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Fernon, Alexander (1847–1887)

This morning, a man named Alexander Fernon, about 40 years of age, was found dead in his bedroom, at Gillam's boarding-house, 396, Kent street, by Thomas Butler and William Mortimer, who occupied beds in the same room. When found, deceased was lying on his left side on the floor, with his shirt collar tight round his heck, and his face black. Dr. Garrett viewed the body, and was of opinion that death took place about eight hours previously, and that the cause was suffocation. George W. Gillam, boarding-house keeper, stated that he saw deceased about 12 noon yesterday, and he was then under the influence of liquor. Daniel Robinson, a fellow lodger, stated that he saw deceased in bed about 9 o'clock last night. He was then breathing heavily. Robinson gave him some tea and then left the room. Deceased was of intemperate habits. He was a cook by trade, and had been employed on several occasions at the above boarding-house.

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'Fernon, Alexander (1847–1887)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/fernon-alexander-17368/text29117, accessed 30 March 2020.

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Life Summary [details]

Birth

1847
Ireland

Death

12 July 1887
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

strangled

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