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DAILY SOUTHERN CROSS
DEATH ENTRIES
1874

The Southern Cross began as a weekly paper in Auckland on 22 April 1843. In 1862 it became the first daily newspaper in Auckland, changing its name to the Daily Southern Cross. The Southern Cross was merged with the New Zealand Herald, which is still published today, in 1876.

These have been kindly indexed by Jacqueline Walles. If you think any of these entries belong to you, they can be researched in greater detail through the Papers Past website. There are sometimes follow-ups at later dates.

SNIPPETS 1874 from the Daily Southern Cross

01 January 1874 – A navvy named COOK was injured at the works at Fort Britomart yesterday by a fall of timber. His collar bone was broken and his leg injuries necessitated immediate amputation. He is at present in a very precarious state.

02 January 1874 – A 3 ½ year old child, John McDALL, has wandered from his parents’ home in Remuera. He is of dark complexion and dressed in a brown suit with leather belt.

02 January 1874 – An elderly gentleman named WALDIE, whilst walking in Hobson-street, broken his ankle. It will probably be about two months before he can resume his ordinary duties.

05 January 1874 – Mr WALDIE, who broke his leg a few days ago, is doing as well as could be expected.

05 January 1874 – From New Plymouth – Captain BRAUND of the schooner Charybdis from the Manukau, smashed his fore-finger when off Waitara. He called in for surgical aid and left for Lyttelton again last night.

06 January 1874 – John LONGWELL, fireman on the s.s. Governor Blackall, died suddenly on board on 1 January. The vessel was bound from Kandavau to this port. Funeral took place next morning.

06 January 1874 – The young woman Agnes HARRIS, Wilton-street, Freeman’s Bay, who was sun struck on Friday at Motuihi and who has been speechless for some time since, has now recovered her speech, and is slowly recovering.

06 January 1874 – A number of Mr WALDIE’s acquaintances are taking steps to raise a subscription on behalf of his family.

07 January 1874 – A son of the late Captain CRANCH fell down a steep bank near Freeman’s Bay. During his descent he struck against an out-jutting rock before he reached the water. He is a good deal bruised about the head but hopes are entertained of his recovery.

07 January 1874 – Mr John KERR, a highly respected pensioner, died as a result of a fire at Onehunga yesterday. Inquest held yesterday. Verdict: Accidentally burned to death but that there was no evidence as to how the fire originated.

09 January 1874 – From Dunedin – At the Supreme Court today Catherine McDONALD, charged with manslaughter by murdering John BRIGGS, was sentenced to five years penal servitude.

14 January 1874 – From Grahamstown – Harvey HAMILTON died suddenly at Hikutaia. Inquest tomorrow.

14 January 1874 – Inquest at Grahamstown, Thames on 30 December on the remains of the body of the boy George HYAM who was drowned while riding across the Kauwaeranga river on 17 November last. The body was only discovered on 27 December by a native where it had been caught by a snag. A verdict of accidental death was recorded.

14 January 1874 – Mr J J O’BRIEN, manager of the Queen of Beauty mine, Thames, fell while in the lower level and fell. His collar bone was broken and he also received a severe cut in the head. The injuries are serious.

14 January 1874 – John KELEHER, whilst at the Bright Smile mine, fell down the shaft an penetrated through the foot from the instep to the sole, without smashing the bone. He was taken to the hospital.

14 January 1874 – Mr BRYSON’s child was drowned in a pool of water by the father’s residence at Coromandel. Inquest on 23 December returned a verdict of accidental death. Another of Mr Bryson’s children recently died from whooping cough.

14 January 1874 – Mr J WAYMOUTH sen. fell on 23 December at Smale’s Point on to rocks and broke his arm above the wrist.

14 January 1874 – Inquest on Thos ADAMS on 24 December. Death from natural causes.

14 January 1874 – Inquest at the Lunatic Asylum on 30 December on Peter REID. He had refused to take any nourishment.

15 January 1874 – From he Thames Advertiser – A man named Harvey HAMILTON, who resided with his wife and family in Mr Rose’s house at Hikutaia, died suddenly while working n the bush with a man named William HAZLETT. Deceased was an American, a strong, powerful fellow of about 40, and was a sober, steady man.

16 January 1874 – Mrs CONNOLLY of Ngaruawahia, was thrown out of a trap driven by her husband when a corner was turned too sharply. He leg, although not broken, is very seriously contused.

17 January 1874 – James BILLINGS sustained severe injuries including a fracture hip bone in the Queen of Beauty Mine on Friday. He was conveyed to the hospital.

17 January 1874 – A member of the crew of the ship Hindostan named James CAMBRIA was seized with a fit while sitting on the forecastle rail and fell into the water. He was recovered by Mr Joseph HARDIE, Chief Officer of the ship Chile. Mr Hardie is reported to have already saved six lives from drowning.

17 January 1874 – Joseph ROBERTS employed on the Amateur, yesterday sustained an accident in which his thigh was broken.

19 January 1874 – William BLYTH, master of the cutter Leader, fell into the water yesterday. Mr Charles HOPKINS dived and brought up the body. Deceased was about 25 years of age and unmarried. He was perfectly sober at the time.

20 January 1874 – Inquest yesterday on Captain BLYTH. Verdict: Found drowned. A rider was added recommending Mr HOPKINS to the kind consideration of the authorities and the Harbour Board and also recommending him for the medal of the Royal Humane Society. Also full account of inquest on following page.

21 January 1874 – From Wellington – All the crew of the Salisbury have been arrested for broaching cargo. They got at the champagne at Christmas time.

22 January 1874 – From Wellington – A number of the Salisbury’s crew have been sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment for broaching cargo and another week for disobedience of orders.

24 January 1874 – From Dunedin – A fatal accident, it is feared, has happened to Mr JOHNSON, Government Engineer, at Tokomairiro. He was thrown from his horse and now lies in a critical state from concussion of the brain.

26 January 1874 – From Waiwera – Mr JEVONS, late manager of the Bank of NSW, Grahamstown, has died. He had previously been injured whilst rowing a boat and had been spending time at the springs. Inquest held with the verdict ‘died from natural causes’. The body was conveyed to Auckland by the yacht Energy.

26 January 1874 – The body of Richard WATSON, killed at the Thames by a boiler explosion at the Kuranui battery, was brought up on the Enterprise from Thames an the body conveyed to Papakura for interment.

26 January 1874 – From Grahamstown – A boatman named BOULTON reported the sighting of a dead body near the mouth of the river off Shortland. A man named KINIVAN has been missing for three weeks.

26 January 1874 – Dunedin – Mr JOHNSTON, engineer of the Tokomairiro district and who was thrown from his horse, has died.

26 January 1874 – Further article re the boiler accident at the Kuranui battery, Thames where three men lost their lives – Alfred COOK, Richard WATSON and Matthew PAUL.

27 January 1874 – From Grahamstown – Inquest on Alfred COOK continued.

27 January 1874 – A public meeting will be held for arranging how to carry out a benefit in aid of the widows and orphans of the men killed in the Kuranui battery.

28 January 1874 – More on the Kuranui boiler disaster, including Alfred COOK

29 January 1874 – From Grahamstown - Adjourned inquest on Alfred COOK continued.

31 January 1874 – From Port Chalmers – James WALKER, aged 33, a native of Dundee, died in the lock-up. He was arrested in an insane state. At the inquest the verdict was “Died of heart disease.”

02 February 1874 – More on the boiler accident at the Kuranui.

03 February 1874 – Loss of a cutter and all hands on the Manukau Bar – probably eight lives lost. Believed to be the Flora Macdonald.

04 February 1874 – From Warkworth – A son of Mr George WARIN of Matakana West, who is employed by Mr Palmer was injured by a horse which inflicted a most severe cut on the face. He was able to be removed to his home.

04 February 1874 – Mr SIMPSON, Te Awamutu, was seriously hurt by a boar. He was severely injured by the boar’s tusks. Mr Simpson has not left his bed but is doing as well as could be expected.

04 February 1874 – More on the Manukau marine disaster. The Flora Macdonald (Captain KENNY) had a crew of three and five passengers.

05 February 1874 – More on the loss of the Flora Macdonald.

05 February 1874 – From Thames Correspondent - A miner named Edward CLARK, aged about 25, missed his footing whilst getting into the cage and was caught between the cage and the timbers of the shaft over the chamber. He was dragged for some distance up the shaft before being discovered. He was quite dead and fearfully mutilated. Inquest tomorrow.

05 February 1874 – From Nelson – Mr KYNNERSLEY was buried today. Very large funeral, the hearse being followed by a body of miners.

05 February 1874 – From the Chathams - An ex soldier of the 96th Regt, John HEMMINGTON, has been restrained suffering from delusions.

06 February 1874 – From Mercury Bay – Alexander CARSON, a settler aged 32 years, drowned on 2nd inst. He had been in the employ of Schappe & Ansenne.

06 February 1874 – From Napier – Daniel, a German, was drowned while swimming for a wager in the harbour.

06 February 1874 – From Grahamstown - Inquest on Edwin CLARK of the Bright Smile mine. Verdict: Accidental death.

07 February 1874 – More on the wreck of the Flora Macdonald.

09 February 1874 – Passengers on the lost Flora Macdonald: Joseph GRAHAM, Royal Hotel, Raglan, wife & 3 children; Piakou, a half-caste, single, brother in law to Mr H H Brabant, RM of Opotiki; Mr W Robertson, newly arrived from Scotland; Timothy GOLVAN, 12 years, son of a blacksmith at Raglan; Mary PHILLIPS, of Mata; Captain KENNY was a native of Scotland, husband of Martha (ALLEN), daughter of John Allen, cattle-dealer, Raglan, two children (twins).

09 February 1874 – From the Thames – An accident at the Pumping Association Shaft resulted in the death of a fine able young man named Frank DARE, aged about 27. Only last week deceased attended his brother’s wedding. He was one of the mainstays of his aged mother, who is a helpless invalid.

09 February 1874 – Dreadful gale at Auckland, six or seven drowned. Richard KNOTT, aged 25, single, seaman.

10 February 1874 – James DONOVAN, steward of the Taranaki, who sustained severe injuries by falling through the flimsy balustrade of a staircase at the Auckland Hotel, lies in a very precarious state.

10 February 1874 – The body of Frank DARE was recovered this morning.

10 February 1874 – Loss of the yacht Pearl in the recent gale. Bernard WAYMOUTH, aged about 21 years, is believed to have perished in the gale. Also J HASTIE and B WASHINGTON of the Columbus.

10 February 1874 – Wreck of the Flora Macdonald – Master: John L KENNEY. Crew: Robert WILLIAMSON and another lad.

11 February 1874 – Inquest on the body found cast up on the beach at the North Shore on Sunday. It was that of Mr B WAYMOUTH, boat-builder, who had left Auckland in the yacht Pearl on Saturday for Waiheke. Verdict: Found drowned.

11 February 1874 – The funeral of William RAYNER, Royal College of Surgeons, took place yesterday. Arrived 1863 in charge of emigrants and subsequently was surgeon in one of the Waikato regiments. He was the son of the Rev Moses Rayner of Manchester.

11 February 1874 – The name of Benjamin WASHINGTON, lost in the yacht Columbia, should have read Benjamin WORTHINGTON.

11 February 1874 – From Coromandel – The skull, supposed to be that of Henry JONES, lost between Coromandel and Wangapoua about two years ago, was found on the new track leading to Wangapoua.

11 February 1874 – Inquest on Bernard WAYMOUTH of the yacht Pearl.

12 February 1874 – The body of Mr HASTIE, believed to have been lost on board the yacht Columbia in company with Mr B WORTHINGTON, was found floating near the North Shore steamer wharf yesterday.

