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1816-1829 Tas



MONDAY, 10th JUNE, 1816'

HIS HONOR the LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR has been pleased to appoint THOMAS ARCHER, Esq., Coroner for the County of Cornwall, ... commencing from the 1st of April last.



On Saturday last as Charles Repeat, a poor old man employed by Mr. Mansfield, a settler at New-town, was driving his master's cart on the New-town road, accidentally drove over a small stump of a tree standing in the road, by which the unfortunate man was threwed out of the caret, and killed on the spot. - The body was conveyed to the Bricklayers' Arms, in Liverpool-street, for a Coroner's Inquest; and on Monday afternoon the inquest was held, when the Jury, after a short deliberation, returned a verdict - Accidental Death.




A few days ago, THOMAS MURPHY, a prisoner who came to this island in the ship Indefatigable, eloped from George Town, Port Dalrymple, in company with a woman he co-habited with, named Judith Quinlan.  On their arrival in Hobart Town, not having the necessary passes from that settlement, they were immediately apprehended by the Police, and confined in the watch house.  It now appears by the accounts from that settlement that previous to Murphy's elopement, he stabbed a prisoner of the name of Jacob Cabusa, with a penknife in the head; and after lingering a few days., he died.  - An inquest has been held before T. ARCHER, Esq., Coroner for the County of Cornwall; the particulars of which we have not yet learned; but we have the satisfaction to state, that the murderer is now strongly ironed in the gaol at Hobart Town.





William Clarke, charged with the wilful murder of William Price, at a public house of the sign of the Red Lyon, in Elizabeth-street, Hobart Town, on the 18th day of March last; from the evidence produced whereon it appeared that the prisoner at the bar, actuated by a sudden impulse of passion produced by the receiving of an unprovoked assault from the deceased, had returned the blow, which immediately proved fatal; and that from the whole tenor of his conduct in the unfortunate transaction, he had behaved in a manner that entitled him to the kindest consideration of the Court; by whose verdict he was accordingly Acquitted.



On Saturday last as a man of the name of Dennis Geary, a settler, near New-town, was going through the woods on his way to Hobart-town, he discovered a quantity of sheep without a shepherd; on examination of which, he found they were belonging to an old man that lodged in his house of the name of Humphrey Lynch, and who had the same morning gone out as usual with his sheep to graze.  Geary after a length of time in search of Lynch, went to his neighbour (James Williams) to relate the circumstances, who accompanied him the whole of that day in quest of the absconded shepherd, but returned home unsuccessful, except finding Lynch's dog.  The sagacity of the animal having excited the attention of Williams, he humanely started off the following morning (Sunday) at 4 o'clock in hopes of discovering Lynch, when after a search of two hours he perceived the unhappy man suspended by the neck with two silk handkerchiefs to a limb of a tree, not 20 yards from the spot the dog was found the previous evening.  On this unfortunate discovery, Williams immediately went to Geary, and dispatched him to town with the disaster of Lynch; he then returned back to watch the corpse till it was removed, where he had not been many minutes before one of the handkerchiefs to which he was suspended, rent asunder and the body fell to the ground - the body was conveyed to the Jolly Sailor, in Liverpool-street, for a Coroner's Inquest; and on Wednesday afternoon the inquest was held, when the Jury, after a short deliberation, returned a verdict - suicide. - We understand that he had previously bequeathed his sheep, &c., to a daughter living at Kangaroo Point.




Early on Monday morning last an old woman of the name of Mary Hurley was found dead in the house of John Coffee, in Murray-street.  Upon which some doubts being entertained of the nature of her death, an inquest was the same day held before A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq., Coroner for the County of Buckinghamshire.  After the Jury had seen the body they returned to hear the evidence touching the death of the deceased; when after examining several persons, and by the testimony of a Gentleman of the faculty, who had anatomized the body, the Jury gave a verdict - Died by the Visitation of God.



The body of William Entwistle, who was drowned in the New River on the 24th of January last, has since been founds, and an inquest held on the body before T. Archer, Esq. Coroner for the county.  The Jury, after a short deliberation, returned a verdict - Accidental Death.  His remains were interred in as decent a manner as his putrified state would admit of.




On Wednesday last the wife of Mr. WILLIAMS, an inhabitant of Macquarie-street, was dreadfully burnt by a spark catching her clothes on lifting an iron-pot off the fire; and had not assistance, fortunately, arrived at the moment the sufferer would inevitably have perished.  It is a remarkable circumstance, that about 10 years back Mrs. Williams had a son nearly lost his life by his apparel taking fire; and, lamentable to relate, two years afterwards a beautiful little girl literally burnt to death.  Mrs. W. we are sorry to add, lies now in a very deplorable condition. ...



The gang of bush-rangers appeared in the vicinity of Black Brush on Saturday, and were tracked on the following morning by Serjt. M'CARTHY, of the 46th, with his party.  On Monday the bushy-rangers were at a house at Tea-tree Brush, where they had dined; and about 3 o'clock in the afternoon Serjt. M'Carthy with his party came up.  The bush-rangers ran out of the house into the woods, and being eleven in number and well covered by timber and ground, the eight soldiers could not close with them.  After a good deal of firing, Geary, the leader, was wounded, and fell; two others were also wounded.  The knapsacks of the whole, and their fogs, were taken.  Geary died the same night, and his corpse was brought into town on Tuesday, as were the two wounded men.

   The remaining eight bush-rangers were seen in the neighbourhood of the Coal River on Wednesday; but, as they must be destitute of provisions and ammunition, sanguine hopes may be entertained of their speedy fall.

   Dennis Currie and Matthew Kiegan, two of the original bush-rangers, surrendered on Monday, and are now in prison.

   On Wednesday a Coroner's Inquest was held on the body of James Geary, who died of the wound received in the affair at Tea-tree Brush. - Verdict - Homicide in furtherance of Public Justice.




On Friday the 4th inst. the body of John Randall, acting as chief constable at George-town, Port Dalrymple, was found by Corporal Mitchell and some privates of the 46th regt. who were out in a boat fishing, lying on the rocks at Point Macquarie, with the head nearly severed from the body.  Information was immediately given to Mr. LEITH, inspector of public works, who with some others proceeded to view the body; and an inquest being held thereon, before Mr. T. ARCHER, coroner, the following particulars were disclosed:-

   About 4 o'clock in the afternoon of Thursday, the 3rd inst. Mr. Leith, inspector of public works at George-own, sent Charles M'Donald, a youth living with him, to John Randall, then acting chief constable there, with directions to order the prisoners to go to the barracks and help up with the boats, and to report any who might refuse to obey the order.  About 5 o'clock, Randall not appearing to make any report of this order, Mr. Leith sent Charles Flack, the boat-keeper, and directed him at the same time to ascertain how many of the constables were sober and fit for duty; for considerable intoxication and noise prevailing, he was apprehensive some robberies and disorders might be committed; prior to Flack's return he also sent Gabriel Myers, his own servant, to look for him and Randall.  In about an hour or more Flack returned, and acquainted Mr. Leith that he could not find Randall, and that he had been obliged to clear his house (in which he allowed Randall to love) of several of the prisoners and one or two soldiers who had been beating the constables; About 8 o'clock Myers returned without having been able to find Randall, as did also Charles M'Donald, who had been again sent in the course of the evening, without success. Mr. Leith now became alarmed for the safety of Randall; and soon after retouring to bed Thomas Kemp and James Lyford, with other persons, came to his window and acquainted him that they had detected three prisoners, attempting to rob Lyford's house, amongst whom was Edward Harwood.

   Early next morning T. Kemp and others made diligent search for Randall, as all were apprehensive that he had been murdered.  About 11 o'clock, the body of Randall was found on the rocks at Point Macquarie, as above stated.  Mr. Leith went down to the spot, attended by several others, two of whom, were Joseph Shaw and James Lyford; he there saw the body of Randall lying on the rocks, having a strand of yarns of a very peculiar nature tied round his left arm, And a stone slung at the other end of it; the right side of his head was very deeply cut above and in the ear, with a falling axe.  Apparently part of the skull-bone and brains were scattered, and several spots of blood were to be seen from the river-side in a direction towards the Long Meadows.  Mr. Leith, attended as before, then went to nearly all the prisoners'' houses, and at the boat's crew hut found the falling axe (produced), the same being bloody on both the handle and on the blade.  Edward Harwood was in the house, and, to the best of Mr. Leith's recollection, Thomas Smith and Samuel Smith. The two former live in the boat's crew hut, and the latter at the next door, but was used to sleep in the boat's crew hut.

   Harwood appeared not to be perfectly sober, and on Mr. Leith's taking up the axe, he went up to him, having an open knife in his hand, with which Mr. L. believes he had been eating something, and said the axe was his property; Mr. Leith told him that he knew he had claimed it as his property before that day.  Harwood appeared very desirous to obtain the axe, and some time after went to the carpenter's shop and again claimed it; this gave Mr. Leith strong suspicion that Harwood knew something of the murder of Randall.  Mr. Leith next caused the strand of yarns round Randall's arm to be carefully examined, which was found to consist of six yarns, and sent Joseph Shaw, James Lyford, and Thomas Kemp, constable, to the boat's crew hut again, where they found on the loft a strand of six yarns (produced), exactly corresponding in nature and size with the nature, quality, and description of the yarn round the arm of Randall

    Suspicion now almost amounting to confirmation, the prisoners Samuel Smith, Thomas Smith, and Edward Harwood were ordered into double irons, and confined in the military barracks.  T. Kemp, during these transactions, reported to Mr. Leith that Edward Harwood, at the time of his being apprehended, made use of very foul language respecting Randall; and Gabriel Myers, Mr. L.'s servant also acquainted him that Charles Clarke, who sleeps in the boat's crew hut, had likewise used language equally suspicious.  T. Kemp states that he was at Titmouse's house, Georgetown, in company with James Lyford on the night of the 3rd, and about nine o'clock Edward Harwood came to the door and knocked very urgently; Titmouse asked, who was there, when Harwood replied it was Tommy Randall (endeavouring to imitate Randall's voice); Titmouse said no one should come in there at night.  J. Lyford, imagining something wrong was going on, went out with Titmouse, and, when they got opposite Lyford's house they saw two or three men, who ran away and dropped some articles which they had taken from the house; that he (Kemp) ran after them and stopped Harwood, who asked what he was going to do with him, and, on telling him that, as he was going to take him to Thomas Randall, the chief constable, Harwood said it was no use to take him to Tommy Randall's, as he was not at home, and he would be damn'd if he "would be at home that night."  Kemp also states, that whilst he was talking to Harwood, private Thomas James and Samuel and Thomas Smith came down to them, when the soldier wanted to fight, but Harwood would not let him.

    Kemp's testimony is fully corroborated by that of James Lyford.

   Charles Clarke states, that on Thursday the 3rd, on going home to the boat's crew hut, where he sleeps, he saw there James, a soldier, and Samuel Smith, Thomas Smith, and Edward Harwood; that he went to bed for about an hour and got up to supper, when the same people were in the house; and about  ?? o'clock on Friday morning heard the shutter open in the room below, and also heard Ned Harwood say "did you tie the rope round his neck?"; that at breakfast time Mr. Leith and Joseph Shaw came to the hut, and Mr. L. took up an axe and brought it out; that he (Clarke) looked at it whilst in Mr. L.'s hands and saw some blood on the blade; that, shortly after, the constables came and found some rope on the loft, which they took away with them; and that the axe and rope (produced) are the same he had seen taken by Mr. Leith and the constables.

   It also appears that on the evening of Friday the 4th, while Mr. Leith was in conversation with other persons in his kitchen, the boy (M'Donald), before mentioned, said "Master step out, I want to speak to you, I am uneasy in my mind."  When outside, the boy informed Mr. Leith that when he had given Randall the orders, sent by M r. L. the day before, he heard some person in the boat's crew say he would go down to Tommy Randall's hut and beat him out of it; that Randall had almost immediately came into the hut, and that he (M'Donald) saw Samuel Smith, who stood with his back to the door, take up an axe and hit Randall with the back part of it between the eyes, upon which Randall fell backwards, and Edw. Harwood, who was in the hut, cried our "don't hit the man;" that he (M'Donald) then left the house, but before he reached as far as the Dispensary, where Michael Downs lives (a distance of about 60 yards), he saw Randall come out of the boat's crew hut, and before he got much farther saw Randall fall on his face, and heard him explain "Oh Dear!" that he also saw the people from the boat's crew hut rush out and go to Randall, amongst whom was a soldier, who he believed to be a man named James, and who he saw stoop down; that they took up Randall, but as he was some distance from them, he could not say whether it was with the intent of assisting or of murdering him; but when he afterwards heard of the murder of Randall, he informed Mr. Leith of those particulars, thinking it not right to conceal what he had seen.

   This boy's testimony, we understand, is extremely clear and artless; and by which it further appears that Samuel Smith, on the morning after the murder, endeavoured to persuade him not to mention his having seen him strike Randall, saying that "he did not know where the hell he was."  By the strictest enquiry made Mr. Leith could not find that Randall had been seen by any person, except the lad (M'Donald), after he had left the boat's crew hut on that evening; and it also appears by the testimony of

   Charles Crowder, who lived in the same house with Randall., that the latter left the house about 4 o'clock on Thursday afternoon on receiving Mr. Leith's orders; that he left every thing he had in the house in charge of Crowder but did not return; nor was he seen again by Crowder till the next day about twelve o'clock, when he was shewn his dead body lying in a hut at George-town. - Crowder also states that about 6 o'clock on Thursday evening, Thos. Smith and private Thomas James came to the house and asked for rum in Randall's name, which he refused giving them, when they said "they had suffered enough by the b---dy [traps], And would "kill them All;" that they then beat constable Barnett, And, when he was on the ground, jumped upon him; that upon his going to Barnett's assistance And laying him upon his bed, they threatened to rip out his bowels.

   About 9 o'clock on Thursday evening Samuel Smith was seen by Michael Downs returning from the Long Meadows, where Samuel Smith said he had been for a mile or two; (It is believed that the body of Randall was conveyed that way to Point Macquarie); cries of murder were heard in that direction about the same time, but which is supposed to have been An attempt to conceal the Actual time of its committal.

   The statement of the soldier, private Thomas James, who was A party in it, nearly closes the particulars of this dreadful Affair, completing A train of the clearest evidence.

[Detailed evidence page 1s.] ...

   The body of the deceased was examined by Mr. MOUNTGARRETT, colonial surgeon, who states, that his death was occasioned by a wound apparently given by an axe, which has cut the occiput and entered at least six inches, the head being nearly severed from the body; that the wound or contusion  on the nose had entirely broken all the bones, and must have been given by a pole of an axe or some other heavy weapon; that there are four cuts across the neck, which appear to have been inflicted with a blunt weapon; and, on measuring the wound at the back of the head, it extends nine and a half inches in length.  Mr. Mountgarrett also states, that, upon most particular examination, he is satisfied that two blows were given in the same spot.

   The Jury upon the Inquest held on the body of Randall to ascertain how he came to his death, find that between the hours of 5 & 8 on the evening of Thursday the 3rd of July, Samuel Smith, a convict, did feloniously kill and murder the said JOHN RANDALL; and that private Thomas James of the 46th regiment, and Thomas Smith and Edward Harwood, convicts, did aid, assist and abet the said Samuel Smith in committing the said murder.

   When these men were asked if they had any thing to say in their behalf, they replied "We have nothing to say whatever."  Harwood added, "I am innocent."

   The whole are now in close confinement, and will be sent to Sydney for trial by the first safe conveyance.



On consequence of strong suspicions being entertained that a young Lady in Hobart Town considered under respectable protection, had been secretly delivered of a child, an enquiry was a few days since set on foot, which led to the discovery that a full grown male child had been privately interred in a box in the burial ground, under circumstances creating so much doubt, as to the infant's having come fairly by its death, that, after consulting the Medical gentlemen, a Coroner's Inquest was deemed necessary. The box containing the infant having been removed to the General Hospital, a Jury of the most respectable Gentlemen and Settlers of the Colony, amongst whom were two magistrates, were called, and a strict enquiry was commenced before A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq., Coroner, in the course of which it appeared that Miss MAKELLER, sister to Mrs. DRUMMOND, and living in the house of Mr. Drummond, had been delivered of the child without any medical assistance, that that it was privately buried, with a trowel in the night, by Mr. Drummond.

   The sittings continued several days, and after a most minute and laborious investigation, the Jury found Miss MAKELLER Guilty of Wilful Murder; and JOHN DRUMMOND, Esq. and MARY EVERS, a servant guilty of aiding and assisting in the same.

   The parties are in custody, and will be sent to Sydney for trial in a few days.

   This transaction has caused a great sensation in the Settlement - the more so from the relative situation of the parents of the child; and much feeling of commiseration for Mrs. Drummond and infant family.




An inquest was taken on Monday last at the County Gaol in this town, before A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. Coroner upon the body of William Drew, whose death we mentioned in our last.

   The first evidence was Mr. assistant surgeon Hood, of the 46th regt. who deposed that the death of the deceased, William Drew, seemed to have been occasioned by a musket ball passing through the thorax, by entering the back a little below the right shoulder, and shattering the breast bone in its passage; he did not perceive any other injury about the body.

   The next witness was Mr. W. Williams, who stated that the deceased was his servant, and employed in looking after his sheep in the vicinity of New Norfolk.  It appeared by the testimony of this witness, that he left Hobart Town on the Wednesday prior to the death of the deceased, on a visit to his stock; and that when he got to the First River, he found Drew in the hut there.  The next morning Mr. W. went to his grazing ground for some sheep, which he brought back and sheared himself; and on the following morning, soon after day-light, he sent Drew for some more to the same place.  Drew being absent for upwards of 4 hours, witness became alarmed, and went to look for Drew; and when he arrived at the place where he had sent him, he walked about for nearly an hour before he found him, who was then running towards witness with a gun and a dog; upon his coming up, Mr. W. asked him what was the matter, to which he replied, "George watts was stopping with Howe, whilst he came to acquaint him of it," and delivered his musket to Mr. W. saying "he did not want it as they had got Mich. Howe's gun, and that Watts had one of his own."  During their conversation Drew shewed Mr. W., two knives, which he said he had taken from Howe; and upon Mr. W. asking him if he could be of any assistance, he replied "no, as Howe was secured;" he then ran away.  Witness and the deceased had previously agreed to take Howe the first opportunity.

   George Watts deposed, that after Mich. Howe had been to Drew, at William's hut, with a letter for the Lieutenant Governor, about six weeks ago, he (Watts) went to Drew, and enquired of him whether he had seen Howe; he replied he had 2 or 3 times successively, and was again to see him non the Friday following at sun-rise; he said should he come on Thursday or Friday, they could take him.  On the Thursday night Watts went to New Norfolk, took Triffit's boat and proceeded across the river, and concealed himself along-side of a path, near the place Drew appointed to meet him, till day-light.  About sun-rise Drew came, and told him he was to meet Howe at a place called the Long Bottom, where William's sheep were.  Watts told Drew to leave his gun, as he thought Howe would not come up to them if he perceived it; Drew left it hidden; they then both proceeded to the place where they expected to meet Howe; upon arriving there, Drew called two or three times, which Howe answered from the opposite side of the creek.  When Watts came within ninety yards of Howe, he told him to knock the priming out of his gun, and he would do the same, which both parties did; they then went about 30 or 40 yards and began to light a fire.  The first opportunity, Watts caught Howe by the collar and threw him down; Drew tied his hands, and took two knives from his pocket; Watts and Drew got breakfast, but Howe refused to eat; they then were about proceeding to town, when Drew proposed to take his master's musket and dog back, which Watts agreed to, desiring him not to inform the master of any thing, which he promised.  Upon Drew's returning they all proceeded towards Hobart Town; Watts with his gun loaded walked before Howe and Drew behind.  When about 8 miles on the road, Watts heard Drew scream, and on turning round received a wound in his stomach from Howe; but how he got loose, he  did not know, excepting by cutting the cord.  Howe said, that "he would settle Drew's business," as he had by this time got possession of Watt's musket; he immediately fired at Drew; Watts being amongst some wattles did not hear him speak or see him fall; he enquired if Drew was dead? Howe replied "yes," and "he would shoot him as soon as he could load his piece."  Drew carried Howe's musket previous to being shot, but it was not primed.  Watts dreading being shot, ran about 200 yards, and lay down a few minutes from cold and loss of blood.  Upon being able to walk, he made all haste to a hut belonging to James Burne, and on being put to bed he told Mrs. Burne that he was stabbed by Howe; and requested her husband to get Waddle the constable to take him to town; by the time Waddle arrived he was hardly able to speak; he only informed him of his name, and, when able to talk next morning, he told them Drew was shot.

   The testimony of the other witnesses merely related to searching after, and finding the body of Drew, and conveying it to town.

   The Jury, after a short deliberation, returned a verdict - That the deceased, William Drew, was murdered by Michael Howe.




On Monday last another inquest was held before A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. Coroner, at the Court House in this town, on the body of John Evans, a crown servant in the employ of Mr. LACKEY, settler at Clarence Plains, of which the following are the leading facts:-

   On Friday, the 17th instant, Mr. Lackey and the deceased, with a cart containing provisions, were proceeding to Antilla Ponds, on the road leading to Port Dalrymple; they halted for refreshment at the house of Joseph Wright at York Plains.  After they went into Wright's, George Gray, one of the soldiers belonging to the 46th regiment stationed there, enquired of Mr. Lackey where the cart was going? Who replied to "Antilla Ponds."  When they had partook of their refreshment, the deceased went on with the cart, and left Mr. Lackey at Wright's house.

   It appeared, that soon after Evans left the house, Gray followed him in company with a black native lad calked Jacob; and that in protecting his master's property in the cart from being robbed by them, he was shot through the body by Gray, and almost immediately expired.  The deceased and boy had words previous to this, and were friends again.

   The Jury found a verdict that John Evans was murdered by George Gray; and that the native lad Jacob was aiding and assisting in the same.

   The deceased bore a remarkable good character, and held a ticket of leave.  His proper name, we understand, is Charles Bell, by trade a printer, and a native of London; he arrived in the ship Indefatigable in 1812, since which period he has been in Mr. Lackey's employ.


We have the pleasure of acquainting our Readers, that by Mr. STOCKER, who came to town yesterday from his farm at Herdman's Cove, we learn that a person arrived there from Launceston, bringing information that the murderer, Gray, is in custody; he having met him under the escort of a military party near Launceston.  In a few hours, therefore, we expect he will be lodged in the county gaol, for the porpoise of being brought to justice for that barbarous crime which Providence seldom or ever allows to pass undiscovered.

   Jacob, the black native, has also been apprehended by a military party, and imprisoned. ...



We are sorry to have to announce the death of ALEXANDER SEATON, a freeman, at Herdman's Cove House yesterday afternoon, in consequence of a shot fired at him by T. #Williams, a soldier of the 46th regt.  It appears that a party of three soldiers under Lance Corporal WILLIAMS had arrived at the Cove from the Interior, under orders to proceed to quarters; that a quarrel took m[place, in which Seaton and Williams boxed, and afterwards fought with sticks; that a chief cause of the quarrel was a female lately sent from Hobart Town to Port Dalrymple, who had been permitted to come over, but was on her return by order of His Honor the LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, under charge of a person from whom she ran; that this female was also at the Cove, and all parties being intoxicated a more violent quarrel followed the fighting above mentioned, when the deceased (Seaton) seized a fowling piece and snapped it at Williams, who ran for his musket and fired it immediately at Seaton; the latter shot took effect, and Seaton died within two hours. - The corpse was brought to town last night; but owing to the absence of some witnesses, the Coroner's Inquest is delayed till Monday.



On Monday last a Coroner's inquest assembled at the Court House in Liverpool-street, to view the body of ALEXANDER SEATON, whose death we have already stated came by a shot being fired at him by T. Williams, a private of the 46th regiment, in an affray at Herdman's Cove House, in the afternoon of the Friday previous; when, after hearing the evidence summoned on the occasion, the Jury returned a verdict of - Manslaughter.

   This melancholy catastrophe having originated through intoxication, ought to caution every rational mind against being hurried into ETERNITY by that dreadful propensity.



The ship Charlotte from Calcutta via Mauritius, having left the latter place the day before the above named vessel [Jeune Ferdinand].  The Charlotte is commanded by Mr. MOFFETT, late chief officer, the master Mr. HENRY COUCHER having died at sea about a fortnight ago.  The personal servant of the latter, a Malay boy, is in custody here on charge of administering poison to his master; and the other officers complain of having been dangerously ill from a similar attempt.  This vessel brings a general cargo of India goods.

   The boy stated above, whose name is DEPPER, this day underwent A strict examination before the deputy Judge Advocate, the Rev. R. Knopwood, A. W. H. Humphrey, And James Gordon, esquires.  After hearing a variety of witnesses, which occupied the attention of the Court for nearly six hours, And nothing being Adduced which could in Any degree implicate him As the perpetrator of such a base and heinous transaction as that of poisoning his master, he was discharged.




Captain SIDDONS, however, reports that Mr. Drummond and Miss Mackellar had undergone their trails, and been acquitted.


We understand that a native black boy, late stick-keeper to Mr. B. REARDON at Pitt Water, has been found dead there, and is at present supposed to have been murdered; but as the Coroner of the county leaves town to-morrow morning, for the purpose of holding an inquest over the body on Monday, we forbear making any comments till the decision of the Jury is retuned.

   A human head has lately been found near New Norfolk, tied up in a handkerchief.  The state in which it was found corresponds exactly with the account we are in possession of, respecting what became of the head of Whitehead, when killed at Mr. D. CARTY'S at New Norfolk, prior to the proclamation of martial law.  \We may therefore fairly conclude it is the remains of that misled culprit.




On Monday last an inquisition was taken at Pitt Water, by A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. Coroner, on the body of a black native boy named Paddy, who we mentioned in our last; of which the following are the facts: - It appeared in evidence that the deceased was found dead, floating on the surface of a small pond of water; and that he had often been seen hunting ducks with his dog round the same hole in which he was found a corpse.

   Mr. JAMES DAVIS, surgeon, sworn, deposed, that after examining the body of the deceased, he examined the extremities and head as far as he could without dissection; that he dissected the head, and found no fracture on any part of it; that he then proceeded to the dissection of the right thigh, not being certain whether its bone was fractured or not, but found it quite perfect; that part of the flesh appeared to have been eaten off the left shoulder by some vermin, but the bones of the arm were entire; and, to the best of his opinion, none of the bones of the deceased were broke, and most certainly none of the larger ones; that the appearance of the deceased was such as might have been expected from the time the body has been lying dead.

   Thus by the foregoing testimony the various reports that have been in circulation respecting this boy being murdered, are without foundation; & the propagators of so base a falsehood highly culpable.

   The Jury, without hesitation, returned a verdict of - Drowned by Accident.




It is with the most poignant feelings of sorrow we have to relate to our Readers one of the most shocking accidents that ever came under our notice in this Island.  Yesterday a boat, the property of Richard Burrows, sen. who plied the ferry at the Black Snake, left town for the purpose of returning home; in which were twelve passengers besides the boatman, together with a heavy cart and other luggage belonging to Mr. PETERS. It appears, from the intelligence already received, that the boat ran up the river with a strong sea-breeze; and by some accident or other, about Mr. AUSTIN'S, upset; when, melancholy to relate, the whole of the unhappy souls excerpt one were consigned to a watery grave.  The names of the unfortunate persons are, John Taylor, James Price, John Taylor, and his wife; Ann Taylor, respectable settlers, and all late of the Royal Marine Corps; Mary Ann Williams, wife of James Williams, settler and district constable at Jerico, with her infant child in her arms; Elizabeth Ashbold, a near relation to the last mentioned sufferer; Mary Smyth, a young woman who only landed a few days ago from the Duke of Wellington; Richard Burrows, the owner of the boat; Joseph Pocock, shoemaker; Peter Doran, assigned servant to R. Burrows, jun.; and a fine little girl about 6 years of age, the daughter of Mr. William Williams of Macquarie-street. 

