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Alfred John Pechey (1840–1882)

from Australian Town and Country Journal

A serious accident happened to Mr. Alfred John Pechey, M.L.A., yesterday afternoon, shortly after 4 o'clock. It appears that Mr. Pechey was returning from business and when driving down Piper street between William and Bentinck streets, a dog rushed out and bit the horse's heels. The horse bolted, and in turning into Bentinck street, the vehicle overturned, Mr. Pechey was thrown out with great force, and has ever since remained unconscious. Drs. Cortis and Machattie were promptly in attendance, and on inquiry at 9 o'clock this morning Mr. Pechey still remained in the same state. The doctors hold out no possible hopes for his recovery. Mr. Pechey has only lately been elected member for East Macquarie, and is universally respected throughout the district.

Mr. Pechey was elected as representative in Parliament for East Macquarie only a few months ago (since Parliament was prorogued), and therefore had not an opportunity of sitting. On the occasion of his election, the defeated candidates were Messrs. Sydney Smith, C. J. Roberts, and T. M. Dalveen; and being successfully pitted against such influential men, illustrates the esteem he was held in by the constituency. Mr. Pechey is a surveyor by profession, and in younger days (he is only 45 years of age now) was enabled to amass a competency, which in the event of his decease, amply provide for his wife and family, who reside at Perth, George's Plains, about seven miles from Bathurst.

Mr. Pechey, M.L.A., who met with such a severe accident on Friday afternoon, still lies in a most precarious state. He has not regained consciousness since, and the doctors attending him express but very slight hope of his recovery.

BATHURST, Tuesday.
Mr. Pechey, who was thrown from his buggy on Friday afternoon, died shortly before 10 o'clock last night at Bardsley's Hotel. The unfortunate gentleman never recovered consciousness, and much regret is expressed at the lamentable accident. Mr. Pechey leaves a wife and six children. An inquest was held this morning upon the body of Mr. A. J. Pechey, M.L.A., at Bardsley's hotel, when the jury, after hearing the evidence, returned the following verdict:—"That deceased met his death accidentally by being thrown out of a buggy caused by the horse that he was driving being frightened by a dog.

BATHURST, Thursday.
The funeral of the late Mr. Pechey took place yesterday afternoon, and notwithstanding that it was raining heavily, it was largely and influentially attended. Mr. Pechey was buried in the Baptist section of the local cemetery, in his late father-in-law (Mr. H. Rotton's) vault.

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'Pechey, Alfred John (1840–1882)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


1 January, 1840
Sohan, Cambridgeshire, England


5 June, 1882 (aged 42)
Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

horse-drawn vehicle accident

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