- Born: Abt 1838, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
- Christened: 9 Sep 1838, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
- Marriage: Mary PICKFORD on 7 May 1861 in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
- Died: 16 Jun 1905, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia aged about 67
Report of John Rankin's Death - Examiner Newspaper - Sat 17 June 1905
A Sudden Death Mr John Rankin
Mr John Rankin, a well-known identity in Launceston for the past 50 years, died suddenly at his residence in Elizabeth Street early yesterday morning. His demise was quite unexpected, as he was in the city as late as 9.30 the previous evening, and was then in excellent spirits. After going to bed, however, he suddenly took ill, and expired at 8.30 a.m. yesterday. Deceased arrived in Launceston when quite a boy, by a Scottish emigrant ship. In the sixties he took charge of a livery stable business, at the back of the Launceston Hotel, and subsequently removed across to the other side of the Quadrant. He remained there for close on 20 years, and was extremely popular with patrons. His services as driver were always sought on the occasion of the visit of the Governor to Launceston, or whenever a fashionable wedding took place. He also had the contract for the horsing of the fire brigade engine, and for many years was a member of the brigade itself. He was connected with the Ancient Order of Oddfellows, of which he was a Past Grand. Deceased remained in business until about 15 years ago, and then retired. For some considerable time past he had been employed as billiard marker at the Launceston Hotel.
An inquest was held in St John's schoolroom yesterday afternoon, before the coroner (Mr E. Whitfield) and a jury of seven, of whom Mr Thos. J. Earley was foreman.
Mary Rankin deposed that she identified the body of the deceased as that of her husband, John Rankin, aged 66. He was a colonist of over 50 years, and was born in Sterlingshire, Scotland. He went to bed at 11p.m. the previous night, and did not complain of being ill. In fact, he said that he had never felt better. At 12.30 he fell out of bed in a fit, and his speech became very thick. She was up most of the night with him. About 4.30 a.m. she gave him a drink. He was frothing at the mouth. Half an hour later she spoke to him, and he answered her very thickly. He complained of being cold. Witness then went to sleep, and woke about 8 a.m. Her husband was then only just alive, and died about 8.30 a.m. In October last he had a fall, and had complained ever since. His heart had been very weak, and he had to give up the fire brigade on this account. Dr. L.S.Holmes said he had examined the body of the deceased. There were no marks of violence, and he believed death was due to an apoplectic fit and heart failure.
A verdict was given in acccordance with the medical testimony.
John married Mary PICKFORD, daughter of George PICKFORD and Elizabeth LOCK, on 7 May 1861 in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. (Mary PICKFORD was born in 1840 in Northover, Somersetshire, England and died on 14 May 1915 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.)