Sunday, October 18, 2009

Coroner's Inquests

Transcribed by Genie.

5 July 1832 Thursday

On Wednesday, an Inquest was held at the HORSE AND JOCKEY Public-House, on the body of JOHN SMART, who died suddenly the previous night, at this residence, in Adam's Lane, Goulburn-street. It appeared in evidence, that intemperance had brought him to an untimely end. Verdict -- died by the visitation of God.

Notes: No obvious entry in NSW BDM. They Sydney Gazette (Sat 30 Jun 1832) also noted of the inquest "at the "Horse and Jockey" public-house, in Liverpool-street, on the body of John Smart, well known as a nocturnal vendor of savaloys, who died suddenly at his residence in Adams'-lane, Goulburn-street, the pre vious evening.... It may be some-what important however and interesting to the savaloy loving public to know that their exquisite taste will not suffer by the loss of the defunct merchant, his evident copartner having succeeded to all the valuable recipes and stock-in-trade."


July 5 1832 Thursday
On Tuesday an Inquest by MAJOR SMEATHMAN, at the Currency lass, Campbell-street, on the body of JOSEPH IRVINE, who died suddenly in the BENEVOLENT ASYLUM, the previous day. The Jury returned a verdict "died by the visitation of God."

Notes: Probable entry in NSW BDM is
V18321673 16/1832 IRWIN JOSEPH AGE 45


5 July 1832 Thursday

On Thursday, an Inquest was holden at the BLACK DOG, Cambridge-street, Sydney, on the body of a man names WILLIAM WALKER, an old inhabitant, who died suddenly the previous day. The Jury returned a verdict of "died by the visitation of God".

Notes: No obvious entry in NSW BDM, but the Sydney Gazette names the victim as Richard Walker. As a sad aside the Gazette notes:
"In the course of the examination of witnesses, it appeared that a man of the name of Thomas Mosher, a poor cobbler living in the same house with deceased, went, between two and three o'clock, to the shop of Surgeon Hosking, and requested his attendance to the deceased, who had grown worse. Upon being informed that the applicant had no pecuniary means of remunerating him, Surgeon II. declined attending, alleging his "business would not permit him." At this conduct the jury, one and all, expressed their indignation in the severest terms language could convey ; as it was their unanimous opinion, that had the assistance required been afforded to the individual now dead, in all probability he would have recovered ; and this their opinion they requested the Coroner to represent through the proper medium."

Dr. Hosking subsequently wrote a letter to the Gazette protesting at the 'aspersions' cast on his character.

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