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John Kerrigan (1815–1853)

We regret to have to announce the death, from an accident, of an old resident of Maitland, Mr. John Kerrigan, formerly of the Sportsman's Arms, and who has lately been keeping an inn at Singleton. Mr. Kerrigan was at Tocal, Paterson River, on Wednesday, and, as we are told, mounted a young horse he was about to get from there to train, but had not been long mounted when the horse commenced bucking, and threw him. Whether Mr. Kerrigan was kicked by the horse as he fell, or whether he fell against a stump, does not appear to be yet clearly known here, but in some way he received a serious injury on the stomach, producing serious laceration of the internal parts. Medical assistance was immediately sent for, both from Maitland and Paterson, and Mr. Kerrigan's relatives were also apprised of the unfortunate occurrence. On Thursday Mr. Kerrigan was removed into Maitland in a carriage, at his own request, and under the charge of his brother, Mr. William Kerrigan. No hope had however been from the first entertained of his recovery, and he died on Thursday, about three o'clock in the afternoon, at the Seven Stars Inn. An inquest was commenced on the body yesterday by Mr. Parker, but was adjourned till Tuesday next, to obtain the evidence of parties present at the time of the accident.

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Additional Resources

  • inquest, Maitland Mercury (NSW), 26 October 1853, p 2

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'Kerrigan, John (1815–1853)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 13 July 2024.

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Armagh, Ireland


20 October, 1853 (aged ~ 38)
Singleton, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

horse riding accident

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