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Cornelius Joseph (Con) Curran (1881–1907)

Horsham has lost by sudden death another of its young business men, just entering into manhood, through the decease of Mr Cornelius Joseph Curran (of Messrs C. & J. F. Corran, butchers, Firebrace-street). As the townspeople were going to business yesterday morning they were met with the hardly credible information that young Mr Curran had died that morning at five o'clock, after two days' illness. Like many others at this season the young man had been out of sorts for a day or two, though last Sunday afternoon he walked over to the hospital to cheer up his friends, Deady, O'Shea and Harvey, all of whom are convalescent. On Monday he went to business but returned home not feeling very bright, and in the evening Dr Robinson was sent for. The doctor found symptoms of gastritis with weak heart action, urging quiet and rest. On Tuesday morning Mr Curran got up and walked to the shop, but soon returned, and went to bed at four o'clock. At eight o'clock his condition was such that the doctor was hurriedly summoned and he found his patient very feverish and excited, which he attributed to Mr Curran having been about during the day instead of remaining in bed as ordered. He was prescribed for and received most careful attention from his mother, sisters and brothers, also from his cousin and partner, Mr J. F. Curran. About midnight on Wednesday he took a turn for the worse. Dr Robinson was soon with him and did not leave the bedside, doing all possible to relieve the laboring heart, but the end came about a quarter to five o'clock on Thursday morning, when the heart ceased to beat. The end was of course a great shook to his mother, sisters and brothers, the more so because Mr Con. Curran, senior, the husband and father, was far away in Queensland, which he is touring for his health. Deceased was just about 25 years of age, having been born at Pimpinio, where his father was then farming. Three years ago he and his cousin Mr J. F. Curran, started a butchering business in Firebrace-street, and through enterprise and good judgment in buying stock, and unceasing attention, had gathered a profitable connection. He was unmarried and lived with his father and mother at the Exchange Hotel. Mrs Curran sent a telegraphic message to her husband, addressed to Longreach, Queensland, but he cannot get back to Horsham under eleven or twelve days. Deceased leaves three brothers, younger than himself, Gilbert, John and Ivan, all of whom are at home, also five sisters, one of whom is Mrs Carden, wife of Mr R. Carden, of the Colonial Bank, Horsham. Mrs Curran and the family are receiving the sincere condolences of their friends in the town and country, the bereavement being the more regretted because of the absence of Mr Curran, senior. The funeral is appointed for this afternoon, leaving the Exchange Hotel at 4.15 o'clock.

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'Curran, Cornelius Joseph (Con) (1881–1907)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 18 April 2024.

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Horsham, Victoria, Australia


8 May, 1907 (aged ~ 26)
Horsham, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death