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Thomas Brunton (1795–1830)

At 11 o'clock on Sunday forenoon, another Inquisition was taken at the Globe Tavern, Castlereagh-street, on view of the body of Mr. T. [Thomas] Brunton, dancing master, &c. who came suddenly by his death. It appeared in evidence, that about 7 o'clock on the preceding evening (Saturday) Mr. B.  was observed coming along Elizabeth-street, on horse-back, riding at a very quick rate. It was raining very heavily at the time, and he was seen to turn his horse's head sharp round the corner of Market-street, when, in an instant, the horse threw him. Mr. B.'s head, in the fall, came in contact with some flinty hard ground, and he was rendered senseless by the concussion. A servant belonging to the tap of the Globe Tavern, seeing the accident, ran to Mr. B.'s assistance. The body was then motionless, and to all appearance inanimate. Other assistance by this time came up, and somebody turned the body over, when Mr. B. was found to breathe. Messengers were then despatched to the several medical gentlemen far and near, requesting their immediate attendance, whilst the unfortunate sufferer, in the meantime, was carried in the arms of some persons into the Globe Tavern. In a very short time, Doctors Bland and Smith, of Pitt-street, were at the house, when it was deemed necessary to bleed their patient; but, alas! with the best and most assiduous attention, combined with the professional skill of the medical gentlemen, all was in vain. At 5 o'clock the next morning (having remained the whole of the time, from the occurrence of the accident till the moment of his dissolution, in a state of total insensibility, and without having uttered a single word) he breathed his last. The Jury having considered on the evidence, brought in a verdict –That the deceased had come to his death in consequence of a fall from a horse.

Mr. Brunton was a man of cheerful, social habits, and just 40 years of age. He married, only three or four months ago, the young widow of the late Mr William Underwood, whose death, in several particulars, resembled that of the unfortunate Mr. B. We cannot dismiss this report without iterating the compliments so deservedly paid to Mr. Rowley, the tavern-keeper, by the Inquest, for his humane and persevering attentions to the deceased person.

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Life Summary [details]




1 March, 1830 (aged ~ 35)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

horse riding accident

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.