12 February 1874 – A little girl, daughter of James KITH, Otakia, Otago, fell on the 22 ult and dislocated her neck. When picked up she was quite dead.

13 February 1874 – Inquest yesterday on William HASTIE, found in the harbour.

13 February 1874 – The body picked up by the pilot boat yesterday was identified as that of Mr B WORTHINGTON, of the Columbia. Also the body found floating outside the Rangitoto reef was identified as that of Peter MARTIN of the yacht Pearl.

13 February 1874 – Inquest on William HASTIE of the yacht Columbia.

14 February 1874 – Inquiry re the wreck of the Flora Macdonald.

14 February 1874 – Yesterday inquests were held on the bodies of Peter MARTIN and B WORTHINGTON, drowned during the late gale. In each case a verdict of Found Drowned was returned.

16 February 1874 – From Nelson – Dr TURREL, Warden & Resident Magistrate, was drowned in the Takaka River. The body is not yet found.

16 February 1874 – From Coromandel – Mrs MASON was discovered dead in bed this morning by her husband when he awoke. Mason is in the employ of the Tokatea Company.

17 February 1874 – A body believed to be that of Mr JONES was recovered from a beach near the Tamaki. The corpse has been much mutilated and it may be difficult to identify.

17 February 1874 – From Coromandel - A miner named O’HAY injured his leg by a fall of stuff from the stopes in the New Pacific.

18 February 1874 – From Grahamstown – A carpenter named William MOTT was brought down from Ohinemuri today to the hospital. He broke his leg last night by falling off a ladder in Mr Thorpe’s house.

18 February 1874 – Inquest yesterday at the Railway Terminus Hotel, Official Bay, on George ESNOUF who lost his life during the late gale. He was a Jerseyman aged 20.

19 February 1874 – Mr John NICHOLSON, proprietor of the General Cameron Hotel, Albert-street, died yesterday aged 68. He arrived in 1839 with Government Hobson.

19 February 1874 – Volunteer T HALEY’s funeral yesterday. He was 45 and leaves a widow and one child in reduced circumstances.

19 February 1874 – From the Coromandel Mail – Mr Lynch’s 5 year old son was badly kicked on the temple and the child’s life was in danger for some time. He is now rapidly recovering.

19 February 1874 – More on Mr O’HAY’s accident in the New Pacific mine.

20 February 1874 – Examination yesterday on the skull and vertebrae recovered by HAWKES, waterman, off Rangitoto Reef. The remains appear to be those of a human being about 17 years of age, probably the remains of the lad Edward JONES who was lost in the yacht Pearl during the late gale.

20 February 1874 – From Napier – A large grass fire has occurred at Waipawa. Two boys were severely burned. One died only three hours afterwards.

21 February 1874 – From Grahamstown -The four year old son of James CLARKSON, fell over the tramway bridge into the Waiotahi Creek today, a depth of 20 ft. He was picked up insensible but is now recovering.

23 February 1874 – From the Thames Advertiser - Thomas BURNS, a miner at the Tookey mine, was injured in the eye by a large splinter, whereupon the eyeball burst. The eye appears to be irretrievably lost but BURNS does not appear to suffer much pain.

23 February 1874 – From Wellington – Captain LLOYD of the steamer Rangatira broke his leg in three places this afternoon and also dislocated his ankle.

25 February 1874 – Mr O’NEILL of Coromandel, father of Mr C O’Neill, MHR for the Thames, last night fell into the water while stepping from the Lalla Rookh. He was rescued by a crew member of the James Wells and taken to the United States Dining-rooms where he was cared for and given accommodation for the night.

27 February 1874 – An inquest was held yesterday at the Lunatic Asylum on the body of John BRESLING. Verdict: Natural causes.

02 March 1874 – From New Plymouth – Hapurana, the great chief who fought against us during the last war, died on Thursday last aged 60 years.

03 March 1874 – John WILLIAMS, a miner in the Queen of Beauty mine, was severely injured by a shot exploding. His injuries are supposed not to be very severe.

03 March 1874 – Inquest on a youth named Edward Charles SPAULDING who died from ulcerated sore throat. Death from natural causes.

04 March 1874 – From Dunedin – A verdict of wilful murder has been returned against Patrick LONG at the inquest on the man McDONALD.

07 March 1874 – A son of Mr PETERS, baker, Kyber Pass Road, fell from the top of a cart. The horse was startled and moved on, causing the wheel to pass over the boy’s chest. He escaped without broken bones but with extensive bruising.

09 March 1874 – From Wellington – Terrific gale last night. Wellington and Cyrus were wrecked. Seven lives lost – JOHNSTON, the cook and a seaman named RUSHTON from the Wellington and five from the Cyrus – Mrs WRIGGLESWORTH, wife of well-known photographer and her 2 children; Robert SMITH, 2nd Officer, and a seaman called George.

10 March 1874 – Body of man picked up on beach in Hick’s Bay was that of a man about 50 with gray hair & beard.

10 March 1874 – From Wellington – Mrs WRIGGLESWORTH and children were crushed to death by the falling of the deck-house just as the captain was making an effort to get them on the rocks. He ordered the second mate and seamen to try and get to a certain rock so as to pass a rope to save the women and children. The men made the attempt gallantly but were washed off and seen no more.

11 March 1874 – From Coromandel – Inquest today on the body of McFARLAND and a verdict of accidental death was returned.

13 March 1874 – Enquiry is made through the Colonial Secretary’s Office for the present whereabouts of Mr Richard ROGERS, baker and flour dealer who arrived per immigrant ship about September 1857 and who resided in or near Auckland several years thereafter.

13 March 1874 – Letters of naturalization have been granted to Mr John VOLKNER, plumber, Auckland, and John RHODES, coachbuilder, Coromandel.

13 March 1874 – From Napier – Accident to Mr DUNBAR, only son of Messrs Brogden’s inspector here. The ring of a monkey, used for driving piles, fell on his head at Clive. He is not expected to live.

14 March 1874 – Inquests on Peter MARTIN and Mr B WORTHINGTON, drowned during the late gale. In each case a verdict of Found Drowned was returned.

14 March 1874 – Inquest at the Railway Terminus Hotel, Official Bay, on George ESNOUF, drowned by the upsetting of the Challenge. Verdict: Accidentally drowned.

14 March 1874 – A poor woman named Mrs MASON at Coromandel was discovered dead in bed on the morning of 14 February by her husband when he awoke. Mason is in the employ of the Tokatea Company.

14 March 1874 – Mr R MILLETT, resident engineer connected with the Thames Water Supply, expired suddenly on 14 February.

14 March 1874 – A man named MACFARLANE of the Royal Standard Mine, was killed whilst engaged in stoping out, when about six tons of earth fell and rolled over him.

14 March 1874 – Mr John NICHOLSON, proprietor of the General Cameron Hotel, Albert-street, died at the age of 69. Came here with Gov. Hobson in 1839.

16 March 1874 – Mr R S ANDERSON, aged 41, died in Hobson-street on Saturday. Many years in the Gov. Land& Survey Dept as draughtsman.

17 March 1874 – From Grahamstown – A child of Mr John WILLIAMS, a partner in Northy’s tribute (old Poverty Claim), died on board the Golden Crown near the Sandspit today.

18 March 1874 – More on Mr Robert S ANDERSON.

20 March 1874 – From Mangere – Mr Matthew FLEMING fell over a cliff and dislocated his neck close to the base of the skull. There is no hope of recovery though the accident was not immediately fatal. He had a child in his arms which was not injured by the fall.

21 March 1874 – Mr FLEMING of Mangere expired on Thursday afternoon. Funeral today.

23 March 1874 – From Hokitika – In the Supreme Court the case of Regina v LEVY, for attempting murder of the overseer FERGUSSON, broke down through a flaw in the indictment.

24 March 1874 – The death of a newly born female child was reported to the police yesterday forenoon under rather suspicious circumstances. From what can be learned it appears that a young woman named Minnie GARLICK, a servant, about 20 years of age, who arrived in the provinces about 10 months back gave birth to a female child yesterday. There was no one present at the time and the infant was shortly afterwards found to be dead. Inquest today.

25 March 1874 – More on the concealment of birth (Minnie GARLICK)

26 March 1874 – The remains of a human body had been seen at Kauri Point, as informed to the water police by Samuel CLARE, a boatman.

26 March 1874 – Alexander JAMES, cook at the Occidental Hotel, fell about 7 ft into the cellar. In falling his leg caught in a ladder and was broken just above the ankle. He is now lying at home.

26 March 1874 – Mr Halstead VILCOQ, an inmate of the Lunatic Asylum, died yesterday. Inquest today.

26 March 1874 – Wellington – Eighteen deaths have occurred during the Woodlark’s voyage, mostly children, from infantile diseases. The adults are all well at present but five children are still suffering scarlet fever.

27 March 1874 – Inquest on Alcide VILCOQ at the Lunatic Asylum. Died from natural causes.

27 March 1874 – Fire at Major Drummond HAY’s whare resulted in his head and legs being severely burned. He is recovering.

27 March 1874 – Waikato Times – Mr A S SHERRET, was thrown from his horse and later found lying in the road. He is not yet in a state to return home and has been lying at Sgt Edinborough’s. The opinion is that his spine is injured.

27 March 1874 – Messrs W A MARRINER & E MITCHELSON retrieved a row boat at Northern Wairoa and found two men, William FRASER & Edward WILSON, bushmen, asleep in the bow end and an old man named Charles CRYSTAL, known as ‘deaf Charley’ lying dead in the stern sheets. They had all been drinking. Inquest verdict: Deceased was accidentally suffocated by partial immersion in water while under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

28 March 1874 – Mr James LORIMER, connected with the Waste Lands Dept, died of brain fever in the Provincial Hospital. He was 22 and generally respected by all who came in contact with him.

31 March 1874 – More on the concealment of birth (Minnie GARLICIK)

31 March 1874 – Wangaroa North – Mr J ROSIER, an old settler & farmer in the Totara district drowned on 16th inst. He leaves a widow and eight young children, not too well provided for. This is the first accident by drowning in the harbour for the last 8 years.

01 April 1874 – Police Court – Charge of Child Murder – Minnie GARLICK was charged “that she on about the 21st day of March 1874 at Auckland feloniously, willfully and of malice aforethought, did kill and murder a certain female infant child, name unknown, contrary to the statute in such case made and provided”. To take her trial at the next criminal sittings of the Supreme Court.

06 April 1874 – Riverhead – Fenton CAMPION, aged 33, formerly bugler in the 18th Regt had been drinking for some time before returning to his whare. A fire occurred and he was frightfully burnt. He crawled to a house about half a mile distant and was put on board the Felipse and brought to Auckland hospital. He suffered horribly until he died. Inquest today.

07 April 1874 – Inquest at the Lunatic Asylum on Edward ALAG. It appeared that deceased who had been ailing for some time past had died from natural causes.

07 April 1874 – A 13 year old named Joseph GARTY lost his life yesterday on a shooting expedition when he was accidentally shot by another Volunteer Cadet. Inquest today.

07 April 1874 – Yesterday Miss Cotter, aged 19, daughter of Mr Cotter, cabinet- maker, Queen-street, who had been suffering from neuralgia for some time, died suddenly. Inquest today.

08 April 1874 – More on the death of Miss Mary COTTER.

08 April 1874 – Inquest on Joseph GARTY will take place today.

08 April 1874 – A lad named WESTON found in Cox’s Creek a portion of hatchway with the words “There is no hope for poor Ben – Ben Pont.” The police have no information of any man of that name having been missed but there is just a possibility that the remains of the body found at Kauri Point a few days back may be in some way connected with this present discovery.

