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Hamilton, James (?–1835)

The body of James Hamilton, late constable in the Domain, formerly in the Parramatta Police, was found yesterday morning near ten o'clock, about half a mile from the Race Course. The body was stripped of every article of clothing except the stockings. The neck exhibited marks of apparently a violent blow, or grip. The lower part of the belly had two dreadful cuts, about nine inches long, apparently made with a clasp knife. The deceased was seen on Thursday night after sunset, in a state of intoxication, in company with a tall man who had no jacket on. A few minutes after eight, Conductor Christie, who was patrolling the road, received information that an assigned servant of Mr. Willoughby Dowling, was absent without leave, named Patrick Kilmartin, and upon his (Christie's) going to the Royal Admiral tent kept by a person named Abraham Davis, he saw Kilmartin there; he took him into custody, and after examining his clothing, found that he had on two pair of trousers, two shirts &c.; upon which he charged him with having committed a robbery and lodged him at the Police Office, here he found that the hat the prisoner was wearing had Hamilton's name in it. Mrs. Hamilton has since identified the whole of the clothes, as being those of her husband, whose body was found as above described. An Inquest will be held this morning.

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'Hamilton, James (?–1835)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/hamilton-james-14060/text25029, accessed 4 December 2021.

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