   Charles Clarke, the only survivor, was picked up in a most exhausted state, by Mr. Austin and John Dacres, a constable; who, on seeing the accident, hastened to the spot.  Thus have twelve fellow creatures been launched into eternity ! When this Paper was put to press, only the bodies of Mrs. Taylor, the two children, and Mary Smyth, had been found; which were brought to town.  A Coroner's Inquest was immediately summoned, and adjourned till Monday, in the hope that, by the exertions of the relatives and others of the persons drowned, more of the bodies might be found.  [Editorial comment on boats in the Derwent.]



On Monday last a Coroner's Inquest was held at the Court House, agreeable to adjournment mentioned in our last week's Gazette, on the bodies of Mrs. Taylor, Mary Smyth, and the two children of Messrs. W. and J. Williams, the only four who have as yet been found out of the twelve unfortunate persons drowned in the River Derwent on the 17th ultimo; when the Jury returned a verdict of Drowned by Accident.  [Funerals.]



On Tuesday last Richard Burrows, another of those twelve unfortunate persons who were drowned in the River Derwent on Friday the 27th ultimo, was picked up within a few yards of his own house at the Black Snake, floating on the surface of the water, & brought to town, when a Coroner's Inquest immediately convened to view the body - Verdict Drowned by Accident.  He was buried the same day, and followed to his grave by his widow, four children, and a number of Norfolk Island settlers.



DIED, - Suddenly, on Sunday morning last, in his 65th year, Mr. Samuel Lightfoot, many years assistant at the General Hospital.  He came to this Settlement with the late Lieutenant Governor Collins, and was generally respected by all who knew him.  As the deceased was in perfect health the evening before he died, a Coroner's Jury was of course summoned on the occasion, which returned a verdict - Died by the visitation of God.

   Another inquest was taken on Thursday before A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. Coroner, upon the body of John Jones, well known as the public executioner of this Settlement.  It appeared in evidence, that the deceased was in the habit of performing menial services for different individuals in this town, sand that on Wednesday evening he called at the house of a person in Elizabeth-street who occasionally employed him; he there requested permission to lie down on the floor, which was granted in consequence of his being quite intoxicated, together with the rain that then fell rather heavy; after he lay about two hours, he was called for the purpose of being  reminded to go home; when he was found lifeless.  The Jury in this case returned a verdict also of - Died by the visitation of God.  The deceased was immoderately given to drinking of spirits, which no doubt hastened his end.



Ann Burne, the unfortunate woman mentioned in our last to have been missing, has since been found a corpse lying by the side of a run of water near the place where she so suddenly disappeared.  A Coroner's Inquest was yesterday held upon her body, and a verdict returned of - Accidental Death,




HIS EXCELLENCY the GOVERNOR in CHIEF has been pleased to sanction and approve Lieutenant LEROUX, of the 48th Regiment, being appointed to act as Coroner of the County of Cornwall.



On Thursday morning a shocking and fatal accident happened to Mr. T. R. Preston, a free settler residing in the district of Glenerchy.  He was leaving Mr. Austin's farm near that neighbourhood for Hobart-town on horseback, and at the same time leading a mare by a rope, which by a sudden fright pulled him off the animal before he had left the premises many yards.  In the fall the unfortunate man came against a stone, which fractured his skull in such a manner that he only lingered till 2 o'clock yesterday morning, when he expired.



A Coroner's Inquest was summoned last Saturday evening at the Derwent Hotel, to view the body of T. R. Preston, who came by his death from a fall off a horse as mentioned in out Paper of that day; and on Monday the Jury returned a verdict - Accidental Death.



A Coroner's Inquest assembled at New Norfolk on Monday last, to view the body of the unfortunate old man Matthew Wood, who had been so inhumanly murdered by two villains on the Wednesday previous, as we reported in out last gazette.  From the evidence of the old woman, the wife of the deceased, it appears that at the time the murder and robbery were committed, they were both in bed, being about 9 o'clock at night; that they had no light within; and that the robbers rushed in at the window, after forcing it open.  They immediately demanded the old man's money, of which the old woman states he had 25 Pounds, and as the same is now missing it is supposed to have been taken with the other booty which the murderers carried off.  Finding the old man resisted, they instantly tied his hands behind his back, fastening the end of the cord to another that was fixed round his neck, which were hauled so tight that from the beating and struggling of the deceased, there remains no doubt but that he was actually strangled in this miserable situation.  A pair of trowsers were thrown over his head, and tied under the same cord which was round his neck.  They then toed the old woman's hands before her, robbed the house, and soon after made off, leaving the poor woman in such a helpless state by beating her that she was unable to give any alarm till the Friday following.  We regret to add that notwithstanding every exertion of the police, the perpetrators of this inhuman murder remain at present undiscovered.  The verdict in this case was - Wilful Murder against two men unknown.




In consequence of the parents of a young woman, named Mary Merrill, who died on Wednesday evening, having entertained much suspicion, against a young man with whom she cohabited, as to the nature of her death, an Inquisition was yesterday taken upon her body; but as no grounds whatever could be adduced to support those suspicions, a verdict was consequently returned that the deceased died by the Visitation of God.



A few days ago as two men were proceeding into Launceston, they perceived the body of a man lying on the ground in a sleeping posture.  After examining his countenance, it was discovered to be the dead body of Mr. THOMAS HOWARD, a well known and respectable inhabitant of the above place.  A Coroner's Inquest was held upon the body; from which it appeared that the deceased had been on a visit to a friend on horseback; and on his return home the animal; being rather restive, threw him from the saddle and caused his death.  The Jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death. - It is singular that the deceased has been prepossessed of an opinion, and has often been heard to say, that he dreaded the fatal consequences of an accident which has now cut off from Society a man of general worth.



On Monday morning a Coroner's Inquest sat upon the body of Michael Sculley, a soldier of the detachment of the 48th regiment, who put an end to his existence on Saturday evening, by firing a musket at his head, the butt of which he placed on the ground, and drew the rigger with his foot.  It appeared in evidence that the unhappy man had shewn no symptoms of derangement prior to his committing this rash act; and the Jury returned a verdict of felo-de-se.



A Coroner's Inquest sat this afternoon on the body of an unfortunate man named Charles Laing, who died suddenly yesterday at noon.  It appeared from the testimony of the evidence, that the deceased, who recently arrived in the Colony, had gone to bed apparently in good health on Thursday evening, and after having been asleep a few hours, was seized with most alarming fits, in which melancholy situation to poor sufferer continued till he breathed his last at 12 o'clock on the following day.  Verdict - Died by the Visitation of God.



Yesterday, about one o'clock in the afternoon, a mist melancholy accident occurred on the Derwent.  A ferryboat, the property of U. Allendar, was returning from Hobart Town to Kangaroo Point, with the two boatmen, George Hatton and John Ambridge, and a passenger named Benjamin Briscoe, a settler at Clarence Plains; owing to the boisterous and stormy weather which prevailed the whole of the day, when near the point the boat became unmanageable, and suddenly went down; when the whole were unfortunately drowned.  The sad disaster was seen by persons in another boat; but from the instantaneous manner in which it took place, they could render them no assistance.  We have the distressing task to add, that Benjamin Briscoe had left a wife and large infant family to deplore the loss of their parent.  The body of Ambridge, and the boat, shattered to pieces, were picked up this afternoon, as far up the river as New-town.


On Monday last a Coroner's Inquest was held at the sign of the Chequers in Clarence Plains, on the body of an unfortunate man named Christopher Keegan, who had only landed from the Admiral Cockburn on Saturday last, on which day it appeared the deceased had been assigned as a servant to Mr. Lawler, a settler residing beyond the Muddy Plains; and was sent by him with another servant to his farm; but having been drinking rather freely, they lost each other in the woods, the night being very dark and raining very hard.  His companion, however, reached home near day-light on Sunday morning; and not hearing of Keegan, dispatched a person in the house to search for him, who found him lying about a mile from the house; he immediately  went for further assistance to a hut belonging to the Government lime-burners, but before the necessary aid arrived, the unfortunate man was dead.  The jury returned a verdict - Accidental Death.



Last Saturday evening, the bodies of the two unfortunate men, Wm. Dawson and Rd. Mooney, who were drowned this morning by the upsetting of a boat in which they were conveying meat at Hobart Town, were picked up by two separate boats.  The owner of the meat having offered to relinquish all claim of right to such part as might be picked up, in the hope of inducing several to drag the river, and be the means of bringing up the bodies, they were thus recovered; and the boats all amply paid by gaining each several  quarters of beef.  - The Coroner, who was absent with the Lieutenant Governor on the Pitt Water district muster, returned to town on Monday; and an inquest having been held, a verdict was returned - Accidental Death.



 On Wednesday last, an Inquest was held at the magistrates' Court House on the body of Margaret Williams, wife of Charles Williams, file-cutter in Elizabeth-street, who terminated her existence by hanging herself on Monday afternoon.  From the evidence before the Coroner, it appeared that the deceased had on the afternoon above named sent a man for a bottle of spirits, and gave to him some if it; he then left her, when she locked the door, and some of her neighbours afterwards calling at the house, perceived the key in the door inwards, which they at length burst open, and found the deceased suspended by a clothes-line from the rafters of the house.  The Jury returned a verdict of - Felo-de-se.



Within the last two years we have had occasion to record several fatal accidents occurring on the Derwent by the upsetting of boats, whereby a number of fellow-creatures have been unfortunately drowned.  Our attention is now again called to another unhappy instance.

   On Monday afternoon last, a small ferry-boat, , the property of James Orman, one of the ferrymen between Hobart Town and Kangaroo Point, left this side of the river for the opposite shore, having in her two passengers, named Richard Brown and Joseph Genders.  It appears that the boat had safely reached Kangaroo Bay, and that the melancholy event happened within 30 yards only of the landing, under the following circumstances.

   The owner of the boat, who it seems was intoxicated, while in the act of taking down the sail rather hastily, unfortunately fell overboard; and Brown, who was also in a state of inebriation, instantly endeavoured by reaching over the side of the boat to prevent Orman from sinking; but instead of this, the poor fellow himself fell headlong out of the boat, causing it to upset, and the other passenger to be precipitated into the water.  Orman and Brown immediately disappeared, but in a few minutes after rose to the level of the water, close alongside of the boat, which was keel-upwards.  Genders being perfectly sober, immediately used every exertion in his power to keep them above water; but they being so very helpless, his efforts were of no effect, and they were both unfortunately drowned, notwithstanding one of them was esteemed a good swimmer.  The survivor having made the shore, speedily procured a boat and some persons  for the purpose of finding the bodies, which were shortly afterwards picked up, and were the next day brought to town, where an Inquest was held on the occasion.  Verdict - Drowned by Accident. ...



A Coroner's Inquest was held on Monday last at the house of Mr. M'Auley, at the Muddy Plains, on the body of John Gaine.  It appeared that the deceased was a servant to the Rev\. Mr. Knopwood, M.A.; and that he had been lent to Mr. M'Auley's for the purpose of assisting to get in his harvest.  He, however, went out on Friday the 4th instant from Mr. M'Auley's with an intention to kill some wild ducks; and after being absent from that time, he was at last accidentally discovered by a stock-keeper on Sunday last, lying upon his hands and face lifeless and naked, at the water's edge at a large lagoon in the neighbourhood, with his gun propped up against a tree, and his clothes near the body.  From these and other circumstances, no doubt could be entertained but that the unfortunate man must have been some time in the lagoon, in the hope of picking up some ducks that he had probably killed in it; which perhaps brought on a feverish chilness, and in the end his death.  A verdict was returned - Died by the Visitation of God.



 We are sorry to have again to report another most melancholy accident by the upsetting of a boat in our river.

   On Tuesday morning last, a boat, which was conveying four persons to New Norfolk, owing to the weight of a man who had imprudently climbed up the mast to clear the jib, and a puff of wind at the moment, suddenly upset off Hangen's Point, near the same place where the two unfortunate men a few weeks ago lost their lives by a similar accident.  By this late unhappy occurrence, we are concerned to state that two lives have also been lost: - Mr. Dennis M'Carty, an old and much respected Settler who only the day before had arrived in town from his residence at New Norfolk; and Catherine Wood, a very old infirm woman, widow of the late Matthew Wood, some time ago murdered at New Norfolk.  It appears that immediately after the boat's upsetting, Mr. M'Carty and the two men swum some short distance towards the shore; when one of them perceiving another boat coming down the river, they all endeavoured to reach the upset boat, with the hope of holding on till assistance might be received; but Mr. M'Carty, though a good swimmer, being in a close bodied coat and boots, was soon exhausted and went down. The two men reached the upset boat, and were soon after picked up by the one in sight; - the woman was also picked up, floating on the surface of the water; and hopes were entertained that immediate medical assistance might restore animation, but which did not follow the prompt attention given by the Surgeons.  Several boats commenced an immediate search by dragging for the body of Mr. M'Carty, but it had not been found when this Paper was put to press. [Biography].

   On Wednesday a Coroner's Inquest was held before A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. on the body of Catherine Wood, who was accidentally drowned the previous day, as before mentioned; and a verdict returned of - Accidental Death.

   On Saturday last an Inquisition was taken on the body of a poor old insane woman named Marty Phillimore, who died suddenly the previous night. - Verdict - Died by the visitation of God.



 Yesterday a Coroner's Inquest assembled to view the body of a still-born child, which had been interred without a coffin in the garden of the parents, and afterwards turned up by some animal in a most disfigured state.  The parents were thoroughly reprimanded by the Coroner for burying the infant in the manner they did; and the Jury returned a verdict - That the child was born dead, and is the child of Hannah Kenny.



By account received yesterday from Port Dalrymple, John Ayres, one of the gang of five runaway convicts from George Town, was shot in the 21st ult. by a soldier of the 48th Regiment, belonging to a party who were in pursuit of the gang.  A Coroner's Inquest, which sat on the body, pronounced a verdict of - Justifiable Homicide. ...


On Tuesday last, as a settler, named James Hannaway, was proceeding through the woods, he accidentally discovered the dead body of an old man lying on the ground, on this side of Halfway-hill.  Shortly after, a gentleman came up; and while they were viewing the body of the deceased, who they then naturally considered to have been murdered, a bullock cart arrived, which they stopped for the purpose of conveying it away.  From the print of the wheels of this cart corresponding exactly with the impression of some which had seemingly not long before been near the place where the body was then lying, a strong suspicion immediately arose that the deceased had been killed by falling out of the same cart, of which the driver thereof was taxed by the other two persons present, but he denied any thing of it for a considerable time afterwards, when he disclosed the particulars of the event.

   The body was brought to Hobart Town; and the same day a Coroner's Inquest was held upon it.  It appeared, from the evidence of the carter, Patrick Lappen, that the deceased, whose name is William Ashton, had requested to be allowed to go from Restdown Creek on Tuesday morning in witness's cart, which he was bringing to Kangaroo Point, to which place the unfortunate man was also going; that while it was coming down the hill the oxen ran off, and one of the wheels went over the stump of a tree, by which the cart was upset, and the unfortunate man killed on the spot - the side of the cart having fallen on his head; and as no other person was present to witness the circumstance, witness conceived that he would be suspected of having murdered him, and consequently be hanged; he therefore ;left the body behind, and proceeded on his journey. B Upon this the Coroner observed, that he must be either a very great rogue or a great fool in acting in a manner so extraordinary.  The ignorant man declared nothing else caused him to do what he had.  But, although the Coroner was of opinion that this might have been the case, yet he considered it right that those persons who had seen the deceased in the cart before the accident occurred, should also be examined before a verdict could be given.  These evidences, who unavoidably delayed the Inquest till yesterday, from their residence in the country, did not however shew any thing to operate against the evidence of the carter; and the Jury, in consequence, gave a verdict of - Accidental Death. It did not appear, that the deceased was possessed of any property, except the clothes on his person.


John Jamison, the unfortunate person lately noticed in our paper as having had his leg dreadfully shattered by a heavy piece of timber falling on it, died yesterday evening in the General Hospital.  The deceased had been a settler for many years in the Colony, and was respected as an honest and industrious man.



By accounts from Port Dalrymple, we learn that the only one remaining at large of the runaway convicts from George Town, hector M'Donald, was killed on the 21st ult.  It appears that he called at the hut occupied by two Government sawyers, at the pits about 5 miles from George Town, in the evening of the 20th, and compelled them with many threats to supply him with food; that, after watching them with his piece cocked the whole night, and repeatedly stating his intention to dispatch them, in the morning he required them to pack up their provisions, and accompany him to Mount Direction; that upon their attempting to escape, he snapped his piece at them, which missed fire, when one of the sawyers felled him with an axe, and the other shot him with one of the pistols which he himself carried.  This desperado, whose career of c rime was thus, for his own just punishment, and the benefit of example, cut short, lived for some hours after he was carried into George Town.  A Coroner's Inquest brought in a verdict of - Justifiable Homicide.


On Thursday a Coroner's Inquest was held at the Court House on the body of James Wright, a settler at Pitt Water, who accidentally fell off the pathway into the stone-quarry in Bridge-street on Tuesday night, in a state of inebriation, and was killed on the spot.  Verdict - Accidental Death.  The deceased came out in the Calcutta in 1803.




WEDNESDAY, July 5. - Jacob M'Koy and William Monnaghan were first put to the bar and indicted for the willful murder of William Fogoe, at or near Launceston, at Port Dalrymple; upon which indictment M'Koy  was found Guilty of manslaughter; Monnaghan Acquitted.



Yesterday a Coroner's Inquest was held at the Joiners' Arms, on the body of a poor man named William Cobb, who was unfortunately killed by a tree falling upon him the previous day. - Verdict - Accidental Death. The deceased leave s a wife and two children, wholly unprovided for.



On Monday last an Inquest was held at New Norfolk before A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Bernard Clancey, a Crown servant.  It appeared that the deceased and a man named Matthew Travies had on the afternoon of the preceding Saturday proposed going into the Derwent River for the purpose of washing themselves, the day being very warm.  They both went into the water; but as Travies could not swim, he stood near the bank while the other swam out into the river and back again two or three times.  At last, he jumped off a rock, and dived under water; but bin consequence of his getting entangled in the branch of a tree which was under water, and not being able to extricate himself, he was unfortunately drowned.  Two persons witnessed the accident, but both being unable to swim, they were afraid to venture into the water to afford the poor fellow any assistance.  One of them ran off to a nearby farm-house where he knew he could procure a swimmer, but before he returned the deceased had been nearly two hours in the water.  Verdict - Accidental Death.



An Inquest was held at the Adam and Eve, in Liverpool-street, on Monday last, before A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Henry Dutton, a sawyer many years in these colonies, who died on the preceding Saturday in consequence of a violent blow received on the head by a spade from a prisoner named John Ryan. - It appeared in evidence, that Ryan and another man had been fighting, and that the former ran into a house, and brought out the spade, with which he struck the deceased. - After a full investigation of the circumstances, Ryan states, that having been on the Coast of Africa, he had caught the brain fever, and was very bad at times with that disorder; that he was most shamefully ill-used on the night the dreadful occurrence took place, and did not know none man from another. - Verdict - Wilful Murder against John Rya




THOMAS ARCHER, Esq. J.P. is appointed to act as Coroner for the County of Cornwall, ...




Om Monday the Court assembled at ten o'clock; when an information was exhibited against John Fewins, for the wilful murder of George Ferncock [Hancock], on the 9th of August last, at a stock-keepers' hut on Jacob's Plains, where they had lived together for some time, the deceased being shepherd to Mr. E. Miller, whose flock was grazing there.

   William Duggan was the first witness called. - he deposed, that on the 6th of August last, he called, on his way further, at the hut, where the prisoner and the deceased lived.  On the evening of the same day (Sunday), a dispute took place in the hut between Fewins and Hancock [?] about cleaning wheat, when they both went to fighting; but after a short conflict of two or three rounds, parted, shook hands together, and soon afterwards seemed to be again on friendly terms; as ever. On the Tuesday morning following, Fewins went out hunting, and did not return home till the evening.  The next morning (Wednesday the 9th), soon after they were up and going to take breakfast, Fewins happened to say, that he had tracked one of Mr. Miller's horses (that had been lost) while he was out the previous day, and knew the track by the shape of the horse's foot.  This remark occasioned some words, and afterwards some altercation and contradiction between Fewins and Hancock, when the deceased jumped up and struck the prisoner a violent blow in the face.  Blows were exchanged, and the table with the breakfast things thereon thrown down.  They got to the outside door, fighting as they were going; and the battle, as the witness stated, continued for a quarter of an hour.  While outside, and as Duggan was picking-up the breakfast things then lying on the ground, he suddenly heard Hancock cry out - "O Lord, he has stabbed me to the heart." - Upon this, Duggan turned round and saw the blood, bound his handkerchief round to stop the bleeding; and soon after he said to Fewins, - "John, what have you done, - have you killed the man?" - Fewins answered, "No; have I any knife in my hand?" - Duggan saw no knife in his hand.

   After Duggan had tied a handkerchief round the body of the wounded man, he requested Fewins to assist him in carrying him to bed, when Fewins enquired of Duggan, if he could tell, how the wound had been done; upon which he said, he did not know, and that he would not stop any longer there, unless some of Mr. Lord's men would come.  Fewins had a good deal of blood on him, partly certainly from the effects of the battle. - Duggan left the place for the purpose of getting some of Mr. Lord's servants, at another hut at some distance; but not being able to accomplish his friendly design, he was obliged to return without them.  On his return, he asked the deceased - "Well, George, how do you now find yourself?" - to which the unfortunate man answered, "I am a dead man."- Duggan was afraid to remain at the hut.  Before he went, however, Fewins wanted him to stay, and  said to him, suppose the man were to die, what would he do with him by himself; bur Duggan not regarding his request, at last went away, leaving the two men by themselves. - This witness further deposed, that, to the best of his belief, he did not think that the deceased could have received the wound by falling against the table, on which were two knives at the time he f ell; but he positively swore, that there was no blood on either of them.

   This witness concluded his evidence by deposing, that Fewins had two knives; and that he had secured one the over night, which he used to carry in his pocket, but which he never saw afterwards.  Hancock, it appeared, was a great deal the stronger man of the two, and had had the best of the fight on both occasions; while during the last quarrel, Fewins asked Duggan to take Hancock away, as he would fight no longer; but he (the deceased) said, that he would not leave off till the other promised to mend his shirt, which had been torn in the fight.  Duggan was sure that Hancock struck the first blow; and that he also said at the time, that the knife went into him up to the handle.

   Thomas Kenton, district constable at the relief Creek, deposed, that on the 9th of August, the day the unfortunate affair happened, he went to the hut for the purpose of apprehending Fewins, on a charge of absenting himself from muster.  Upon entering the hut, he found him lying in the front of the fire, groaning; and, on asking him how the affair had happened, he said in a very faint voice he could not tell.  Perceiving that he had received a dreadful wound in the belly, the constable did his best to bandage him, and again requested him to say, when Fewins was away, how it occurred - remarking, that he need not be afraid of informing him; but he repeated that he could not tell.  The constable examined the place, and particularly the table, where a nail was sticking up about an inch high through the top of the table, that had broken in the fall, but he saw no blood on bit, nor could he believe that the injury to the deceased could have arisen at all from any such cause.

   The constable then left; and, after leaving orders with a man at his own house to attend upon Hancock till his return, he went to Port Dalrymple to procure medical assistance.  In three days after, he returned with a surgeon, but they found Hancock dead, and in such a state, that the surgeon could not examine the body. - This witness further deposed, that the deceased was a much stronger man than the prisoner; and that he was also as very bad tempered person; but that the prisoner was a very quiet man, and that, when he saw him at the time, he had a black eye and some bruises upon him.

   Terence Rice, the man sent by Kenton's directions to the hut, while he was gone to Port Dalrymple for the surgeon, deposed, that he could not get to the hut, until the night of the 9th of August.  He found the deceased lying before the fire.  Soon after he went in, the deceased begged, he would say a few prayers to him.  He asked him more than once, how he came by the wound, to which he said, he did not know, but that he was a dead man. 

   He then asked the prisoner if he knew how it was done, and he said by a nail, he supposed, that was sticking up in the table during the fight; - that he was very sorry for what had happened; - that he had been fighting with the deceased; - and that he was quite innocent of having done the injury to the deceased.  Rice saw the nail, but there was no blood on it.  The deceased would not however be assisted by the witness, but by Fewins the prisoner only, and that the prisoner and the deceased seemed to be on very friendly terms during the short time he lived after he went to the hut; which was only about half an hour; during which, as he lay by the fire, the deceased [crease in paper] by the prisoner.

   The prisoner in defence generally denied the murder.

   His Honor the Judge Advocate then summed up the evidence, adverting to the general principles which had in a former recent case been submitted to the consideration of the Court, and which were equally applicable to the present awful charge against the prisoner, while he was assured it would be unnecessary for him merely to repeat what he was satisfied the Court had so full in remembrance.  The parties, it appeared, had lived together on friendly terms, until this unfortunate affair took place.  This went strongly in proof of there being no malice in the prisoner, beyond what was considered to be found in the sudden circumstances of the particular occasion.  There was a particular part of the evidenced which the Court would, of course, pay attention to, as to the words said to have been spoken by the deceased at the moment, - "He has stabbed me to the heart;": - and - "The knife went in up to the handle."  It was for the Court, under all the circumstances of the case, to determine how far the guilt of wilful murder had been brought home to the prisoner, or the evidence warranted the conclusion, that the prisoner had acted under that transport of passion, which might reduce the case in legal principle to manslaughter.  His Honor then went through the whole of the evidence, explaining the different bearings of it, and the legal authorities with regard to the legal difficulties in the crimes of murder and manslaughter.

   The Court retired for about two minutes, and returned with their verdict - Guilty of manslaughter, and the prisoner was sentenced to three years at Newcastle.




MONDAY. William Kenny was placed at the bar, charged with the wilful murder of William Pigeon, at a place called Mills' Plains, about 23 miles from Launceston, Port Dalrymple.

   From the great interest, that this case has appeared for some time generally to have excited here, we were anxious to give a full report of the evidence adduced on the trial; and have satisfaction in having attained that object in the correct statement we pledge ourselves now to furnish on the occasion.

   The first witness called was Mr. Thomas Massey, acting chief district constable at Launceston. - This witness deposed, that he knew Pigeon for a number of years, since 1804; and that he had frequently seen him, as he was an overseer under him, when he was Superintendent; he had not however seen him since the early part of last year, since which period it has been generally reported he got his living by kangaroo-ing and selling the skins; he believed he was free by servitude, and heard of him being at Mills' Plains before he was missing; which is about 4 miles from his stock-yard, to the eastward.  The deceased had one or two teeth out of his mouth; and was a man well advanced in years, with his hair very white.  Some skull bones, that were found, were ordered after the Inquest to be buried, and they were so.

   Jacob Mountgarrett, Esq. late Colonial Surgeon at the settlement of Launceston, deposed, that he was examined on the Inquest held on some bones found. - This Gentleman professionally described the skull and the bones of the arm to have been much disfigured; that one of them had evidently been broken by some missile weapon, and that some of them had certainly been gnawed by some animal. -  There were nearly all the detached pieces of the bones of the arm.  Any blow on the bone would have done it; a horse's tread would have done it, but there are no horses there, nor any cattle to the best of his knowledge; his impression was, that the bone had been broken by a violent blow, as from the back of a tomahawk, or from a stick; though a bough falling on it would have done it. - The bone was broken short off, quite straight transverse; the man was an athletic man, and his bones hard and firm. 

   In the skull produced, he found the mark of a cut from a weapon on the back part, which had penetrated through it; the wound, to the best of his recollection, was 3 inches, having measured it before the Coroner; he observed in the upper jaw (having known the man 127 years, or better, and seen a great deal of him, as he lived stock-keeper with him) a remarkable point; the deceased had lost two teeth in the front of the upper jaw, and a small one had grown in the place of those two; he never saw any other man in this country with teeth like him; the skull was of a very old man; and the sutures were all obliterated; the teeth were in the skull with the exception of two in the upper jaw, and, to the best of his recollection, there was a small tooth in the place of the two lost, but the lower jaw was not produced.