08 April 1874 – The lad FITTS who shot his hand on Friday last is getting on as well as could be expected. The left hand was so shattered that it was found necessary to amputate the whole, save the forefinger and thumb. He was a clerk in the office of Mr Brookfield at the time of the accident.

08 April 1874 – Inquest into the circumstances of the death by burning of Fenton, or Francis CAMPION.

08 April 1874 – A carter named McQUAY was severely injured when the wheel of a dray passed over his right leg.

08 April 1874 – Inquest re Miss Mary COTTER. Death by natural causes.

08 April 1874 – More on the burning of Francis CAMPION at Riverhead.

09 April 1874 – More on the inquest re GARTY.

09 April 1874 – More on Joseph John GARTY aged 14 years.

10 April 1874 – Marriage on 8th inst at Otahuhu of Miss Mary GOULD, eldest daughter of Rev F Gould, to Mr Charles LONG of Onehunga.

11 April 1874 – On 4 April one of Cobb’s coaches fell over the embankment near Lawrence, Otago. Several passengers were injured severely. Mrs ANDERSON had several ribs broken and her son aged 4, had to have his foot amputated and is now in hospital.

11 April 1874 – Minnie GARLICK on trial for infanticide was acquitted of the charge of murder but found guilty of concealment of birth and sentenced to nine months imprisonment with hard labour.

11 April 1874 – Supreme Court – Minnie GARLICK arraigned.

11 April 1874 – A man named C G SMITH, who had been working for Mr E Mills on the Port Albert Road and who had been drinking rather hard lately, made several attempts to commit suicide, once by stabbing himself with a knife in the left breast and another by trying to cut his throat and lastly by jumping off Mr Southgate’s wharf at Warkworth and trying to drown himself. He was committed for trial.

11 April 1874 – A native named Papu has murdered another Maori named Timoti at Wangaroa through jealously.

11 April 1874 – A bushman named Michael RUDDY was killed instantaneously by a falling tree at the Awakino, one of the Kopuru saw mill bushes, Northern Wairoa.

17 April 1874 – Yesterday the body of Joseph REDSHAW, owner of a allow & boiling down establishment in New North Road, was found hanging by the neck and quite dead. He was 55 years of age and formerly had a business at the foot of Grey-street behind the Market Hotel. His son John Redshaw found the deceased. Inquest today.

18 April 1874 – Inquest on Joseph REDSHAW. Verdict: Hanged himself while suffering from a temporary insanity.

18 April 1874 – Inquest on Joseph REDSHAW. Widow Jane Redshaw. Verdict: That the deceased died by his own act and under his own hand whilst in a state of temporary insanity.

20 April 1874 – Lyttelton – A young daughter of Mr THOMSON, blacksmith, fell down a deep well. The mother besought a man to rescue it but he not responding, she quickly seized the well rope and went down and was drawn up safe. The mother and child had a narrow escape from drowning.

20 April 1874 – A man named W A HORSEY died suddenly in Hobson-street and was taken to his house from Mechanics Bay where he had had a fit. He had been drinking lately. Inquest today.

21 April 1874 – There was no inquest held yesterday upon Richard William HORSEY. Dr Bayntun gave a certificate as to the cause of death and as there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the case, the Coroner considered an inquest would be unnecessary.

21 April 1874 – John DUNCAN of Shortland suffered a very painful gun accident while he and his wife Elizabeth were hunting pigs in the swampy land opposite Kopu. Upon reaching for his gun it exploded, as a result of which he died. His wife tried to swim for help and then walked into Shortland. Inquest today.

23 April 1874 – William HILL, foreman of a gang engaged in picking out stone at the Newmarket quarry, broke his leg in two places and was conveyed to the Provincial Hospital.

23 April 1874 – Tauranga – A child named SMITH was burned to death at Opotiki. It was playing with matches which ignited and set fire to its clothes.

24 April 1874 – Thames Advertiser – Mr John DUNCAN who died by the accidental explosion of his gun on Sunday, was buried yesterday in a small piece of tapued ground at the back of the Shortland Saw mill. Deceased was a Roman Catholic but the priest refused to have anything to do with the funeral. Father O’Mahoney went to deceased’s wife (a Maori) yesterday and asked when it was on Sunday morning that they went over to Opari Point to shoot pigs. Elizabeth replied that it was early. Father O’Mahoney then asked if deceased had been at mass that morning and on being answered in the negative, he replied that he could have nothing to do with the burial.

27 April 1874 – Father NORRIS, until lately the Roman Catholic pastor of the Thames district id on 24th inst at the house of Mr LOWREY at the Whau. Long obituary. Funeral was the largest ever seen in Auckland with no fewer than 5,000 persons.

28 April 1874 – Hokitika – Lyell Patrick Ferry HALSE of the Railway survey party, ran into the Buller River on Saturday evening and was drowned. The body has not yet been recovered.

30 April 1874 – A married woman named WHITMORE of Christchurch, attempted to poison herself by taking Barber’s phosphorous paste which her husband had in the house for the purpose of poisoning vermin. The woman is still under medical attendance but is not yet considered out of danger.

30 April 1874 – Diphtheria has caused the deaths of four of Mr D SCALLY’s children, of the Nevis (Otago), in a fortnight.

30 April 1874 – Port Chalmers – Mr McKENZIE, contractor of the Deborah Bay tunnel, struck a large percussion cap with a hammer and it exploded. A piece cut through the corner of his eye and it I expected he will lose the sight.

01 May 1874 – Mrs DAVENEY, wife of Captain Burton J DAVENEY has died at Ponsonby of typhoid fever after an illness of about 10 days.

01 May 1874 – Double wedding yesterday at residence of Thomas MACFFARLANE, Mt Eden, Rev David BRUCE of St Andrew’s officiating. Mr J B HAY of Papakura wed Miss Tina Macffarlane; and Mr J WHITE wed Miss Jeanie Johnstone WRIGHT. Flags were hung across Wellesley-street East.

01 May 1874 – Funeral of Mrs DAVENEY yesterday in the English Church portion of the Auckland cemetery. Among the mourners were Captain SIMPSON and a number of the officers of HMS Blanche. Service read by Rev Mitchell, St Matthews Church,

01 May 1874 – A 14 year old boy named KIRBY was responsible for an accident in Hobson-street where a little fellow returning from school was ridden over and received cuts to his mouth. It is said the parents intend to take legal proceedings against KIRBY.

01 May 1874 – Inquest re death of a child named Mabel TAYLOR, aged 16 months who had chewed the heads off phosphorus matched.

05 May 1874 – Grahamstown – Inquest on James McAULIFFE who was killed by a fall of rock while working in the Central Italy Mine. Accidental death.

07 May 1874 – Mr Henry HILL, senior partner at Hill & Son, solicitors, had died. In colony for 21 years. He was aged 75.

08 May 1874 – Mr George BRAY and his father in law Mr Walton PELL, were killed yesterday at Mt Albert in a gravel pit. Mr Bray’s 12 year old son was also caught in the fall of gravel up to his waist while the two men were completely covered. He was rescued by Mr Edward SADGROVE who lives about a quarter of a mile away. Inquest today. Mr Bray was 45 years of age and leaves a wife and six children. Mr Pell was aged 54.

09 May 1874 – Inquest re death of Messrs George BRAY and Walton PELL at a gravel pit at Mt Albert.

11 May 1874 – Thames – A miner named Maurice POWER subcontracting to Mr Heron for driving a tunnel was badly injured when shot exploded. He was badly cut and bruised and, in fact, the eyes were blinded. It is also feared the tendons in his wrist are cut.

11 May 1874 – Thames – Two miners in the Cure mine were injured when a shot missed. DAWSON was injured in the breast, arm and face to a considerable extent and is now in hospital. QUIN was able to resume work today.

11 May 1874 – Donald McLEAN tumbled off the tramway at te Moanataiari Creek and severely injured himself. He was taken to Hospital.

12 May 1874 – Grahamstown – A miner named Edmund TRAUTTMAN was killed by gas in the Crown Prince mine today. Inquest today returned a verdict of accidental death from inhaling gas.

14 May 1874 – An engine-driver at the Whau batter, Moanataiari Creek, named William ST GEORGE sustained dangerous injuries when the plank he was standing on broke and he fell to the floor. He fell on his chest and suffers very great pain and it is feared his breast bone is broken.

15 May 1874 – Napier – A road contractor named BRITTLE was drowned up the Pohui river on his way to Napier. He was washed off his horse when in company with Mr Hare of Tarawera who was unable to save him. Brittle leaves a wife and family.

20 May 1874 – Mr Henry McKAY was severely injured at the Cabbage Bay Saw Mills last week when he lost his balance on the logs and injured his shoulder. He is expected to shortly recover.

20 May 1874 – Mrs James BOND of Victoria-street, an old resident of Auckland, died on Monday. Funeral today.

20 May 1874 – Napier – Michael LYELL was killed by being crushed between the steamers Paterson and Pretty Jane. The deceased and another man who was hurt seriously were in the pilot boat.

20 May 1874 – Thomas WATERWORTH, employed in Ehrenfried’s brewery, made a determined attempt at suicide this morning when he cut his throat. He also had stab wounds in his chest. He was previously a miner and owned a claim in Tararu. His brother is a grocer in Shortland. He was removed to the hospital but there is very little hope of his ultimate recovery.

24 May 1874 – Robert COCHRANE, of the United States barque Serene lying at Queen-street Wharf, fell down the lower hold, about 8 ft. He was removed to hospital but it is feared he has sustained some internal injuries and a broken rib. He also has a fractured thigh and an abrasion of the skull. He is progressing as favourably as could be expected.

27 May 1874 – Port Chalmers – Four men were drowned by a boat capsizing in the harbour yesterday. There were seven in the boat, three were saved, one swam ashore and two were taken off by a boat.

01 June 1874 – Fears are entertained for the safety of a man named PATTERSON, a settler near Porter’s Creek, Miranda, opposite Grahamstown, who has been missing since Saturday. His wife has been to the Thames and Auckland making enquiries. He left Auckland last Saturday in a small yacht to return home but has not since been heard of.

01 June 1874 – George ROGERS was badly burned at Kikowhakariri yesterday. He is now in hospital rapidly recovering under the care of Dr Hovell.

03 June 1874 – Inquest at the Lunatic Asylum on Francis Campbell aged 41. Died from apoplexy.

03 June 1874 – Coromandel Mail - Thomas MAYNE fell from a plank at Kaponga and dislocated his knee. He was badly bruised and much shaken. He was taken to hospital.

04 June 1874 – Inquest today on James HALLIGAN, who died from injuries received while working at the Mt Eden quarry when a large boulder of about a ton weight fell upon him, striking him on the chest.

04 June 1874 – Greymouth – A fire occurred at Paroa near Greymouth in premises of Mr O’Connor, hotelkeeper. A girl named Elizabeth HOUGHTON was burned to death and other residents were seriously burned trying to escape.

05 June 1874 – Thomas TAYLOR, an elderly man, fell down the hold of a PCE barque. He was conveyed to the hospital where it was found he also had internal injuries and there is little hope for his recovery.

05 June 1874 – A man named PETERSON of Miranda drank an ounce of tincture of laudanum. He was reported missing when it was feared he was drowned on his way from Auckland in a small yacht.

05 June 1874 – Inquest on James HALLIGAN (Mt Eden quarry)

06 June 1874 – Mrs EARL, wife of Wm Earl, late of Fairlawn, St George’s Bay, died at Manly Beach near Sydney where she was sojourning for the improvement of her health.

08 June 1874 – Thomas TAYLOR, the man injured by falling down the hold the barque PCE a few days ago, died at the Provincial Hospital on Saturday. Inquest today.

