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Goulburn Post - Inquest into death (Transcript)

24 Oct 1872

An inquest was held on Friday of Owen Callaghan, who me with his death from a fall from his horse.

Owen Callaghan Jnr., on oath, stated; Deceased was my father and resided at Lake Bathurst; he was a farmer and grazier; he was about sixty years old; my mother is dead; I last saw him yesterday morning; he started for Goulburn between six and seven o'clock; it is about 24 miles to our place; he was riding a quiet horse; he had often ridden it before - it was a very old horse; it had been into Goulburn with my father before; he had never been thrown from it at any time; my father sometimes drank, but had not done so lately; I never afterwards saw him alive; I am a farmer, and live with my father and help him.

To a juror: The horse was never known to buck or shy.

James Worrall, on oath, stated: I am an engineer at the City Mills, Goulburn; yesterday afternoon I was on the verandah; deceased was coming down Clinton-street on horseback; his horse stopped and shied and turned quickly round; he pulled the horse up short, which caused him to buck; he threw deceased out of the saddle, the horse at the same time jumping completely from under him; he fell upon the metal road; his head was slightly lower than any other portion of his body; I think he fell on his right side; very possibly his head struck the ground first; he laid there for a few moments; I ran over to pick him up; he was laying perfectly motionless; with the assistance of others we raised him up and some one brought some water, when we bathed his head; we carried him over the road and placed him in Mr Barber's store and sent for Dr Hayley; remained till the Doctor came and then went back to work; I afterwards saw them taking him to the Hospital in a spring van; he was quite insensible from the time we picked him up; his face was bruised but I did not perceive much blood; the horse seemed to shy at a bicycle [sic] which was ridded by Master Sidney Emanuel, some thirty yards in advance, and coming in an opposite direction to that in which deceased was going; I am sure the horse bucked; Sidney Emanuel ceased riding immediately.

To a juror: Deceased was cantering very slowly; I believe he was perfectly sober.

Sidney Emanuel was in attendance at the inquest, but the jury did not think it necessary to examine him.

William Foxton Hayley, on oath, stated: I am a legally qualified medical practitioner and reside in Goulburn; yesterday afternoon I was called in to see a man who was supposed to be dying; I saw he was dying and had him removed to the Hospital; blood was flowing from his right ear; he could not swallow anything; he died about an hour after he was received into the Hospital; he was apparently between 60 or 70 years of age; I am of opinion that death occurred from a fracture of the skull at the base of the brain with the effusion of blood upon that organ.

The jury returned the following verdict: Accidental death; caused by a fall from the horse deceased was riding which shied at a bicycle.

The jury desire to express their opinion that the use of bicycles should be limited to certain hours in the day in the principal thoroughfares of the city.

Owner/SourceGoulburn Post
Linked toOwen CALLAGHAN; Owen (Eugene) CALLAGHAN

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