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Francis Williams (c. 1801–1864)

Death by Lightning.— An inquest was held on Saturday last, by the coroner, Mr. W. E. Shaw at the residence of Edward Garner, of Williams River, in reference to the death of a man named Francis Williams. From the evidence it appears that the deceased who was an old man 75 years of age, was in the employ of Edward Garner. He had just come into the house during the storm of Friday evening last, and had rested himself upon the sofa, when suddenly a loud report was heard which was accompanied with lightning. The electric fluid struck the deceased on the back of the head, killing him instantly. The lightning also singed the hair partly off Mrs. Garner's head. Verdict: Killed by lightning.

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c. 1801
Bedford, Bedfordshire, England


9 December, 1864 (aged ~ 63)
Raymond Terrace, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

lightning strike

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