08 June 1874 – George TAYLOR residing near Tamaki Bridge, was found on Friday on the road partially covered with blood which issued from a wound on his head. It appears he had fallen out of his cart. He was taken to the Provincial Hospital.

09 June 1874 – Inquest yesterday on George Thomas TAYLOR, who fell down the hold of the barque PCE. Died from injuries to the brain received accidentally.

09 June 1874 – Thomas WATERWORTH who cut his throat a fortnight ago, died in the hospital last night. Inquest today resulted in a verdict that the deceased committed suicide whilst labouring under a fit of mental despondency.

10 June 1874 – A bushman named Dan has just been brought into the hospital from Tararu having been struck by a tree. He has sustained a severe scalp wound at the back of his head, evidently cutting a vein or artery. He bled profusely.

11 June 1874 – Ngaruawahia – There were no tidings of the missing cutter Agnes this morning at the Waikato Heads. The coast has been searched and there are no signs of wreckage.

11 June 1874 – Tararu – Thames Advertiser – George WAY, a bushman, suffered a sever accident while in the employ of the Moanataiari Water Race Co. when a log rolled over him and jammed his head against another log. He was taken to Mr Sandes’ chemist shop where a bandage was placed on a dangerous scalp wound and then taken to the Thames Hospital. WAY is a married man and resides on Block 27. His injuries are not considered dangerous but they will keep him idle for a considerable length of time.

12 June 1874 – Northern Wairoa – Dennis SULLIVAN, bushman working at the Awakino Bush died when a tree fell on him. Inquest verdict of accidental death. He was about 50 years of age, known as a quiet, steady man with relatives in Christchurch.

12 June 1874 – Northern Wairoa – A bushman named Charles SHADWORTH, known as Red Charlie, died at Ripo on the Wairoa river when a tree fell and crushed him. Inquest verdict of accidental death. He was aged between 35 and 40 years, sometime bushman, miner and sailor.

13 June 1874 – New Plymouth – Captain King’s funeral took place yesterday and the public offices were closed as a mark of respect.

16 June 1874 – Brutal assault at Mr Perkins’ hotel by two brothers, John & James SMITH, cabmen on a young man named BARRETT, barman, and another named R BROWN,. The latter lies at present in a dangerous state and Barrett is confined to his home. A warrant to be issued for the apprehension of the Smith brothers.

17 June 1874 – Invercargill – John BRENNAR, alias Cloach, ex seaman on Scimitar was apprehended for attempting murder at the Harp of Erin Hotel. The victim was a young nursegirl (sic) aged 15, Mary HALL. He allegedly split open the back of her skull with an adze. He is a native of London aged 45. The girl and her parents had been passengers on the Scimitar and it is said that Brennar had entertained tender feelings towards her.

18 June 1874 – Ngaruawahia – A man named CONNOUCHY was drowned here today whilst going to rescue a boy adrift in a canoe.

18 June 1874 – Invercargill – BRENNAR, the man accused of attempted murder was brought up at the RM Court and remanded for eight days. The girl, having recovered consciousness, her deposition was taken at the hospital. She said she remembered Brennar saying “I will kill you” but did not know why he said so for she had never done anything him. Brennar, who was present, exclaimed “God bless you. Not on this earth, I don’t wish it.”

19 June 1874 – Waikato Times - William CONOLLY accidentally drowned in the Waikato River at Ngaruawahia on Wednesday when he went to the aid of a lad in a canoe who had got into difficulties. He leaves an aged and infirm widow to mourn her loss. 22

June 1874 – Waikato Times – The death is announced of Mr A S HALL the goalkeeper at Ngaruawahia. He had served for a considerable time in the Armed Constabulary and on account of his failing health was recommended for the position of goalkeeper. He was well respected in the force to which he belonged and by civilians who had dealings with him.

22 June 1874 – A woman named Catherine McKAY, a native of Scotland, about 44 years of age, died suddenly on Wednesday at the house of a settler named Patrick O’FARRELL, at the Miranda. She had been O’Farrell’s housekeeper for the lat four years. Inquest verdict natural causes from disease of the heart.

22 June 1874 – Tauranga – A man named GILL who had been lost in the bush for three weeks has been found. Although a big man, when found he was a mere skeleton about the weight of a 5 year old child. He is ex 18th Royal Irish and is recovering fast.

22 June 1874 – Police Court – The assault by John & James SMITH and Thomas RAWSON on William Amos CLARKE and Robert BROWN was withdrawn.

23 June 1874 – Invercargill – Mary STEEL who was murderously assaulted on 15th inst., having recovered the full possession of her faculties, another deposition was taken when she identified BRENNAN (sic) and swore she saw him take an adze from behind the kitchen door. On the day before the assault Brennan said he would be the death of Macarthy’s house maid before he left. On one occasion he had attempted to take liberties with her.

24 June 1874 – Grahamstown – A very respectable young man named John C PIRRITT was fatally injured in the Pumping Association shaft at he 220 feet level standing on staging. The body was removed to the Prince Alfred Hotel. The father and brother of deceased arrived shortly after the accident.

24 June 1874 – John ROSS, employed in unloading a dray at the Manukau battery, was jammed between it and the battery-house. He had several ribs and collar bone broken and was taken to the hospital.

25 June 1874 – Inquest today on John C PERRITT who was killed yesterday. Verdict of accidental death recorded with a rider recommending that preventive chains be used in all mines where heavy weights are lifted.

25 June 1874 – Charles MOORECROFT was dangerously hurt at the Caledonian mine today while engaged preparing for the removal of a lump of rock. The block fell and struck him inflicting dangerous injuries. His back was seriously injured, two ribs broken, face cut and two toes broken. He was removed to his own residence.

26 June 1874 – Grahamstown - MOORECROFT, injured in the Caledonian mine, is not progressing so favourably as could be wished. There is a danger of paralysis ensuing and fears of fatal consequences are entertained.

26 June 1874 – Grahamstown – Funeral of John C PERRITT today, largely attended by the Volunteers, miners and civilians. Coffin drawn on a gun carriage.

27 June 1874 – Tauranga – the wife of Mr MACAULEY, a much respected settler, died suddenly yesterday. Inquest today returned a verdict of died from natural causes. Dr Armitage’s illness and his inability to render assistance unquestionably hastened death.

30 June 1874 – Grahamstown – A child named PETERSEN was badly scalded by pulling over a pot of boiling water while the mother was washing. The injuries, it is supposed, will not prove fatal.

01 July 1874 – The young son of Mr PITTS, North Shore, was kicked in the head by a horse. The skull was fractured and the boy now lies in a very precarious state.

01 July 1874 – Grahamstown – A man named POWER, injured some time ago in the water race, had his arm amputated yesterday at the hospital. His chances of recovery are good.

02 July 1874 – A sawyer named James KENWORTH left Northern Wairoa on the 25th ult but up to Monday last he had not arrived in town. A report stated that a madman, in a half-naked state, had been seen in the neighbourhood of Lucas’ Creek. Mounted Constable Bullen has been dispatched to make enquiries.

02 July 1874 – Colonel THOMAS, an old Nelson settler and officer of large experience in the Indian army, was killed last Wednesday by being thrown out of a spring car, the harness having given away. He gave two or three gasps and never spoke again. He was in his 77th year.

03 July 1874 – A murderous assault was committed on Wednesday in a house belonging to Mr H NEAL off Upper Queen Street. The victim’s name is not yet known. The house was occupied by a Maori woman and another woman named Lucy Duncan. The sufferer was taken to hospital here it was found his jaw was broken in two places, severe cuts to the face and bruising. He never regained consciousness. The perpetrators were arrested, being John PASCO and James DUBLIN, both sailors on the Rooparell.

04 July 1874 – Coromandel News – One of Mr CLARK’s small children was accidentally struck with a tomahawk in play. He has a severe gash across the temple but is progressing favourably.

04 July 1874 – The madman KENWORTH, missing in the bush toward Riverhead, has not since been heard of. It is beyond a doubt that he has perished.

04 July 1874 – The man who received such brutal ill-treatment on Wednesday last in a house of ill fame at the hands of two sailors from Rooparell bore the name of William WRIGHT. The Police were unable to obtain any information as to his antecedents. Inquest today.

06 July 1874 – Inquest on William WRIGHT. A verdict of wilful murder was returned against James DOBBINS (sic) and John PASCOE.

06 July 1874 – A man named Alfred HAVEN, about 28 years of age drowned on Friday . He appears to have disappeared whilst swimming out to the cutter Two Brothers which was lying at anchor.

06 July 1874 – More on the inquest on William WRIGHT – brutal conduct disclosed.

07 July 1874 – Inquest on Alfred HAVEN, found drowned in the harbour on Sunday.

07 July 1874 – The accident which happened to Mr Henry BELL on the night of the 2nd inst is likely to prove fatal.

08 July 1874 – Inquest on William CONOLLEY, drowned at Ngaruawahia by the swamping of a canoe. He was buried in the churchyard at Ngaruawahia.

09 July 1874 – Constable MOONEY proceeded yesterday in the direction of Dairy Flat and the Wade in search of the missing man KENWORTH.

10 July 1874 – Mr Henry W BLACKALL, aged about 40, unmarried, chief officer on the barque Pet met with a serious accident yesterday which will probably result fatally.

10 July 1874 – Supreme Court – More on the trial of John PASCOE and James DOBBINS.

11 July 1874 – Chief Officer BLACKALL died from his inquiries at 10 o’clock last night, Captain Rapp being the in attendance upon him. He was well known and universally r respected in Hobart Town.

11 July 1874 – It is alleged that a settler at Pakiri named Charles DYER beat and set fire to a woman, Eliza BATTERSEA, with whom he was living. He then threw her in the river. She expired whilst being taken for help. Dyer is aged about 54 and has been in the province for the last 33 years. The deceased is about 43 years of age.

13 July 1874 – Robert BROWN, drowned in the Manukau Harbour on 10th inst. was buried yesterday in Onehunga. It is to be regretted that the Tawera had left prior to the finding of the body as the evidence of some of her seamen would have been of material value in determining the exact cause of the accident. The harbour authorities at Onehunga were advised that lights should be placed at nearer intervals on the wharf and every vessel lying at the wharf should have a light at the top of the gangway.

13 July 1874 – Inquest on Eliza BATTERSEA, supposed to have been murdered at Pakiri. Adjourned until Saturday next for the appearance of witnesses.

13 July 1874 – Inquest upon Mr BLACKALL, mate of the Pet, killed on the vessel last week. Accidental death.

13 July 1874 – Inquest on Robert BROWN, found drowned. Verdict: Found drowned by accidentally falling from the wharf. A ruler was added recommending the placing of an additional light on the wharf.

14 July 1874 – Yesterday the remains of the late Rev BUTTLE were brought in from his late residence at Otahuhu to the Wesleyan cemetery for interment.

14 July 1874 – The body of a man was discovered floating in the harbour near the firewood wharf. No papers were found in the pockets, only a few American coins of small value. It was dressed in a black coat and dark grey vest and trowsers (sic) and bore the appearance of having been a sailor. Height about 5ft 7 ins. Inquest today. It was later ascertained that the man was Arthur HORSNAIL, late steward of the s.s. Mikado who was said to have drinking hard lately.

15 July 1874 – Inquest on Alfred HORSNAIL. About 35 years of age, a mariner, lately of the s.s. City of Adelaide. Verdict: Found drowned without marks of violence upon his body except a few fish bites but how he became drowned there was no evidence before the jury to show.

15 July 1874 – Mr William BARTLEY, aged about 45, single, died at his father’s residence, North Shore, yesterday. He was a barrister of the Supreme Court of NZ. He suffered acutely from asthma. He was discovered by his sister in the stable with his brains blown out. Mr Bartley Snr was formerly Speaker of the House of Representatives. Inquest today.

