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Edward Riley (1784–1825)

from Sydney Gazette

Death—at his residence in Woolloomooloo, on Monday last, Edward Riley, Esq, a Justice of the Peace for the Territory of New South Wales, and the senior Partner in the Firm of Riley and Walker. This Gentlemen has long been an inhabitant of this Colony, in which he was not only an active Magistrate, but also one of the most honorable and indefatigable Merchants. For these last two or three months, Mr. Riley laboured under severe indisposition, attended with hypochondriac symptoms, that induced mental derangement; in one of which was the unfortunate Gentleman destroyed himself, by means of a pistol, about 10 minutes prior to eleven o'clock on Monday forenoon: the ball is said to have entered beneath the chin, and found its way through the back part of the head, causing instant death. An Inquest was convened the same day on the melancholy occasion, and a Verdict returned of Insanity.

Mrs. Riley, an amiable and afflicted widow, is left with a large family, to deplore the sudden deprivation of a fond husbaud, and an excellent father.

The deceased was interred on Tuesday, in the Church-yard of Parramatta.

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30 January, 1784
London, Middlesex, England


21 December, 1825 (aged 41)
Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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