiers from an accident at the pyramids had no reliable foundation. The Assistant Minister for Defence, Mr. Jensen, stated that replies to the Defence Department cable had confirmed the reports as untrue. He added that all casualties were at once reported to the Minister for Defence, and he advised the public not to let unofficial messages cause them any anxiety.
Two days later, on the 10 March, the Queensland Times (Ipswich) referred to a letter from a Quartermaster-Sergeant Ferguson, of Wagga Wagga, sent from Egypt. He stated that the record for climbing the first pyramid, 480ft high, was four minutes until recently, when an Indian Gurkha broke it easily, reaching the top in 2 minutes. His climb established the record for all time.