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Anne Riley (?–1830)

Death—at Liverpool, on Wednesday morning, the relict of the late Edward Riley Esq. J. P. and one of the principal Merchants of Sydney. The circumstances of this lady's death are melancholy. She and her son Mr. George Riley, were driving in a gig with a spirited horse on the road three miles on this side Liverpool, when the horse taking fright ran away into the bush and dashed the whole of the vehicle against a tree. The shafts broke off, and the horse went away. The servant behind saw Mrs. Riley on the ground sitting with her head hanging down, but still in her seat in the gig. Mr. G. Riley lay extended and senseless. The servant ran about for water, and having no vessel to hold it, he went to some distance to fetch some and filled his hat-crown full. On his return, to his astonishment, there stood before him Miss Riley, the eldest daughter of the unfortunate lady. Miss R. by mere accident happened to be travelling to Liverpool, and seeing a shattered gig on the ground in the road-way, and a person in it, she examined who it was, when to her great consternation she found it was her own mother. Mrs. Riley and her son recovered, and the next morning the former said, she felt the pain gone, and she seemed likely to recover the effects of the fall. But in the course of the day she became exceedingly ill, and on Wednesday morning breathed her last. Mr. G. Riley we are happy to say, complains only of being bruised in his shoulder.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Wilkinson, Anne

12 May, 1830
Liverpool, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

horse-drawn vehicle accident