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Henry William Whitton (1829–1880)

At the inquest on Henry Wm. Whitton, who poisoned himself, a verdict of suicide was returned, but there was no evidence to show the state of mind deceased was in. He was a victim of Black Wednesday, and had been here about 18 months in partial employment at the Insolvency Court. On a table in his room a paper was found, on which was written— 'Sad end, but it must be, fate decrees it.' In a small pocket almanac under date of October 1, was written, 'Broken hearted; all hope gone; fate decrees the end; tried hard to avert this step; no chance of relief seems open; God help me.' On a page for October 29, was written — 'Anniversary of the day that sealed my unhappy future.'

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'Whitton, Henry William (1829–1880)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 21 May 2024.

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29 March, 1829
London, Middlesex, England


27 November, 1880 (aged 51)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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