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John Morris Whalan (1838–1913)

As we go to Press an inquiry is being held concerning the death of Mr. Whalan, senr., father of Mr. John Whelan, a popular local Railway official, who was found drowned at Moloney's Rocks yesterday. It appears that deceased was in the habit of going for a stroll to the river daily. Mr. Bradwell, also of the Railway Dept., was in swimming when he noticed an object floating in the water. On closer examination he found it to be the body of deceased. On bringing it to the bank he found deceased's hat a short distance away, thus pointing to the fact that he had fallen asleep and then rolled into the water. Deceased was over 70 years of age. The funeral will take place at Wallerawang to day. The sorrowing family have the sympathy of our townspeople in their bereavement.


Following verdict was returned:— " I find that the said John Whalan in the waters of the Lachlan river was found dead without any marks of violence appearing on his body. I further find that his death was caused by asphysia by drowning, but how or by what means he came to be drowned, there is not sufficient evidence to enable me to say."

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'Whalan, John Morris (1838–1913)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 July 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


26 September, 1838
Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia


13 January, 1913 (aged 74)
Cowra, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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