   From these appearances, he concluded it to be the skull of William Pigeon, who had at this time been missing 5 or 6 weeks; he had another reason for concluding it to be the skull of Pigeon, because he had seen no other person with such teeth; the jaw was not perfectly formed, and had this particular tooth in the place of the otter two; [if] he had not known Pigeon to have been missing, [he] should have concluded that skull to have been his; it was his immediate impression that he measured the cut, to see whether the cut on the head would match with the tomahawk produced, which he fitted to the cut, and found the outer circle of the edge fitted in the cut, which was about 3 or 3 ½ inches long.

   There was some grey hair produced, which appeared to be of a man of Pigeon's years, and like his - white; he had seen Pigeon 2 or 3 months before this, and he advised him not to go kangarooing, as an idle life; that was the last time he saw him, when he was in perfect health and when he brought in a parcel of skins for sale.  The prisoner was in charge of some sheep of his for 4 or 5 weeks, and he was forced to turn him away but said he knew anything of him after that.








On Tuesday last an Inquest was held at Kangaroo Point, before A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Mr. Palmer Stone, who had on the Sunday morning previously put a period to his existence, by shooting himself through the head with a musket, at his farm at the Coal River.

   It appeared in evidence, that the deceased had the previous night gone to bed in the full enjoyment of health; but had been drinking rather freely.  The next morning he appeared very well; and as his Government men were cooking dinner, they heard the report of a gun near them; but not conceiving it to be their master who had fired it; they took no notice of it at the moment.  One of the servants, however, soon afterwards went to say something to their master; upon which they discovered that he had just shot himself in the manner before described.  He was found lying on his side in his cot, with the muzzle of the musket in a direction to his head.  His pocket book was found on the ground, within reach of his hand; which, among other papers, contained one, of which the following is a copy:-

"Mr. Stocker, - I hereby constitute and appoint you my only executor; do what you think right, and take all. - Write to my wife, saying I am dead; but do not mention the manner.  I thank you for all your kindness.  P. Stone.":

This paper bears date Hobart Town, Feb. 22, 1821, only three days prior to the deceased committing the fatal act; and at once shews, that he had contemplated the dreadful catastrophe some time previously.  This unfortunate person had only been a few months in this Colony, having arrived in the ship Saracen in April last from England, where he leaves a wife and family to lament his untimely death.  Verdict - felo-de-se.




Tuesday. - Thomas Kenny, the prisoner tried and acquitted during the late sittings of the Criminal Court for the murder of William Pigeon, was put on trial for robbing the hut of Messrs. Stynes and Troy, and putting in fear of their lives several servants residing at their grazing-run at Jerusalem. ...


On Wednesday last, an Inquest was held at the Joiners' Arms, before A. W. H.\ HUMPHREY, Esq. Coroner, on the body of John Acres.  It appeared that the deceased and ten other crown prisoners, who were employed in making the new roads now in progress from Kangaroo Point to the Coal River and Pitt Water, had about 8 o'clock on the Monday night previously not long retired to rest in a hut which they had built at the side of the road of heavy sods, when the roof of it unfortunately fell in upon two of them, the others escaping outside in time to save themselves.  The deceased and his companion were immediately taken out, the former with his neck broken, and the latter much bruised.  Verdict - Accidentally killed.



Thomas Kenny, sentenced to death.



We lament to state, that a melancholy accident occurred at Norfolk Plains, Port Dalrymple, on the 11th ult.  A party of the 48th regiment from that command being, at the moment, at the farm of Mr. Brumby, a party from this station, who were also in pursuit of some run\away convicts, approached after night-fall, when Corporal Deanes, who commanded the former party, mistaking the latter for those he was in pursuit of, fired; and, running on calling upon his men to figure, before the mistake could be rectified, a shot from one of them entered his side, and he died in a few hours after.  By this unhappy occurrence, the wife and two children of the late Corporal Deanes have lost the protection of a husband and father; [Subscription.]


On Saturday last an Inquest was held at New Norfolk, before A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Mr. J. B. Cullen, a Settler residing in that district, in consequence of a rumour that he had shot himself on the Thursday previously.  After an impartial investigation, it appeared in evidence, that about 4 o'clock in the afternoon of the  day stated, the deceased, with his wife and youngest daughter, were all very comfortable at home, the former sitting in the parlour reading a play; he, however,  rose from his seat, and went alone into the bed-room, when shortly afterwards the family heard the report of a pistol; the daughter instantly hastened to the chamber, where she saw her unfortunate parent lying on the bed breathing his last.  The room was full of smoke, and the blood was running off the bed profusely.  Upon this awful sight, the young woman fainted and fell down on the floor senseless; and, upon the family examining the unfortunate object of their anxiety, they found that the deceased had received the fatal wound close to his heart.

   It did not appear by the evidence of any of the witnesses that the deceased was of a melancholy mind; but that he was perfectly steady at the time the unhappy affair took place.  It was therefore considered, that the pistol, which was cocked and loaded, and had been placed some where about the bed, had accidentally gone off while the deceased was handling it, as it was found at the foot of the bed; and to which effect the Jury returned their verdict.  The deceased, who came from Norfolk Island at the evacuation of that place, leaves a wife and three daughters, and was much respected throughout his neighbourhood; he had arrived at the age of nearly 80 years.

   Another Inquisition was taken yesterday, at the A\dam and Eve, in Liverpool-street, on view of the body of Isaac Pregnall, a seaman belonging to the ship Eliza, now lying in this port.  It appeared in evidence, that the deceased had left his ship on Wednesday morning last; and that he had been drinking during the whole of that day to a great excess. - On the following morning, just after sun-rise, he was found, lying on his back under a bush, near the side of the old New-town road, where he had doubtless been exposed to the inclemency of the weather the whole of that night; he was then in a state of insensibility, and had the rattles in his throat.  In this miserable condition, the unfortunate man was carried to the General Hospital, where he received every medical assistance, but without effect, having died in that dreadful state a few hours afterwards; and the verdict, brought in after some deliberation, was - "Died from excessive drinking of spirituous liquors."




[Launceston, 15th May.]

Henry Butler was charged with the wilful murder of one Benjamin David, now deceased, on Monday, the 26th day of march last, at the farm of Beames's, on Norfolk Plains.  The evidence taken in this case extended to a great length.  The prisoner and the deceased had been, it appeared, on the farm together for about a month or three weeks; during which time it seemed to be clearly proved, that the most friendly terms had subsisted between them, nor was the slightest difference known to have taken place on any occasion whatever, up to the time of the deceased man's death.  The deceased had been drinking at Beames's in company with the prisoner and two or three others, during all the latter part of the Sunday, and again on the Monday morning, till he became "stupidly drunk, "and all the party was more or less intoxicated.  As the deceased was lying on the floor before the fire in this state, the woman of the house requested the prisoner and another to take him out and lay him under the stacks, about 20 or 30 yards off from the house, where he was accordingly carried, and the men returned into the house.

   Soon after Butler want out to thresh, and Beames's son, about 10 years old, said he would go with him, when the prisoner, in good temper, said "coma along, I'll soon wind you."  The mother of the boy followed out soon after, within five minters, as she swore, when she heard the flails go, but on coming to the ground, saw the prisoner with the flail in his hand, but not the boy.  As she had to pass the deceased, lying under the nearest stack, she observed him to look very pale, and called to the prisoner to lift him up, as she thought "he was strangling from the liquor."  The prisoner held the head of the deceased for an hour or more in his lap; when, in the presence of several people, the deceased expired, without having uttered a word, and without a struggle.  The general impression, ass the witnesses all swore, was, that the deceased had died from excessive drinking, which remained till towards the evening of the same day, when the boy stated to his mother and a neighbour as he  swore again at the trial, that he had seen the prisoner run and jump on the deceased - having, without saying any thing at the time, thrown down his flail while threshing with him; that the deceased had cried out "Oh God!" and turned half rotund immediately after the violent shock occasioned by the jump.  The boy further swore, that one Timson, who had taken the job of threshing at the place with the prisoner, was present, and called out to prisoner "not to touch the deceased."  This in every point, however, was contradicted by Timson in Court, who swore that the boy was not by the stacks when he went to get wheat, which he immediately afterwards took to a neighbour's mill to grind.  The body of the deceased had been afterwards inspected, under an order of the Magistrates, by two Surgeons, who, at the trial, declared their decided opinion to be, that the deceased had died not from the effect of suffocation from drinking, but  from a rupture of a blood vessel in the thorax, occasioned by great violence of some sort.

   Upon this evidence the Court, after the case had been fully summed up and remarked upon by his Honor the Judge Advocate (WYLDE), adjudged the prisoner to be guilty of manslaughter and that for that offence he be transported to Newcastle for the term of four years.



   On Tuesday last an inquest was held before A. W. H. Humphrey, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Samuel waters (an assigned servant to District Constable Gavin) who was seized the previous day with an epileptic fit while he was mixing up some mortar, in which the unfortunate man fell with his face downwards, and before any person came to his assistance, which was only a few minutes afterwards, he was smothered; to which effect a verdict was returned accordingly.



A Coroner's Inquest sat on Wednesday last, at the City of London Arms, on the body of an old man, upwards of 60 years of age, named William Hands, who died suddenly at New Norfolk on the Saturday previously from excessive drinking of spirituous liquors; to which effect a verdict was returned accordingly.



On Monday se'nnight, an inquest was held before A. W. H. Humphrey, Esq. Coroner, on the body of a young man named Joseph Child, who, on the preceding day, about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, while walking in the garden of an inhabitant of Hobart Town, was suddenly seized with a violent pain in the stomach, which continued for the short period of only ten minutes, but with increasing agony, when he died. - The deceased had previously enjoyed perfect health, and had that day breakfasted and dined with an uncommon good appetite.  Verdict -0 Died by the visitation of God.  [Biography.]




On Tuesday last, an Inquest was held before A. W. H. Humphrey, Esq. Coroner, at the farm-house of Wm. Mansfield, a settler at the Black Snake, on view of the body of Robert Lancaster, an old man 79 years of age, who was found dead in the woods.  It appeared, that the deceased was a stock-keeper to Mansfield, and that he had sheep of his own in his master's flock, which he was sometimes in the habit of keeping out for three days together without bringing home.  On the Tuesday previously, the old man left his master's house, with his sheep and dog, and was expected to return on the Thursday evening following; early in the morning of which day, the dog returned without his master, which occasioned Mansfield to conjecture that something must have happened to his shepherd. - Mansfield in consequence went to the place where Lancaster usually kept the sheep, which he found about 4 miles from the house; but could not see any thing of the shepherd.  The sheep he brought home; and, upon examining them, he discovered 60 short of the number which Lancaster took out.  Next morning, Mansfield and a person named John Burrows, who had also some sheep in the flock, went out in search of Lancaster. 

   On Saturday they were led to go up to the top of a very high hill, from the unusual noise of a number of crows upon it; they there found the unfortunate man lying died on his back, with his left arm stretched out, and his right across the body, with his right leg placed over the left.  There was a large quantity of blood laying under him, upon his coat, and down his left aside.  They covered the body with boughs, and there left it.  On the Sunday the Jury went to view the body, which had been much torn by some animal.  Upon turning it over and taking the cloathes off, a lump, the size of the top of a finger, was felt on the right shoulder, which was at first thought to be a kernal, but an incision being made through the skin, it was ascertained by one of the Jury, who out his finger in the hole, to be a musket-ball, which had passed through the plate-bone of the shoulder.  There was no hole in the waistcoat, which was unbuttoned, and his shirt torn away; his right hand appeared as if it had received a blow.  Lancaster was never known to carry fire-arms in the bush, though he suspected persons of coming to steal sheep from the flock, which had at different times been plundered.  The sheep missing on the present occasion have not been found.  Verdict - Willful Murder against some person or persons at present unknown.




On Monday an Inquest was held before A. W. H. Humphrey, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Thomas Williams, who was mortally wounded on the preceding Friday night, under the supposition of his being a robber attacking the residence of Mr. Campbell, at Restdown, by a person placed on watch.  The verdict was - "Thomas Williams was shot by John Harper, who believed him to be a robber attacking the house."  - Want of room prevents our giving more detail of the inquest in our present paper.



A Coroner's Inquest was held at Launceston on the 9th inst. before Thomas Archer, Esq. Coroner for the County of Cornwall, on the body of a woman named Kerrigan, who had died the preceding evening.  The verdict was, "Died from excessive drinking of spirits."  [Editorial comment.]"This is the second instance of death, in or near Launceston from this horrible and too prevailing vice, within the last month." ... ]

   A soldier of the detachment of the 48th regiment, stationed at George-town, named James Brittain, was found dead on the road to Launceston, whither he was on his road, the bearer of dispatches from the Commandant, on the 5th ult.  Some suspicions that his death had arisen from violence at first existed, in consequence of the evidence given by a man named Gillow; and the man who first discovered and reported the body (named Fenning) was in consequence confined.  The inspection of Colonial Surgeon Priest, however, removed all doubts, and his evidence was explicit on the subject, that there was not the least trace of violence on any part of the body; and from a bruise on the cheek-bone, supposed to have been occasioned by falling forwards, and all appearances, his opinion was that the soldier had died in a fit, probably occasioned by the excessive heat, and exertion in walking.  His musket, and cap with the letters within, of which he was the bearer, were found by his side.



It falls to our painful lot to record one of the most distressing and melancholy accidents which has ever occurred in the Settlement.

   On Saturday afternoon last, Mr. Edward Payne (who arrived recently in the Deveron), Mr. Wickham Whitchurch, Mr. James Kay, and Mr. George Read, Superintendant of Government carpenters, left the port in a boat with three men to go to the North-west bay. - On their way, they put into Tinder-box Bay, about 10 o'clock at night; but not finding the landing good, they determined to go on to the Government huts at North-west Bay.  When the boat had got about 300 yards from the shore, the halyards being jammed in the mast-head, one of the boatmen went up to clear them, and in an instant the boat over-set.  With difficulty, and by the assistance of a Government boat which was in the bay, all were saved but Mr. Payne and Mr. Read.  There was scarcely any wind or swell at the time; and this unhappy incident was caused solely by the man going to the mast-head, which a small boat would not bear.  Mr. Whitchurch is an expert swimmer, and knowing that Mr. Kay could not swim, laid hold of him, and conveyed him to within 30 yards of the shore, but from extreme weakness, was compelled to leave him for his own preservation.  Mr. Kay, although he never swam before, struggled through a thick bed of sea-kelp in  deep water, and made the shore; Mr. W. in the mean time floating on his back to recover his strength, when the Government boat came to their help.

   Late on Sunday evening, accounts of the melancholy event reached Hobart Town; and upon its general circulation on Monday morning, it occasioned a sensation of feeling and regret proportioned to the estimation in which the unfortunate sufferers were held, and the loss inflicted by their sudden and premature fate.

   Mr. Payne cane first from England by the David Shaw in 1819, and returned by the Ship-ley in March 1821; and he came out again by the Deveron to settle finally in Van Diemen's Land, with an amiable partner, to whom he has been united on his return to England.

   Mr. Read, who had been in the service of government since his arrival about three years ago, was much and generally respected for his steady, correct conduct, and obliging manners and disposition.  He also leaves a young widow to lament his untimely fate; he was only 28 years of age.

   The body of Mr. Payne was found on Sunday, near the place where the boat overset. - A Coroner's Inquest on Tuesday gave a verdict of - Drowned by accident.

   A short time ago, a stock-keeper, named Wm. Evans, in the service of Mr. Thomas Reibey, at Port Dalrymple, having been missing several days with the flock in his charge, a search after him and the sheep was made, when he was found lying dead in the woods, with spears drove in his body from head to foot.  The poor fellow, it is supposed, while attending to his sheep, was suddenly attacked by the natives, which are very numerous on that side of the island, and before he had time to escape, met with his untimely death.  The whole of the sheep, without being the least injured, were however fortunately recovered by the owner.



A Coroner's Inquest was held on Monday last before A. W. H. Humphrey, Esq. Coroner, on the body of a young man named John Street, who came by his death on the Saturday previously in the following manner.  The deceased was an overseer to the deputy Judge Advocate, and lived with three other servants in a temporarily-built house on the farm belonging to their master in the district of Glenarchy, near Roseneath Ferry.  Early in the morning on the day stated, the men went out to work as usual, leaving their overseer in the house alone to prepare breakfast.  On their return, they found the unfortunate man dead, lying with his face downwards upon the fire, and covered with an immense weight of rubbish, occasioned by the chimney falling upon him.  The deceased presented a shocking spectacle, the fire having nearly consumed one arm and a portion of the head.  Verdict - Accidental death. [See Supreme Court Trial, Gazette, 11 June 1824.]




P. A. Mulgrave, Esq. J.P. is appointed to act as Coroner for the County of Cornwall, in the Room of Thomas Archer, Esq. J.P. resigned.



On Monday last an Inquest was held on the body of a man named John Hill, a sawyer, who was on the preceding Saturday unfortunately killed in the woods by a tree falling upon him; to which effect a verdict was returned accordingly.



An Inquest was held at New Norfolk last Thursday week, before Mr. G. BROOKS, Coroner, on the body of a very inform old man named Wm. Clarke, who had died from drinking an excessive quantity if ardent spirits ! to which effect a verdict was returned accordingly. - The deceased came to this Colony at the evacuation of Norfolk Island.



An Inquest was held on Tuesday before A. W. H. Humphrey, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Henry Baker (a prisoner per the Caledonia which arrived last month), who died suddenly the preceding day in consequence o\f drinking ardent spirits; to which effect a verdict was returned accordingly.



On Tuesday se'nnight, as a man named Hugh Morgan, was crossing the river at New Norfolk in a small canoe, it upset, which the poor man was unfortunately drowned.  The body having been found a few days after, and a Coroner's Inquest held thereon, a verdict was returned accordingly.



 An Inquest was held on Thursday last before A. W. H. Humphrey, Esq. Coroner, on the body of a man named Wm. Morton, who on the preceding evening was unfortunately drowned, by falling over the side of a boat, lying close to the jetty.  Verdict - Accidental Death.



An Inquest was held at Launceston on the 9th inst. before P.A. Mulgrave, Esq. Coroner for the County of Cornwall, on the body of a man named Edward Cox, who was found drowned in the New River, contiguous to his own house. - It appeared that the unfortunate gentleman had been stealing some sheep from a gentleman a short time previously, and to escape the hands of justice, he put an end to his existence by drowning himself; to which effect a verdict was returned accordingly.

    A fatal accident occurred to Mr. Thos. Smith, a settler of Norfolk Plains, on the 30th July, while fording a river at that place on horseback - In crossing the stream, Mr. S. happened to lift up his legs to keep them out of the water; by which means he pricked the animal with his sours; which causing him to plunge, the girths broke, and the saddle overturning with the rider, Mr. S. from the rapid force of the current was unfortunately drowned.  The body was found, and the horse saved.



On Thursday an Inquest was held at the Ship Inn, before A. W. H. Humphrey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of John Hazlewood, who was found dead early that morning lying at his master's door, a pork butcher in Elizabeth-street.  It appeared in evidence that the deceased, who had been only a week or two in the Colony, having arrived per the Morley, had been the evening previously drinking at a public-house to such excess, that he was carried home speechless drunk, in which miserable state the unfortunate man remained till he breathed his last.  Verdict - Died by excessive drinking of spirituous liquors.



On Thursday last, an Inquest was held at the Black Swan, before A. W. H. Humphrey, Esq. Coroner, on the body of a man named William Rowles, a crown prisoner. - It appeared, that the unfortunate man had left his home the preceding Thursday, quite sober, and in his perfect senses, with a view of getting a razor set, which he took in his hand, and that he was not afterwards seen or heard of till the following Wednesday, when he was found lying dead in the woods, near the town, with his head nearly severed from the body, and in a complete state of putrefaction.  He was laying on his belly, with his right arm extended upwards, and the razor, which he took with him, was found open under his left side. - The verdict was, that the deceased killed himself by cutting his throat with a razor.



An Inquest was held before George Brooks, Esq. Coroner, on the 19th instant, on the body of a man named John Ratcliff, who was unfortunately killed at that Settlement by the wheel of a cart falling upon his head, owing to the overturning of the vehicle, of which he was the driver. - With unruly bullocks, the poor man, it appears, was imprudently riding on the pole of the cart at the time it upset, by running against a stump.  Verdict - Accidental death. [Editorial comment.] The deceased, who was only 22 years of age, was interred in the new consecrated burial ground at New Norfolk, and was the first corpse buried there.

    Another Inquest was held on Saturday last, at the farm-house of Mr. A. Whitehead, at Herdman's Cove, before the same Coroner, on view of the body of Solomon Booth, a settler's Government servant.  It appears that the deceased, in company with another man, were driving a cart and bullocks on the high road, near Mr. Whitehead's farm, when a man named James Buckley stopped the cart, and insisted on Booth fighting him, which he altogether refused.  After striking the animals, and ill-using one of the men, Buckley then took up a thick stick, and struck Booth a heavy blow on the head, from the effects of which the poor man died the next day quite senseless from the moment he received the contusion. - The offender, who had been drinking, did not however attempt to escape, but gave himself up; and a verdict of Wilful Murder having been returned against him, he was accordingly fully committed by the Coroner to take his trial before a Court of Criminal Jurisdiction for the offence.



A Coroner's Inquest was held on Saturday last, at the Hope and Anchor in Macquarie-street, before A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. Coroner, upon the body of a man named James Taylor, who came by his death in consequence of a tree falling upon him while at work at Birch's Bay, on the Wednesday previously, by which he was dreadfully disfigured.  Verdict - Accidental death.



An Inquest was held at the Ship Inn, on Monday last, before A. W. H. Humphrey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of Denis Kennedy, a tailor, who on the Friday evening previously hung himself with a cord from a beam in his bed-room. - Although this unfortunate being was habitually given to excessive drinking, it seems that he was perfectly sober at the time of committing the act.  Verdict - Felo-de-se.



The Coroner's Inquest on the late Mr. Von Bibra sat on the 16th instant, and pronounced a verdict - "Found drowned, and suffocated in the Macquarie River."

   On Wednesday last an Inquest was held at the Emu Inn, before A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. Coroner, on the body of John Potter, a carpenter, who died on the Sunday night previously, in consequence of excessive drinking on the Sabbath Day; to which effect a verdict was returned accordingly.



 On Wednesday last an Inquest was held at the Hope in Macquarie-street, before A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. Coroner, on the bodies of Thomas Allen & David Evans, two seamen who were found floating on the River Derwent the same and preceding day. - Evans, it appeared, was drowned in an attempt to make the shore while deserting  from the King George whaler, about three weeks ago, as already reported in our paper; the other man, belonging to a small colonial vessel lying in the port, was supposed to have been drowned  during the night in a state of intoxication, by falling over-board.



On Thursday week an Inquest was held before A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Henry Judge, a crown prisoner holding a ticket of leave, by trade a shoemaker.  It appears the unfortunate man had been drinking to that excess at a public-house in Campbell-street, on the day preceding his death, that he was quite senseless at night, when he was in this deplorable state carried to the stable and put upon some straw; in the morning, about 5 o'clock, he arose, but being extremely ill from the effects of drinking, he was obliged to be led to the Colonial Hospital, where in a few minutes after his arrival he died while sitting on the step of the door.  Verdict - Died by the visitation of God.



Late on Wednesday night last an attempt was made to break into a house in Liverpool-street, corner of Barrack-street, in which the depredator lost his life - a young man lodging in the house having shot him dead on the spot.  He proved to be a convict of very bad character.  QA Coroner's Inquest was held on the body the following morning, when a verdict was returned of - Justifiable Homicide.



On Wednesday last an Inquest was held at a farm-house in the district of Glenarchy, before A. W. H. Humphrey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of a man unknown, who on the preceding day was found dead in the woods, in a dreadfully putrified state, where to all appearance he had been lying for several days.  - How the unfortunate man, who seemed to be only about 17 years of age, came by his death, it is not in our power to state; but that it  did not happen by any unfair means, there is no room to doubt, as not the least marks of violence were to be seen on any part of the body. - It appeared upon the Inquest, that a crown prisoner (William Wallace) has been missing since Sunday week from the road gang now at work in the district of Glenarchy, and as the description of this man answers in many respects that of the deceased, there is every reason to suppose he is the same person.  Verdict - Found dead.



At the farm of G. W. EVANS, Esq. Deputy Surveyor General, at Abyssinia, a party of Natives appear to have presented themselves last week; and we are sorry to add, that one of the stock-keepers was killed by them, and Mr. Evans's hut burnt.

   An Inquest was held on Tuesday last before A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. Coroner, on the body of John Jackson, a man of color, who appeared to have been shot near the premises of A. F. Kemp, Esq. late at night on the Saturday preceding. - After a long investigation, the Jury gave a verdict of - Manslaughter against William Tibbs, assigned servant to Mr. Kemp.



We are sorry to have to report, that on Monday evening last Mr. FIELDER, Purser of His Majesty's ship Tees, now in the harbour, unfortunately fell overboard, ands was drowned. - The First and Third Lieutenants, immediately after the accident, leaped into the water; but, we lament to say, their gallant attempt to save a brother officer was not crowned with success.

   An Inquest was recently held at Launceston before P. A. MULGRAVE, Esq. Coroner, on the body of John Smith, a convict. -0 It appeared from the evidence, that the deceased had been in the bush upwards of two years; he and another runaway, of the name of Lennon, both armed, were fallen in with by serjeant Wilcox, of the 3d Buffs, Mr.  Lucas, and some other persons.  Smith presented his gun at the party, upon which Mr. Lucas fired, and mortally wounded him. - The jury returned a verdict - That the deceased was shot by Mr. Lucas in his own defence.



We are sorry to state, that the natives continue the same mischievous conduct which we reported some time ago to have taken place; very recently they have destroyed a hut belonging to Mrs. Collins, at the Blue Hills, and killed James Doyle, one of the stock-keepers.




William Tibbs, the first prisoner who has been tried before this tribunal of justice, was put to the bar on an indictment charging him with shooting at a black man, named John Jackson, on the 17th of January last, whereby the unfortunate man lost his life.'

   After the evidence had been gone through, and the prisoner had made his defence,

   The learned CHIEF JUSTICE, in summing up the evidence, observed, that there were but two questions for the consideration of the Jury; the first was, whether the prisoner at the bar was the person who fired the pistol, and if he was, how far he was justified in so doing.

   The Jury in a few minutes returned a verdict of - Guilty.

   Tibbs has been only a few months in the Colony, and was well recommended on his arrival.


   On Tuesday last an Inquest was held at the London Tavern, before A. W.  H. HUMPHREY, Esq. Coroner, on the body of James Miller, a compositor employed in the HOBART TOWN GAZETTE Printing Office.  It appeared, that between six and seven o'clock on the preceding evening, the unfortunate deceased and another journeyman printer, his companion, both intoxicated, had been quarrelling about their habitation,  from whence they went into the back yard to fight.  Unaccompanied by any person in the dark, it seems they had a regular contest, but ere many minutes had elapsed, the deceased unfortunately received a severe blow on the head, which quickly brought him to the ground in a senseless state, and he did not afterwards speak.  One of the Assistant Colonial Surgeons (Dr. Crocket) was immediately sent for, but notwithstanding that Gentleman promptly used every possible means to restore animation, all efforts proved unavailing, it being soon ascertained that the vital spark was extinct.

   From every appearance there is good reason to believe, that the fatal blow was given either on the temple or under the ear, as upon dissection, it was found that the ramifications of the carotid artery were ruptured, & that the ventricles of the brain were completely distended with coagulated blood, consequently apoplexy ensued, which was the cause of instant death.  After an impartial investigation of several hours, the Jury returned their verdict Manslaughter against Hugh Green, who was thereupon fully committed by the Coroner to take his trial for the offence before the present Sessions of the Supreme Court of Criminal Judicature. [Editorial comment: "It comes within our own knowledge, that this unfortunate man was much addicted to drinking; ..."]





