On this day… January 1
On this day, January 1, 1873 my great-great-great grandfather, John Kirwan shot himself in the head at his home/shop/store in Edeowie, South Australia.
You can read a newspaper report on the coroner’s inquest here if you are not queasy.
I wrote an account of John Kirwan’s life here. The account also links to another biography on the life of John Kirwan and some of his family.
My own father, Frank McLeod Kirwan committed suicide in 1976, so the subject of suicide interests me – specifically the intergenerational impact of the suicide of forebears. I know my father’s suicide when I was 12 years old affected me, and impacted on the future path of my life. As a result, this must have also influenced my children. I have wondered if the suicide of John Kirwan impacted on his descendants in a way that travelled through the generations. I will write more on this in future posts, but if you are reading this, and have any thoughts, I’d be interested to hear them.