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Trove Tuesday - Suicide

Doing genealogical research you come across a lot of different 'causes of death' from natural causes and disease through to accidents, murders and suicides.  Today's Trove article covers a case of suicide, committed by my 3rd Great Grandfather Henry O'Brien in 1863.  It is the first official one I have come across in my personal research so far and was a bit of a surprise as it was not mentioned by other family researchers I have had contact with.  Unlike some others I do not sanitise my family tree, the facts are the facts and while they can be uncomfortable for some descendants they are a part of the family history and I believe should be recorded as accurately as possible.



Source: MUDGEE. (1863, July 11). The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893), p. 3. Retrieved July 23, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18708458

Transcript:
Henry O'Brien, the owner of the property in Perry-street, was found dead on Monday, having, it is, believed, taken poison.




Source: CLARENCE AND RICHMOND. (1863, July 16). The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893), p. 3. Retrieved July 23, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18703500

Transcript:

SUICIDE.- An inquest was held on Wednesday, the 8th instant, at the Denison Hotel, Market-street, before Dr. King, coroner, on view of the body of Henry O'Brien, lying dead there.  John Thomas O'Brien, son of deceased, deposed that on Sunday last he saw his father at Maloney's public house, when he said to him.  "You were very near not seeing me."  Upon asking him what he meant, he replied, "I have taken a dose;" he then directed him to look at a pint pot, which he did, and saw some bluestone in it ; he gave him a dose of salt and water, and went for a neighbour ; his father had been drinking a short time before in Mudgee ; he afterwards rode to Mudgee for a medical man ; on his return he found his father dead ; the pint pot produced was the one he saw ; there was a quarter of a pound of bluestone in it.- W. Swift said, at the request of the previous witness he went and sat with deceased ; he spoke to him, but could get no answer for some time ; he afterwards rallied a little and requested to be raised ; upon asking him if he knew what he had taken, he replied, "Well;" upon hearing that a doctor was sent for, he said, "He could do no good, as he was too far gone," he added he had £50 or £60 coming to him, but did not mention when or how.-A.T.P. Cutting said he was a duly qualified medical practitioner, and was of opinion that deceased had come to his death by having swallowed a considerable portion of sulphate of copper.  The jury returned a verdict that the said Henry O'Brien came to his death from the effect of bluestone, taken by himself while labouring under temporary insanity, produced by excessive drinking.


Henry O'Brien married Anne Smith on 31st March 1845 in Maitland, New South Wales.  They had the following known children:
Alice (1846 - ?)
John Thomas (1847 - ?)
Henry (1849 - 1915)
George (1853 - ?)


Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950 about Henry O Brien

Name: Henry O Brien
Spouse Name: Anne Smith
Marriage Date: 1845
Marriage Place: New South Wales
Registration Place: East Maitland, Maitland, West Maitland, New South Wales
Registration Year: 1845
Volume Number: V

Source: Ancestry.com. Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Compiled from publicly available sources.

Australia Death Index, 1787-1985 about Henry Obrien

Name: Henry Obrien
Death Date: 1863
Death Place: New South Wales
Father's Name: Henry
Registration Year: 1863
Registration Place: Mudgee, New South Wales
Registration number: 4696

Source: Ancestry.com. Australia Death Index, 1787-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data: Compiled from publicly available sources.

Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922 about Alice O Brien

Name: Alice O Brien
Birth Date: 1846
Father's Name: Henry O Brien
Mother's Name: Anne
Birth Place: New South Wales
Registration Year: 1846
Registration Place: East Maitland, Maitland, West Maitland, New South Wales
Volume Number: V1846998 63

Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922 about John T O Brien

Name: John T O Brien
Birth Date: 1847
Father's Name: Henry O Brien
Mother's Name: Hannah
Birth Place: New South Wales
Registration Year: 1847
Registration Place: East Maitland, Maitland, West Maitland, New South Wales
Volume Number: V18473767 64

Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922 about Henry O'brion

Name: Henry O'brion
Birth Date: 1849
Father's Name: Henry O'brion
Mother's Name: Ann
Birth Place: New South Wales
Registration Year: 1849
Registration Place: East Maitland, Maitland, West Maitland, New South Wales
Volume Number: V1849372 67

Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922 about Elizabeth O Brien

Name: Elizabeth O Brien
Birth Date: 1851
Father's Name: Henry O Brien
Mother's Name: Anne
Birth Place: New South Wales
Registration Year: 1851
Registration Place: East Maitland, Maitland, West Maitland, New South Wales
Volume Number: V18511995 68

Source: Ancestry.com. Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Compiled from publicly available sources.

Comments

  1. Hi Tracy
    Jim & Wendy Tierney here and we are back on the family history trail again. Hope you, Phil & troops are doing ok. Wendy & I are ok & I have recently retired and Wendy is still doing part time private tuition but not at school anymore.

    We have also been following Henry O'Brien who died in 1863 & is buried in Mudgee, our two times Great Grandfather. We have been trying to connect a few dots associated with Henry concerning when he came to Australia because as you can see from his death record he was in the colony for about 30years at that time.
    There is a record that we have been following of a convict recorded as Henry Abrian (assuming the accent responsible for this spelling) arrived on a ship called the Clyde in 1832 and was assigned to George Wyndham in the Maitalnd or Williams River area.
    I also have a copy of a Ticket of leave for this Henry Abrian, 40/383 in 1840 & a Certficate of freedom 46/330 in 1846.

    We know our Henry married Annie Smith in Maitland in 1845 but can't find a permission to marry to confirm the connection with Henry the convict. This convict Henry is the closes to ours, being in the right place when he was married.
    Relatives of old used to say this Henry was born in Lochinvar, which is a town near Maitland, very close to the Wyndham Wine estate where he was probably working .

    Wondering if you have looked at this possible connection.

    Happy to chat & if you want to get in touch our current email tierney48@optusnet.com.au.

    Love to chat more

    All the best

    Jim & Wendy

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