15 July 1874 – Mr Thomas POWLEY, cab driver, was in collision on the Onehunga and Auckland railway line yesterday evening, with an incoming train. The carriage was smashed and Mr Powley is much afraid that two of his ribs are dislocated.

16 July 1874 – Coromandel – At Mercury Bay today, Frederick HANSON, the master of the cutter Brunette and a man named STOCKINGS, capsized their dingy in endeavouring to rescue a dog which had jammed overboard and were both drowned. There were two other men in the boat but they were rescued.

16 July 1874 – Inquest on William BARTLEY. Aged 48, managed the farm and for the last three years had been a confirmed invalid. Had lately been very depressed and unable to eat or sleep. Verdict: Died by his own hand while labouring under an attack of temporary insanity.

17 July 1874 – Inquest on the bodies of the men drowned at Mercury Bay. Accidentally drowned.

18 July 1874 – Mercury Bay – Mr Charles STOCKEN, for many years a resident, and Captain HANSEN of the cutter Brunette were drowned by the capsizing of a dingy. Mr Stocken was employed in carrying the mail between this settlement and Tairua and leaves a wife and family. Captain Hansen, is a single man. Both were much respected by everyone who came in contact with them.

18 July 1874 – The adjourned inquest on the body of Eliza BTTERSEA, who died at Pakiri, will be resumed today at the Railway Terminus Hotel.

18 July 1874 – The flats throughout the town and on all the shipping were hoisted half-mast high yesterday as a token of respect to Mrs C STONE, Jnr, who died yesterday.

20 July 1874 – Inquest on Eliza BATTERSEA resumed. Jury returned a verdict of “wilful murder” on Charles DYER. He was fully committed to take his trial at the next criminal sittings of the Supreme Court.

20 July 1874 – Mr Andrew BEVERIDGE, injured some time ago in a railway accident between Onehunga and Auckland, died yesterday.

20 July 1874 – Inquest at the Lunatic Asylum on the body of Mr Henry Thomas LEWIS who died there. He was in a mental depression accompanied by general paralysis. Verdict “Death from natural causes”.

20 July 1874 – Mr D J O’KEEFFE is suffering from serious illness through breaking a blood-vessel on Saturday last.

20 July 1874 – It is with regret we learn of the very sudden death yesterday at the Tamaki, of Mrs Richard TAYLOR. Funeral tomorrow.

20 July 1874 – Wellington – Captain CLELAND, adjutant of the Wairarapa Volunteers, is reported to have been killed at that place today. He was thrown from his horse and a coach also passed over his body.

20 July 1874 – More on the inquest on Eliza BATTERSEA.

21 July 1874 – Mr William RATTRAY, draper, Queen-street, is dangerously ill. It is to be hoped that notwithstanding the unfavourable reports of his medical attendants he will shortly be able to resume his ordinary avocations.

21 July 1874 – The youth Gottlieb EICHBORN, barely 17 years of age, sentenced to death for rape upon an old woman, was hanged on 23 June. The culprit was attended by Rev F Tait, Wesleyan minister. On the parents hearing from the prisoner’s on lips that he had confessed to his crime, they both poured forth a torrent of abuse upon the unfortunate lad’s head. In fact, so great was their abuse the governor of the gaol had to interfere to stop it, on which the unnatural parents mere shook hands with their child, said “Goodbye” and left and have never been near him since, nor when asked to claim the body would they have anything to do with it.

21 July 1874 – We are greatly pleased to learn that the rumour so generally prevalent on Sunday as to the death of Mr BEVERIDGE, was not founded in truth. He is now reported to be very satisfactorily progressing towards convalescence under the unremitting care of his medical advisers.

21 July 1874 – Greytown – Captain CLELAND, an old settler was killed on Saturday by his horse shying at the coach, throwing him and being checked by reins, one hind foot struck his jaw and the other his chest. Death was instantaneous. Accidental death was the verdict at the inquest on Captain CLELAND. A rider was added exonerating the driver of the coach from all blame. Interment tomorrow with military honours.

21 July 1874 – Westport – On Saturday Mrs CARRUTHERS, wife of the Town Clerk, committed suicide by plunging into the Buller off Nelson-street. She had been drinking for some days. The body has not yet been found.

22 July 1874- Peter McINTYRE, a carter, met with a severe accident on the Great South Road near the Harp of Erin Hotel, when thrown from a dray and one of the wheels passing over both his legs. He is now in the Provincial Hospital.

22 July 1874 – Inquest at Provincial Lunatic Asylum on John McVEIGH. Death from general debility.

22 July 1874 – Royal Humane Society bronze medal will be presented today to Mr John McKail GEDDES for saving Mrs M EDGAR from drowning.

22 July 1874 – A young man named James ATKINSON drowned yesterday on the upward drip of the Golden Crown from Thames. He had arrived by the last trip of the s.s. Hero from Melbourne in company with his younger brother Frederick Atkinson and proceeded to the Thames seeking employment s a grocer.

24 July 1874 – Mrs R J TAYLOR’s interment was largely attended. It took place in the Presbyterian burial ground, West Tamaki.

24 July 1874 – Mr William RATTRAY died this morning. He was aged 52,

24 July 1874 – Inquest at Mullet Point, Eastern Mahurangi, on Jams BRADLEY who was found dead at home. He was aged 87, born in Hull, Yorkshire and had been in 43 years.

24 July 1874 – Nelson – Charlotte BESLEY, landlady of the Bay View Hotel, was found dead under suspicious circumstances. Inquest verdict: Wilful murder against Norman BESLEY, deceased’s husband, and against William MILYARD, barman, as accessory after the fact.

25 July 1874 – Henry HAWKINS, a bushman employed by Preece & Graham at their sawmill was accidentally injured by a log. There is no immediate danger entertained for his life but it is expected to be a considerable time before he returns to work.

25 July 1874 – Port Chalmers – John BROOKS, produce merchant, Manse-street, was lost in the snow at Waikari last night. The body has since been found.

27 July 1874 – Account of funeral of William RATTRAY.

27 July 1874 – Grahamstown – The death of Mr D J O’KEEFFE caused a very painful feeling amongst the community. He was connected with the Thames as a pioneer and was very much respected.

27 July 1874 – Auckland – Attempt at murder between Alexander FINLAY, a tall, good-looking man ex Life Guards and Harry DAVIDSON, a butcher’s book-keeper.

28 July 1874 – Funeral of Mr D J O’KEEFFE took place yesterday. Many gentlemen were present from the Thames.

28 July 1874 – Dr TOPP of Waiuku, aged about 73 years, has died from disease of the heart. He was interred at Waiuku.

28 July 1874 – Police Court – Alexander FINLAY charged with feloniously pointing a pistol at Henry DAVIDSON and discharging the same with intent to kill. Prisoner remanded to 29th inst.

29 July 1874 – Wellington – Alexander G W MacDONALD, Assistant Under Secretary, died on Sunday after a long illness.

30 July 1874 – Inquest at North Shore upon James PITTS, aged 6, who was kicked by a horse and had his skull fractured. The boy was driving the horse at the time of the accident.

01 August 1874 – Inquest on Peter McGRATH, a new arrival, who was committed to the Asylum a few days ago.

03 August 1874 – Inquest at the Lunatic Asylum re death of Peter MAGRATH (sic) a recent arrival from London on the Maltiades. He was an elderly man an a native of Dublin. It appears the recent loss of his wife and children had so preyed upon his mind that his intellect had given way and he was admitted into the Asylum where he gradually sank and expired last Friday.

03 August 1874 – Inquest re death of Edward LITTLE, found in a water closet at the back of the Wesleyan Church, cnr Pitt-street & Karangahape Road. Some letters were addressed to him at Tauranga which had been crossed out and Provincial Hospital, Auckland substituted. He was a labourer aged 50 years. Probable cause of death was serous apoplexy arising from intemperance and also want of proper nourishment accelerated by cold and exposure.

06 August 1874 – Wellington – The wife of T BUCHANAN, manager of the Bank o Australasia, died suddenly today.

06 August 1874 – Lyttelton – the Beautiful Star whilst towing the Ballochmyle parted her warp spring towline, the warp striking Captain HART, breaking both his legs. It is feared that amputation of one leg may be necessary.

07 August 1874 – Westport – The body of Mrs CARRUTHERS, wife of the Town Clerk, was discovered dead on the sea beach seven miles north of Westport. An inquest has been held and a verdict of “Drowned whilst labouring under temporary insanity” was returned.

07 August 1874 – Lyttelton – Captain HART of the Beautiful Star will have to have his right leg amputated below the knee. The left will be saved although it has sustained a compound fracture.

08 August 1874 – Inquest on Richard SCOTT at a bush whare on Dacre’s Claim, Great Omaha. He had complained of a pain in the region of the heart and two hours later had expired. Deceased was about 28 years of age and was brought up by the Waikato natives.

08 August 1874 – A young man named BROWN, aged 18, employed at the Union Sash & Door Co’s works at Mechanics Bay, had a severe accident when the flesh was stripped from his arm from wrist to elbow. He was taken to the hospital and his arm was amputated below the shoulder.

10 August 1874 – Mrs COLLINS, youngest daughter of Charles Dickens and widow of Charles A Collins, is about to be married to Mr Perugini.

10 August 1874 – A man named TRACEY in the employ of Whitson & Son, brewers, died as the result of an accident on Saturday. While descending Upper Queen-street Tracey suddenly fell forwards out of the cart but it was unknown whether the wheel of the car passed over him or not. He was a man of sober, temperate habits, about 35 years of age and leaves a wife and three children. Inquest today. Deceased’s body was brought from the hospital to his home in Lorne-street from where the funeral will take place today.

11 August 1874 – At the inquest on William TRACEY a verdict of accidental death was returned. About 9 months ago he had a fit but was generally good. He left a wife and three children. When falling he had fracture 3 ribs and the liver and stomach were both ruptured. No alcohol was detected. Verdict of accidental death.

13 August 1874 – Inquest on a newly born infant, a daughter of Susan MAHONY. The mother of the child could not be in attendance for at least week and the inquiry was adjourned.

14 August 1874 – Thames Evening Star – Mr McMAHON, landlord of the Moanataiari Hotel, was severely injured when his hand was shattered, some fingers being very badly smashed, when a double barrelled gun discharged in the barrel.

15 August 1874 – Inquest at Provincial Lunatic Asylum on George COAD. He was formerly a bushman working at the Great Barrier and died from apoplexy.

17 August 1874 – Waikato Times – James BOWDEN died suddenly on board the Bluenose of the Waikato Steam Navigation Co. He was found dead in the closet on Friday afternoon. He was suffering from consumption and was on his way to the Auckland Hospital.

17 August 1874 – William GAMBLE aged 24, immigrant by the ship Rooparell and employed at Gibbons Sawmill at Waiuku, was accidentally drowned at Onehunga on Saturday. Unsuccessful attempts were made to rescue him. Inquest today.

17 August 1874 – Mrs NICCOLS, whose husband was a resident at he Thames, had the misfortune to fall in the harbour on Saturday evening. She was rescued and conveyed to friends in Wyndham-street.

17 August 1874 – A seaman named Peter MITCHELL of the Wangarei also fell into the harbour on Saturday but was rescued and beyond a good drenching sustained no further injury.

