Sunday, November 8, 2009


15 November 1832 Thursday

On Tuesday, a coroner’s Inquest was assembled by MAJOR SMEATHMAN, at the SHIP INN, Parramatta-road, in consequence of the body of an individual named THOMAS CUNNINGHAM, having been discovered, the previous day, by a servant of DR. RAMSAY’S, couched in the hollow of a white gum tree, to which spot, the man was attracted by the strong effluvia emanating from the tree, situated remote from the road, about half-a-mile, in nearly an impervious part of the bush. The body was found coiled up, and under the left side was a bundle of cloths, which the deceased had in him possession at the time he left Sydney, about three weeks before, and at twenty years distance, his hat was found, containing a pass from LIEUTENANT-COLONEL SNODGRASS. One of the shirts in the bundle was marked with blood, but how, or in what manner, no evidence was forthcoming to solve; MR. JEANNERET, who attended professionally, gave it has his opinion, that there were no marks of fractured bones, but from the decomposed state of the flesh parts, it was impossible to say, whether he met his death by a wound. After jury had sat for six hours in deliberation, without any evidence being adduced, that could throw light on the way in which the deceased came to his death, they returned the following verdict;- “This jury are of opinion, from the state of extreme decomposition in which the body of the late THOMAS CUNNINGHAM had been seen by the, and the total want of evidence, they cannot decide on the actual cause of this death.” A coffin was provided, and the remains removed for interment.


12 November 1832 Monday

On Thursday an inquest was convened at the KING’S ARMS, York-street, on the body of MICHAEL TOWNHEND, who came to his death the previous day under the following circumstances:- On the 6th instant while driving a cart, the animal becoming restive, he fell out, and the wheel injured his head, causing his death in a few hours. The Jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death, and levied a deodand of one shilling on the horse. (note deodand spelt this way in report, could be demand)

Notes. From Wikipedia: Deodand is a thing forfeited or given to God, specifically, in law, an object or instrument which becomes forfeit because it has caused a person's death.


22 November 1832 Thursday

On Sunday an Inquest was held at the WHALERS ARMS, Windmill-street, on the body of a man names DISS-D MOULGUIT, a native of the Isle of France, who met his death under the following circumstances; Deceased and a man names JOHN PETERS, both belonging to the Clementine, having quarreled, they came on shore to fight, when PETERS struck the deceased a violently blow on the side of the head, which caused his immediate death. DR. BLOOMFIELD, who was in attendance, having examined the body, and given it as his opinion that the blow was the cause of his death the Jury returned a verdict of manslaughter, and PETERS was committed under the Coroner’s warrant to take his trial for the offence.


8 November 1832 Thursday

On Sunday an Inquest was convened by MAJOR SMEATHMAN, Coroner for Sydney, at the BRITISH STANDARD TAVERN AND HOTEL, on the body of a man names JAMES ROSE, who was drowned of Friday week last. It appeared in evidence that ROSE was a man holding a ticket-of-leave, and obtained his living by working a wood boat, when on the day above mentioned being of LONG NOSE POINT, a squall capsized the boat, and he was drowned. The body was picked up off GOAT ISLAND. Verdict--Accidentally drowned.

No BDM entry found.

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