At an early hour this morning, His Honor the CHIEF JUSTICE ascended the tribunal; immediately after which, James Buckley was arraigned for the murder of Solomon Booth.  It will generally be remembered that our report in this case elucidated all the circumstances, and therefore now we shall not detail them.  But we may say, that throughout our experience of Courts, we never heard a prosecution more dispassionately, or more ably conducted than this was, by the Attorney-General; that the trial, which lasted until evening, elicited from His Honor the CHIEF JUSTICE as admirable a charge as ever was addressed to a Jury; and that the whole proceedings were equally honourable to law, humanity, and justice.

   After recapitulating the evidence with much care, and pronouncing a commentary on its most important bearings, the learned Judge  said, the first question to be decided was, had the wounds and bruises described on the deceased occasioned death? If so, had they been inflicted by the prisoner? and then, even supposing the affirmative, had any equivalent provocation been given to him either to justify or extenuate them? It was for the Jury to weight, in the scales of impartiality, all that had been proved - it was for them to render a due proportion of regard to every circumstance - and if then, after solemnly matured deliberation, one doubt should exist - one conscientious doubt of the prisoner's guilt, it would be their imperative and sac red duty to acquit him.

   The indictment charged murder, which malice distinguished from manslaughter; but our law contemplated two kinds of malice, that which was premeditated, and that which was impliable from the weapons used in a quarrel.  He therefore who struck his fellow creature with such a weapon as must in all probability destroy life, was construed to bear malice; and if death resulted he would be a murderer. 

   With respect also to intoxication, which in some instances was pleaded as an excuse for crime, His Honor argued with much feeling, and said, the being who would drink an empoisoned beverage, until reason tottered from her throne, and mercy left his bosom, and who would then commit a crime of blood, appeared no less culpable in the eyes of law, and was no less amenable to violated justice, than if at the time he was sober.

   The Jury then retired, and on their return, delivered the following verdict - Guilty, but not with premeditated malice.

   This of course could not be recorded; for, as the CHIEF JUSTICE stated, murder and malice were inseparable, and therefore such a verdict nullified itself.  The Jury again left the box, with some suitable instructions from the Court, and again found the prisoner - Guilty, but not with malice.  A third time, with renewed directions as to the form of verdicts, the Jury withdrew; and, after remaining absent a considerable time, found him - Guilty of Manslaughter.





Owen Reardon and William Tydey were arraigned for the wilful murder of John Street, in Glenarchy, at the farm called Abbottsfield, and in the month of July 1823. [Should be 1822.]  There were other counts in the indictment, by which each prisoner was charged as an accessary before the fact; but these being of course contingent on the first two, which imputed murder, we shall merely premise that the purport of their several allegations in brief was, that the deceased had met his death by being thrown down, and receiving certain bruises; or, by being thrown, and having a chimney maliciously pulled down upon him.  The prisoners pleaded - Not Guilty....

Witnesses were then called; the first of whom, James Pratt, swore, that he knew the prisoners, and had often conversed with them about Street's death.  On one occasion, after the prisoners had quarrelled, witness mentioned to Tydey, that the deceased was reported to have met his death by foul means, and (in answer to a question) that he, Tydey, was named as the murderer.  By whom? Asked he - by Reardon, replied the witness - when Tydey observed, that Reardon must be a very bad man, for he had advised the murder ! adding, that Reardon could do him no harm, as he had not been present when it was done.  That Tydey owned to have struck the deceased the day before he died, and that Reardon  asked witness several times, "If he would think there was any harm in killing a stock-keeper to avoid 100 lashes or the settlement?" at the same time stating, as his own opinion, that there was no harm in doing so."
   It also was deposed, that when witness first told Reardon that he was accused of having urged the murder he denied it, and apparently would fain have persuaded witness to go before the district constable, and state what Tydey had confessed; but that on a subsequent occasion, he said to witness, "you had better say nothing about it, as Tydey will of course deny the crime, and his No may go as far as your Yes!"

   James Alexander swore, that Tydey had ground an axe for him, and praised it as the best he had seen; that he proposed to change a lighter one for it, which was agreed on by witness, who enquired, "If that was the axe with which he had murdered Street !" when the prisoner, Tydey, answered "Yes ! yes, by God!" Witness on the following day, accused Reardon, whose visage instantly became pallid, and who appeared in great embarrassment, while he begged witness not to say any thing about what Tydey might have said, for all the world, although he, Reardon, was perfectly innocent



On Sunday last, as Mr. Henry Causley was taking a ride on the high road, accompanied by several other gentlemen, he was thrown from his horse; his skull was in consequence severely fractured, and we regret to add, that this unfortunate gentleman expired on Wednesday last, at his lodgings at Stodart's Hotel, where a Coroner's Inquest was sitting on the body when this paper went to press.

   On Wednesday an Inquisition was held on the body of Ann Kennedy, who died suddenly on the preceding day.  Verdict -0 Died by the visitation of God.






On Thursday se'nnight, an Inquest was held before A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. J.P. Superintendent of Police, and Coroner for this County, on the bodies of Joseph Williams and Michael M'Cannon, who were drowned on the preceding afternoon, in the River Derwent.

   John Dogherty deposed, that, before the accident occurred, he saw a boat heavily laden with lime, and labouring very much off the point at Sandy Bay.  There was a heavy swell on; he saw the deceased in the boat, and called to them; they run it a-ground, and went ashore; at that time the wind blew very hard; - he told the deceased to unload the boat, and took out three bags of lime to lighten her.  The deceased then pushed her off again.  They had but two oars, one of which was broken. - Wiriness immediately went to the house of a man named Weaver, with intent to borrow an oar for them; but on looking back to that part of the bay where he had last seen the boat, he could not observe it.  He and Weaver hastened therefore to the beach, and a dog which had belonged to the boat came running towards them, quite wet.  On the beach were found the two oars, a sail, jib, keg, and a hat belonging to one of the deceased.  Witness knew these things belonged to the boat, as Mr. Petchey's name was on the sail and jib; but he could not see any thing of the boat or men, as the surf was running very high.  The men were perfectly sober.'

   John Weaver confirmed the above statement, so far as it bore reference to him.  He willingly lent an oar when Dogherty said the poor men were in danger; and, on the morning of the Inquest, went at day-light to the beach with James Argent, and found the body of Joseph Williams lying on a rock, breast downwards.  The sea washed over him.  At that time a boat was in the bay, which on being hailed, took the body to Hobart Town.  About half an hour afterwards, witness saw a boat sunk in the bay in about two fathoms of water; and also saw the body of Michael M'Cannon, not more than a rod from the boat.  It was got out by means of a boat-hook.  Both the deceased were servants to Mr. Petchey.

   On this evidence the Jury, through their much respected Foreman, Mr. R. Mather, returned the following verdict - Drowned by Accident.

   Another Inquest was held before the same Coroner, on Saturday last, at the house of Joseph Marshal, in Glenarchy, on view of the body of John Salvage, a ticket of leave man.

   The first witness sworn was Charles Clark, who said - I am a timber splitter; the deceased both worked and resided with me.  Yesterday morning, between 8 and 9 o'clock, we went into the woods, and began to cut down a tree, which as it fell lodged in a gun-tree near the spot.  The deceased commenced at the butt of the tree, in order to free it from the stump.  Just behind him was a standing tree, behind which I happened to stand; and while there I heard a crash, from the giving-way of the tree we had been cutting.  I then stepped forward, and saw the deceased leaning upon it with his hands.  He said, "I am killed"; - to which I replied, "yes, Jack ! - make your peace with God."  he then said, "God Almighty bless you"; which were the last words he uttered.  One of his thighs was jammed, and apparently broken.  At this moment there was a man with a cart about 200 yards off, who came to look at deceased, and whom I asked to remove him home.  His answer was, "O cannot; I am going for a load of wood"; and he then with indifference (which cannot be too seriously censured) went away. I had told him I would pay him what he chose to demand for taking my partner home; but he took no notice, and rendered no assistance.  When this happened, the deceased was alive, but insensible.

   On examining the deceased, the right thigh was  very much torn, as also was the leg; and the bones were broken.  The flesh of the left groin was much lacerated, and the left thigh bruised.  I have no doubt but that the tree we had been cutting in its fall jammed him between its butt and another tree that stood behind him.

   John Spencer. - I heard the tree fall, and had seen Clark with the deceased working at it.  When it fell, I heard Clark call out to Bushell (the man who had charge of the cart), and immediately went to give assistance.  Clark wanted Bushell to take the deceased away in his cart; but he would not, - observing "it would be  wrong to do so, and, another thing, he was  going for a load of timber."  Clark was on the ground with the deceased on his knees; his head was leaning on Clark's arm, and his appearance was that of a dying man.  His legs were doubled under him; and blood was running  from beneath his trowsers.  As Bushell refused to move him, Clark begged me to get my master's cart, and  said the man was alive.  I went for the cart, and, on my return, Salvage was dead.  Verdict -0 Accidental death, by the fall of a tree.



A Coroner's Inquest was held on Friday last, before A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of Samuel Hartley, a Crown prisoner, who expired on the day preceding.  To illustrate this case, the first witness examined was Charles Rider, who said, "I am employed in the Government garden, in the Paddock, and the deceased worked in it as a labourer; about noon yesterday I was delving with him,  when suddenly he cried, - 'Oh dear ! something has taken me in the head.'  He then sat down, but in a few minutes seemed to recover, and  walked towards the hut in the garden.  I worked on for about an hour, and then went towards the hut for dinner.  On my road thither, about 150 yards from the spot where I had been at work, I found the deceased lying  down on his right side.  Where he lay, there was no shade; he hat was off; there was dirt in his mouth and on his cheeks, and the air was uncommonly hot.  There being more men at work in the garden, I called for their assistance, to convey the deceased to the hut; they afforded it - but he never breathed afterwards.

   I had worked with him for some weeks, and he never in my hearing, to to my knowledge complained of indisposition.  On removing him to the hut, I dispatched a messenger to the Hospital, from which soon afterwards arrived William Secombe, an assistant to the Surgeon, who examined the deceased, and employed the scientific means of resuscitation, but without effect. The face of the deceased seemed to indicate that he had fallen down senseless, without making any effort to save himself. - There was no mark of violence, except one above the eye covered with dirt, evidently caused by a fall, but which would not have occasioned death.

   Archibald M'Laughlan deposed, that he searched the deceased on his arrival at the Hospital, and found on his person one half-dollar and two quarter-dollar notes, sewed between the lining and waistband of his trowsers. - Witness was this morning informed by the Government gardener, that the deceased had 2 Pounds 10s.; but on searching all his clothing could find no more than the notes before mentioned.  Verdict - Died by the visitation of God.

   Another Inquest was held on Tuesday, before the same Coroner, on view of the body of Mary Davis, a young woman whose death occurred the previous night, under the following lamentable circumstances:- Henry Rice, a farmer residing at Glenarchy, deposed, that the deceased, who arrived in the Colony by the Mary Ann, was his housekeeper, by whom he had an infant, nearly a year old.  They all left Hobart Town on the preceding evening, with a cart and four bullocks, one of which was unruly.  The deceased with the child were in the cart, and witness was imprudently riding on the front, with his feet on the pole, when the accident happened; witness turned the cart off the high road to save his bullocks' feet, as the road had been newly made with s tone.  One of the wheels struck a tree - the unruly bullock pulled on, and overturned the cart; witness then called the deceased, obtained no reply, but heard the baby scream, and on looking under the tail board,  found the deceased covered with blood, and her bonnet broken - she was lifeless.  Witness took the child from her arms, and in agony cried "murderer!"  After which, he scarcely knowing what he did, loosened the oxen, and two men, named Michael Wade and Hugh M'Shane, with some others, came up.  The witness and the deceased were sober, though they had been drinking.  Wade and M'Shane  confirmed Rice's statement of the manner in which the unfortunate woman ,lay at the time they heard the cry; and Mr. Henry Crocket, an assistant Surgeon, who examined the deceased, proved, that she had an extensive wound in the forehead, with a fracture reaching from the right temple to the back of the head, which he considered to have caused her death, and to have been produced by some heavy pressure.  Verdict - Accidental Death.




SATURDAY. - Jeremiah Ryan, James Bryan, Charles Ryder, and Henry McConnell were arraigned ...

   After which, they were re-arraigned for the wilful murder of John Lowe, on the 15th of July, at Ballefield, in  the country of Cornwall, and pleaded Not Guilty. - The circumstances attending this murder have already been fully illustrated in this gazette, and it would therefore be useless for us to say any more on the subject than that, as the Learned CHIEF JUSTICE observed, where many persons go to a place for the purpose of committing a felony, if one of them in prosecuting the common object kills a man, they are all guilty of murder; which verdict, after some deliberation, the Jury very properly returned.

MONDAY. - Thomas Hudson was arraigned for the murder of Robert Esk, on the 3d of last July; and, although repeatedly entreated to consider well the consequences of leading guilty, refused to take his trial.  "I thank Your Honour, exclaimed he, for humanely directing me to plead not guilty; but I am a murderer, in the eyes of both God and man, and have no wish therefore to give the Court any trouble."  He was again most earnestly requested to alter his determination, and removed from the bar, in order that his friends might commune with him on the subject; but on returning into Court he inflexible persisted in his fatal plea, for, said he, in  a very affecting manner, ":the victim of my malice is crying to Heaven for vengeance, an d severity will be justice.":

   HIS HONOT the Learned Judge then, after remarking on the peculiarity of the case, and evidently much affected by the prisoner's repentance, ordered his plea of guilty to be recorded.  The poor man bowed with profound respect as he left the box, and seemed thoroughly inclined to make every humble preparation for another and better world. - May God have mercy on him!

   Francis Oats was tried  for the wilful murder of James Williamson.

   The ATTORNEY-GENERAL, in his address to the Jury, stated, that the prisoner and the deceased had been under confinement at Macquarie Harbour, from which place they contrived to abscond on the 9th of September last.  Three days after the prisoner returned home, and on being a sked what had become of his companion, answered, :that he was killed; a quarrel had taken place respecting the division of a fish, which the prisoner had casually found, and after the deceased had struck him several times with a stick, he struck him in return a blow which produced death." - There were not, however, any marks of violence on the prisoner; neither were there any on the deceased, except about his head, which was literally crushed to pieces.

   The first witness was Robert Badkins, who said, "I am of the Commandant's crew at Macquarie Harbour.  I know that the prisoner and the deceased absconded some days before the 13th of September, when in consequence of a voice being heard about two miles from the Settlement, the Commandant's boat pushed off, the prisoner was discovered, and taken in.  On the boat's way back, he told me that - "after being completely exhausted by want, he and the deceased were returning to the Settlement.  They found at length a fish, and the deceased was directed to cook it, whilst the prisoner searched for another along the beach.  The deceased ate the whole of it, which incensed the prisoner who was agonized by hunger, a fight with sticks followed; at last the deceased received a blow on his forehead, which knocked him down, and as he fell the back part of his skull was  split by a stump."

   The prisoner also told me he wished I would repeat his confessions to the Commandant, and make known that he would show him where the corpse lay.  I did so; the body was found that day seven miles from the Settlement; the prisoner, Mr. Garratt, the surgeon, Mr. Eldridhge, and myself, went to it.  The deceased lay stretched with a bed-rick and jacket thrown over him, and his shirt sleeves tucked up.  There were no marks except on the head.  There had been a fire near the spot.  I saw no stick near it.  The hands of the deceased were clenched.

   Mr. George Ray Eldridge was dispenser of medicine in the Hospital, at Macquarie Harbour, during September last, and went in search of the body.  The scalp was divided by Mr. Garratt, when nine pieces of fractured skull were found driven into the brain.  The first and second fingers of the right hand were diagonally cut from the first joint of the first to the second joint of the second, and witness was positive that the hand could not have been clenched when that wound was inflicted, and that the deceased was killed by the blow on his forehead. 

   The wounds could not have been inflicted more than two days, as the body was not in any way decayed, although the weather was hot.  When Mr. Garratt first examined the head, he  said to the prisoner, "you could not have produced these wounds by a stick."  They certainly appeared to have been given by a sharp instrument.  There was no wound at the back of his head.- The prisoner was then examined, but no mark of violence was on him to corroborate his statement of a fight.  The wound on the deceased was much larger without than within.  The body lay on the beach, the stones about the head were covered with blood; there was no sign of struggling having taken place, and neither a stump or a stick to be seen.

   The prisoner, in his defence, narrated the many horrors of privation which he an d the deceased had suffered after leaving their place of banishment, - and after a most fair charge from the CHIEF JUSTICE, was found Guilty.

   William Allan stood charged with the wilful murder of William Saul, at Birch's Bay, on the 1st of September last.  The circumstances of this case were in many respects similar to those of the last.  The prisoner and the deceased had been con fined at Macquarie harbour, and had absconded on the 25th of August. - On the 8th of September, the prisoner returned and gave himself up, with some clothes that had been worn by Saul.  Those clothes were pierced as if by spears; and on inquiry being made for the deceased, the prisoner answered that he had been killed by the natives.

   Maasaters Lynn, a prisoner, deposed that he was confined by lameness in the Hospital at Macquarie harbour, during September last.  The prisoner, after giving himself up, was also a patient in it.  On the 11th he asked witness to cut his hair, and whilst it was being cut, observed "this is the last time you will cut my hair, - this is the last time I shall have it cut by any body."  Witness begged to know why he thought so, and he answered "because I shall be hanged at the next Criminal Court.  I have committed a crime, of which I will tell you all the particulars another time."

   On the following day, witness was in the privy, when the prisoner went to him and said "I am very uneasy in my mind; the Devil terrifies me both night and day, so that I never have a moment's rest."  Witness asked the reason? And the prisoner then made the following confession . - "I have committed murder ! As I and Saul were wandering by the water side, he caught a snake, which he cooked, and of which he only gave me a very little piece.  I asked him for some more, and on his refusing it, I struck him with my knife above his eye-brows, and then in the cheek.  The blood then ran down his clothes, an d he cried out "Oh! Allan do not murder me! you may take all my clothes, but don't kill me! I then struck my knife into his heart, and  ripped his bowels open." - Witness repeated this confession directly to Eldridge, the dispenser of medicines. - Mr. Eldridge on receiving this information, conveyed it to Mr. Garratt, who immediately entered the Hospital and examined the prisoner.  Mr. Garratt said, Allan, this is a serious case, which you have revealed to Lynn, and the prisoner answered "yes, but it is true and cannot be helped now. - I am miserable, and would rather die than live." He then detailed the circumstances, adding that he had wounded Aaul's throat, and cut off his ---------------.  Witness never heard of bodies speared by the natives being mutilated like that of the deceased, when it was found, it lay in a state of nudity - the belly cut open, part of the entrails and the ----------- being absent.

   Robert Badkins corroborated the state in which the body was found; and after the most impartial investigation of all the circumstances, it became the Jury's indispensable duty to being in a verdict of Guilty.


We are sorry to learn that just before the Australian left Macquarie Harbour, the Pilot and his crew of four men were thrown out of their boat in a tremendous gale, when all the men perished, and the Pilot nearly shared their disastrous fate in the act of humanely endeavouring to avert it.


An Inquest was held on Wednesday last, at the Black brush, on the body of William Griffiths. - It appeared, that the deceased, who was a remarkably fine young man, and had not ,long attained his 22d year, went into the River Derwent for the pleasure of bathing, and just after gaining the shore, instantaneously expired.  Verdict - Died by the visitation of God.



A Gentleman who has on many occasions favoured us with intelligence, enables us to state, that at Cape Portland within the last few weeks, four Europeans named Duncan M'Millan, Wm. Saunders, John Cloiff, and Samuel Stewart, have been massacred by a party of blacks, amounting to more than 150. ...

   Report also informs us, that a poor  fellow named John Harrington found a watery grave, after a vain attempt to cross from Preservation to Cape Barren.


On Tuesday last, an Inquest was held before G. W. BROOKS, Esq. junior Coroner for the County of Buckingham shire, at Roseneath Inn, on the body of James Knowles, a servant to Mr. Austin, the proprietor of the Inn, near which the unfortunate man had 8 of his ribs broken, and was otherwise much injured by a cart passing over his body on the Thursday previously, and which was the cause of his death; to which effect a verdict was returned accordingly.

   Another Inquest was taken the same day by Mr. Brooks, at the Black brush, on the body of a man named John Sharp. - Verdict - Died in a fit of appoplexy.



We are indebted to a Correspondent for the following particulars, respecting the death of John Sharp, who was found dead in his bed on the morning of Sunday se'nnight, and on view of whose body (as already stated) a Coroner's Inquest, which assembled on the 7th instant, returned a verdict of - Died in a fit of appoplex.

   It appeared in evidence, that a man named William Earl had returned from Hobart Town, with a quantity of rum, which was deposited at the house of Thomas Hart, on Friday the 3d instant; that in the evening of the same day the deceased was drinking with a man by name John Symmons, and others at the said house, when a quarrel arose between the deceased and Symmons, which terminated in their leaving the house to fight; that after two rounds, the deceased gave in, with an understanding that they were to renew the combat in the morning; accordingly, next day the deceased returned to the house, and asked Symmons "if he was in the same mind he had been in the night before."  Symmons replied "he was;" - but the deceased declined fighting until he had had his breakfast, after which they repaired to the place to decide the contest, which continued half an hour, when the deceased declined fighting any more, and shook hands with his antagonist. - They then returned in a friendly manner, an d drank some more rum; afterwards the deceased returned to his residence and went to bed - after a while got up again, took some coffee in the evening, and appeared cheerful.  After day-0light Symmons called on him, and continued  two hours or more, and was going away, but it being late deceased pressed him to continue all night, which he did.  Soon after sun-rise on Sunday morning, he arose and  went away, leaving a man in the house with the deceased, who after preparing breakfast, called the deceased, but receiving no answer, continued to employ himself until nearly eleven o'clock, when he again called repeatedly, but hearing no reply, went into the room and found  him dead. [Editorial comment.]




We have just now seen the first number of The Tasmanian, by which we learn, ... "A few days ago, a melancholy accident happened, in the river Tamar, by the upsetting of a boat belonging to Captain James.  This Gentleman, who, together with two of his servants, had been in the boat, was miraculously preserved from a watery grave, having been no less than two hours in endeavouring to gain the land; when, after travelling in the bush, faint and exhausted, for two days more, he at length reached the hut of a settler, in a most pitiable condition.  The two men, his servants, were unfortunately drowned."

   "A few days ago, a gentleman of the name of Thompson, a respectable settler on the Macquarie River, unfortunately put a period to his existence, by shooting himself through the head.  A Coroner's Inquest was held on the body. - Verdict, Shot himself in a temporary state of derangement."




The unpleasant duty devolves on us for the first time, of recording the murder of a shepherd, under the following circumstances: - Samuel Hunt, a prisoner of the Crown in the service of Mr. PIKE, of Fourteen-tree Plain, went out with his master's flock as usual, on Saturday morning last, but neither the man not any part of the flock arrived home at night. - Diligent search having been made, the body of poor Hunt was found the next morning in Bull Valley (which lies between Fourteen-tree Plain and the Big Lagoon), his skull fractured, and his throat cut! The Magistrates of Jericho, during their investigation of this affair, have made some discoveries which induce them to think that the arm of the Law will reach the murderers.  The whole of Mr. Pike's sheep, although scattered in every direction, have been recovered, with the exception of about fifty.

   The perpetration of this horrible enormity is ascribed, we hear, to a double  motive, but least a premature disclosure should enable some of the guilty to escape, we shall at present refrain from saying more than that a Coroner's Inquest has been held on the deceased, and brought in a verdict of willful murder against some person or persons unknown; and that Government has with commendable promptitude announced a Free Pardon to any prisoner, and a reward of 200 dollars, for the discovery of the murderers.



Sorry are we to mention that another murder at Macquarie Harbour has been perpetrated, but the assassin is secured, and will speedily appear before the tribunal of avenging justice.



With considerable pain we communicate that the Aborigines, on lately visiting Macquarie Plains, speared a poor man, whose name was Johnson, and who had a stock with a person named Kinchley.  What adds to our regret is, that at the moment the fatal spear was driven, Johnson was providing some refreshment for his murderers.  He died immediately.



On Sunday the 13th ult., a bush-ranger, named Godliman was lodged in Launceston Gaol  by Mr. Galligan, a settler, at whose house he had ventured for food, in an almost famishing condition, and to whom he confessed that he was of the party who had murdered Mr. Pike's stockman. [Samuel Hunt.]

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT.  On Wednesday, just before the dusk of the evening, as Mr. and Mrs. SAMUEL SPODE were coming to town in a buggy, their horse took fright near the 1st mile-stone, on the bridge at the bottom of the hill, ...Since writing the above, we have heard that the lady has, in consequence of her injury, been delivered of a lifeless babe, and that she is yet insensible.  [HOBART TOWN GAZETTE, 8 April; both well, child NOT dead.]


Mrs. Mansfield, wife of the Rev. RALPH MANSFIELD, Wesleyan Missionary, of a still-born child.

   On Tuesday a Coroner's Jury assembled at the Bricklayers' Arms, on view of the body of Plumb, the bush-ranger, who had died in the Colonial Hospital of wounds received during his recent conflict with Allan and his party - when after brief deliberation, a verdict was returned of - Justifiable Homicide.

   Another Jury was convened at the same time, on view of the body of Thomas Fishwick, who, we believe, died in consequence of injuries received by being run over.  Verdict - Accidental Death.  [Editorial comment.]




It is with unfeigned regret we have to announce the premature death, in the very prime of life, of Mrs. EVANS, wife of GEORGE WILLIAM EVANS, Surveyor General in this Colony, on the night of Wednesday last, at New-town house, in a fit of apoplexy.  She had walked to Hobart Town on the course of the day, and was in the most perfect health at the moment of the fatal attack. ...


It seems that many complaints are prevalent in Launceston because the Superintendent of Police, Mr. MULGRAVE, nominally performs the duties of Coroner, but is, we suppose, so much engaged by his magisterial functions, that he cannot with convenience leave town on every occasion when he may be required to examine dead bodies at perhaps 40 or more miles' distance.  Recently "he did not start for George-town until the body of a man killed by the bayonet of a soldier had lain there four days!" - We mention this without desiring to censure Mr. Mulgrave, except for monopolizing the gains of two appointments when he cannot possibly perform more than the important duties of his Police Superintendency.




Extracts from the Letter of our Launceston Correspondent, dated the 18th instant:-

   The Jury who sat upon Bassam brought in a verdict of Justifiable Homicide; but most of the Jury, I am informed, hold situations under Government!

   >> Some weeks ago we noticed the death of a man named Bassam, who, we were informed, had been killed by a soldier.  But no sooner did our account appear that in was contradicted!  Now we are compelled to say, that, if we published anything untrue, the subsequent Coroner's Inquest would expose it; and therefore we ask with feelings justifiable indignant what is the reason why Mr. Mulgrave has neither sent us the evidence given before the Jury, nor made the Public acquainted by any other medium with the actual facts deposed to in that evidence?  Unmerited imputations we never cast; but the exposition of every abuse in even the most puissant Coroner for Cornwall's department is our duty, which neither the cajoleries of compliment, nor the bashaw-like menaces of any man shall prevail on us to abandon.  Again, therefore, we say, that the task of inspecting dead bodies in a diffused county like that in which Mr. Mulgrave holds two appointments, is a task which requires the devotion of a Coroner's entire time; and that consequently as   either it, or the other official duties of Mr. M. must be neglected, so long as he shall retain a plurality of situations, we hope another person may be immediately appointed to succeed at once to his salary, and to more than his services, as Coroner.



 On Monday a Coroner's Inquest was held at the Black Swan, on view of the body of George Fildes, who met his death the preceding day under the following circumstances:- A person named Hill (by trade a sawyer, and residing in Goulbourn-street), had employed a man named John Read Riddel (a very industrious carpenter) to stick a pig; and the deceased was afterwards engaged to cut it up; but his mode of performing the task was not satisfactory to Riddel, who in consequence had a quarrel with him, and during which, after many blows had been struck by both parties, the deceased received a wound from a knife, which had just before been wielded by Riddel - against whom, after a most patient examination of several witnesses, the Jury delivered a verdict of wilful murder, pursuant to which he stands of course fully committed for trial at the next Session of Oyer and Terminer.




On Saturday Patrick Halloran, a private of the 40th regt. put a period to his existence, by blowing his brains out.  An Inquest was subsequently held, and a verdict of Lunacy recorded.