18 August 1874 – Inquest on William GAMBLE. Verdict was accidental death by drowning.

19 August 1874 – Mrs Frances HAIR, wife of a farmer at Pakuranga, had a miraculous escape from death on Saturday. A dray being driven on the wrong side of the rod collided with her and her horse and she was thrown to the ground when one of the wheels of the cart passed over her head, completely scalping it upon both sides. Mrs Hair was placed in the dray and taken to the home of Mrs & Miss Thompson. Mrs Hair’s son conveyed her to the Provincial Hospital where it was found that she was also suffering from broken ribs. She is progressing more favourably than could have been expected.

20 August 1874 – Dunedin – Mr Anthony HAYMAN, commission agent, committed suicide by cutting his throat with a penknife in bed this morning. His son was sleeping in the same room.

20 August 1874 – Inquest on newly born child of Susan MAHONEY. Verdict of Accidental Death.

21 August 1874 – Inquest at Mercer on James BOWDEN who died suddenly on board the Blue Nose. Verdict Natural Causes.

21 August 1874 – Nelson – Supreme Court trial of Muirman BOUSBY for wife murder.

22 August 1874 – Inquest at the Lunatic Asylum on the body of Joseph FINLAY’s child who had been for some time past an inmate of that institution.

22 August 1874 – Accident in the Queen of Beauty mine to Robert ARBURY, miner. Some stuff fell from the hanging wall inflicting a scalp wound and bruising both legs and arms and taken to hospital.

22 August 1874 – Inquest at te Lunatic Asylum on Joseph FINLAY’s child who had been for some time past an inmate of that institution.

22 August 1874 – Grahamstown – An accident in the Queen of Beauty Mine to a miner named Robert ARBURY left him with a scalp wound and bruising to both legs and arms. He was taken to hospital.

24 August 1874 – Waikato Times – We regret to have to report the painfully sudden death of Mr Thomas HOOK of Ngaruawahia. The deceased was at work on Wednesday morning 5 August. Shortly afterwards he felt sick and took a glass of brandy; this made him vomit immediately. He went home and got gradually worse and expired at an early hour the same night.

24 August 1874 – William GAMBLE, aged about 24, an immigrant by the Rooparell and who was employed at Gibbons Sawmill at Waiuku, was accidentally drowned at Onehunga on 15 August whilst attempting to board the cutter Mercury connected to the wharf by a plank when the unfortunate man fell into the water.

25 August 1874 – Archibald WELLS, a 3 month old infant, was found dead in bed by its parents on Sunday morning with the sheet about its face. The mother said she last saw the child alive at 4 a.m. when she woke. At 7 a.m. it was dead but the body was not cold. Medical testimony showed death resulted from asphyxia and a verdict of “Accidentally smothered” was returned.

25 August 1874 – More on the accident to Mrs Frances AIR at Flat Bush.

27 August 1874 – Henry ROACH a miner in the Queen of Beauty mine suffered an accident in which both legs were broken across just above the ankles. He was removed to hospital immediately and it is believed the fractures are clean and the bones an be set.

29 August 1874 – Mr G REECE, blacksmith at Opotiki, escaped serious injury when a young half-broken colt suddenly reared, knocked him down, trampled on him and bolted, while the blacksmith was paring its hoofs. Mr Reece escaped with a few scalp wounds and a few bruises on the arms and legs.

31 August 1874 – A very lamentable accident occurred on Saturday to a shipwright named William GRIBBLE whilst at work on board the ketch Clematis . The handle of the winch he was operating struck him a severe blow on the left temple and threw him violently on deck, the blood rushing from his ears, nose and eyes. He was taken to the Sailors Home Hotel where it was found the skull was extensively fractured. He gradually sank and died during the night. He was much esteemed by all who knew him both as a good tradesman and an upright consistent man. he leaves a widow and seven young children to mourn their irreparable loss. Inquest today.

01 September 1874 – Inquest yesterday upon William GRIBBLE, shipwright. Accidentally killed while working on the ketch Clematis.

07 September 1874 – Ellen WRIGHT, wife of John Wright, Union-street, expired suddenly on Saturday last. She had been ailing for some time and on Friday complained of a violent pain in the head but then fell asleep. She expired at 1.30 a.m. She was 45 years of age and was respected by all who knew her. Inquest today.

07 September 1874 – Elizabeth MACFARLANE died suddenly at “Noah’s Ark” Baker-street. The deceased was addicted to intemperance and had been complaining for two or three days. She expired about 5 o’clock. Inquest today.

08 September 1874 – Inquest on Ellen WRIGHT adjourned until Wednesday next.

08 September 1874 – Inquest on Elizabeth MACFARLANE. Verdict “That the deceased died from the effects of excessive intemperance.”

09 September 1874 – John FREDERICK, the puntman at Ngaruawahia, is missing and it is feared he has been drowned.

09 September 1874 – William JONES, miner at the All Nations Mine, sustained a compound fracture of the leg between the knee and ankle when a quantity of stuff came away and struck him in the leg.

10 September 1874 – Inquest yesterday at the Lunatic Asylum on John FERGUSON an inmate for some time. Verdict “Natural causes”.

10 September 1874 – Large funeral yesterday for Sgt FERGUSON previously attached to the corps of Engineers. He was aged 36 and leaves a wife and family to lament his loss.

10 September 1874 – A settler named McCLEAN was killed on Tuesday whilst felling a tree, a branch of which appears to have fallen and crushed him. His son found him in the bush about an hour later. He was a respected and well-to-do settler, engaged as a carrier between Maketu and Auckland. He leaves a wife and several children.

10 September 1874 – Inquest on Ellen WRIGHT. n Verdict returned “Death from the visitation of God”.

11 September 1874 – A fatal accident at Hikutaia to a bushman known as Black Jack. While working in the bush the dead limb of a tree was struck by a felled sapling and it fell upon poor Jack, killing him instantly. Inquest to be held where the body lies in a whare in the bush.

14 September 1874 – Mr Andrew BEVERIDGE, MPC and Provincial Solicitor of Auckland, died after a lingering illness. Some months ago he narrowly escaped death on the railway which resulted in severe shock to his nervous system and partial paralysis of the brain. Funeral tomorrow.

15 September 1874 – Grahamstown – A large number of Freemasons and other citizens proceed to Auckland o attend the lat Mr BEVERIDGE’s funeral.

16 September 1874 – Long report of Mr BEVERIDGE’s Masonic funeral at Auckland.

17 September 1874 – Nelson – Two Maoris and Eliza SMITH, a white woman, attempted to cross from D’Urville Island to Elmslie’s in a dingy. The boat was sucked under by a whirlpool and the Maoris drowned. Eliza SMITH was rescued.

18 September 1874 – Tauranga – Mr FIELDER, a settler of Opotiki, fell into the Otara river yesterday and was drowned.

23 September 1874 – More on Thomas IBBETSON, carpenter, who fell from the verandah of the Delta Hotel, Ngaruawahia.

23 September 1874 – Wellington – Robert Rodger STRANG, late Resident Magistrate and Registrar of the Supreme Court, Wellington, died this morning aged 79.

25 September 1874 – The man who fell from the verandah of the Delta Hotel a few days ago (IBBESTSON) is likely to recover although he is expected to be a cripple for life.

25 September 1874 – Papakura – Francis KEEGAN fell from a railway waggon upon which the trucks passed over him, almost severing his legs, breaking both arms and otherwise mangling his body. Death ensured before the doctor arrived. Awaiting inquest.

26 September 1874 – Maungakaramea – Henry WRIGHT was fatally injured whilst felling a tree.

28 September 1874 – Haora Tipa KOMAKI, principal chief of the Ngatipaoa Tribe died on the 25th inst. He was known as a loyal man, distinguished also for his bravery as he was truly honourable in all his dealings. He was believed to be 80 years of age.

28 September 1874 – Coromandel – A serious accident was sustained by a man named HERBERT at the Union Beach mine when he fell 30 feet and was much injured. He was taken to the hospital.

29 September 1874 – More on the railway accident at Papakura re Francis KEEGAN.

30 September 1874 – Mr Samuel DAVIES of the Northumberland Hotel, Great South Road sustained a severe accident in Albert-street when he fell from a trap.

30 September 1874 – Grahamstown – A serious accident occurred today on the water race to David BALLINGALL while cutting a sideing about 20 feet above the creek level when the stuff gave way and he rolled down. He sustained contusions and concussion and several ugly gashes on the face and forehead.

30 September 1874 – Port Chalmers – A body was found on the beach yesterday and has been identified as that of James SMITH of the ship Govona who attempted to swim ashore on 13th August last on a ladder.

01 October 1874 – Thames Advertiser – More on the accident sustained by David BALLINGALL.

01 October 1874 – Coromandel – The two workmen, KELLY and HERBERT, lately injured in Union Beach mine, are progressing favourably under the attention of Dr Hovell.

02 October 1874 – Waikato Times – Announce the sudden death of Mr P FALWASSER at Raglan. He dropped dead on the beach. The verdict of the jury was to the effect that he died whilst in an epileptic fit.

02 October 1874 – Oamaru – A team of three horses and driver, crossing the Wai*ke yesterday were all drowned. Mr COLLINS, an old resident, crossing at the same time in a buggy and horse, narrowly escaped by clinging to the flax bushes. The horse was drowned.

03 October 1874 – Raglan – More on the accidental drowning of Mr Henry Innis FALWASSER, late schoolmaster at Ruapuka and correspondent to the “Weekly News”.

05 October 1874 – Thames Correspondent - George WOODWARD a miner at the Queen f Beauty mine sustained a fracture of the left leg below the knee, had several ribs of his right side broken and some ugly scalp wounds. He now lies in a rather precarious condition.

06 October 1874 – Bay of Plenty Times Opotiki correspondent – A respected settler named William FIELD has drowned. While walking home by the river he suddenly stumbled and fell in where it was very deep and being unable to swim was immediately drowned.

06 October 1874 – Poverty Bay Standard and People’s Advocate – James OSBORNE, a labouring man, arrived recently from Auckland, drowned while crossing the Waipaoa river at the Rangatira block on his way to the oil springs.

06 October 1874 – Wellington – Mr FOSTER, a chemist, while driving along the Ngahautanga Road today was run into by a trap. He had his leg badly crushed which was afterwards amputated.

07 October 1874 – Edmund DREW, bushman, died suddenly at the Hazelbank Hotel, Brown-street. He had been drinking since coming from work in the Miranda bush on Sunday last. He had not eaten anything and lay down to sleep. When a servant girl tried to waken him he was dead.

08 October 1874 – At the Supreme Court yesterday the whole of the day was occupied by the trial of Charles DYER for the murder of Eliza BATTERSEA on 9 July last at Mahurangi. The case will probably occupy another day.

08 October 1874 – Coromandel – A Maori named PACCA died while returning from Kennedy’s Bay where he had been drinking, lay down in the bush. He was found next day partially paralysed and was removed to the nearest whare but due to a night’s exposure he died.

08 October 1874 – More on the trial of Charles DYER for the wilful murder of Eliza BATTERSEA, the prisoner pleading not guilty.

09 October 1874 – The trial of Charles DYER carries on.

10 October 1874 – Summary of trial of Charles DYER.

15 October 1874 – More on Charles DYER.

16 October 1874 – Mr John O’NEILL, father of Charles O’Neill MHR for Thames and Scott O’Neill, is dangerously ill. The other brothers have been notified of their father’s present dangerous condition.

19 October 1874 – Alleged murder at the Kohimarama Mission Station of a young Maori girl known as Henrietta by an elderly Maori named NEWTON. The motive was attributed to jealousy on Newton’s part.

20 October 1874 – Rev Stewart WILSON died at his residence at Parawai from congestion of the lungs. He was previously at Victoria, Australian. He had assisted with the Total Abstinence Society as President. He leaves a wife and child.

