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Northern Territory Coroners file 2

February 2, 2011

I recently posted the first 55 entries of an index I created, to a digitised file from the National Archives of Australia.

The names are surname first, so that I could alphabetise them by surname.  Page numbers refer to the page as it appears in the digitised file.  Dates may be the date of the incident or the date of the document – you would need to refer to the original file to be sure, but it gives a ballpark date for the event.

The rather racist (sometimes very racist) descriptions of Aboriginal people and people of Middle-Eastern and Asian descent are as stated in the document.  I apologise in advance for any offence these might cause.  Inspite of the offence they caused me, I have included them as stated in the documents (except I have capitalised the A in Aboriginal because my hands won’t type a lower case a for Aboriginal), for accuracy, and to illustrate the contents of the documents for those who may/may not wish to visit the original.

Here are the next 45 entries.  I will post more as I index them.

You can also access this series using the ‘Coroner’s file’ category on the right.

Name Description Date Place Page Number Comment
Howlett William unemployed Katherine 75
Irvine Samuel truck owner Monday, 30 March 1936 28, 29
James Lewis JP Coroner Saturday, 30 March 1935 60 – 61; 65 – 66
Jock Fong Indigent pensioner Wednesday, 3 April 1935 Pine Creek 58 – 59 76 years; Chinatown Pine Creek; Cause of death Senility
Johnson Harry Miner Friday, 4 January 1935 North Star Copper Mine via Booroloola 78, 92 – 93 Allias William JuniperDate of birth 16 December 1859; cause of death senile decay, natural causes; Age 76
Jones Ronald Hughes Camp Fire Saturday, 24 October 1936 Tennant Creek 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19 Camp situated in Paterson Street, Tennant Creek; list of property damaged in fire p. 19
Judy lubra; Aboriginal consort of native Lansen 78
Juniper William Miner Friday, 4 January 1935 North Star Coper Mine via Booroloola 78, 92 – 93 Alias Harry Johnson, Date of birth 16 December 1859; cause of death senile decay, natural causes; Age 76
Khan Ammid Edward Friday, 18 October 1935 Alice Springs 41 – 42 Reported death, also ‘Teddie’
Kirkwood Harold Simpson father of Keith Kirkwood Wednesday, 6 February 1935 Mataranka 71
Kirkwood Keith Prematurely born child Wednesday, 6 February 1935 Mataranka 69 – 71 Age 3 weeks; natural causes; infant son of Harold Simpson Kirkwood; born in the Katherine Hospital; three pounds weight at birth – a seven months baby.
Kitson man Saturday, 5 January 1935 Newcastle Waters 77
Knalla Piggy Age 30, Stockman Wednesday, 22 July 1936 Katherine 22 – 23 Postmortem disclosed that deceased died from influenza
Knott Kate Emma Storekeeper Friday, 30 August 1935 Katherine 47
Knowles GM JP Coroner Katherine 24 – 26, 47 – 50; 62
Koop AE Sergeant Wednesday, 13 May 1936 Katherine 24, 39, 46
Lampe VL SM Coroner Friday, 8 February 1935 67 – 68, 77, 88 – 91, 98 – 99, 100 – 101
Lansen employee of the deceased 78
Liddy Noel infant Friday, 8 June 1934 Kahlin Compound 100 – 101 Age 8 months Occupuation — Place of Residence Kahlin Compound Darwin Cause of Death Natural Causes.
Lloyd HJ JP Coroner Friday, 17 May 1935 Rankine River 53, 54, 55, 56
Lobley Colin Banka Banka Station 76
Long Barney Cloncurry 79 Investigated the cause of the fire