On Tuesday last, an inquisition was taken on the body of Mrs. Elizabeth Copping, before A. W/. H. Humphrey, Esq. and a respectable Jury.

   Dr. A. Maclaughlan sworn - I am a surgeon.  I reside at the General Hospital.  Last night, about 11 o'clock, a message was delivered that a woman had taken some opium, supposing it to be rhubarb.  I immediately sent her an emetic, to be taken directly.   About half-past 1 o'clock, another message was delivered to me, and I went to see the woman; I found her apparently in a sound sleep; her breath smelt very strong of opium; I asked her for the rhubarb that she supposed she had taken, and her husband produced a piece of opium; he told me that she had taken as much as would cover a dollar; he said it had been given to her by a woman, who was in the habit of giving it to her own children; I ordered another emetic to be given.  At six o'clock this morning I went again to see her; she was then dead. 

   The common dose of opium is two grains; eight or nine grains would kill any person not in the habit of using it; as much as would cover a dollar would kill any body.  If relief had been administered at the time she felt herself getting giddy, it is probable she might have been saved; such a doze as that taken by the woman would operate in an hour; opium in its crude state is much more dangerous than when taken in the shape of laudenum.  In a crude state it is apt to adhere top the coats of the stomach, and it might defy the power of an emetic to throw it off.

   When I was applied to at eleven o'clock, I was in attendance upon a man who was so ill that I could not leave him.  I have examined the body of the deceased this morning; there is no marl of external violence.  I have orders from Dr. Scott not to leave the Hospital to see any prisoner.  I have no doubt the opium she took was the cause of her death.

   The evidence of Susannah Rawlins, Ann Clark, and Sarah Webb, confirmed the testimony of the last witness, and the Jury returned the following verdict - Elizabeth Copping died from the effects of a doze of opium administered by herself, supposing it to be rhubarb.

   An Inquest was likewise taken on Monday last, before the same Coroner, at the General Hospital, on the body of Thomas Wakefield, a carter in the service of Government.  He had been sent with a load to the new establishment at Ross Bridge, and was returning with some bedding, for the use of the gang at Lemon Springs, when, on mounting the hill on the tougher side of Antill Ponds, the shaft horse became restive, and refused to proceed.  The deceased used many endeavours to induce the horse to draw, until it ran off the road about 30 yards; and, in attempting to catch hold of the bridle, he fell, and the wheel of the cart passed over his head.  On examining the body on its arrival at the General Hospital, Dr. Maclaughlan found his lower jaw broken - Verdict, accidental death.




Extracts from the Letter of our Launceston Correspondent, dated the 28th instant:-

   A Coroner's Inquest was held on the body of an infant here a few days ago, after which a verdict of wilful murder was recorded against its mother.

   On Wednesday last Mrs. Macqueen, an old inhabitant, was found dead in her bed, and dreadfully bruised about her loins by some inhuman persons unknown, against whom the Jury (an Inquest having been held on her body) returned a verdict of wilful murder.


On the 28th inst. as Mrs. Judith Myers, of Pitt Water, was proceeding in the ferry-boat towards the Bluff, it unfortunately upset, in consequence of which she almost immediately expired, leaving to lament her a large family and a most affectionate husband.  The deceased was in the prime of life.  The boat was navigated but by one man; and we hope that in future so dangerous a passage may never be attempted without more assistance.  As the deceased was but a few minutes under water, and as life did not appear to be quite extinct, there is every reason to suppose that had the usual means of resuscitation been employed, she might have been immediately restored.




An Inquisition was held, on Saturday last, on the body of Eleanor Woodison, at the Scotch Thistle, in Liverpool-street.  It is probable, from the evidence, that the deceased had met a most shocking and painful death from fire, through some accident with oil; but how, or in what way, did not clearly appear, there being no one in the house with her at the time but a little child.  She was literally burnt to a cinder, and presented a spectacle too horrible to describe.



Eleanor Woodison: husband absent from home; child aged 6.




Extracts from the Letter of our Launceston Correspondent, dated the 19th instant:-

   The bodies of two men were brought into town on Tuesday, they having been found in the Macquarie River, in which it appears the poor fellows were unfortunately drowned, in attempting to cross it in a pianoforte case, by the force of the current overturning it.  An Inquest was held; and it appeared that they had been drinking.



On Monday last, ...   On the same day an inquest was held, at Stodart's Hotel, on the body of Mary Hassal, an assigned servant to Mr. Baker, who, it appeared, was shockingly burnt to death in a state of intoxication.

   George Riddel was yesterday found guilty, in the Supreme Court, of the murder of George Fildes.




On Wednesday last an Inquest was held by A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. the Coroner, on the bodies of Denis Lynch and James Welch, who were unfortunately drowned on the Thursday preceding, in consequence of the upsetting of a boat, in which they were conveying a load of timber to Hobart Town.  Mr. Sharpe, of Restdown, and Mr. Milligan witnessed the accident, and put off in a boat with the utmost activity to endeavour to save the sufferers, and they would have succeeded, but unfortunately they lost one of their oars, and before they could reach the spot the poor men perished.  Verdict - \Drowned by accident.

   An Inquest was held on Wednesday on a seaman, who was drowned alongside the Elizabeth about a fortnight ago, and whose body rose close by the side of the same ship instantly after her signal gun for sailing was fired.  A similar verdict was returned.



An inquest was held, on Wednesday week, on the body of a steerage passenger who had fallen overboard one dark evening from the William Shand, about two months ago, and was found floating by the side of the Elizabeth.. W



Announcement of change of name.


On Friday last an Inquest was held by A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. the Coroner, on the body of Joseph Thomson, the soldier of the 40th Regt., who lost his life as mentioned in our last. - Patrick Daly, a soldier of the 40th, proved that he accompanied the deceased in search of bush-rangers.  A Constable, named Maycock, was also with them, from whom they accidentally separated; they approached the foot of the Mountain, when they heard a whistle; they thought it was from their own people; at that moment the deceased fell.  The witness heard a shot, and saw two men standing behind trees; one had on a whitish jacket; one was a broad-faced man, the other's features he could not distinguish; but he wore a hat.  When the deceased fell, one of the men called to witness to fire; he did so, and then immediately retreated.  He never stopped until he tumbled down over a log, about 2 or  300 yards' distance from where his comrade fell; he only spoke a few words - "the Lord have mercy on me." The witness made the best of his way back to Hobart Town. This was the substance of his evidence.

   Other evidence from Constable Maycock, Corporal Little, 40th Regt.

   Dr. SECCOMBE. - I am a Surgeon.  I have examined the deceased, he had received a gun-shot wound, which had grazed the nose, entered the upper lip, broken the palate bone, knocked out three or four teeth, fractured the jaw bone, and passed out under the chin.  The wound would not have caused death.  The skull of the deceased was cut through in several places by a sharp instrument, so as that a man's fist could have been passed through the aperture; and the brains had been beaten out of the lower hemisphere.  These wounds caused the death of the deceased.  Dr. Seccombe explained the state of the injuries received by the deceased in the most clear and scientific manner. - The Jury returned a verdict of wilful murder by persons unknown.

[Editorial comment.]


A whale boat with three men was recently upset while engaged amongst the whaling islands, in the Straits; the boat was saved, but the whole of the poor men were unfortunately drowned.


HOBART TOWN GAZETTE, 10 September 1825

On Monday news reached town, brining the melancholy information that Mr. W. Mason, overseer on a farm at the eastern Marshes, had been barbarously murdered.  Mr. Brooks is gone to hold an inquest on the body.


An Inquest was held on Wednesday last at the Hope and Anchor, Macquarie-street, on the body of John Walton, a seaman belonging to the brig Prince Leopold.  On Monday, Mr. Hassel, of the Glory, was fishing from the vessel, and hooked something which he thought was a body, but the hook broke as he endeavoured to draw it to the surface.  The following night a body was found floating alongside, in a dreadfully wasted and putrid state, which proved to be that of John Walton.  A snatch-block was tied to the right thigh, which weighed about 20 pounds.  The deceased was much addicted to drinking, and for ten days before he was missing, was seldom, if ever, sober.  Intoxication seems to have brought on a sort of mental phrensy.  A constant dread of some one being about to apprehend him, haunted his mind.  He was so disordered, as at times to insist that a tea kettle was a man.  He was missing from the deck of the vessel on the night of the 15th July, and must have been in the water four weeks.  Verdict - Drowned himself, being in a temporary state of derangement. [Editorial comment.]

   An inquest was also held on Thursday, at the Coach and Horses, Elizabeth-street, on the body of John Boucher, a child only twenty months of age.  The mother, an industrious woman, lives on the New Town rivulet, near Mrs. Lempriere's.  The child had followed some geese to the water, and had been missed but a short period, when it was picked up from a little pool, scarcely knee deep.  Verdict - Drowned by accident. [Editorial comment.]




... They accordingly fixed their bayonets, and, accompanied by the constable, who, although severely wounded, behaved in the most gallant manner, rushed forward upon the bush-rangers who appalled at the sudden attack, immediately fled; the ruffian who was guarding the unfortunate corporal, previously with the most demoniacal ferocity, deliberately shooting him through the body.  A horse was obtained from Mr. Kemp's hut, and the soldier removed; he lived but a few moments.


An Inquest was taken on Tuesday upon the body of John Spice, the soldier who was shot by the bush-rangers, as stated in another part of our Paper. [Preceding column.] Verdict - Wilful Murder against persons unknown.


HOBART TOWN GAZETTE, 24 September 1825

Another account of the John Spice inquest.


HOBART TOWN GAZETTE, 19 November 1825

An Inquest was held last week at New Norfolk, before G. Brooks, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Ann Watt, a child five years of age.  Mrs. Watt having occasion to leave the house for a short period, shut the door, placing the child outside.  It appeared that the unfortunate girl, being enticed by some article that was cooking, entered at the window, and in her attempt to obtain the object of her wishes, burned herself so dreadfully, as to live but a few hours.


HOBART TOWN GAZETTE, 17 December 1825

Five prisoners who were missing from Maria Island, are believed to have been drowned in their attempt to escape to the main, as a hat, paddle, and other articles, have been picked up belonging to them.


HOBART TOWN GAZETTE, 24 December 1825


We have this week to record the sudden and premature loss of our respected townsman, Mr. Thomas Scott, of Argyle-street, who was seized with a fit of apoplexy, of which he died early on Sunday morning.  He had made his usual visit to his manufactory, at the Sorell Distillery on the Saturday previous; and, on his way home, felt himself so unwell as to be obliged to rest by the way.  He however recovered so much towards evening as to be able to walk to his brother's-in-law, Mr. Thomson.  On being  taken ill in the morning Mrs. Scott instantly called Dr. Westbrook, who, with Dr. Scott, gave immediate assistance and used every means to recover him, but without effect.  Mr. Scott was dangerously ill about eleven months ago, of which he has never wholly recovered.  The inquest sat upon the body and a verdict was returned - Died by the Visitation of God.


On Wednesday morning as Anthony Jackson and John Burns were employed in the bottom of a well, which they were sinking, within the Military Barrack yard, a sudden explosion took place, and they were both mangled by the fragments of the rock in a most dreadful manner. - On hearing the noise, two men were immediately lowered down by the windlass, when they found the well, which is about 40 feet deep, full of smoke.  Henry Hatton, who descended first, after groping about for some time, and feeling nothing but stone, at last discovered the head of Jackson; - his body was completely buried with the pieces of stone, some of them of very large size, above a hundred weight.  It was iron stone.  After removing them, one of his legs was found to be twisted round and bent.  A rope was tied round his body, and he was pulled up to the top.

   Burns, the other sufferer, was found also covered with stone, and his head bent upon his chest, the well not being wide enough to admit his lying at full length.  He was also hoisted up, and two doors being procured, they were carried off to the hospital.  Jackson's left leg was much shattered, and the right leg fractured to several pieces, besides wounds about the head and body.  Both his legs were successfully amputated, but the injuries he had received in the different parts of his body were more than nature could bear, and he dies soon after.  - The Jury returned a verdict - Killed by Accident.

   Burns is now in the Hospital, in a very dangerous state.  It would appear that Jackson had usually rammed down the charge for blowing the rock with an iron bar, which, striking fire upon the stone, had ignited the gun powder.  [Editorial comment.]




John Johannes, a native of Goa, was found dead on the floor of Mrs. Lord's kitchen on Friday night last week.  He had been sleeping on the dresser after having eaten a very hearty supper, and fell with his legs on a person who was lying on the ground below; and who, thinking him intoxicated, merely put his legs off.  In the morning he was found dead.  - Verdict - Died by the Visitation of God.

 An Inquisition was also held on Sunday, on the body of Hugh Scott, a shoemaker, at the Lamb public house, who, after eating some meat and potatoes, got up suddenly, and going to the door, dropped down in sensible.  On being carried in and laid on the bed, he groaned and suddenly expired, becoming black in the face.  Verdict - Died from Suffocation, caused by food sticking in the gullet.

Extract of a Letter, dated Launceston, January 1, 1826.

"We have three or four fellows out on this side, and yesterday morning they went to the house of a Native Youth named Tibbs, about a mile from this Town and in sight of it.  They robbed him, and it is supposed murdered and disposed of the body of his stock keeper.  They shot Mr. Tibbs in the neck, and what is more they took his wife away with them, with an infant, her first child, sucking at her breast, and she has not been heard of since.

   Since writing the above, I have heard that Mrs. Tibbs has arrived in Town, but without her child, the villains having murdered it."



" ... Jeffries has not been apprehended.  The man who was shot by this ruffian at Mr. Tibbs's, died on Monday.  The Coroner's Jury of course returned a verdict of wilful murder.

   Mr. Tibbs is out of danger, but as well as his unhappy wife are inconsolable for the loss of their little infant.  The body of the little sufferer was found on Saturday, with one arm and both legs devoured.  The monster, Jeffries, coolly told the wretched mother, when anxiously enquiring after its fate, that he had dashed its brains out, and that the little innocent had smiled upon him in the bloody act. ..."



Another Correspondent writes: - "Much annoyance has taken place here as to Coroner's Juries.  This was strongly exemplified at a late Inquest, upon certain human bones found in the bush.  In consequence of the absence of Assistant Surgeon Priest, this inquest was deferred from Sunday to Thursday; when some of the Jurors being absent, it was again postponed until the following Sunday.  Mr. Richard White, the Foreman of the Jury, requested that it might be gone into on Monday; but the Coroner, Mr. Mulgrave, said, that Monday was post-day, and he should defer it will Wednesday.  Thus ten days have elapsed in holding an Inquest, which might have been held in a few hours, to the great inconvenience of Jurymen, who are invariably tradesman, the great folks never condescending to empanel upon these occasions.


   Christopher M'Rae was murdered last week by W. Haywood, one of Mr. Joseph Archer's men, upon the Mountains.




It is with the most poignant feelings of regret we have to announce one of the most melancholy events which ever occurred in these Colonies.  About a year ago, Captain WILSON, of the Bengal Army, arrived here for the benefit of his health, which had suffered severely from long service in India.  A few months ago, he went to reside at Kenmure, the estate of CHARLES ROBERTSON, Esq. a Scots Gentleman of the first respectability, who arrived here as a Settler, with his family, in 1822.  Captain Wilson came to town a few days ago, and was ob served to be in a very melancholy and disordered state of mind.  He returned to Kenmore on Thursday evening.  On Friday morning he rose early, and covering himself with a blanket, walked into the Derwent, which nearly surrounds Mr. Robertson's estate, forming a peninsula.  He returned, however, and joined the family at breakfast.  Shortly afterwards, Mr. and Mrs. Robertson were in the grounds near the house, when Mrs. R. requested her husband to go into the house to Captain Wilson, whose incoherent language and manner had very seriously alarmed her.  He did so.  In a few minutes two reports were heard, and upon the servants going into the dining-room, Mr. Robertson was found seated on the sofa, weltering in his blood, having been shot dead by Captain Wilson, who had discharged one of the barrels of his double gun at Mr. Robertson's throat; the contents of which had passed through the carotid artery, and of course produced instant death.

   Captain Wilson had discharged the other at himself, having it appears placed the muzzle close under his chin, the shot blowing away part of his lower and upper jaw, his tongue, his teeth, displaced his left eye, and passing out at his forehead.

   The appalling spectacle can be better imagined than described!  Captain Wilson however survives! And excepting upon all subjects connected with this most dreadful event, writes upon paper with much clearness and composure.  His insanity, however, is unquestionable. A Coroner's inquest sat on the lamented remains of Mr. Robertson, and strange to say, returned the following most extraordinary verdict: - "Shot by Captain Wilson, who is insane."

   How the Coroner could receive a verdict, such as this, is astonishing.  His duties were not to enquire into the state of mind of Captain Wilson, but simply to ascertain how Mr. Robertson met his unhappy fate.  The state of mind of that unfortunate gentleman, Captain Wilson, must of course become the subject of investigation elsewhere.

   On Monday, Dr. SCOTT, the Colonial Surgeon, visited him at New Norfolk, and is of opinion, that he is decidedly in a state of the most perfect mental derangement, but he considers his recovery probable; in which case, we need not state, what a dreadful spectacle he must exhibit, when the nature of the wounds he has inflicted upon himself are considered. ...



An Inquest was held on Monday last, at the Hope Tavern, Macquarie-street, on the body of Robert Burns, who in bringing a lead of wheat from Pittwater to Kangaroo Point, fell from his cart, and was killed by the wheel passing over his body. There were 32 bushels of wheat in the cart at the time, on which he had mounted in a state of intoxication.  He lived for 24 hours after the accident, and some unfeeling ruffians robbed him of his watch, and ten bushels of wheat, as he lay on the ground.

   A melancholy accident happened on Thursday evening.  As Mr. M'Kay of Argyle-street, was coming up the River with his boat heavily laden with fire wood, and three men, a sudden squall it would appear had made the boat heel, and it immediately swamped, and it is feared all perished, as none of them has since been heard of.



John Smith (the cook, a black man, and a prisoner), fell from the boom whilst stowing the jib of the brig Duke of York, during a heavy gale on Sunday last, and was unfortunately drowned.


We learn with much regret, that Dr. Priest has paid the debt of nature, in consequence of the wounds which he received from the bushrangers, in the late affair at Mr. Dry's.  It is to be lamented that the leg was not amputated; had the operation been performed in time, it is believed it would have saved his life.  ... Goodwin, who was apprehended by J. Dugard and another, assigned servants to different gentlemen, acknowledges having been the person who fired a double shot at Dr. Priest, which the wretch expected had taken effect in a more vital part. ...




An Inquisition was held, on Saturday last, at the General Hospital, on view of the body of Josiah Bird, the bushranger, who was shot at the Coal River the morning previous.  John Cowan deposed that he had been employed by Mr. Humphrey for the last three or four months to assist in apprehending bushrangers 0- that he had been on the other side of the country, and belonged to the parties who have lately been so successful there - that having discovered that Bird and Tilley were in the neighbourhood of the Coal River, he fortunately met them on a piece of open ground, when Tilley surrendered; but Bird persisting to run away, and to escape, was fired at by two of the party, and thus met his death.  The jury, which was composed of some of the most respectable Gentlemen in Town, returned a verdict - "That Josiah Bird came by his death in consequence of a shot wound he received from P. Kelly, while in the execution of his duty in endeavouring to apprehend bushrangers - the said Josiah Bird having committed a felony, and endeavouring to escape."



An elderly woman [Margaret Ball] was upon some trifling occasion taken to one of the watchhouses, on Saturday night last.  John Thompson (formerly an executioner) had it in charge.  Soon after the poor woman had been placed in his custody, an alarm was given, and she was found dead, with her throat cut from ear to ear!  Thompson was immediately apprehended - the knife with which the offence was committed was found upon him - and his hands were embrued with blood.  The Coroner's Inquest returned a verdict of wilful murder; and Thompson will be tried for the dreadful act accordingly.



A most inhuman murder was committed on Saturday evening in the watch-house, in the upper end of Elizabeth-street - Blundell, the constable, had gone out for a supply of candles, leaving the watch-house ion charge of a man named Thomson, who had formerly been executioner at Launceston, and Margaret Ball, an elderly inoffensive woman. On his return, shortly after, he found the poor woman lying murdered on the floor, with her throat cut from ear to ear, and Thomson standing by, with his hands and a large clasp knife smeared with blood. - he has, we understand, confessed the horrid deed, and assigns his miserable condition and satiety of life as the cause. Poverty induces many to undertake employments repugnant to their feelings, for which, as long as they are honest, no man ought to be despised; and the Coroner, Mr. Humphrey, reprobated, in strong and just terms, the disinclination expressed by Blundell to admit the miserable man to a lodging in the watch-house - that last asylum of the wretched.  Verdict, wilful murder by John Thomson.

   Captain Wilson, by whose hands Mr. Charles Robertson, of Kenmore, lately met his death, after affording a most lamentable spectacle, and suffering the painful consequences of the wound inflicted on himself, has paid the debt of nature.  We have not learned the verdict of the inquisition.



William Holsgrove, better known by the name of "Billy the Broker" was found dead last week, in the neighbourhood of the Coal River, under very suspicious circumstances.  He had left Hobart Town, for the purpose of collecting rents.

   John Thomson, who committed the barbarous murder on Margaret Ball, in Liverpool-street watch house, as mentioned in our last, was found guilty before the Supreme Court on Tuesday.  This unhappy man seems to have long held human life at a cheap rate.  He had been more than once brought before the police, on charges of cutting and maiming.  When the body of the unfortunate woman was washed at the Hospital, after the inquest had sat, twenty wounds and stabs appeared on different parts, besides the dreadful one which occasioned her death.



 About six o'clock on Sunday evening as Mr. Robert Notman, Superintendent of Road Parties, was walking on the New Town road, beyond Mr. Morisey's Inn, he was overtaken by a man, who, after some desultory conversation, watched his opportunity in the dark, and knocked him down b y a violent blow with a stick.  They struggled for a length of time, each having alternately the advantage, until Mr. Notman seized his antagonist by the neck-cloth, and had nearly conquered him, when the man said, " we had better drop it, for one of us must die." Mr. Notman in consequence released him, but was again attacked, and received a dreadful blow on the face, which stunned him, and rendered him insensible.  When he recovered himself he felt the man rifling him, but succeeded again in getting hold of the silk handkerchief.  By some means it turned, and Mr. Notman, after continued struggling, appears to have held by the knot, whilst the other part was tightened round the villain's neck.  The man at last remained motionless, and Mr. Notman made his escape.  The persons who went immediately in search of him, found that life was extinct.  He proves to be John Cavannagh, a notorious character, and a most athletic man.  Though apparently in great poverty, a silver hunting watch was found in his pocket, and which is singular a glass tumbler unbroken, which it would appear he had stolen from Mr. Morisey, a few minutes before.  Mr. Notman's escape with his life, was most providential.  Verdict - Justifiable homicide.

   An Inquest was also held at the London Arms, on view of the body of Thomas Robertson, a seaman subject to fits, lately landed from the brig John, who died suddenly at the stated house. - Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.



 It is generally rumoured that the situation of Coroner, now so ably filled by Mr. HUMPHREY, has been offered to Mr. CARTWRIGHT, and by him refused.

   About 12 o'clock on Monday se'nnight, as a small Pitt-water schooner was entering the Carlton, she struck against a rock, and instantly sunk.  There were three men on board, two of whom reached the shore, but the other was unfortunately drowned.  His name is Francis Vallerday, who leaves a wife and a large young family. ...


We last week briefly noticed, that Mr. BROWNING, a respectable Settler in the Macquarie District, had been killed by the Aboriginal natives. - The tribe who entered the house, consisted of about 30 in number.  After nearly severing Mr. B.'s head from the body with a tomahawk, they most barbarously cut the servant man in various parts of the head, with a similar instrument.  They then left him senseless, and, supposing he was dead, threw him in the fire-place, and covered him with ashes, - the fire having been previously extinguished by them. ... An Inquest was held by Mr. BROOKS, Coroner, on the body of the deceased; the verdict was - "Wilful murder against some natives unknown." ...




A short time ago, a Crown prisoner, by trade a stonemason, went to the residence of the Assistant Chaplain at Pitt-water, and, admitting that he had taken a false oath, said he was in consequence much troubled in his mind.  The Rev. Mr. GERRARD immediately sent for Dr. GARRETT, who, in order to afford him relief, applied a blister to his head, where he seemed most affected.  He then returned home; but, in the evening, after undressing himself entirely naked, was seen to run furiously out of the front door, and to threw himself into the Creek, opposite the farm of Mr. MEYERS.  His body was not however discovered until nine days afterwards, which circumstance occasioned much unpleasantness among the Settlers, owing to their having during that time used the water.




JAMES GORDON, Esquire, J.P. to be Coroner for Buckinghamshire.




JAMES GORDON, Esq. J.P. and THOMAS ANSTEY, Esquire, J.P. to be Coroners for Buckinghamshire.



An Inquisition was held at the General Hospital, on Monday, on view of thr body of Mary Murray, a prisoner in the factory.  It appeared from the evidence that the deceased had been confined about eight weeks in the factory, and on Friday night complained of violent pains in her back and arms, which continued to increase until the evening of next day when she died.  During her illness, Mrs. Drabble was particularly attentive, and Dr. Scott, and Dr. Seccombe, both attended, and every possible means were used to preserve life, but in vain, these gentlemen giving it as their opinion, that death was occasioned by a spasmodic affection of the brain.  The worthy Coroner (Mr. Humphrey) took more than ordinary pains to investigate in consequence of the late disturbances in the Factory, in which it was clearly proved that the deceased had taken no part, and was not one of those who suffered punishment.  The Jury commended the exemplary attention of Mrs. Drabble upon the occasion.  Verdict - "Died by the visitation of God."




Mr. Whyte, latte commander of the Duke of York, put a period to his existence on Monday last.  It appears, that whilst he was returning overland to his wife and family at Launceston, he shot himself dead on the high road, near Lemon Springs.  He placed the mouth of a musket under his chin, and drew the trigger (by means of a cord fastened thereto) with his foot.  This is the same individual whose life was lately saved by Captain Smith, who interceded in his behalf with the bush rangers


On Thursday week, Paul Bishop, a free man, was stabbed in the forehead by an old invalid, named John Clarke, at the Cat and Fiddle Public-house.  It appears, that the unfortunate man lived for two days afterwards.  No information was lodged at the Police-office until his death.  An Inquest was held upon the body, and the verdict returned was - Manslaughter. - Clarke was thereupon fully committed to take his trial for the offence.




Another instanced of the dreadful and melancholy effects of habitual drinking occurred on Sunday.  George Coulton, aged 64, a wire-worker, in Bathurst-street, had brought himself to such a state as to be miserable unless when swallowing the poisonous spirit, and a few hours before his death, when advised not to spend all his money in rum, but to save enough for a coffin, he used the most horrid imprecations, and declared it was rum alone he wanted, though he should die that day.  He died soon after, and the verdict of the Jury was - "Died by the visitation of God."  He was clever and ingenious at his useful trade.

   On Friday, a Coroner's Inquest sat on the body of Paul Bishop, who came by his death in consequence of a drunken affray at the Albion public house.  He and another named John Clarke, alias Leaver, a crippled invalid, were jesting, blacking faces and committing other follies until the romp became serious, and Leaver having the knife, with which he cut his tobacco in his hand, wounded Bishop ass it appeared by accident in the head, so that the point of the knife was broken off, and caused an inflammation of the brain, of which he died,  The Coroner and Jury, after a patient investigation of seven hours, returned a verdict of manslaughter, and Leaver is committed accordingly.

   Inquest on Mr. Whyte. "We have not yet learned the Coroner's Inquest."



 ... The most casual observation, the most obvious calculation readily shews the immense quantities of rum consumed in this illicit way daily in Hobart Town, and whatever the receipts of duties at the Naval Office may be, it would, we are sensible, be much more, if this practice could be arrested.  George Coulton, whose death by drinking we recorded a fortnight ago, is but one of the many who consumed from 3 to 4 pints of raw rum daily, as was given in evidence upon the inquest.