20 October 1874 – More on the murder at Kohimarama.

20 October 1874 – Rotorua – The chief Te Muea’s wife has died. A carpenter unfortunately commenced making a coffin alongside the corpse and amidst all the noise, she arose much to the great consternation of her husband. Four days later she died.

20 October 1874 – Kaipara – Six Moaris died at Kaipara on 13th inst. by the upsetting of their boat. Eira Makatiti, Rapana Hopaia and her child, Kataraina Pairama and Hone, the son of Te Kepa of Orakei. The bodies have not yet been found.

21 October 1874 – Inquest on Henereata TAPUNI. Verdict: Wilful murder against NEWTON was returned. Also long report.

23 October 1874 – Murder and attempted suicide on 13 inst at Richmond, Melbourne, of Joseph HUSLER, aged about 36 a mining speculator living at Hunter-street off Bridge Road, reported by their two sons aged 6 and 9. He had speculated at the Thames in New Zealand about two years ago. The couple were believed to be planning to return to England.

28 October 1874 – John OGILVE was thrown from his horse in Newmarket and lay in the road for some time before being found by two persons who conveyed him to Dr Ellis’ home from whence he was taken to his home. He has improved considerably but no further information has as yet become available.

28 October 1874 – Charles DYER, convicted of the wilful murder of Eliza BATTERSEA at Pakiri is to be executed within the precincts of Mt Eden Gaol on Friday morning at 6 a.m. The execution will of course be private. His family has free access to him for the remainder of his time. The question of insanity has been raised and the matter is still under the consideration of the Government.

30 October 1874 – Small report re Charles DYER and his execution.

30 October 1874 – Flags flew at half-mast as a mark of respect to the memory of the late Mr Alfred James MORTON, aged about 21, who was the son of H M Morton of Selwyn Terrace, Parnell and brother of H B Morton of Customhouse-street. The deceased developed a fever from being caught in the rain and died. About twelve months ago a brother was lost by the upsetting of a boat in the harbour.

30 October 1874 – A young Sergeant named J C PHILLIPS was drowned in the Kimihia Lake. Efforts to recover his body have not as yet been successful.

30 October 1874 – Rotorua – Ngahuruhuru, one of the principal chiefs of this place, died this morning. He was always a great friend of the European.

31 October 1874 – Page 3 – Execution of DYER – Full confession.

02 November 1874 – Letter from Bishop COWIE re Charles DYER.

02 November 1874 – The two year old daughter of a settler named BROWN was killed when she wandered on to the railway line at Drury from her home about 100 yards away. the driver made every attempt to stop the train but his efforts were in vain.

03 November 1874 – A 14 year old ld named Richard YOUNG was saved from drowning at Bishop’s Point, Freemans Bay, by a young man who brought him to shore, dressed and went on his way without anyone learning his name.

03 November 1874 – Dunedin – A patient named HENRICKSON jumped from a window on the top storey of the Hospital on Saturday night. He was mad when admitted. He died within a half-hour after the leap.

04 November 1874 – A little girl, daughter of Mr BYERS of Baynton, lost her life a short time ago through her clothes igniting while she was playing near a fire.

04 November 1874 – Fiji Times – Captain BATEMAN, an old Auckland settler, died suddenly at his plantation on the island of Ovalau. He was aged about 70 and landed in NZ in 1843.

04 November 1874 – Inquest re the death on the railway of a little girl named Rose Anna BROWN on 31 October.

05 November 1874 – Coromandel - A body believed likely to be that of Jemmy WATSON, bushman, has been recovered from Paparoa, previously working at the Wangapoua and other saw mills.

05 November 1874 – Body found drowned at Cabbage Bay believed to be that of Thomas WATSON, better known as ‘Little Jemmy’.

05 November 1874 – Two men named RICE and DONNELLY, working at the new pier reclamation works, were injured today whilst drilling in a shot that missed fire, followed by a sudden explosion. Their faces were cut and scorched.

06 November 1874 – James HAWKINS aged 15, employed by Mr Barrington, butcher, Drake-street, was kicked in the forehead by a horse. He will be able to resume work in a few days.

06 November 1874 – Inquest yesterday upon Sgt J C PHILLIPS, drowned a few days ago by the upsetting of a canoe. Verdict of accidentally drowned was returned. He ill be buried at Ngaruawahia tomorrow with military honours.

06 November 1874 – Coromandel - The man found drowned at Paparoa was buried today on the beach as it was impossible to get a boat in to the spot owing to the heavy sea. Consequently the inquest could not be held.

07 November 1874 – Napier – A fatal accident occurred last evening to men at work on earthworks at Battery Point. A mass of earth fell and killed one on the spot and another died this morning.

09 November 1874 – Maketu – The result of the inquest held on the body of William ROGERS this afternoon was Dead from Apoplexy.

09 November 1874 – Dunedin – At Riverton yesterday, Mr LOCKE, landlord of the Star and Garter Hotel, was kicked on the head while trying to stop a runaway horse. His skull was fractured and there is no hope of recovery.

09 November 1874 – Dunedin – The son of Mr GRANT of Waikara, was found dead yesterday under suspicious circumstances.

10 November 1874 – A daughter of Mr MILLER of the Empire Hotel, had her arm broken yesterday but the kind attention of Dr hovel soon put matters right.

11 November 1874 – Bay of Plenty Times – Ngahuruhuru, one of the only chiefs now existing of the old Maori aristocracy, died at Ohinemutu, Rotorua, on 5th inst at the age of 80. He was the highest in rank amongst the Arawa tribe and always true and loyal to the Crown.

11 November 1874 – Waikato Times – William NEARY, of the Engineer Volunteer Militia stationed at Rangiriri, met with a serious accident on Monday when a ‘fall’ in a cutting gave way suddenly and struck the unfortunate man. He is reported to be suffering from a broken leg and chest injury.

11 November 1874 – A man named SHAKLEY had his right hand recently shattered by an explosion of giant powder which he was using in a careless manner. The hand was amputated by Drs Goodman and Cruickshank.

11 November 1874 – Wellington – Five deaths reported on the Star of India; three were children and the other two were a man who, in a fit of insanity, jumped overboard with his child and his arms and were both drowned. Six births occurred on the voyage.

13 November 1874 – Mr George GRAHAM, one of the olden and most respected citizens of Auckland and father of Walter Graham of Queen-street, yesterday met with an accident which resulted in his death. Yesterday morning at about 11 a.m. he fell into a deep well in the yard. Upon being raised life was found to be extinct.

13 November 1874 – Inquest at Maketu on William ROGERS. He was a very old settler, much respected, and leaves a family behind him.

14 November 1874 – Inquest re Mr George GRAHAM who died accidentally when he fell down a well on his property.

16 November 1874 – Eighty-four cases of twins, two of triplets and one hundred & fifty-nine illegitimate births were registered in this colony during last year.

17 November 1874 – An accident occurred to two men working in the Old Whau mine, Thames, named respectively Joseph KANE and Thos. HETHERINGTON, by a lump of mullock falling out of the hanging-wall. Hetherington’s injury was only slight but it was found that two of Kane’s ribs were broken.

17 November 1874 – Coromandel – Mr LUKS was injured when he was thrown from his horse over a bank. Beyond a shaking he was not hurt.

17 November 1874 – Coromandel – Mr LYNCH, while engaged getting a bullock in was charged and his horse knocked over with Mr Lynch under it. The dog bit the bullock on the leg, enabling Mr Lynch to get out of the way.

17 November 1874 – Coromandel – Mr Samuel FENTON, injured by a fall of earth on the stopes of the Tokatea mine, has so far recovered under careful attention as to be about again.

18 November 1874 – During the year 1873 coroner’s inquests were held upon 107 persons who died within the metropolitan district of London and in which the juries returned verdicts “Died of Starvation”. A social condition which produces such results is surely capable to improvement.

21 November 1874 – Enquiry into the drowning of Charles Hamilton PRIOR. Verdict returned to the effect that the deceased had been found drowned and that thee were no marks of violence on the body.

21 November 1874 – Further discoveries re the skeleton found in the Prince Imperial shaft prove almost beyond a doubt that they are the remains of KINNIVAN, who disappeared in January last and about whom such a hue and cry was raised.

21 November 1874 – Wellington – A boy named DELALCEY fell off the wharf but was gallantly rescued with great difficulty by a seaman of the Stormbird.

21 November 1874 – Long report of the inquest on Charles Hamilton PRIOR. Epilepsy was believed to run in the family. He was aged about 38 and had been a Lieutenant in the 70th Regt during the Indian mutiny.

23 November 1874 – Grahamstown - Inquest on the skeleton found in the Imperial shaft and the following verdict was agreed to: The jury are of opinion from the evidence heard, that the remains are those of Patrick KINNIVEN and that there was no evidence to show how these remains came to be placed where they were found.

24 November 1874 – Inquest at the Whau Lunatic Asylum on Mary COOK, inmate. Verdict: Death from natural causes.

24 November 1874 – Dunedin – the ship Auckland arrived on Saturday with 414 immigrants. There were three deaths and five births. She is the acme of cleanliness.

24 November 1874 – Inquest at the Kentish Hotel, Waiuku on William McCANN, late bushman in the employ of Mr Gibbons of Otaua. McCann was late of HM 58th Regt. “Accidentally drowned”.

25 November 1874 – Hydaspes quarantined on arrival because of an outbreak of scarlet fever.

25 November 1874 – Recently a patient named HENRICKSON jumped from a window on the top storey of the Dunedin Hospital. She was mad when admitted. She died within half an hour after she had taken the leap.

26 November 1874 – A 15 year old lad named PAYNE, in the employment of Messrs Ballin Bros of Wyndham-street, sustained an injury to his knee when the horse trod on him.

27 November 1874 – The man NEARY who got his leg broken about three weeks ago at Rangiriri is so far recovered as to be able to walk upon crutches.

01 December 1874 – Mr Thomas WHITE sustained a rather serious accident at the Solid Rock Baths when he plunged in head foremost from the spring board into but 4ft 6ins of water. His had came violently in contact with the rocks at the bottom and he was stunned. His head was bleeding and he seemed paralyzed. At the hospital it was found that the skull was extensively fractured which had produced concussion of the brain and it was feared that his spine was also seriously injured.

03 December 1874 – The young man who met with a severe accident at the Solid Rock Baths (Thomas WHITE) still lies in a very precarious state from the injuries he sustained.

03 December 1874 – Thames Advertiser - A young woman named ANDREW who resides with her parents near the Una tramway, narrowly escaped serious injuries by fire when her clothing caught fire whilst she was attending to household chores. Her 16 year old brother endeavoured to extinguish the flames but she took fright and ran. She escaped any harm but her brother’s hands were severely burned.

03 December 1874 - Mr QUINLIVAN’s son suffered serious injuries when he fell beneath a horse on the Parawai Road when the horse had been teased by school children.

03 December 1874 – Coromandel - The funeral of Mr James CASSIN took place yesterday and was attended by a large number of residents who had known him for nearly a generation; he was almost the oldest settler in the place.

04 December 1874 – Napier – Mr Andrew BACHELOR, ferryman at the Spit, has drowned. The body has not been recovered. He was aged 25 yrs, married, and leaves a widow and young family at Onehunga. The deceased was a steady sober man.

07 December 1874 – The barman named WILSON at the Duke of Edinburgh Hotel at Cambridge was bathing in the river when the bank gave way beneath him and he was swept into the river and out of his depth. He was unable to swim but fortunately a Maori nearby dived several times and succeeded in dragging Wilson to the shore. He has since recovered from the effects of his submersion. Great praise is due to the native for the prompt and energetic action taken by him in the matter.

08 December 1874 – Mr Joseph HAMILTON, team driver between Auckland and Mercer, suffered a serious accident when between the Harp of Erin Hotel and Otahuhu when one of the young horses got restive and severely kicked Hamilton in the groin. He is likely to recover but has received a severe shaking. He is a married man with three children.