Lord Sister of Katherine Hospital Manbuloo 47
Lovegrove JC Police Sergeant Wednesday, 1 April 1936 Alice Springs 28, 41 – 42
Lovegrove Sergeant Crown Law Office Saturday, 28 November 1936 Darwin 3, 12 Addressee
Ludgate Leonard Motor Driver Tuesday, 20 October 1936 Tennant Creek 14 – 15 17 also Lenord Ludgate, Statement p. 15
Maddox Mr Assessor Union Assurance Society Ltd, Townsville Qld Townsville Qld 79 Investigated the cause of the fire
Mary a half-caste Aboriginal Tuesday, 29 January 1935 Banka Banka Station 76 found body of deceased
Mary half-caste Tuesday, 29 January 1935 Banka Banka Station 76 found body of deceased
McDonald Keith Coroner Thursday, 23 July 1936 Katherine 22
McRea Ethel May white woman Alice Springs 42 purchased a writing pad from deceased
Millican A Carrier Dajarra Qld 79 bought remainder of burnt van
Mohamed Atta Afghan Alice Springs 41 owner of camp
Molen William Railway Fettler; worked with James Malachy Cullen Saturday, 2 February 1935 Katherine 74, 75 had a camp close to camp of James Malachy Cullen; discovered body; Witness statement p. 75
Morcom Mr Monday, 14 January 1935 Lake Nash 79 In charge of Bedford Motor-Van when it burnt
Mulladad Afghan Alice Springs 41 – 42 first to notice dead body
Muskie Afghan Friday, 18 October 1935 Alice Springs 41 – 42 watching the body
Mussahood Afghan Friday, 18 October 1935 Alice Springs 39 – 41, 43 Lived in a grass thatched shelter at the rear of Olsson’s Store, Todd Street, Alice Springs.  Age apparently over 60  years, grey haired, about 5 feet 4 inches tall, very thick-set, hair clipped very short.  Also Mussulhood
Nelson Jock Homestead owner Friday, 11 January 1935 Moffit Creek 80 – 82
Newmarch Mr of Katherine Hospital Pine Creek 47
Nudgee Abdul Afghan Friday, 18 October 1935 Alice Springs 41 watching the body
O’Neill Denis Labourer Sunday, 1 September 1935 Old Punt Crossing Katherine 47 – 50 of no fixed abode; living in a temporary camp; excessive drinker; Also denny O’Neill; had recently made efforts to get the old age pension.  Was not successful due to being unable to locate his birth certificate.  About 67  years of age.  He moved about from Station to Station with a few old horses and packs. Body buried in cemetery.
O’Shea Timothy Hotel Keeper Katherine 75
Pagan Aboriginal boy Tuesday, 29 January 1935 Banka Banka Station 76 identified deceased statement p. 76
Patch JI Coroner Monday, 14 January 1935 Lake Nash 79, 94
Patrick Cyril Injured in fire Monday, 23 November 1936 Power of Wealth Mine 6 also Syril Patrick
Patrick Ronald Douglas Witness Monday, 23 November 1936 8 brother of Cyril Patrick
Pearce WT JP Coroner Thursday, 12 July 1934 95
Poll George believed to be an American Citizen Saturday, 30 June 1934 97
Powers Nicholas Draper Monday, 14 January 1935 Cloncurry 79 owner of Bedford Motor-Van
Reid Robert Senior Constable Saturday, 28 November 1936 Tennant Creek 3, 5, 9, 12 – 13, 16 – 18, Statements pp. 9, 16
Reilly PJ JP, Doctor, Coroner Friday, 18 October 1935 Alice Springs 39 – 40, 42, 43
Robinson Henry JP Coroner 32 -33, 44 – 45, 58 – 59, 72 – 75
Roger Tracker Katherine 47
Ruby a half caste child Monday, 27 January 1936 Rum Jungle 30 – 31 aged 3-4 years, Death due to natural causes, body buried near 57 mile Rum Jungle
Savage Joseph Hugh Contractor Thursday, 28 March 1935 Bradshaws Station 60 – 61 53 years; Residence Bradshaws Station Run; Died from fever
