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Stewart, William (1847–1883)

An inquiry was held by Mr W. T. Pinhey, J.P., at the Coroner's-chambers, on Saturday morning on the body of a man named William Stewart, who committed suicide in Hyde Park on Friday by cutting his throat with a penknife. Louisa Stewart deposed that that deceased, who was her husband, was 37 years of age, and a native of Windsor, New South Wales, about three months ago he was an inmate of the Reception House at Darlinghurst, before that time he had been drinking heavily, and latterly he had been troubled in mind from losses in connection with his property; she received no indication that he intended to commit suicide. Constables Burrowes and Flynn gave evidence to the effect that on Friday morning they found the deceased near one of the enclosures in Hyde Park, he was bleeding profusely from a wound in the throat, and had a white-handled pen-knife with blood stains upon it, in his right hand. Dr Muskett, house surgeon in the Sydney Hospital, gave evidence to the effect that he examined the deceased on his admission to the hospital and found that his wind pipe was severed; air was escaping through the aperture, and he was unable to articulate; deceased subsequently died from hemorrhage from the wound in his throat. Mr Pinhey found that death resulted from hemorrhage consequent upon a self-inflicted wound in the throat.

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'Stewart, William (1847–1883)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/stewart-william-26883/text34420, accessed 20 April 2019.

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