   The melancholy and untimely death of Mr. Thomas Whyte is one of the numerous miseries occasioned by drinking and dissipation.  The Inquisition was taken before Thomas Anstey, Esq. the Coroner, at the Township of Oatlands, and the Jury found him to have been insane at the time of his death.  It was deposed by the persons who were in the hut with him, that he had frequently lamented before them the life of excess he had been leading in Hobart Town for three weeks before; and the despondency which overtook him when he reflected on the destitute state of his wife and children ended in the dreadful act of self destruction.

   With these awful and repeated examples before us, one would think the lips of the drunkard would tremble to swallow the liquid poison.



A man named James Sheen, in order to shew his dexterity while in a state of intoxication, was last week drowned in an attempt to swim across the North Esk.

   An Inquest was held on the 23d ult. at Launceston, upon the body of a man who was found dead.  It appeared that he fell down, and was suffocated from the effects of liquor.

   It is a melancholy fact that exclusive of those who have died by the law, nine-tenths of the deaths are occasioned by drunkenness, either immediately or remotely, and that for the last seven years.

By letters, which left Launceston on Tuesday, it appears that the wife of Mr. W. F. BAKER, a very respectable settler residing on the Lake Plains, died in child-bed.  The midwife, it seems, was rather intoxicated; and the death of Mrs. Baker is in some measure attributed, in consequence, at least such is the report in the neighbourhood.

   The unfortunate husband took the death of his wife so much to heart, that, on the Friday following, he cut his throat, whereby in five minutes afterwards, he became a lifeless corpse alongside his deceased partner; leaving  four young orphan children (including the new-born babe) to lament their loss.  The little infant is likely to live.


HOBART TOWN GAZETTE, 9 September 1826



On Saturday an Inquisition was taken on the body of Elizabeth Goulding, twelve years of age, whose parents reside in Sydney, and who had accompanied Mrs. Howe, on her return from her late visit to that town, and usually assisted in nursing her little child.  It appeared, that on the Wednesday evening previous, the deceased was standing near the fire in the parlour, and suddenly called out - "Oh, Mrs. Howe, I am burning!"  Mrs. Howe instantly endeavoured to extinguish the flames, but the unfortunate deceased ran away from her towards the doo, when Mr. Howe met her, and succeeded in less than a minute in completely ridding her of the fire, but not before she was dangerously burned.  Dr. Crowther was immediately called, and applied the usual remedies.  The deceased became quite delirious, and expired on the Friday night.  Verdict - Accidental Death.




September 20. Lieutenant Wale drowns himself.




It may be in the recollection of some of our readers, that about twelve months ago, a man named William Evans was tried at the Supreme Court for cruelly beating a poor old man, nearly 80 years of age, named John Sayers, who used to gain a livelihood by selling brooms about the streets; and that the offender was fined 20 pounds, and sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment.  It appears that Evans has since been at the penal settlement at Macquarie Island, and that he returned from hence last week.  Notwithstanding this punishment, it seems that Evans had no sooner arrived in town, than he again proceeded (whether with feelings of revenge or otherwise, remains to be seen), on Sunday last to the hut of poor old Sayers, somewhere in the neighbourhood of New-town, and again beat him and ill-used him so unmercifully, that little hopes are entertained of his recovery.  He was immediately taken up, examined before the Magistrates, and was on Monday fully committed to the gaol, to take his trial for the offence.

   An atrocious murder has been perpetrated during the week, in the vicinity of the Tea-tree brush. - The victim is a female, whose husband, a man named Philip Boner, is apprehended and lodged in gaol on suspicion.



  Not many weeks have elapsed, since we had to notice the death of two unfortunate men, in consequence of excessive drinking - one in Hobart Town, the other in Launceston. - Two other cases of a similar description have occurred during the last fortnight, in the same town - in the wretched fate of a man who was found in the streets, lifeless, and in a woman, who was discovered in the same deplorable condition.  Report states, that they were both constantly intoxicated for 14 or 15 days together, and that the same has left several motherless children, the father of whom is living.  [Editorial comment.]


On Tuesday week, two men were killed by the black natives, near Piper's Lagoon, under the Western Mountains.  The shirt of one of the unfortunate men was found on the following day, in the possession of the tribe; and during the same day, their bodies were discovered, having their heads beat in a most inhuman manner, and speared in several parts of their bodies - one in the loins, five inches deep, and the spear broken off in the wound.  Their names are Samuel Perry, and Patrick Hallan; they were stock--keepers to Mrs. Mary Smith.



A Coroner's Inquest was held on Saturday last at Launceston, upon the body of one of Mr. Cox's assigned servants, who came by his death from excessive drinking.




October 15. Jane Robson, a female convict and her illegitimate infant die in the hospital, deserted by the unnatural father.


 HOBART TOWN GAZETTE, 28 October 1826



It is with extreme sorrow we this day discharge the very painful duty of recording in our pages the untimely death of this much esteemed and amiable young gentleman.  On the morning of Saturday last, in company of two young friends he left Town, on a short visit to the county.  On reaching the house of Mr. Cassidy at the Old Beach; about three miles beyond Compton Ferry, he discovered that by speedily returning to Town he might very materially procure the interest of one of the clients of his friend and employer, Mr. Butler.  With this benevolent intention he retraced his steps, and arrived in own between 2 and 3 o'clock on Sunday morning. - Anxious to rejoin his companions, although fatigued, and earnestly entreated by his friends to postpone his return to another day, he again set out, and crossed the ferry about one o'clock on Sunday.  A bye road of about three miles leads to the farm of Mr. Cassidy at the Old Beach, and he had proceeded half the distance when the fatal accident occurred.

   About desk, a man passing that way discovered him lying on the road, as he thought asleep, but on a nearer approach and examination found him to be quite dead and the body cold and stiff.  He immediately hastened to Mr. Cassidy with the unhappy tidings. Two men were set to guard the spot till the light of morning disclosed the dreadful spectacle.

   A large gun-shot wound was then seen to have been made in his right side, completely perforating the liver.  His boot and clothes, and the ground near the body, were soaked with blood.  His gun, the lock of which was very imperfect, and which, without the greatest care, went off even at half cock, was found in a hedge a few yards distant.  It would appear that in crossing this hedge, Mr. Armistead had stumbled, and the gun, escaping from his hold, had discharged itself in his body.  The surgeon who examined the wound gave it as his opinion, that he could not have lived a minute after the shot took place, during which time he must have walked a few steps to the spot where the body was found. ... [Biography}... An inquisition sat on view of the body on Tuesday.  Verdict - shot himself by accident.


Last week, at the general Hospital, an Inquisition was held on the body of Thomas Barnes, an insane patient of that establishment.  It appeared that he had left his bed at day-break, and at five was found drowned in the rivulet, in a depth of not more than seven inches of water.  He had fallen upon his face, as was supposed, in a fit.  Verdict - Found Drowned.

   A Coroner's jury also sat on view of the remains of Henry Fitzgerald, a settler, near the Black \Snake, who about a month ago had been swept from the deck of a boat, by running afoul of another, while sailing in the River.  Mrs. Fitzgerald was in the boat at the time, who is thus left destitute with a small family, for whom the benevolence of the Public is implored.  The body was found a little below the spot where the accident happened, but was, as might be expected from then length of time, in a very decayed state.



Another Inquest was held last week at \Launceston, on the body of a man, named Stocker, who was found dead.  It is supposed that his death was occasioned through excessive drinking - occurrences which we lament to have to record almost every week.




A Coroner's inquest was held at Dr. Ross's, on Wednesday, on then body of James Scott, when a verdict of wilful; murder by some black natives unknown was given.  Mr. ANSTEY, J.P. was Coroner; and Captain CLERKE, J.P. was Foreman of the Jury.




On Tuesday evening, a young man named GEORGE MORRISBY, while returning from town to his farm at Clarence-plains with a cart and four bullocks, met witrh a most fatal accident.  It appears that there was another cart a-head of him, and while attempting to overtake it, both driving furiously at the time, Morrisby's cart was upset, and killed him on the spot; the tail of it having fallen on his neck.  It should, however, be understood, that this unfortunate man was quite intoxicated; and we ourselves lamented to see him and several other persons, leave town and cross the ferry in such an insensible state. - An inquest was held yesterday at the Golden Fleece, Kangaroo Point, on the body.  Verdict - Accidental Death.


On Thursday week, an Inquest was held at Launceston, before P. A. MULGRAVE, Esq. Coroner, on the body of an unfortunate female, named Sarah De Butts, the daughter of a soldier, whose death is supposed to have been occasioned by a man kicking her. - As the Jury had adjourned till Wednesday, we are unable to give the verdict until our next.


Several; of the great little men of Launceston, were summoned on then last Coroner's Inquest, but refused to attend.  One in particular, is such a great little man, that, although repeatedly sent for, he would not - nor did not attend.

   Pray are not the brewers eligible upon as Coroner's Jury, as well as the bakers?


HOBART TOWN GAZETTE, 18 November 1826

An inquisition was held on Wednesday the 7th Instant, before T. Anstey, Esq. Coroner, and a very respectable jury, at the Hermitage, Shannon, on the body of James Scott, who had met his death is so cruel a manner as the hands of the black natives.  The feeling which had actuated these unhappy people upon the occasion appears from the following extract from the evidence of Mr. Thomson's servant:-

   "Dunne, the bushranger brought a native woman to our hut.  He brought her by force.  The same woman was with the tribe of natives when they attacked and plundered out hut last Thursday, and she was with the party who threatened us with death on the following day, about the same time that Scott was killed."

   The unfortunate man was in stature not less than 6 feet 2 inches, and must have been possessed of great physical powers.  But all his efforts to ward off the blows had proved unavailing.  His arms were covered with contusions, received no doubt while endeavouring to guard his head.  He had received spear wound sin his thigh, his side, his cheek, and his right eye.  His skull was full of holes and some of his front teeth had been knocked out.  He bore an excellent character and possessed 400 sheep of his own.

   We regret to state that the boat which we mentioned last week as bring overwhelmed in the River, and the persons in it drowned, proves to be the boat of Messrs. Garrett, having on board these two young men, with their two servants, coming up from Southport, with a load of shingles.  They must all have become the prey of the waves, their hats and other articles having been washed on the beach.  None of the bodies has yet been found.





They immediately rushed upon the men - murdered John Monks, and speared William Priest (a native youth) in the back of the neck, but not dangerously, he having effected his escape to the residence of Dr. BROMLEY.  Two other men were closely pursued by the blacks; and, as they have not since been heard of, it is to be feared they have met the same melancholy fate with their unfortunate comrade, Monks.  Mr. Riseley's overseer writes, that he had sent for the Coroner; and was immediately going out, in company with three other armed men, in pursuit of the murderers. 

   These violent outrages, in addition to the murders of Mr. George Taylor, Mr. Osborne, James Scott, the shepherd, and many (we may safely venture to say twenty) others, call loudly for redress. ...




Some weeks ago we noticed that an unfortunate girl, named Sarah De Butts, had come to an untimely end, and as was supposed from some man kicking the poor creature in the side.  We also mentioned, that an Inquest was held by Mr. MULGRAVE, Coroner, upon the body; but, that in consequence of the Jury having adjourned, no verdict was then given.  It is now four weeks since this occurrence took place; and yet, strange to say, no verdict has been returned by the Jury.  As another instance how things are managed at Launceston, we insert the following letter, with which we have been favoured by one of our Correspondents'-

Launceston, December 5. 1826.

   "SIR, - I have to beg that you will again oblige me by informing the Public, that the inquest on the body of Sarah De Butts was adjourned, according to the statement made in your paper of the 17th Nov. - from the 9th to the 20th of that month.  On the latter day, it was again put off, in consequence of the absence of one of the Jurymen; on the day appointed for the third meeting, the greater part of the Jurymen were in attendance; when they were informed by one of the clerks of the Police-office, that (the Coroner not chusing to inform them himself) the foreman was absent in the country; and in consequence of which, the inquest was again put off, and has not since been heard of !!!

   Now I would ask why Mr. MULGRAVE did not charge the Jury to give their verdict at the first sitting, instead of being himself the first person who wished it to be put off to a future day, especially as the whole of the evidence had been gone into that day, with the exception of one witness, who was to prove whether the the person, supposed to have killed the unfortunate woman, did leave his employ without having received the whole of his wages; which person was then in toewn, and might have been brought forward.  I myself am one of the Jurymen; and although my business requires my attendance, yet I may be called upon to-morrow to attend an Inquest that might have been decided on the first day the Jury were impanelled."



[Sarah De Butts]


I am happy that my Communication appeared in your last paper, especially as I believe that it has already had some effect. - This morning the foreman called at the house of one of the Jury, and solicited him to attend the adjourned Inquest on Saturday next, no doubt by the Coroner's request.  Really Mr. M.'s conduct, as a public officer, is so absurd and reprehensible, that it requires an immediate check; and the most effectual way of doing that is, by an Independent Press.




On the 18th instant an Inquest was held at Launceston, on the body of a prisoner, named Saunders, employed in the Road-parties. - It appears, that the deceased was on his way out of town proceeding to the punt, when he met with a blow that occasioned his death; that some other man was intoxicated, as well as himself, and being in company together, they were escorted to the watch-house.  While on their way the deceased became quarrelsome - upon which the constable interfered - and in the scuffle the deceased received a wound which caused his death, the day following.  Verdict - Justifiable Homicide.

   The wound was inflicted in the lower part of the belly.  This unfortunate occurrence ought really to be a caution to those who are in the habit of getting intoxicated, as well as to teach constables how they use their weapons in self-defence.


HOBART TOWN GAZETTE, 23 December 1826


A Mrs. Colley of Liverpool-street, next house to the White Horse Inn, retired to rest on Sunday night in a state of intoxication, and was found dead next morning; she was much addicted to drinking.  An inquest was held on the body.


HOBART TOWN GAZETTE, 30 December 1826

Another dreadful accident by fire.

We were in error last week in stating that Mrs. Colley of Liverpool-street died on Monday morning.  She was found dead in bed on Tuesday morning, and it did not appear that she was at all intoxicated the previous day.  The verdict of the Coroner's jury was that "she died a natural death by the visitation of God."

   She was a useful member of society, ... [Funeral.]




A woman named Davis who was much intoxicated on Thursday was found dead in bed yesterday morning.  She was the widow of a man named Davis, a bushranger, who was executed about 4 years ago and leaves a family of young children unprovided for. 

   Surely these dreadful and unceasing facts are sufficient to interdict the future importation to the Colony of this poisonous drink.


 HOBART TOWN GAZETTE, 13 January 1827


An Inquisition was held at the Commercial Inn, on the Wharf, on view of the body of [Goue??], a Lascar, who fell from the yard-arm of the ship Marquis of Lansdowne, while handling the sails of that vessel, on the morning of its coming to anchor in the Harbour.  It appeared that his head struck upon the rail in his fall, and he was taken out of the water quite dead.  Verdict - Accidental death.

  An inquest was also held on the body of a man named James Williams, who was found drowned in the River opposite to the Black Snake.  It appeared, that being with others in a boat, which grounded on the flats there, he had become impatient, and rather than wait for the return of the tide to set the boat afloat, he tried to walk on shore, in which attempt he no doubt stuck and perished in the mud.  In such a situation, a man ought to fling himself prostrate on his back or breast when, by the motion of swimming, he may be able to get out of danger.

   A third inquest was held on the body of Mary Davis, the widow of Davis the sheep-stealer, who was executed with Cruitt about six months ago.  She died in a state of intoxication, leaving four children totally unprovided for.  The youngest infant was only seven months old, and was taken from her breast when she was found dead.  A poor woman named Parker, with a humanity which would do credit to the most exalted, immediately took the infant into her care, giving it a place at her breast in the room of her own child which was a few months older.  Davis, the day before his execution had written a letter to his wife, which was found in her pocket after her death, entreating her to lead a sober life, and to attend to her children, but she cohabited with a brick-maker named Herring, indulging in the grossest habits of intoxication ever since.


HOBART TOWN GAZETTE, 27 January 1827


We have already recorded the proceedings of the inquest on the body of this wretched woman, in a hut in the brickfields, on whose death a verdict was given, that she died from the excessive drinking of spirituous liquors.  Some erroneous reports of the occasion of her death, as well as for the sake of holding out the dreadful example, induce us to relate the following particulars of her miserable life.  During the time which elapsed between the trial and execution of her husband, she frequently applied to Mr. Bedford for pecuniary relief, which was always afforded her.  On one occasion, after receiving some money, she was found in such a state of intoxication that Mr. Bedford spoke to her on the subject in presence of her husband, and on the night before the execution of the unhappy man, he took leave of his wife and entreated her to abstain from drunkenness.  On the morning of his execution he gave Mr. Bedford a letter for her repeating this request, which letter was found in her pocket after her death.  Before his execution, some relations of Davis took charge of three of the children, leaving only the youngest, seven months old, to the care of its mother.  Shortly after the death of her husband His Excellency, on Mr. Bedford's recommendation, was pleased to direct that the mother and child should be victualled from the King's Stores.  At the time of her death a neighbouring woman, named Parker, kindly took charge of two of the children, namely, the infant and another seven years of age, the expense of whose support his Excellency was also pleased to authorise Mr. Bedford to defray.




This unfortunate young woman, who was supposed to have met her death by a kick from a man, has of late been frequently mentioned in our columns.  What is very singular, and which loudly calls for an explanation is, that no Coroner's verdict has yet been returned, as to the manner in which she met her death; and that the individual, who is said to have so ill-used her, is not even confined.  By our late advices, we have numerous complaints about the delay and management of the Coroner's Juries at Launceston; one instance is mentioned of a man who was murdered in the bush by the Natives, being still lying in the place where he died, although the Inquest sat, and returned their verdict, without the body having been seen by the Jury, or any one else, than two constables.

   Another relates to the late Dr. FULLARTON, who was kept so long, that it was impossible to discover whether there were any marks of violence on the body or not.  This unfortunate Gentleman is said to have been buried, and dug up again, in order to be examined by the Jury.

   Various other instances might be mentioned, but we trust what we have already said will be sufficient to induce the Authorities to investigate into the causes of such very extraordinary, and to all appearance, unaccountable conduct.


On Tuesday evening.  As Mr. JOSEPH BONNEY, a Settler residing in the Tea-tree brush, was returning home from town on horseback, he fell from his horse, dislocated his neck, and fractured his skull, which caused his death in an hour afterwards.  On the following day an Inquest was held upon the body, before A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Esq. at the New-town Inn, near the spot where the accident happened; when the Jury returned a verdict of accidental death.



HOBART TOWN GAZETTE, 24 February 1827

An inquest was held on Wednesday on the body of James Hanson, who drowned himself in getting out of a boat at Kangaroo Point in a state of intoxication.


Two inquests were held this day, the one on the body of an elderly man named Joseph Bonney, a shoemaker at the Tea-tree, occupying a farm, who having visited Hobart-town, on horseback, was riding home furiously in a state of intoxication, and killed himself by a fall; the other on a prisoner named Phillips who died suddenly a natural death.



 A most shocking accident has recently occurred.  A youth of the name of Keith, servant of DONALD M'LEOD, Esq. was run over by a cart, and killed on the spot.  His head was literally severed in two; and his brains were scattered about the road.  It is said that some blame is attached to the driver, for carelessness.


"Whoever informed you, that the man who kicked Sarah De Butts, was not confined, has greatly led you astray; for I have seen him in gaol this month or five weeks past.  The reason the Inquest was not gone though with, was the absence of first one, and then another Juryman." - We insert this, in order to shew our readiness to contradict any mis-statements which may appear in our Journal, which it is impossible for us to know. - We place dependence in our informants, when they are respectable; and we should hope, that our friends will thus see the necessity of giving us correct information.



Last week, a disorderly character named Lawer Lanachan dropped down and expired while drinking in a public-house in Launceston.

   At Launceston, on the 20th, a Coroner's jury was summoned to inquire into the death of a man, who had run away from the shingle splitters' gang, and was found drowned.  Only 3 persons attended, and the body being so offensive, was buried without an inquest being held.




Yesterday week, an Inquest was held at Kangaroo Point, before JAMES GORDON, Esq. Coroner, on the body of a free constable named Morris, who had put a period to his existence by hanging himself from a tree in the woods.  It appeared in the evidence adduced, that the rash and fatal act must have been committed on the preceding Saturday, though the body was not found till the following Tuesday.  Under all the circumstances of the case, the Jury found a verdict of - Insanity.

   Another Inquest was held yesterday, at the Royal Oak Public-house, on the body of a poor woman named Cham, who died suddenly the preceding day, leaving three orphan children.  The deceased had been much addicted to drinking.  Verdict - Died by the visitation of God.





It was discovered on Monday, the 12th ultimo, that the Natives had speared two individuals at the Green Hills, near what is called the Eastern Tier, about six miles from Campbell-town, who had been in that quarter tending the flocks of Mr. Walter Davidson; their bodies were found in a very mangled state, with spears sticking in them. ...There was also found a carving knife, identified to have been the property of the old man who resided in one of Mr. Gilles's shepherd's huts, and who was murdered about six months ago, by the same hand. - The names of the two individuals thus immediately sacrificed by these would be extirpators of the whites, are Thomas Hollands, free, and Edward Green, a prisoner. ...

   A Coroner's inquest was held on the bodies of the two unfortunate men who were killed - I will not say a mock inquest, but certainly not a legal one, there being no Coroner in this quarter.  The verdict returned was - Wilful Murder by the Aborigines.


On the 8th ult., at Rothbury, Penny-royal Creek, Marianne Lucy, only child of James Cubbiston Sutherland, Esq. J.P. The melancholy death of this little girl, between two and three years of age, was occasioned by her falling into a vessel of boiling water, a fortnight before her death.


Mr. Thomas Palmer was found drowned in the North Esk River, on Saturday last.  He had been missing for several days; and from the deranged state of his mind, it is supposed he destroyed himself.  An inquest had been summoned, but it was adjourned as usual.



Two Inquests have been held since our last - one on the body of old Sayers, the broom-maker, who was found dead in his bed - the other on the body of Wm. Edwards, who was killed by the falling in of a stone-quarry; to which verdicts were returned accordingly.

   It is with feelings of deep regret we have to stop the press to announce, that Capt. LAUGHTON has been unfortunately drowned - leaving, we regret to say, a disconsolate widow and three young children to lament his melancholy loss. - It appears. That Captain Laughton, and Captain Cunningham, of the late ship Hope, were in a boat, making for the shore, at the place where the wreck of that vessel was lying, when the boat being nearly filled with a heavy surf, they jumped out and swam ashore.  However, just as Captain Laughton was treading ground, another surf washed him off his legs backwards a considerable distance in to the river, when Captain Cunningham fortunately saved himself.  Shortly afterwards, another surf brought Captain Laughton ashore - but the vital spark was then extinct.  The unhappy occurrence took place yesterday, and this morning the body was brought up top town by Captain Cunningham. - An Inquest was sitting on the body, before Mr. HUMPHREY, Coroner, at the Hope & Anchor, when our paper went to press.  {See also COLONIAL TIMES, 18 May 1827 (3).]




 It is with much pain we have to record the unfortunate and premature death of Captain Laughton, the particulars of which are related in the annexed appeal to the public.  The body was brought up on Thursday evening, and a coroner's jury sat upon it yesterday.  So distressing an accident has touched almost every one in our little community with deep commiseration.  He had lately met with several severe losses, and his active and enterprising turn had led him to make the most exemplary exertions for the sake of his family. We are sure no remark from us is necessary on such an occasion to call forth the sympathy of the public.  The body, we learn, when washed ashore, was still warm, and foaming at the mouth, and we regret that warmth and friction had not been used agreeably to the directions of the Humane Society.



During the last week, an old man named Dabbs, put a period to his existence by hanging himself to a tree in the bush.  He was a great age, and had not been long free. - Nothing has been developed to lead to a conclusion of what could have induced the rash act.  An Inquest has been held on the body. Verdict - hung himself in a fit of insanity.



We last week mentioned the mysterious disappearance of an infant [Umina/Frances Groom], little more than four years of age, daughter of a bricklayer, named Sharpless, residing at the upper end of Goulburn-street.  We also mentioned that a man named Fowler, commonly called Champion, was in custody, on suspicion of having taken the child away, and that the body had not then been found.

   The sensation which this extraordinary transaction has occasioned has been very great; and suspicions of a most horrid nature have attached to the motives of Fowler, in the minds of the Public generally.  In most cases of a serious nature, when the life of an individual stands in jeopardy, we have always observed it as a rule, to say nothing likely to prejudice the minds of the Public against the prisoner; - we have even concealed, in some instances, facts which have transpired at the Police-office, until the criminals have been tried, lest any unguarded observations of ours might be injurious to the accused.   But in this case we feel it our duty, not less as men, than as Journalists, to lay before the Public every fact which has transpired.

   The case is one of such a peculiar nature, so revolting to the feelings of a man, that we cannot conceal any thing - although we disclaim any wish to bias the public mind for or against the man Fowler.  He is charged by the Coroner with the crime of wilful murder of a subject of our Sovereign Lord the King; but he is yet to pass through two ordeals, before he can be pronounced guilty.

   On Tuesday morning, about 9 o'clock, as Arthur Hume, one of the prisoners belonging to the Barracks, was employed in getting a barrow load of wood for the Female Factory, on Stringy-bark-hill, he fortunately discovered the body of the lost infant.  It was found lying on its back, with the feet downwards on the side of a hill, within view of the town. - He immediately gave information of the discovery he had made, when the Chief Constable, Mr. Capon, and Dr. M'Laughlan, accompanied the man, and brought the body to the house of the mother.  No marks of violence were perceivable, the eyes were open, and the body not at all putrified, although it had laid twelve days exposed to the action of the air.

   The same day an Inquest was instantly summoned at the Edinburgh Castle, before T. A. LASCELLES, Esq. acting Coroner, to enquire into the circumstances connected with the death of the infant.  There were present, Mr. Stephen, the Crown Solicitor, the Colonial Surgeon, Dr. Scott, Dr. Seccombe, and the Rev. W. Bedford, the Principal Colonial Chaplain.  The Jury were most respectable, Dr. Ross foreman.

   The principal evidences were that of the two little boys, Hume, and the surgeons who examined the body.  The boys completely corroborated what they had before said to Mr. Lascelles, as to the identity of the prisoner, who they pointed out without hesitation from 15 to 20 other prisoners in another room ! - described with great accuracy the spot where the little girl was taken away - where they last saw her with the prisoner - his having given them a penny each - his also having threatened to beat them if they did not go away - having broken off a twig for the purpose, which tree they had also afterwards pointed out, at several times, to several Gentlemen - recognized the prisoner's cap among four others ! - and in various ways proved his identity.

   Hume's testimony was merely as to finding the body, as we have before described.

   The Surgeons had examined the body - there were no external marks of violence - but the infant had suffered considerable internal injury.  The injury was of a most serious nature, enough to occasion death. It must have occasioned death instantly.  The infant had not met its death from any other cause - could not have been suffocated - could not possibly have walked after receiving the injury - of this they were perfectly satisfied.  Under all the evidence adduced, the Jury felt themselves satisfied in returning a verdict, that the child had met its death by violent means, and that the prisoner, William Fowler, was the offender.

   The following day, the prisoner was examined at the Police-office, before Mr. Lascelles, a Police Magistrate, by Mr. Stephen, the Crown Solicitor.  Every thing was fully corroborated by the witnesses called, and moreover it was proved by several persons that on the day the child was lost, Fowler had been employed in carrying a corpse from the hospital to the burial-ground, and had not been at work at the Wharf, as he stated.  It was also proved, that he was absent from the Barracks at the time the child was missing. - he was fully committed for trial. [See also HOBART TOWN GAZETTE, 14 July.]



Last week an inquest was held at Launceston on Zachariah Quin, a shepherd, belonging to Caption Thomas, who was killed by the natives.  Another man named Smith is also missing, and it is feared, has fallen a sacrifice to these savages.


THOMAS ALLEN LASCELLES, Esq. J.P. to be Coroner.



