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Thomas Parnell (1797–1856)

Yesterday an inquest was held by Dr. McCartney, at Osterley, on the body of Mr Thomas Parnell. It appeared from the evidence that Mr. Parnell has been under occasional medical treatment for some time past, and Dr. Getty informed Mrs. Parnell some months since that the nature of the attacks threatened sudden death on some occasion. Mr. Parnell had complained much of his chest for the last fortnight; but not sent for medical advice; on Thursday evening he took a hearty tea, but about an hour after became ill, suffering from great chilliness; he than took a glass of brandy, but it did not revive him, and violent sickness coming on, he continued in this state until he died, about eight o'clock. Dr. Getty had been sent for immediately, but could not reach the place until some hours after Mr. Parnell's death; and Mr. Edwin Hickey, who lived near, and was sent for, could only arrive in time to perceive a faint remnant of life, just prior to death. Dr. Getty was of opinion death was caused by an effusion of blood on the brain, occasioned and accclerated by pulmonary disease. The deceased gentleman was widely known and greatly respected in this neighbourhood, and his many friends here and at a distance will lament his sudden death.

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Life Summary [details]


June, 1797
London, Middlesex, England


11 September, 1856 (aged 59)
Osterley, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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