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Michael John Hennessey (1870–1904)

Michael John Joseph Hennessey died in the Coast Hospital on Saturday morning at a quarter past 11. He was attacked with the plague whilst working as a carter for a Chinese produce merchant in Campbell-street, near the Belmore Markets. Whilst in the Coast Hospital he received most careful attention at the hands of the medical and nursing staff. He appeared to respond to repeated doses of plague serum, and at one time the medical officers were confident they would pull him through. Unfortunately, however, Hennessey took a bad turn in the early hours of Saturday morning, and, despite the skill of the staff, succumbed as stated.

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'Hennessey, Michael John (1870–1904)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 15 April 2024.

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Life Summary [details]




30 April, 1904 (aged ~ 34)
Little Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

bubonic plague