08 December 1874 – Grahamstown – Henry FLETCHER, miner, working in the 80ft level of the Ural mine (late Hand and Band), suffered a broken leg between the knee and ankle when it was jammed against the side of the drive. It proves to be a compound fracture.

09 December 1874 – The members of the Licensed Victuallers Association are invited by advertisement to attend the funeral of the late Mr H PECKHAM this afternoon.

09 December 1874 – Alexandra – Mr Thomas HOLDEN, Rangiawhia, was taking a load of wood for the steamer an had to cross one of the large bridges near Mr Seccombe’s farm. The bridges are in a most disgraceful dilapidated condition and Mr Holden was struck on the knee cap by the waggon pole and his leg fell through one of the rotten planks. His accident will no doubt incapacitate him for some time to come.

09 December 1874 – A seven year old girl named LAMB whose parents reside at the rear of the Red Lion Hotel in Drake-street, was severely burned on her back and head when sparks from the fire caught her clothes. She is now reported to be doing as well as could be expected.

10 December 1874 – The General Government have already given instructions to have every enquiry made at Waiuku to discover whether the unfortunate man McCANN came to his death by a blow from a native.

10 December 1874 – Inquest at the Provincial Hotel re the death of Thomas WHITE who sustained fatal injuries through diving into shallow water at the Solid Rock Baths. The jury recommended that an indicator should be fixed, showing the depth of water in the bath to prevent the recurrence of a similar accident.

10 December 1874 – Dunedin – A man has been found by the roadside with his hip dislocated. The sufferer, John WILSON, is unable to give any account of how it happened as he was drunk when found.

11 December 1874 – Coromandel – Martin McDONALD, miner of the Tiki, suffered a very severe accident. In pulling out a gun from under the house it exploded, taking all the flesh off the right hand and wrist. A shot also lodged in the thigh. He was then sent to the Hospital.

12 December 1874 – Wellington – Two servant girls upset a kerosene lamp in the house of the Resident Magistrate last night and narrowly escaped being burnt to death. As it is, one is very seriously hurt. Mr CRAWFORD who was reading in another room, on hearing screams went to their assistance and after considerable efforts succeeding in arresting the progress of the flames.

14 December 1874 – A little girl, a daughter of Mr S BROWN, Hobson’s Park, Parnell, suffered a serious accident while rambling about with companions near the cliff on their way to school. The girl fell about 20 ft. A Mr Tobin went to her assistance and carried her to the house of Mrs Waring from whence she was removed to the hospital where little hope was entertained for her recovery.

14 December 1874 – More on the death of the late William McCANN.

14 December 1874 – Coromandel – Inquest to be held on Mary JONES, wife of a blacksmith who is supposed to have died through inefficient treatment by the nurse while attending her in her confinement.

14 December 1874 – New Plymouth – By the falling in of a gravel pit at Hawera, two men named MACARTHY and SOLE have been killed.

14 December 1874 – Wellington – Betsy ROSS, one of the two girls so badly burnt at the house of Mr Crawford, died this morning.

15 December 1874 – A drowning accident occurred on the Thames river today off Kopu. Henry WATSON, the cook on the steamer Lalla Rookh fell overboard. A boat was lowered but no trace of the man was found. His hat was picked up but the body is not yet found. He was a young man of about 28 years.

15 December 1874 – Fred TRENDIN, a young man employed by Mr Buckland was injured when a horse fell on him, dislocating his jaw and doing other serious injury. The patient is going on well.

15 December 1874 – The adjourned inquest on the body of Margaret JONES was closed today with a verdict of death from natural causes, the jury adding the rider that there was incapacity on the part of the nurse employed.

16 December 1874 – An old resident of Waiuku, Mr R V WOOD, has been missing for about three months. No clue has yet been obtained which is likely to lead to his discovery. No inquiry seems to have been made. His boat is also missing.

16 December 1874 – A fatal accident occurred at Mr PALMER’s bush, Komokoriki near Mahurangi. Two men were bush felling when they were struck by falling branches, killing Thomas KELLY and stunning Timothy HEALEY. Thomas Kelly was a hard-working, steady, quiet man about 25 years and a native of Ireland. Timothy HEALY is a son of William Healey of Auckland, formerly a sergeant in HM 58th Regt.

16 December 1874 – The body of Henry WATSON of the Lalla Rookh was found lying on the bank after the tide receded. An inquest returned a verdict that deceased met his death accidentally by falling overboard.

17 December 1874 – A 6 year old boy named Robert SMITH, staying with Mrs Duff in Grey Street, ran away yesterday when frightened by fighting dogs. It is now supposed he is lost. He was dressed in a light knickerbocker suit braided on the knees, drab hat and has his front teeth out. Police were informed but up to a late hour last night no trace of his whereabouts had been discovered.

18 December 1874 – Inquest on Mary Elizabeth BROWN, the little girl who fell from a cliff while gathering flowers. Jury verdict was that of accidental death.

18 December 1874 – Whangarei - Mr William ORMISTON, MPC of Mangapai has died while visiting his son in law, Mr R REYBURN Jr, Wangarei. He had a severe attack of erympelas in the head and succumbed on the ninth day. He leaves a widow and numerous family.

19 December 1874 – Captain MAIN, late Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives, has died recently in England. He retired from that office in 1865.

19 December 1874 – Inquest at the Lunatic Asylum on Christian TRANTVELLEI, a German, admitted as a patient in September 1862. He had enjoyed good health up to the time of his death when he suddenly fell from his chair and instantly expired. Died of apoplexy.

19 December 1874 – John GORMAN was driving a two-horse dray containing a young bullock in Wakefield-street, when he fell off on to the road. He sustained a serious contusion on the head either from falling or from a kick from one of the horses. He was removed to the Hospital and it is expected a few days will elapse before an opinion can be pronounced upon his condition.

19 December 1874 – On the Waikoromiko track, a carpenter named WILSON appears to have stumbled over a coat he was carrying and fell into a ravine several hundred feet below the road. He was taken up insensible and has remained so ever since. The case is considered hopeless.

21 December 1874 – Dunedin – In Princess-street a horse bolted, throwing the rider, breaking some of his ribs, dislocating his shoulder and doing other damage. A man named HARTLEY tried to stop it but the cart wheel knocked over the lamp post, breaking Hartley’s leg. Both men had to be taken to hospital.

21 December 1874 – Invercargill – At the Supreme Court John BRENNAN, who pleaded guilty to a charge of murderously assaulting a girl named Mary HALL, was sentenced to penal servitude for life.

21 December 1874 – Coromandel – Mr WILSON, the carpenter, died last night from injuries received when he fell off the track into the ravine. Inquest gave a verdict of accidental death. Great sympathy is felt for the widow and children.

22 December 1874 – A seaman named C McIVER of the Memento had his arm broken just above the wrist when he tripped over a coal bucket and fell down the ship’s hold. He is now progressing favourably.

22 December 1874 – Grahamstown – Inquest on the 2 year old son of John WILSON, proprietor of the Saracen’s Head Hotel, who was badly burnt. The child’s nightdress caught fire while his sister was in an adjoining room. None of the burns appeared dangerous at first but death ensured. Accidental death.

22 December 1874 – The funeral of Edward WILSON, killed when he fell from the Waikoromiki track, took place yesterday. A fund is being raised for the widow and six orphans.

23 December 1874 – Grahamstown – A cart driver named Harry KELLY received a kick in the side from a horse and was considerably injured but not dangerously.

23 December 1874 – Dunedin – The man John HARTLEY who endeavoured to stop a runaway horse and was knocked down and seriously injured, died in hospital of concussion of the brain. The other man who was injured is recovering.

23 December 1874 – Mahurangi – The infant son of Mr J TINDALL, Upper Matakana, died through being over-laid in bed.

24 December 1874 – A young lad named James WADHAM was gathering pohutukawa blossoms at Shelly Beach from a tree overhanging the cliff when he lost his hold and fell heavily on the rocks. He was removed from the reach of the inflowing tide and the doctor promptly attended. It was found he was suffering from concussion of the brain. He was conveyed to his home in Wellesley-street where he still lies in considerable danger.

24 December 1874 – Mauku – The remains of an old settler at Mauku, Mrs HERON, were interred at Mauku Cemetery by the side of her late husband Captain HERON who died here on 25 September 1960.

24 December 1874 – Mr James DEEBLE and wife and Mrs MORTON and three children, were thrown from a trap at the Thames on 30 November. All will probably recover though some of them are rather severely bruised.

24 December 1874 – Accident at the Hauraki New-mill to Henry George NEWLAND who was attending a circular saw. He laid his right hand on the wood to steady it and his hand was drawn into the teeth of the saw, cutting off his thumb and three fingers close to the palm.

25 December 1874 – The body of a Maori having the word ‘Taranaki’ tattooed on his back, was found on Rangitoto lying on its face among the rocks above high water mark. It appeared to have been washed ashore. Enquiry to be held.

28 December 1874 – Fiji - Mr Louis MYERS of the Thames, body was found drowned at Waitova. He was described as a very steady man and had a wife and family residing on the Thames, NZ. He was about 35 years old, a tobacconist and leaves a widow and five children. Accidentally drowned.

28 December 1874 – Mercer - Mr Joseph BENNETT’s sister in law, the youngest daughter of Mr PORCH, has been drowned at Mercer.

28 December 1874 – Benjamin DREW, in company with two other men John BAILEY and James HILL, went to sleep on the summit of the cliff opposite the Block House at Freeman’s Bay. Mr Drew rolled off and fell a distance of 30 feet. He is now in hospital, severely shaken and bruised.

29 December 1874 – Mesdames REID and DUNN, and four children we enjoying a quiet drive out to Onehunga when the horse took fright and the vehicle was overturned, the occupants being thrown out on the road. Mrs DUNN and the children escaped with scarcely a hurt but Mrs REID sustained several injuries which, combined with the shock to the nervous system, prostrated her. The injuries were not as serious as expected.

29 December 1874 – Grahamstown – Inquest on Ellen PARKER fell over a bank at the Waiotahi Creek and sustained concussion of the brain. Accidental death.

29 December 1874 – Mercer – Mrs Campion missed Miss PORCH from her room at about 5 a.m. yesterday. The servant girl stated she left Miss Porch about 9 p.m. on Saturday night bathing in the Waikato river, near Mr Scherll’s store. Mr Campion found her clothes on the bank. The natives have been searching for the body but as yet without success.

29 December 1874 – Napier – Two boys aged 11 and 9, sons of Mr CURTICE, the town bandmaster, have been drowned while bathing in the Tutaekuri River, the elder losing his life in endeavouring to save the younger.

30 December 1874 – Grahamstown – William SAUNDERSON had his leg severely hurt today by a tree which he was falling for mining purposes. He was taken to the hospital.

30 December 1874 – Coromandel – Mrs ROBINSON, the wife of the manager of the Plutus, died yesterday at Tokatea and will be buried tomorrow. Much sympathy is felt for Mr Robinson in his bereavement.

30 December 1874 – Masterton – A case of poisoning by mistake has occurred by which a child named E CHAMBERLAIN has lost its life.

30 December 1874 – More on the drowning of Miss PORCH in the Waikato River.

31 December 1874 – Inquest at the Lunatic Asylum on Maxwell Sandhurst NEWELL. He came from Waikato district, admitted on 9th inst and died on 28th. He refused food from the day he entered the institution and died from natural causes.

31 December 1874 – Coromandel – The funeral of the late Mrs ROBINSON was largely attended by Masons, Foresters and Orangemen of which Institutions Robinson is a member.


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