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John Thomas Dunstan (1844–1878)

An inquest was held at Wilberforce, on Saturday last, before Mr J. B. Johnston, J.P., coroner, and a jury, on the body of John Thomas Dunstan, wheelwright and carpenter, of Wilberforce, who died suddenly on the 12th instant. It appears that deceased and his apprentice went out about 7 o'clock in the morning to work at building a house in Bowd's paddock. About half-past 9 deceased laid down his saw, and then laid down himself and died in a short time. From the evidence of his brother, Richard William Dunstan, the deceased had been afflicted with disease of the heart for many years. Dr. Dalgnrno was called to see the deceased, but death had taken place before he arrived. The doctor had no doubt of disease of the heart being the cause of death. The jury found a verdict in accordance with the medical opinion. Mr. Dunstun was comparatively a young man, and was much respected. His funeral on Sunday last was very largely attended. He leaves a young widow and two children.

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Life Summary [details]


Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


12 October, 1878 (aged ~ 34)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

Religious Influence

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