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Benjamin Hyam Cohen (1824–1889)

from Goulburn Evening Penny Post

A fatal poisoning case was reported at Newtown on Friday morning. A financial agent named Benjamin H. Cohen, residing at 56 Newtown-road, was found lying in his bed about 10 o'clock apparently very ill. Dr. Hawthorne was sent for, and on arrival he found that the patient was suffering from the effects of some poison. The stomach pump and other remedies were applied, but without success, and the unfortunate man expired about half an hour afterwards. A small bottle containing some laudanum was found near the bed. The deceased retired on the previous night and was in his usual health. Some light may be thrown upon the affair by the fact that the deceased was the grandfather of the infant Elizabeth Cohen, who died while in the care of Ellen Batts, and upon whose body the last of the inquests in connection with the Woollahra baby-farming exposure is now pending. At the opening of the inquiry on Saturday last the mother of the infant said in evidence that the deceased was taken from her when five hours old, and that her father, the deceased, had made the arrangements with the woman Ellen Batts through a third party. The inquest was adjourned till next Tuesday, when the deceased would no doubt have been examined.

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1 January, 1824
London, Middlesex, England


18 October, 1889 (aged 65)
Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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