Scott Edward 70 years, Pensioner Wednesday, 13 May 1936 Katherine Hospital 24 – 26 of Maranboy, cause of death old age senility and natural causes, old age, senility, heart failure
Scott Leonard Arthur JP Coroner Friday, 8 February 1935 69 – 71
Sellman Mrs Pine Creek Hospital 75
Sheridan FK Mounted Constable Saturday, 26 January 1935 Borroloola 78
Sinclair HP JP Coroner Friday, 24 May 1935 51 – 52
Smith Alfred Thomas Wednesday, 19 February 1936 Jindare Station 32 – 33 Age 50, Pastoralist, Jindare Station, Cause of death natural causes
Smith H Tuesday, 20 October 1936 Tennant Creek 14, 16
Stanley Arthur William Miner and prospector Saturday, 16 June 1934 near Firniss River 98 – 99 Age 70 years Occupation Miner and Prospector Place of Residence near Firniss River Cause of Death Natural Causes
Staughton Ernest Alfred Engineers Assistant; Hollingsworth’s offsider Thursday 16 May 1935 Alroy Downs Station 53, 54 – 55 hand written statement p. 54
Stewart William John Hercules Labourer Wednesday, 5 February 1936 Katherine 220 Mile 35 – 36 Age 50 years; Last place of abode: Katherine; Died on or about 5 February 1936  Died on or about 219 3/4 mile; Death due to natural causes; Body buried about 1 chain East of railway line at 219 3/4 mile on 6.2.36
Stutterd LN JP Coroner 29 November 1936; 21 October 1936 Tennant Creek 4 – 5, 13, 17, 18 Fire which occurred at eight miles south of Tennant Creek on the main North-South road on the twenty third day of November 1936.  Odsmobile touring car (NT 1020)
Swanson Charles Augustus No occupation, living on old age pension Tuesday, 21 January 1936 Parap Northern Territory 37 – 38 Aged 81 years (?); Died at his own Residence on 2 1/2 mile road, Parap; Natural Causes
Tom Clay white man Mucketty bore 76 gave food to deceased previously
Tooloomin Tommy Employed by Mrs Knott; Aboriginal; native Katherine 47, 48 sent by Mrs Knott to assist deceased with shopping; statement p. 48
Toong Fong Sue Tailor Thursday, 19 September 1935 Pine Creek Hospital 44 – 45 Age 46; Natural Causes
Turner Henry Joseph truck vendor, insured truck 29 Burke & Turner
Unidentified white man Yardman for Kilgariff Sunday, 27 January 1935 Banka Banka Station 76 – 77 found washed up near a flooded creek, 2 miles north of Banka Banka Station; about 45 years of age; whiskers short some grey; body buried where it lay – could not be moved on account of falling to pieces. 6 feet tall; dark hair going grey, about a weeks growth of whiskers, two front teeth from upper jaw missing; slim build; cause of death exhaustion
Walsh Michael Carrier Alice Springs 29
Warren Norman Samuel Book and Store keeper Alroy Downs 53, 54 – 55
Webb Beecher Neill Car Fire Saturday, 28 November 1936 Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Bonney Well, 3, 5, 6, Statement p. 6
West Thomas R Coroner Friday, 11 January 1935 Moffit Creek 80 – 87
White TBC Constable Rankine 53
Williams Daniel Alexander Carpenter Katherine 48
Wilson BH Coroner Thursday, 17 December 1936 Brocks Creek 1 – 2
Wood Robert Sergeant of Police Katherine 24, 47,48, 62, 71, 74, 75 Witness statement p. 74
Woodcock Mounted Constable Darwin 91
Wright Charles Bathern Downs near Mucketty bore 77
Wright Mrs Bathern Downs near Mucketty bore 77
Wunch M Sister in Charge Wednesday, 13 May 1936 Katherine Hospital 24 also Wunsch
Wunsch Myrtle Nurse in Charge Katherine Hospital 62 also Wunch
Yee Chin Yien a male, 64 years Friday, 30 October 1936 Darwin 10 Cause of death – Natural Causes
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