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Joseph Mortley (1810–1852)

An event occurred in Windsor on Tuesday, the 15th instant, which has afforded us another warning of the uncertainty of life. One of our most respected townsmen was cut off in the prime of his days by one of those awful visitations of the Almighty, which should ever lead us to "consider our latter end." Mr. Joseph Mortley was on Tuesday evening returning from the Circus, now held at Mr. Fisher's, when he suddenly fell down, and being alone, was taken no notice of, persons passing him (and it being dark not recognising him) believing him to be some drunken person. Mr. George Conley, however, some time after had him brought into Mr. Fisher's, and ascertained that he was in a fit. Mr. Surgeon Day was promptly in attendance, and ordered him to be carried home, where every attention was afforded him, but he unhappily expired about four o'clock the next morning. An inquest was held on that body on Tuesday, before J. Dowe, Esq., M.D., J.P., the Coroner of the District, and a highly respectable jury, when, in accordance with medical and other testimony, a verdict was returned that Joseph Mortley died of apoplexy, induced by natural causes. The foreman at the same time, on behalf of himself and the rest of the jury, expressed the highest terms of praise to be due to Mr. George Conley, of George-street, for his humane conduct in alleviating the sufferings of deceased, by having had him removed from exposure to the night air, although he did not know he was rendering such service to his personal friend. The deceased has been long known, and most deservedly respected in the town and district, and his loss is sincerely regretted. He has left a widow and seven children.

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Hawkhurst, Kent, England


15 June, 1852 (aged ~ 42)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

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