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John Shanahan (1847–1885)

from Goulburn Herald

The sudden and totally unexpected death of Mr. John Shanahan of Warbreccan caused a great shock in Deniliquin on Friday morning on the news being received. Mr. Shanahan had been under medical treatment for a week previously, but a fatal termination to the case was never anticipated. On Thursday he was considerably better than he had been for some days previously, and was out of bed. He also had dinner, and was apparently in a fair way to recovery, but at about nine o'clock he was seized with an epileptic fit, and expired shortly afterwards. The deceased gentleman was of a retiring disposition, and did not identify himself prominently with any local affairs but they always had his warmest sympathy, and his purse was always generously open for any worthy object. He has been well-known in this district ever since Warbreccan was purchased by his father the late Mr. M. Shanahan of Marnoo, near St Arnaud, Victoria, and Sir Patrick Jennings, about eighteen or twenty years ago; but he was not actively engaged in the management of the station until about six or seven years since. Quite recently he took a trip to the Liverpool Plains district, where he was interested in some squatting properties, and he only returned, after a most enjoyable trip, ten days ago, when he looked the picture of health and vigour. Mr. Shanahnan was married to a daughter of the late Sir John O'Shanassy, and leaves a widow and two children to mourn their loss. The mortality in the Shanahan and O'Shanassy family during the last twelve or eighteen months has been something remarkable. The late Mr. John Shanahan's father, mother, and two brothers have died within the period named; and on Mrs. Shanahan’s side the deaths have been chronicled of Sir John O'Shanassy and two sons. Mr. John Shanahan was a warm-hearted friend, and his sudden and untimely death at such an early age (thirty-two) is a source of heartfelt regret amongst a very large circle of friends. Mrs. Shanahan, we understand, was was away from home when the sad event occurred.

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'Shanahan, John (1847–1885)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 14 April 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


Marnoo, Victoria, Australia


1 January, 1885 (aged ~ 38)
Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

epileptic fit

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