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John Richardson (1760–1810)

On Wednesday a Coroner's Inquest sat on the body of John Richardson, who died suddenly at a little tenement in Pitt's Row. Verdict, Death by the visitation of God. The deceased was a well known character who for many years had struggled for the subsistance of a family by hawking fruits and cakes about the streets, on which account he was better known by the name of Muffins than his real name. We are thus particular in a description of the deceased, because while living he was univerally known to be exceedingly indigent, having four infant children, the mother of whom was crippled eight years ago by a beam falling on her in the lumber yard, and has ever since walked on crutches. Trifling as might have been the earnings of this poor son of misfortune, yet they were all that Providence had bequeathed to those dependent on him, and now deprived of even that dependance, what must be this distress to which they are thus unhappily, and unexpectedly reduced!

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Mann, John Richardson
  • Muffins



17 January, 1810 (aged ~ 50)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

Cultural Heritage

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years