On Tuesday William Fowler was tried for the murder of the child Frances Groom, the particulars of which were fully detailed in our report of the inquest.  The prisoner was remanded till next session, in order to give time to instruct one of the boys, a principal witness, in the nature of an oath.




... pleased to appoint the under mentioned Magistrates Coroners for the territory of Van Diemen's land:-

William Henry Hamilton, Esq.

James Simpson, Esq.

Malcolm Laing Smith, Esq.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 20 October 1827

A melancholy and fatal accident happened on Thursday at Sandy Bay.  Mr. Mills the Saddler was riding there and met his death by being thrown from his horse.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 27 October 1827

Methven. - We had last week the painful duty, to describe the cruel and hostile attack which the black natives made in the neighbourhood of Presnell's new house.  We have now the melancholy task to record the death of Mr. Bennett, the Chief Constable of the district on Monday last, in consequence of a spear wound in his back which he then received.  Mr. Benet was a quiet, inoffensive and industrious settler, and his death from such a cause will, we trust, give increased energy to the parties of Field Police and Military who are now so judiciously stationed throughout the island, so that they may ward off and prevent these savage hordes from again committing their outrages on the peaceful inhabitants of the colony. The Coroner of Jericho has issued his precept for an inquest on the body.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 17 November 1827

Oyster Bay. - Last week the body of David Thomas formerly a servant to Mr. Amos, and who had absconded since July last from the road party at Newtown, was found in the river near this place by the messenger, who recognized his person and clothes.  He is supposed to have been pursued into the water by a party of blacks.

Eastern Marshes.

Three notorious runaways, names Manning, Baker, and Bonnick, ...and on Tuesday the 6th instant they were so lucky as to surprise Manning and Baker in an almost inaccessible retreat on the Great Swan Port tier.  The villains fled on the approach of the constables, and had nearly succeed in making their escape, when Grant fired at and wounded Manning, who fell. ... On Friday last the 9th instant Manning died of his wounds, and an inquest was held on his body before T. Anstey, Esq. Coroner, when the jury returned a verdict of justifiable homicide. ....


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 24 November 1827

Inquests were held at the Crown Inn, Norfolk Plains, last week on the bodies of Jos. Hilton and Lawrence Cunningham, and verdicts given that these unfortunate men had been wilfully murdered by aboriginal natives.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 1 December 1827

Allen Gregory, a notorious character, charged with stealing from the person of a comrade, was shot yesterday, by some men in quest of sheep stealers, among the hills near Roseneath Ferry.  An inquest will sit on his body this day.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 29 December 1827

James Parker was committed for further examination, charged with the wilful murder of Mary Anne Smith.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 19 January 1828


J. Parker committed on the Coroner's warrant for killing Mary Anne Smith.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 26 January 1828


GREEN PONDS, 5 a.m. Friday. ... A Coroner's jury will sit on the body of poor Logan this day. ...

THE COUNTRY POST.  ... Jericho, Jan. 22.  Some little time after Williams complaining of thirst, the constable who had him in charge (Mark Logan) procured him a drink & while holding the vessel to his mouth, Williams with his hands in irons before him,. contrived to slip a knife which he had concealed in his sleeve, so as to thrust it suddenly into the body [stomach] of Logan, ... and Logan, we learn, is scarcely expected to live.   [Another account in same column.]


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 2 February 1828

Green Ponds: - An inquest was held here last Thursday on the body of Malcolm Logan or Loggins, and a verdict returned of "Wilful Murder against Henry Williams."The villain had the audacity to say that he did not think the prick he gave Logan on the side would have killed him. ...



 On Saturday an inquest was held at the Clyde, before T. Anstey, Esq. Coroner, on the body of William Walker, who had been attacked by the blacks, at the Coigne hill, 4 miles from Capt. Woods, on the 4th instant, whole on horseback, driving a flock of sheep of Messrs. Franks, of the Green ponds, when both he and the horse were most barbarously murdered. ... The verdict was "wilful murder, against some person or persons unknown, belonging to the aboriginal tribes of the island."



An inquest was held on William Hollock the unfortunate man who was formerly a constable, and lately a known drunkard, the effects of which it is supposed caused temporary insanity, in a fit of which it seems he cut his throat, but not fatally, about a month back, and continued ill from its effects for some days, when on being spoken to he admitted he had done it and threatened to do it again.  Shortly after this he was discovered with another laceration in his throat and was taken to the Hospital, and there it appears carefully attended and nursed, but after a weeks confinement died.  After a patient investigation, the jury brought in their verdict - Died by violence from his own hands in a fit of insanity.



 The sloop Margaret, Ebden, from Hobart-town to Launceston, which was reported by the Sydney journalists to have been seen go down in a gale of wind off the heads at Georgetown, had taken shelter under the lea of Clarke's island, whence it was driven from its anchorage upon a sand bank on the coast of Penguin island off Kent's bay.  The master and his crew, consisting of two individuals, contrived to get on shore alive, and afterwards to save the greater part of her cargo, which they placed in safety on the beach under a tent.  The last boat full, however, which was brining on shore by William Charlton, was upset, and the unfortunate man drowned. ...

   On one of the dark nights last week a poor man, who used occasionally to carry round craw fish and oysters for sale, in walking across as was his custom from the wharf to the hut at Macquarie point, was unfortunately drowned.  The body was found next morning, and an inquest held upon it.



An inquest was held on Saturday last at the Rose Inn, New town on the body of George Miller, who it appeared had come by his death by the upsetting of his cart, whilst he was returning home near the 3 mile post.  He had doubtless been following that dangerous and reprehensible practice of riding in his cart, and allowing the oxen to go on as they pleased.  Verdict, accident death.

   It is with pain we record the mysterious absence of Mr. Hardwicke, an amiable young man of about 19 years of age, employed in the Office of the Private Secretary.  A letter which he left behind him excited the most painful suspicion that it was his intention to put a period to his existence.  He is believed to have taken a pistol with him, and no tidings have as yet been heard of him.



We regret much to learn the death of Mr. Johnson of Compton Ferry by his own hands on Thursday last, having shot himself through the head with a pistol.  He had been observed for some time before to be of a desponding turn of mind, and after the report of the shot was heard in his bed room, as we learn (for none of those concerned at the inquest has thought it worth his while to oblige us with any particular) the body was found with life extinct on its knees.'


HOBART TOWN COURIER    , 13 September 1828

On Monday the 8th instant, an inquest was held at Lanhern, the farm of Capt. Cooling, by T. A.

Lascelles, Esq. Coroner of the district, on view of the body of a male child which had been found dead, in the apartment occupied by Mary O'Donnell, a female convict in the service of Capt. Cooling.  After a most minute examination of witnesses, the Coroner charged the Jury, that if they were satisfied from the evidence that the child had been born living, and that its life might have been preserved by proper care and attention on the part of the mother, and if they were satisfied that she had concealed her pregnancy, and willfully neglected to use the precaution she had in her power, for the purpose of preserving the life of her offspring, they were bound to find that the child had been willfully murdered.  If on the other hand it appeared to them that the mother had been seized with premature and unexpected labour, and had it not in her power to obtain the assistance necessary to save the child, that they must find accordingly.  The jury having retired for a considerable time requested to communicate with the Coroner; this request having been complied with, after some further deliberation they returned a verdict - That the child had been wilfully murdered by Mary O'Donnell, its mother.

   Edward Culley, the reputed father, was held in custody by the constable on a charge of being accessory to the murder, but discharged after the verdict of the coroner's jury.


She was taken into custody soon after the body was found, and the surgeon in attendance having certified that she is not in a fit state to be removed, she remains in custody at Lanhern, where she received the most humane treatment from Mrs. Field and Capt. Cooling, who have provided her with every comfort which her condition requires.

   It is with much regret we learn that a man named [Samuel] Clark, a free man in the employment of Mr. George Kemp, at the Lakes, was surprised by the natives whilst procuring timber for fencing, and was barbarously murdered by them last week.  An inquest was held on the body before T. Anstey, Esq. Coroner.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 27 September 1828

An inquest was held on Tuesday last at Brighton, on the body of a little girl who was unfortunately drowned in the floor, on the 16th September.

   An inquest was held at Pitt water on Wednesday, on the body of the unfortunate man killed by the natives.  The murder was perpetrated within three miles of Sorell.



 RICHMOND, SEP. 27, 1828. - An inquest was this day held on the body of George Walton, who about four weeks since was wounded by the accidental discharge of a gun in the hand of our worthy Police Magistrate, when passing through a wattle bush in pursuit of two men supposed at the time to be bushrangers.  The ball striking and wounding that gentleman's foot, bounded and passed through the man's thigh.  Walton was attended by Surgeon Garrett, under whose skilful aid he was fast recovering, being not only able in a few days to sit up, but to walk with the assistance of a man who attended him.  In a week or eight days, however, he was attacked by a disease which terminated his existence yesterday morning.

   Dr. Murdoch, with Surgeon Crowther and Garrett opened the body, and after a minute inspection, were enabled to depose, that George Walton did not come by his death from the effects of the sun-shot wound, the ball having passed through without in the smallest degree injuring any vital part, but that a diseased liver and intestines, altogether with the effects of hard drinking ardent spirits, was the actual cause of his death.

   The jury, after a long and strict investigation, and a pertinent charge from the Coroner (James Gordon, Esq.) returned a verdict - Died by the visitation of God.

   The following is an extract from the Medical Report upon the case. - On opening the abdomen, extensive inflammation presented itself, the stomach, with the whole of the intestines having assumed a livid character, whilst the liver and spleen had by previous disease been totally altered in their structure, both breaking down on the pressure of the fingers.

   The accident of the gun-shot wound did not therefore cause the death of George Walton, no vital parts having been injured, and the length of time elapsing from the injury until the commencement of the secondary fever, and which terminated by general erysipalious inflammation, arising from a diseased liver and spleen.

JAMES MURDOCH, M.D., ROBERT GARRATT, A. C. S., WM. CROWTHER, Surgeon. September 27, 1828.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 18 October 1828

 OATLANDS, Oct. 14.

On Thursday last the 9th instant, Patrick Gough's wife said to her husband that she thought she heard the shrieks of a woman, on looking out he observed Anne Geary running towards his hut, she seemed greatly exhausted, and told Gough that she had seen the natives coming towards Mortimer's hut where she resided.  Gough and two other men lost no time in proceeding to the hut to prevent the blacks from getting a gun and some ammunition which were there.  One of the men (bates) carried a gun, the other two had merely black sticks with them.  When they arrived at Mortimer's hut they could perceive that the door had been forced open, and a number of things were strewed about the floor and out side the door, the gun, ammunition, and some blankets had disappeared.

   On returning Gough was met by his eldest daughter Mary, covered with blood, calling upon her father to hasten home as the natives had killed her mother and sisters.  Gough saw his wife about half a mile from his hut sitting on the ground, resting her back against the fence, with her infant child in her lap.  The poor woman said - "My dear Gough it is all over with me.  I was killed by the natives."  She was covered with wounds and fainted.  The man, half frantic, afforded her all the assistance in his power, tearing part of his shirt to make a bandage for her head.  He then ran with all speed to his hut, where the first thing that presented itself to his view  was his infant daughter Alicia lying breathless in front of the door with her arms extended, but although she had the appearance of being dead the vital spark was not quite extinct.  On entering the hut he found Anne Geary lying stretched upon the floor, and on being removed to a sofa she vomited quantities of blood, and died about two hours after, and about midnight Alicia Gough, not more than four years of age, breathed her last.  Gough's youngest child, an infant 13 months old, had received several contusions, but of a slighter character than those inflicted on the others.

   During the absence of Gough the hut had been robbed of six blankets, two sheets, three or four knives, a basin containing some eggs, and twenty dollars.

   Mrs. Gough, who still remains in a very perilous situation, made shift to communicate to her husband that she fell on her knees before the savages, begging them to spare the life of her Piccaninnnies, and that one of them told her, in good English, that they should all be killed, they then repeated their blows on her head.

   Dr. Hudspeth lost no time, when he heard of the fatal catastrophe, in visiting the hopeless family.  It is this gentleman's opinion that Anne Geary came by her death principally from a deep gash into the brain, inflicted by an axe which was lying at the door with marks of blood on it.  She had also other fractures of the skull with several spear wounds on the breast, which were considered mortal.  The child Alicia Gough died from a contusion on the head, apparently from a waddy.

   Mary, the eldest of Gough's daughters, an interesting child, seven years old, and although she cannot read, evincing considerable acuteness of understanding, said that the natives inflicted several wounds and bruises on her when they were attacking the other victims.  She states that she made an attempt to carry her sister Alicia away from the blacks, when those barbarous savages struck them both with their waddies, and she fell down "as dead as a gum stick," and when she came to herself they had disappeared.

   A Coroner's inquest was held on Saturday last, on the bodies of Anne Geary and Alicia Gough, when a verdict was returned of wilful murder against certain persons unknown, belonging to the Aboriginal tribes of the Island. [Editorial comment.]


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 1 November 1828

OATLANDS, 28th Oct. 1828.

A Coroner's Inquest was held on the 24th instant, on the body of John Langford, the boy lately killed in Dysart parish, Green ponds by the black natives.  The verdict returned was similar to that brought in on Anne Geary and Alicia Gough, recently murdered at the Big Lagoon, Oatlands.

   It appears by the evidence given before the Coroner, that the deceased boy had received several spear wounds in the groin, in the neck and the right arm.  The spear which had caused the wound in the arm must have been thrown with great force, for it very nearly penetrated through the arm and broke the bone.  On the arrival of Dr. Gorringe, the boy was found not quite dead, but totally insensible, and continued in that state till he expired the following morning. ...

... but another man who had gone out in the morning to bring in the working bullocks, has not since been heard of.  ... I think there is little doubt but he is murdered.  His name is Bailey, formerly a servant to Mr. Humphrey.

28th Oct. - I regret to add that Dr. Hudspeth has just informed me that poor Mrs. Gough, who was speared by the natives at the Big Lagoon, died of her wounds this morning.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 8 November 1828

An inquest was held on the 30th October, at Mr. Bisdee's House in Winterton parish, before Thomas Anstey, Esq. Coroner, on the body of George Witham, a servant to Mr. Bisdee who was drowned while bathing in the Jordan, and was probably seized with convulsive fits to which he was subject. - Verdict, Accidental Death.

   An inquest was held on the 31st October, at the house of Patrick Gough, in York parish, before the same coroner, on the body of Esther Gough, who was so badly speared by some of the Aborigines, on the day that Anne Geary and Alicia Gough were killed by them.  She remained in a feeble and languishing condition until the 27th inst. when she died.  Dr. Hudspeth, who had visited her every day since the melancholy occurrence happened, never entertained the slightest hope of her recovery. - Verdict similar to that given in the case of Anne Geary and Alicia Gough,


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 29 November 1828

Josiah Spode, Esq. is appointed a Coroner for Hobart town.


Our readers who live in Hobart town will remember a respectable looking man of short stature, occasionally to be seen walking in the street, by name Mr. George Northam.  His body was found on Sunday afternoon floating in the water about 30 yards from the shore at Mulgrave battery.  When taken out of the water there was no coat on the body, and only one shoe, and it was the opinion of Dr. Seccombe who examined it, that the moment of death was accelerated by apoplexy, from a sudden immersion in cold water.  The poor man had been in a desponding state for some time, and having parted with most of his little property had lately sold his silver watch, when he used these affecting words, but in his own quiet way, "it has been my companion for 12 years, it is the only friend I have left.  I must part with it, and when that is gone I must go too."  When he had afterwards expended all, and was obliged to request the favour of a little food from an old acquaintance, he burst into tears saying, he had lived too many years in the world, and should certainly make away with himself.  Some time after his death a paper was found by a little boy in the house where he resided, on which these words were written.

   "When a poor fellow has no means of living, he must doe.  When you see this you may conclude that I am dead. G. NORTHAM."  [Editorial comment.] ... An inquest sat upon the body, and a verdict was returned, that the unfortunate man "came to his death by drowning himself in a state of despondency, produced by old age and poverty.

Fatal Accident on the River.

On Tuesday morning the boat which usually brings the charcoal from the opposite side of the River to the Engineer's Stores at Hobart town, having taken its load on board, set sail from Kangaroo Point.  After pulling round the point at Mr. John Lord's cottage, the wind blowing fresh from the north, drove the boat down towards Sandy bay, in spite of all the efforts of the boatmen, three in number, to fetch Hobart town.  When almost half way between the Bog Bluff and Sandy bay, finding they were drifting so far to leeward, they hoisted sail in hopes of reaching some place of shelter on the coast.  While in the act of hoisting it, however, two of the men unfortunately got to the lee-side, and the boat, being already top heavy with the bags of charcoal, upset.  The three men being thus thrown into the water, contrived to get on the bottom of the boat, and sat on the keel, endeavoring, but in vain, to make signals to one or two small vessels then in the River.  After remaining in this situation about an hour, shifting their position as the wind directed the boat, they at last resolved to strip and swim for their lives.  One of them named Moreton, swam about 100 yards and returned, saying he thought he could not breach the shore. Jones also returned to the boat after swimming some distance.  The third named Martin, who started last, after swimming about 100 yards raised his hands and sunk to be seen no more, the wind blowing very strong.  Shortly after this, the boat righted, and Moreton and Jones got into it, but being almost wholly immersed in water and much fatigued, they became insensible, and as it afterwards appeared, were d rifted on shore near Mr. Cox's farm at Clarence plains.  Moreton was dead, but the vital spark was still alive in Jones, who eventually recovered.  The body of Moreton was brought to the Hospital, and an inquest held upon it, but that of Martin has not yet been found.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 6 December 1828


A messenger on horseback arrived here last night from the Eastern marshes, with the melancholy tidings that Mr. Adam Wood, a settler, had been in the course of the day barbarously murdered by some of the Aborigines near Mr. Hobb's stock hut, in M'Gill's marsh. ... A Coroner's inquest will be held on the body on Thursday next, the 4th inst. ...


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 13 December 1828

TULLOCHGORUM, Break o'day Plains, Dec. 7, 1828.

We have been put into a great state of alarm since you left us, the natives having appeared in our immediate neighbourhood, robbed your shepherd's hut at Fingal, and killed one of Mr. Talbot's shepherds, whose body is not yet found, although it must be near to the house, as his flock grazed on the marsh in front and towards the rivulet; he was a middle aged man and a good servant, and got a ticket of leave only a few days previous. ...

Eastern marshes, Dec. 8.

... on Thursday last ... In the afternoon of that day, they made their appearance here, close to Woodland's lagoon, about half a mile from the huts of Mr. Earle and Mr. Loane, they descended suddenly from a scrubby hill, and under circumstances of great cruelty murdered two prisoners of the crown, holding tickets of leave, named Joseph Good and Wright Wood, servants to Mr. John Earle. ...

   An inquest was held on the bodies of the two deceased on Saturday last, at Mr. Earle's farm house, when (as in the case of Mr. Adam Wood) a verdict was returned of wilful murder against some person or persons unknown belonging to the Aboriginal tribes of this island.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 20 December 1828

Bothwell, Dec. 15.

A horde of Aborigines entered the district yesterday, after killing James Jones, a freeman, servant to Michael and Henry Jones the lime burners at the Black marsh.  The body of the unfortunate man was found this morning covered with spear wounds, in a water hole in the Jordan, near his master's house.

Green Ponds, Dec. 17.

An inquest was held yesterday at Mr. Jones's hut in the Black marsh, by the Police magistrate at Oatlands, on the body of James Jones, who was killed by the natives on Sunday. ...

Tullochgorum, Break o'day plains, Dec. 13, 1828.

The body of Mr. Talbot's unfortunate shepherd was found to-day, half concealed in a honeysuckle tree which lay on the ground - mark the sense of crime, why else attempt to conceal the body.  The sight was shocking to humanity, it being fourteen days since the poor fellow was murdered.  His scull appeared bruised or beat in, spear holes through his cloaths, and a broken spear was found near him; his body was not in a condition to be moved, and little examination could be made.   ... We buried the body where it lay.


COLONIAL TIMES, 2 January 1829

In the space of little more than a month, six Inquests have been taken by the Coroner of the District of Oatlands, on persons killed by the Aborigines. ...

    A very alarming and serious accident occurred at Mr. HOWELL'S ferry, at the Cove Point, on Friday evening last.  As a detachment of the 39th regiment, with their luggage and two carts in a punt were crossing the river, the punt by some means or other upset, by which means two privates were drowned, ... Two or three days previously to the above accident, another person [William Johnson] was drowned in crossing the river from the  said ferry; which we are aware was maliciously reported to have taken place at Compton's or Austin's ferries, in order, no doubt, to injure them in the estimation of the public. ...

   We regret to state, that one of the soldiers, belonging to thr 39th Regiment, who was lately sent in pursuit of the Natives, from Oatlands, met with his death from a shot of one of his own comrades; who says, that he was at the moment accidentally firing at a kangaroo, and did not know that his comrade was within reach of the shot.  The accident occurred in the Richmond District, we understand; and it is said, that no cart could get to the place.  However, we learn, that the Lieutenant Governor has issued orders to have the body removed, and a Coroner's Inquest to take cognizance of an affair which seems to be involved in some mystery.



It is with pain we record two distressing and fatal accidents which happened last week at the upper or Cove point ferry.  The first occurred through the restiveness of a horse, which the owner held by the bridle at the time, and having checked him back, the horse rearing up, knocked him on the breast or head into the river, where he sank never to rise again.  ...

   On the following day two carts with six oxen each, loaded with the baggage of a party of the 39th coming to head quarters were placed in the punt, which being thus overloaded, was scarcely pushed from the shore when it upset, precipitating the whole into the river.  Melancholy to relate, two soldiers of the 39th, who stood between the side of the boat and the cart wheels, were thus carried to the bottom and perished. [Editorial comment.]

   One of the bodies of the two soldiers who were unfortunately drowned at the Ferry was recovered soon after the accident, and an inquest was held on it before T. A. Lascelles, esq. Coroner, when a verdict was returned of "Accidentally drowned." ...

   The body of the unfortunate William Johnson, the first who was drowned at the Cove point ferry, was found and a coroner's verdict returned similar to that on the soldier yesterday.  The crabs had already made great ravages on the body.


COLONIAL TIMES, 9 January 1829

Many of our readers will doubtless recollect the daring robbery and barbarous murder of the late Mr. ALEXANDER SIMPSON, at Pitt-water, which took place between two and three years ago.  During the present week, four individuals have been apprehended and lodged in gaol, charged with committing the robbery upon that unfortunate Gentleman, but not the murder.  The individuals are, Mr. Bartholomew Reardon, formerly one of the most wealthy and respectable settlers at Pitt-water, William Horne, an old man, known by the name of "Butcher Horne," Joseph Pullen, and Thomas Howell.  Each of these persons are however confined in separate cells, and from the discovery which has already been made, it is confidently anticipated that the murder will at last be brought to light. ...

   The Ferry drowning: Another Contemporary stated, that - "The Jury recommended the Coroner to lay an official statement of the ferryman's conduct on the occasion before His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor."


COLONIAL TIMES, 23 January 1829


We have this week the painful task of recording another death by drowning.  Although thr circumstances connected with the case appear strange and mysterious, we cannot in any way advance an opinion opposite to the verdict of the Coroner's Jury, who, by the protracted decision, evinced opinions with ourselves, that a more than usual degree of suspicion was attached to the death of the unfortunate individual in question - suspicion, amounting to a fear that a foul murder had been committed.  However, after a long, tedious, and strict investigation, and a scrutinizing cross-examination of the witnesses upon the case, the Jury, after an adjourned meeting of upwards of six hours, returned a verdict of - "Found drowned, not know hoe the death happened."

   Too much praise cannot be given to the Coroner and those gentlemen composing the Jury, for the judicious, patient, and indefatigable investigation of this melancholy affair; and let us hope their decision has been the real facts, and that self-immolation occasioned this lamentable catastrophe, which has been productive of no ordinary sensation in the neighbourhood where the body was found.

   It appeared in evidence, that on Sunday last, about 2 o'clock in the afternoon, the body was drawn from a clay-hole in the Brick-fields, accidentally discovered by some boys, playing with a small boat in the water.  Immediately upon its discovery, Mr. CAPON, the Chief Constable, with his usual prompt attention, had it removed in a shell to the nearest public-house, for a Coroner's Inquest.  It proved to be a Mrs. Uther, a female about 30 years of age, the wife of a respectable tradesman of Sydney, who, having eloped from her husband's protection, leaving him with two or three children, has these two years past lived in Hobart Town, pursuing a life of infamy,  depravity, and guilt - the dangerous consequences of bad society and drunkenness, and which no doubt has, in one of the moments of inebriation, hastened her, unbidden and uncalled, into presence of an offended Maker, to answer for those iniquities so long persevered in, and summed up by a deed repugnant to every law, human and divine - SELF-MURDER.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 24 January 1829


... We rejoice that no blame could attach to the soldier who was concerned in the melancholy occurrence at the Clyde last week, nevertheless on all such occasions we should be glad to learn the result of the coroner's inquiry.

   On Sunday the body of a respectably dressed woman was found drowned in the deep hole of water in the old stone quarry at the top of Argyle-street.  On being taken out and carried to the hospital, it proved to be the body of Mrs. Uther, whose husband is a respectable hatter in Sydney.  A Coroner's Jury sat on view of the body who returned a verdict - "found drowned."

   Mrs. Uther had been missing for a week before her body was found, and some suspicious circumstances having attended her disappearance, the coroner (Mr. Spode) took more than usual pains during a long and painful investigation to discover the truth before the jury went to return their verdict.


COLONIAL TIMES, 20 February 1829

Dreadful Murders.

On Friday last, a most cruel and barbarous murder was perpetrated by a man named John Leach, a boat-builder, residing in Collins-street, near the Wharf, upon his wife.  It appears, that the cause of this sanguinary deed originated, as is the case nine times out of ten, from the baneful influence of inebriety.

   From the evidence collected on the Inquest, it seems the parties were incessantly at variance, having for years back lived an unceasing life of strife and quarrel.  It was declared in evidence, that Leach and his wife were evidently upon the most amicable terms just previously to the fatal act. Whilst lying on the bed together, with a neighbour in company, he said to his wife - "Come, girl, shall we have a gill together;" - it was instantly procured, as also a second; which proved the destruction of that life he was evidently bent on destroying.  Scarcely had the neighbour quitted the house, when the screams of the deceased reached her ears. - This caused her little surprise, having been so accustomed to hear it upon the most trivial occasions.  However, it continued to so alarming a height, that she was induced to listen, and supposed that she having drank too great a portion of the gill of rum, produced the beating that occasioned her death. - The sequel confirmed her dread, that murder would be committed.

   Upon making her fears known to a man for whom Mrs. Leach used to wash, he applied for admittance; but, receiving no reply, he burst the door open, and behalf a sight harrowing to the soul.  Leach, covered with a blanket, lay at full length on then dreadfully mangled and wounded corpse of his wife, evincing the utmost apathy.  On removing the body, horror seized every beholder, from the innumerable and ghastly cuts and wounds that every where presented themselves, produced by a sharp-pointed stick.  The state of one of the eyes being completely forced into the head, evidently occasioned by a forced insertion of a stick.  One of the ears was half severed from the body.  The skull had three deep incisions in front; the bosom literally one sheet of wounds, and the frame beaten completely black.  On being conducted to the gaol, the prisoner expressed his perfect content at what had passed, and felt a degree of satisfaction at the [prospect of being hung for his wife, having reaped his revenge for her infidelities and the life of misery she had entailed upon him. - The verdict of wilful murder was returned against Leach, who has been fully committed on the Coroner's warrant.

   In addition to the above, it is our most painful duty to record another foul and barbarous murder, which happened on Monday evening last.  As far as we can learn, Mrs. Vardon, the relict of the unhappy young man who met his death some time back by bring speared by the Aborigines at Oyster Bay, having formed an illicit connection with her murderer, they became intoxicated, and a dispute arose between them; the consequence of which, in the heat of the quarrel he completely cut her head open with an axe - thuds hurrying as guilty mortal, unbidden and uncalled, before the Tribunal of that JUDGE, who visits with the utmost of his indignation the fornicatist.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 28 February 1829

Mrs. Vardon, who was stated in the COLONIAL TIMES last week, to have been barbarously murdered, is likely to recover.  She received two very severe kicks, but her head was not cut open with an axe, as reported.

