Friday, October 16, 2009

Coroner's Inquests

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
CORONER'S INQUESTS
17 May 1832
"On Monday an Inquest was convened at the Public House of TURNER, in Pitt-street, on the body of THOMAS PLANK, who died on the Saturday preceding. It came out in evidence that the day decease died, he was in Sydney in a state of intoxication and was place in a cart to be conveyed to Botany, where he resided. During the journey, the men who war with the cart, lifted up the head of deceased to give a drop of rum, when they found the vital spark had fled. Verdict, that the deceased came to his death from immoderate use of ardent spirits."

His NSW BDM burial transcript:
V18321441 16/1832 PLUNK, THOMAS, AGE 50
(Anyone able to look up the death transcript and comment would be appreciated - I can add the info here). In the 1828 census Thomas Plank is listed as 28 (b. abt 1800), free by servitude, having arrived on the Asia (2) in 1822.

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