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John Joseph Fernon (1838–1921)

from Evening News

On January 10, John Fernon, 83, old age pensioner, fell over the cliffs at Blue Fish Point Manly, and lost his life.

The circumstances were the subject of an inquiry at the coroner's Court to-day. when Mr. Jamieson, City Coroner, returned a verdict of accidental death.

Evidence was given that it was usual for the old man to go to Manly for a blow.

Joseph Dennis Leslie Fernon, a railway employee, of 7 Brown-street, Camperdown, said he had never heard his father say he would take his life; he was more for preserving it.

There is a strong two-railed fence around the top of the cliffs, above where the body was lying, stated Sergt. Thomas Kelly. In his opinion Fernon had attempted to get under the rail on to the rock to get the full force of the sea breeze and as he did so the earth gave way and he was unable to recover himself and fell about 20 yards on to the rocks below.

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29 March, 1838


10 January, 1921 (aged 82)
Manly, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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