   Last week an inquest was held on the body of an infant, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wright, late of York plains, which had died before being baptized at the age of 13 fays, and had been buried in a garden.  The parents, it appeared, were much addicted to drinking.


Mr. James Ash of Launceston, while riding into town from Newtown on Tuesday evening, about 8 o'clock, not many yards from Mr. Morris's inn, was thrown from his horse, and, melancholy to relate, killed upon the spot.  The horse it would appear had fallen with him, and in then struggle to get up, had struck against him, so as to occasion immediate death.  On Wednesday a coroner's inquest sat on the body.


On Tuesday morning commenced the trial of John Salmon and Daniel Brown, for the murder at Macquarie harbour, the particulars of which we mentioned at the time. ...

   The Jury then stated that it was quite improbable they should ever come to a decision - that six of them were unanimous, but the seventh did not seem able clearly to comprehend the evidence.  It appears they are all agreed as to the guilt of one man.  The following are the names of the jurors, viz: - Major Sholto Douglas, Surgeon William Bohan, Lieut. Nath. Lowe, Lieut. Thomas Mathison, Lieut. Rd. Lane, Lieut. Francis Aubin, Lieut. Ernest Augustus Slade.



We are sorry to inform out readers, that the man in the employ of Mr. Bell, who was unfortunately speared by the Aborigines, the week before last, died in the hospital here in the afternoon of last Friday.


On Tuesday, the 24th ult., just after dusk, as Mr. James Ash, accompanied by Mr. T. Massey, Jun. were riding into Hobart Town, Mr. A. had by some means fallen a little in the rear, and upon his spurring his horse in order to get up to Mr. M. the animal immediately started, but in striving to pull up on reaching him, the horse unfortunately fell on his side, with Mr. Ash under him; and such was the velocity with which the animal was going at the time, that he actually slid on the ground in that position, for the space of eight yards.  Mr. Massey instantly alighted and strove to raise the unfortunate gentleman from the ground, but life was extinct, his leg and foot being literally crushed to pieces, and his head dreadfully fractured in several places.  Thus was cut off in the prime of life, aged 27 years, one of our Townsmen, a most quiet, inoffensive, and worthy member of society.  He was buried on the Thursday following and his funeral, although not splendid, was most respectfully attended.




On Monday morning the two wretched men, John Salmon [21] and Daniel Brown, [27] suffered the penalty of their atrocious murder, on the gallows in the gaol yard. ...

   On the evening previous to their execution they both fully confessed their guilt. It was one of those cool, deliberate and premeditated murders, which, to the disgrace of humanity, are from time to time committed at Macquarie harbour.  It had been agreed amongst a number of the wretched men at that settlement, that they should do a murder in order to get a start, as they called it, up to Hobart town.  The next thing to be resolved on was, who should be the victim, and after some consideration, the murder of Stopford was resolved on, for no other reason but because in his capacity of cook he had once or twice mentioned some trifling circumstance to his superior, and the only apology to themselves for killing him, was, that he was what they call a nose.  The victim being fixed in, the next point to settle was, who was to be the murderer ? "I will" said brown (the man, we believe) whose participation in the murder, the jury had so much difficulty to determine), and - "I will get you an axe" said Salmon. 

   When all had retired to rest, and the silence of night prevailed, Salmon accordingly, under an excuse for leaving his room, carried the axe to Brown, who laid it under his pillow and slept, for two hours until the time agreed on for the bloody deed.  Brown then, accompanied by Salmon, approached Stopford, who was fast asleep, and as he lay with his face upwards, hit him so effectually across the eye and left cheek, that he never s[poke.  A second blow was with equal force applied to the opposite side, and then a third and finishing stroke was given on the crown of the head, leaving thr axe buried in the brain to the depth of four inches.  [Editorial comment and accounts of Salmon and Brown.]




On Saturday last John Leach was tried and found guilty of the murder of the unfortunate woman with whom he had lived for the last 10 years. [Judge's address and summing up.] A few seconds put a period to his existence on this earth, and his body like those of the murderers executed the week before, was carried to the hospital in a cart for dissection.



 Horrid Murders by the Aborigines.

On Friday afternoon, a Settler named Thomas Miller, residing on the East Bank of the North Esk, on returning home, found to his surprise, a quantity of his goods laying about the front of the house, and on entering which, he perceived some boxes had been broken open, and the contents strewed about the floor; on going up into the lift to search for his wife, who was missing, he perceived ten or twelve blacks coming towards the house, about a hundred yards distant, upon which he immediately ran out, when several of them pursued him, (he had left a short distance from the house a cart and bullocks, and on turning his head he perceived one of the blacks running after the cart, as the bullocks had taken fright and galloped off.

   He made the best of his way to the nearest neighbour's, were he procured fire arms, and the assistance, of Mr. Towers, who accompanied him back to his house.  When they arrived near home, they perceived two men, who having heard that the blacks were at Miller's house, had proceeded thither, a short distance from where they perceived his unfortunate wife with scarcely any signs of life, as she was scarcely breathing, and were washing her face when Miller and Towers came up.  They placed her on a bed, and brought her into the house, but by this time life was extinct. 

    On searching round about, they found about 20 yards from the house, the body of an unfortunate man, named James Hales, he was quite dead, having been speared through the lungs, and also in several parts of his body; on looking further they found the body of Thomas Johnson, he was also lifeless, having no less than 11 spear-wounds in his back, and his neck dislocated by blows, supposed to be by the waddies of these sable destroyers. 

   The death of the woman was occasioned by a dreadful blow on the back of her head, and she was likewise beat and speared in several places, and stripped of every thing she had on, except her stays.   ...

   The same day, about a mile from the same place, they robbed the house of a Settler named Russell of every moveable article, and likewise speared a man on the thrashing floor, who ran away to a neighbouring hut, near which they speared another man named John Burk, who had been to Mr. Russell's for some flour which he was carrying in a bag; they drove the spear, through the bag into his loins, he then dropped it and made to the nearest hut. ... On Saturday an inquest sat upon the bodies, when the verdict returned, was, "wilfully murdered by some of the Aborigines, at present unknown."


We stop the press to announce, that since our preceding particulars respecting the atrocities committed by the Aborigines, we have received information that two men are missing, one a shepherd named Ward, and the other a man in the employ of Mr. Towers, both of whom it is conjectured have met with a similar fate to the unfortunate persons before mentioned.  The gun and pistol of the latter have been found, and also his dog, which was speared through the body, but no traces of either of the unfortunate men have as yet been discovered.



 The body of the child of Mr. Harrison, residing at Elizabeth river, which we stated in our last was supposed to have been taken away by the blacks, has since been found, and a Coroner's inquest held, and a verdict returned of "found dead, supposed to be in consequence of cold and starvation."Smutty Jack.  A man of the name of William Thomas is accused of the crime.  An Inquest was held on the body; and, after a patient investigation of nine hours, a verdict was brought in of wilful murder against William Thomas.




Richmond, April 27, 1829.  A coroner's inquest sat yesterday on the body of one of the native Aborigines, who died in the gaol at this place on Thursday morning last.  The jury returned a verdict of - Died by the visitation of God.

   One of the jury strenuously endeavoured to establish a charge of the man's death having been occasioned by the want of sufficient nourishment, and Dr. Garrett, hearing after the jury had given their verdict that a feeling of censure had in consequence gone abroad upon the conduct of the keeper of the gaol not having afforded the man sufficient attention and food, judged it necessary to suspend the interment until this morning, when on again opening the body and proceeding further than he had before done in his examination, he opened the chest and discovered the lungs to be in a very diseased state, arising from an old spear wound which had penetrated the chest, and which was the actual cause of his death.



An inquest was held on Wednesday, before Josiah Spode, Esq. coroner, on view of the body of Thomas White, a ticket of leave man, who died in the hospital, in consequence of severe burns, from his clothes having caught fire.  It appeared by the evidence, that the unfortunate man had been employed the whole of the day in Hobart town, without nourishment, except drafts of porter at different times.  On his return to his employer's, Mr. Fisher, at New town, he drank more porter but without eating.  In the evening he got in company with two men, who were drunk, with whom he also drank some spirits, after which the three men lay down in their clothes.  In the course of the night, White feeling cold, got into the chimney corner to smoke his pipe, and overcome with fatigue and the effects of liquor, fell  asleep; in consequence of which, his clothes caught fire, and he was dreadfully burned.  He lingered nearly a fortnight in the greatest agonies until his death.

   The coroner, under all the circumstances, felt it his duty (in which he was joined by the jury, four of whom were licensed publicans) very severely to point out to Mr. Fisher, the landlord of the house, the impropriety of his conduct on the occasion, and which he should consider himself bound to lay before the magistrates at the next license day.  The jury returned their verdict, accidental death.




[Column torn part missing].  ...committed another murder, two men ... natives surrounded them, one of the men could swim and got the other who could not swim into the river with him for safety.  He kept his head above water so long as he could, until obliged from weakness to let him go, at the same time he observed him bleeding in the face and supposed he had received a spear wounds, the man sunk shortly after and has not since been found.

Prosser's Plains, May 16.

I have the pain to communicate to you an account of three more most barbarous murders by the Aborigines. ... they surprised a poor man named John Franks, free, a shepherd in the employment of Mr. Buchanan, and most barbarously killed him.  They then proceeded to the stock hut of Mr. Walter Redpath, and in their way must have surprised first the one shepherd and then the other, as the unfortunate men were found on the ground horribly murdered, their heads being completely beaten to pieces, & each with a deep spear wound in the back, as if received in the act of endeavoring to run away.  Their names are Francis Daley and Richard Sawyer, both free men. Mr. Lascelles, the magistrate of the district, has been down to inquire into the circumstances and would no doubt have held an inquest could he have assembled a jury and found a bible, a copy of which I am sorry to say was not to be seen in 8 stock huts which he visited.



Sudden Deaths.

We extremely lament to state that Assistant Surgeon Coleman of the 40th regt. died suddenly at the b arracks on Wednesday last.  It is remarkable that he expired in the same chair in which Lieut. Thornhill of the same regiment breathed his last, a very short time ago in the same sudden manner.  A coroner's inquest sat on Thursday, and has not yet closed its proceedings. ... Tasmanian.




An inquest was held before Thomas Anstey, Esq. coroner, on view of the body of Henry Augustus, the youngest, (and 7th) son of Mr. Brodrib, of the Black Marsh.  It appeared from the evidence, that the little fellow left the house following a favourite dog; he was almost instantly missed, and search made, when the poor innocent was found by his brother floating in a lagoon near the River Jordan, about 200 yards from the dwelling.  One of the servants ran to the spot, and on taking out the body, symptoms of life were exhibited; but although the afflicted parents exerted every means in their power for a considerable time, they were unable to restore animation.



An inquest was held at Richmond last week on the body of Terence Dogherty, the unfortunate man whom we mentioned last week as having been killed by the blacks.  Dogherty rented a small hut with a man named Garretty under the Brown mountain, and had been attacked while alone at his hut, early in the day by the blacks.  His body was found dreadfully wounded lying at the door.



An Inquest was held on Monday on the body of an unfortunate seaman, who was killed by falling from the shroud of the Lady Harewood down in to the hold of the ship.



Edward Dumaresq, Esq. to be Police Magistrate and Coroner at New Norfolk, vice W. H. Hamilton, Esq.


COLONIAL TIMES, 4 September 1829

A Captain Poisoned !

 On Sunday last the barque Navarino arrived in port from Calcutta, with the Commander of the vessel, Captain PETER BROADFOOT (a Gentleman well known to many of our readers), a corpse.  It appears from the most accurate information we have been able to obtain, in the absence of the evidence of the Coroner's Inquest, that the deceased was taken ill, together with the rest of the persons, including a Miss BERRY, a passenger, who messed in the cabin, on the 12th of August last.  Conceiving that poison had been administered to them, either in their tea or otherwise, they all immediately took emetics, except the Captain, which had its desired effect of removing the poison from their stomachs.  Captain Broadfoot did not however use this precaution; but, on the contrary, supposing he was attacked with the Cholera Morbus, instantly took brandy and laudanum, being the usual remedy applied in India for that disorder.  The consequence was, that he continued languishing till Thursday se'nnight, the 27th ult. (three days prior to the arrival of the vessel in port), when he died.

   This circumstance having caused a great sensation in the minds of the Public, a Coroner's Inquest was forthwith deemed necessary; and accordingly it sat on the body, on board the vessel, on Monday last.  JOSEPH HONE, Esq. acted as Coroner, and summoned the following Jury: - Dr. Ross, Foreman; Messrs. Moriarty, Collicott, Hewitt, Stodart, Stokell, Lewis, Bunster, Robertson, Todd, Walker, Dudgeon, and Grey.  The body was of course opened, which operation was attended by the following  medical Gentlemen:- Dr. SCOTT, Colonial Surgeon; Dr. HENDERSON, Dr. GENCOATS, the Assistant Surgeon of the 63d regiment, and Mr. BEDFORD.  These gentlemen, we understand, were of opinion that the deceased had been actually poisoned by corrosive sublimate, the most subtle preparation of mercury, and a most deadly poison

   Witnesses were examined, and the investigation continued until half-past five o'clock; when the Coroner adjourned to the Commercial Tavern, at two o'clock the following day. - The investigation continued on Tuesday, until seven o'clock in the evening. - The Jurors met again on Wednesday; but the Coroner being occupied in a very important investigation at the Police office, which occupied the whole day, could not attend.  Owing to some of the Jury not attending yesterday, the investigation did not proceed.

   Mr. SMITH, the Chief Officer, who is now acting as Captain, and LIONEL HAYES, the second Mate, were examined. - Miss BERRY, one of the cabin passengers, was also taken ill, but has since recovered.  The steward and cook are at present in custody, until the result of the Inquest is known, which was to be resumed this morning, when they will be either fully committed or discharged. - The Inquest was resumed again this morning; but when we went to press at four o'clock this afternoon, no verdict had been returned. ...


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 3 September 1829

The Broadfoot & Navarino murder.


COLONIAL TIMES, 11 September 1829


We mentioned in our last, that the Coroner's Inquest, which had been all the week sitting upon the body of this gentleman, had not returned their verdict when we went to press.  The Jury was assembled again on Saturday and Monday last; when, after examining several witnesses, a Verdict was returned, that - "Captain Broadfoot died by poison - how or by whom administered, they know not." - Two of the Jurors were very anxious to have their opinion, that the deceased died for want of medical attendance, and drinking laudanum and brandy immediately after the poison, and not by the first cause.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 12 September 1829

The inquest on the melancholy death of Captain Broadfoot, lasted till a late hour on Saturday, but after a most patient inquiry no clue could be obtained to ascertain the cause of the fatal act.  Some suspicion seems to rest as to the Malays on board, one of whom now holds the place of the steward, who was originally suspected, but whose innocence, as well as that of the cook who was at first in irons, was made apparent. ...



The Lieutenant Governor has been pleased to appoint the undermentioned magistrates to be Coroners for the Territory:

Joseph Horne, Esq.

Richard Lane, Esq.

Frederick Roper, Esq.

Joseph Henry Moore, Esq.


COLONIAL TIMES, 25 September 1829

The Natives.

We have been favoured with the following Communication, dated Sorell, Sept. 22, from a very respectable individual, residing in that Town for many years:-

   I beg leave to inform you that another most atrocious murder was perpetrated by the Aborigines on Friday forenoon  last, the 18th instant, at the house of Thomas Coffin, about four miles from this place.  It appears, that Coffin, with his two assigned servants, had left the premises, leaving his wife, Emma Coffin, and a child about four years old, in the house.  Mrs. Coffin was rather indisposed, and had gone to bed; previous to which, she had fastened the doors. From what could be understood from the little boy, the blacks entered the house by a window; that Mrs. Coffin got out of bed, and fainted; that one of the blacks then thrust a spear into her right and left breasts while she lay senseless on the floor ! that the wound on the right breast proved mortal, and she expired upon the spot ! ... Yesterday, while going to Coffin's, to attend the Inquest, ...


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 26 September 1829

An inquest was held at Bothwell on the [15th] inst. on the body of William Claypole, a servant of Mr. John Espie, who was killed by the black natives at his hut at Bashan plains near Lake Echo, a spot long infested by the blacks.



On Saturday ... Mr. Gordon left early to proceed to George town to hold an inquest upon a Constable who had been shot while on duty at the female factory at that place, from which a woman named Sullivan made her escape the same night.



We regret to learn that a constable at George town has been shot, but from what cause we have not heard.  The Coroner, Mr. Gordon, had not returned to Launceston from holding the inquest when the post left.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 17 October 1829

OATLANDS, Oct. 13.  An Inquisition was taken yesterday before Thos. Anstey, Esq. Coroner, at the Royal Oak Inn, Green ponds, on view of the body of George Lucas, a constable belonging to the Oatlands field police, when it appeared in evidence that on Thursday the 8th instant, division constable Flexmere apprehended James Brown, (per Lady Harewood) a runaway convict from the service of M r. Hugh Robertson, of the Macquarie river, and delivered him to the unfortunate Lucas, for conveyance to the Police magistrate at Oatlands.  Brown had in his hand a large bludgeon or shillelah, and poor Lucas did not take the precaution of depriving him of it.  After they had proceeded about three miles on their way to Oatlands the prisoner, watching his opportunity, struck Lucas a dreadful blow on the temple with the bludgeon , which knocked him down, and then  struck him senseless.  When Lucas came to him self he found his musket lying on the ground and the prisoner gone. Lucas related this to the person who picked him up, and shortly afterwards the increasing extravasation of blood on the brain rendered him insensible, in which state he continued until noon the next day when he expired, in Mr. Flexmere's house.  Mr. Gorringe was his medical attendant.  The jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against Brown.

   Two parties of black rangers under the direction of constable Denvers and Richard Tyrrell closely pursued the murderers, and just as the jury had returned their verdict intelligence reached them that Brown had been apprehended in the district of Richmond, and had been lodged in Hobart town gaol.  The fate of this excellent constable will, it is hoped, operate as a warning to all other constables never to suffer a prisoner to carry a bludgeon in his hand.  Brown is a native of Fermanagh.  The gun being left, and the constables watch not being stolen, we must in charity believe that Brown meant to stun and not to kill the poor man.

RIVER OUSE, Oct. 12.

On their way thither they probably fell in with Triffitt's shepherd (Robert Watts) who was found dead in the bush; his pockets were rifled of their contents.




On Friday last, the Coroner's Inquest gave their verdict in the case of George Davis, which had occupied them two days.  The circumstances of the case are as follows:

   As Constable Dunlop and a man named Ellis, were passing through Jingler's valley on Tuesday last, they saw a man standing on the brink of the creek, looking intensely into the water.  The Constable supposing him to have been the notorious Bevan, made towards him; he ran to avoid the Constable, who observed him to stoop as if in the act if taking something from his pocket.  On arriving near him the Constable perceived he had fallen on all fours, and the blood flowed from his throat in a stream; assistance was procured, but the unfortunate man breathed his last in about half an hour.

   The wound in his neck, which was inflicted by a razor, was truly a horrid one, the oseophagus and bronchya were completely severed, the jugular and carotid arteries were not cut, but the wound was so deep and so long that the Surgeons who examined the body were doubtfull whether it could have been inflicted by the man's own hand; however, that point was clearly proved in evidence.

   The Jury considered that the evidence justified them in returning a verdict - "that the deceased destroyed himself in a state of temporary insanity."

   The George Lucas Inquest.

   On Saturday last an Inquest was held on the body of William Kinsley, a prisoner of the crown, who was found dead in the mouth of the South Esk river.  After a proper investigation of the case the Jury, not obtaining evidence to prove clearly how the man came by his death, returned a verdict of "found drowned."


COLONIAL TIMES, 23 October 1829

Coroner's Inquest.

We have this week to record the melancholy effect of passion and intemperance. - On Wednesday last, an Inquest was held at the Waterloo Inn, on the body of Mrs. Mary Ann Clarke, before Mr. Horne, Coroner.  It appeared that on the Monday evening preceding, that her husband, Joseph Clarke, had returned home from New-town, where he had been at work with his bullocks and cart, when he found his wife insensible, through intoxication.  Words ensued, and he left her to go on his night duty, as patrol on the New-town road.  He quitted duty at 11 o'clock, and when he returned home, additional aggravation ensued, which led, in the heat of passion, to the melancholy death of the deceased, by the blows of the husband.

   The body was examined by Mr. Crowther, Surgeon, and a rupture of the accompanying vein to the vertebral artery, was found to be the immediate cause of her death, two ounces of coagulated venous blood being diffused between the dura mater and pia mater (covering of the brain.)  Much indefatigable industry was exhibited in the examination of evidence by the Coroner, and after upwards of ten hours' investigation, a verdict of "Murder, without the anticipation of killing," was recorded against Joseph Clarke.

   From the many existing causes of intemperance in the conduct of the deceased, which had long given great pain to the unfortunate husband, we forbear speaking harshly of his conduct in this lamentable affair.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 24 October 1829

 An inquest was held on Wednesday at the St. Patrick's head, before Joseph Horne, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Mary Ann the wife of Joseph Clark of Harrington street.  This unfortunate creature was a hard working woman.  She took in washing and earned much money which she spent in drink.  Her husband is a gardener - he was gardener to Colonel Sorell, and laid out and improved the ground round Government House, and obtained a ticket of leave for his good conduct.  He is sober and industrious, but of a passionate disposition.  He has lived in the colony upwards of 120 years. 

   On his return from New town on Monday night, he found his wife in a state of intoxication and it is believed that in a quarrel that occurred, she received bruises that ultimately produced her death.  The witnesses agree generally in their statements, that the wife was prone to drink - that the husband was a sober man, but of a violent temper, and who had often beaten his wife for drunkenness.

   The appearance of the little garden round the unfortunate man's cottage, evidently shewed marks of industry - it was not the garden of a drunkard.

   All the neighbours examined spoke of the sobriety of Clark and the contrary of the wife.

   The Jury was most respectable, and although assembled at one o'clock sat till half past ten at night, without refreshment and without complaining, apparently feeling deeply the importance of the investigation.

   So interested was Mr. Horne in the inquiry, that he never stirred from his seat once till the time when the Jury retired.  Verdict - Manslaughter against Joseph Clark.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 31 October 1829

An inquest was held at Sorell town on Wednesday on the body of a man named Brownell, who had been fighting a pitched battle.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 14 November 1829

An inquest was held on Thursday on the body of a male infant which had been found in the sink of the house of correction.  Verdict - Willful murder against Mary M'Lauchlin alias Sutherland.

   On Sunday last, while Mr. Flexmore of Sandy bay, and another gentleman, were travelling some little distance over the hills to the south, they found a human skeleton, which from appearance must have lain there some years.  The skull was brought to town, but we have not heard whether the comparative anatomists declare it to be the remains of a European white, or an Aboriginal black.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 28 November 1829

On Friday there was a constable shot in the leg by two men, not far from town, supposed to be Bevan and Britten.  The\y immediately ran off.  The man died in the hospital this morning.

   We regret to learn that Constable John Clark of the Launceston Field police, has met his death by the accidental going off of his gun while in the bush on duty.


You have probably heard of a murder committed in the parish of Somerset, by a soldier of the 63d. on one of his comrades of the same regiment.  Hugh Campbell shot his comrade Brett o\n the 16th inst. when under the influence of liquor.  It appears that the two soldiers had hoarded their rations for several days back, and when on the road from Oatlands to the military station at Cross marsh, Campbell drank freely.  A Coroner's inquest was held on Wednesday the 18th by Mr. Anstey, at Jericho, but owing to the absence of two material witnesses the inquest was adjourned till Friday the 20th, when a most respectable jury returned a verdict of wilful murder.



The Lieutenant Governor has been pleased to appoint W. B. Lyttelton, Esq. J.P. a Coroner for the Territory.


COLONIAL TIMES, 4 December 1829

A long investigation took place yesterday before JOSEPH HONE, Esq. Coroner, upon an Inquest on the body of John Pilkington, who was found killed at a house in Murray-street, kept by one George Peart.  The inquiry lasted from 1 o'clock in the afternoon until 6 o'clock this evening.  George Peart, his wife (formerly Mrs. Cable), whose husband was some time since executed for felony, and George Jeffries, holding a Ticket of leave, are the only persons that were in the house at the time Pilkington was killed.  He was found with a wound between the fifth and sixth rib s, of eight inches deep; the instrument, supposed to be a knife that was produced, which inflicted the wound, had perforated the heart, although the man lingered for two or three hours afterwards.  It appeared, that there was a general quarrel; but, from the mysterious circumstances at present hanging over it, it is impossible to form any thing like proof, as to the real perpetrator.  That the man has been killed by one of them is certain, but by whom is yet unknown.  They were, it seems, all upon the most intimate terms of friendship.  At present the suspicion is strong against Jeffries.


HOBART TOWN COURIER, 5 December 1829

   The verdict on field police constable Clark (said to have been murdered by Bevan and his accomplice) has been returned as accidental death.

A poor man named Pilkington, messenger in one of the offices, met his death on Tuesday evening in a house in Melville in the midst of a family squabble.  An inquisition was held before Joseph Horne, Esq. Coroner, but the inquiry has not yet terminated.  The unfortunate man it appears was stabbed with a knife in the abdomen.


COLONIAL TIMES, 11 December 1829

On Friday night last, at 10 o'clock, the Inquest closed and Elizabeth Peart, George Peart, and George Jeffries were fully committed upon the Coroner's (JOSEPH HONE, Esq.) warrant for the wilful murder of John Pilkington.

   It appeared from the evidence adduced, that John Pilkington, who had that day assisted to carry the corpse of Major Loane to the grave, was spending the evening with the other parties, who were all upon the strictest terms of intimacy; that drink and card playing was introduced; that the woman retired to her bed-room to rifest, whether drunk or sober is not known; that shortly afterwards Jeffries, who was drunk, reeled into her room , and rolled on the bed, disturbing the woman, which led to a general disturbance, and Jeffries and Peart fought.

   Pilkington, it appears, took the part of his friend (Jeffries), and in the heat of the scuffle, the woman came out of her room, and from what could be collected, there is every reason to suppose at that period Pilkington received the wound, but from whom it is impossible to say. 

   The principal evidence was a Mr. Brown, who lives in  the one-half of the house, and who heard all that passed, as to words, through a lath and plaster partition, and was the person who gave the alarm to the Constables.  At present this business is still veiled in a great mystery, which it was impossible to unravel, although Mr. Hone was most indefatigable and earnest to collect every information for the Jury, who were a most intelligent and attentive set of Gentlemen as could possible be warned.


The body of this unfortunate young Gentleman, eldest son of EDWARD LORD, Esq. who was drowned whilst bathing in the River Derwent, at Lawrenny, on Thursday, 5th November, was picked up some miles below on Wednesday last.  An Inquest was to be held yesterday or this morning which, and the interment of the body, intended to take place at New Norfolk on Monday, the 14th instant, we shall notice in our next.


COLONIAL TIMES, 18 December 1829

On Monday last, December 14th, the body of Mr. JOHN LORD, ... [Funeral.] We were misinformed when we stated in our last that a Coroner's Inquest was holden upon then body of Mr. J. Lord after it was taken out of the Derwent.

Serious Accident from Explosion of Gunpowder.

On Friday last, as the Gang of the Public Works employed at the deep Gully beyond New Norfolk, were blasting part of the rock, in forming the new line of road, one of the explosions was attended by the death of on e man and the serious injury of two others.  The deceased was precipitated into the river with part of the stone, and was dead before he reached the water; - one had his arm blown off, and the third lies dangerously hurt, without expectation of his surviving.


On Wednesday forenoon, one of the ferry boats, from the Wharf to Kangaroo Point, was upset in a sadden squall, and the two boatmen, with one passenger, Hugh Davis, a servant to Mr. William Kearney, were drowned.   It appears that the boat was lumbered with casks and other goods, and that the sheet, which was fast, could not be loosened in time to prevent the upsetting. ... [Editorial comment.]

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