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Birth Certificate Transcript:
1862 BIRTHS in the District of Golden Square in the Colony of Victoria. Registered by Edwin S Maxwell
|When and where Born.
||Name, and whether present or not.
||Signature, Description, and Residences of informant.
||(1)Association. (2) Nurse by whom certified. And (3) Signature of Occupiers, or other Witnesses.
||When Registered and where
| (1) Name and Surname, Rank or profession of the Father.(2) Age. And (3) Birth place.
|| (1) When and where Married. (2) Issue living and deceased.
|| (1) Name and Maiden Surname of Mother. (2) Age. And (3) Birthplace
|| 2nd February 1862 Sheepshead Sandhurst
|| John Thomas Present
|| Joseph Conn Miner 31 years Newcastle on Tyne England
|| 24 th September 1860 Sandhurst Victoria
|| Elizabeth Kay 25 years Kirkburton England
||Elizabeth Conn Sheepshead Sandhurst Mother
||3 rd. March 1862 Golden Square Sandhurst
Newcastle Morning Herald & Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , Tuesday 24 July 1894, page 7
|Summons Case. ASSAULT. John T. Conn summoned John Wilkinson for assault. Mr. Sparke appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Baker for the defendant. John T. Conn deposed that he was a publican, residing in Mary-street, Plattsburg. On Friday, the 13th inst., whilst outside his hotel the de- fendant came up and said he wanted to see him on business. Witness followed the defendant into the passage, when the latter inquired whether it was with witness's know- ledge that the defendant's father was being supplied with liquor. Witness replied that so long as defendant's father was sober and had the money he could not refuse to supply the drink. Defendant immediately caught witness by the throat with his left hand and struck him on the forehead with his right clenched fist. He was knocked down, and on attempting to rise was again knocked down. This process was continued across the street, when plaintiff caught the de- fendant by the legs and threw him against the fence. Afterwards the defendant wanted to fight the whole family. By Mr. Baker :, The defendant's father was indebted to witness in a small sum for drink. The amount now owing was £12 11s 6d. The defendant had on a previous occasion drawn attention to supplying his father with drink. Dr. J. B. Nash deposed that on the 13th inst. he examined the plaintiff and found a slight abrasion of the skin on the forehead and face, and other slight bruises. Mrs. John Devon, sister-in-law to the plaintiff, deposed that she was standing in the parlour next the pas- sage when Wilkinson and Coon came in. She heard the conversation about supplying liquor to defendant's father. The defendant caught Conn by the throat with his left hand and struck him with the right two blows. She saw blood on plaintiff's forehead and mouth, and described the knocking down process across the street. Conn had no chance to defend himself. John S. Arthur deposed that he was just outside defendant's hotel when the disturbance took place. He saw Conn knocked out of the hotel by Wilkinson, and every time the plaintiff attempted to rise he was knocked down. He did not hear complainant say anything. Conn had no oppor- tunity of defending himself.
Mrs. Richmond, John Henry Roberts, George Lindsay, and John Ross all gave somewhat similar evi- dence. John Wilkinson, a butcher, residing at Plattsburg, deposed for the defence that on the date named whilst pro- ceeding to his home he met the plaintiff, to whom he had previously spoken about supplying his (defendant's) father with drink. They went into the hotel passage. Witness again asked plaintiff if it was with his knowledge that his (defendant's) father was being supplied with drink. Conn was looking down on the floor, and defendant in order to draw his attention simply placed his hand on Conn's shoulder, who immediately made use of abusive language, and struck witness on the chin. On attempting to repeat the offence the defendant struck out. Conn then made an attempt to reach a tomahawk that was on the floor, and defendant pushed him outside. He admitted that when Conn attempted to rush him outside on the street he knocked him down twice, and walked away on to the footpath on the other side. of the street. Conn then caught hold of witness, who in order to free himself caught plaintiff by the throat. There were many people present at the time, and Mrs. Conn threw a large stone at witness, and threatened to knock his brains out. Witness pro- duced his pants to show where they had been torn by Conn. Mrs. Devon was not in the passage at the time the disturbance took place.
Edward Wilkinson deposed that he arrived on the scene after the affair was over. Conn then admitted that he had done a mean action in doing what he did to witness. The Police Magistrate said that the Bench were unanimous in thinking that the assault was proved. Defen- dant was fined 5s, with £2 2s profes- sional costs, £1 1s for the medical testimony, and costs of Court. No witnesses' expenses wore allowed.
Death Certificate: New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages
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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners Advocate, Friday. October 1, 1909 (page 4 Column 6)
|John Thomas Conn, a foreman at the sulphide works, Cockle Creek, met his death in a shockingly sudden manner while at work yesterday. While levering over a pot at one of the converters he was struck on the neck by a crowbar and killed instantly. Deceased was a married man, of 48 years. A report has been furnished to Mr Hibble, the district coroner, who, with a jury, will hold an inquest today.
FUNERALS (page 6 column 8)
|CONN. - Friends and Relatives of Mrs. J. T. CONN are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of her beloved Husband. JOHN THOMAS: To move from his late residence, Third-street, Boolaroo. THIS DAY, at 3 o'clock, for Presbyterian portion Wallsend Cemetry.
9681 FROOME & CO., Conductors.
|CONN. - Friends of Mr. G. K. CONN are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of her beloved Brother, JOHN THOMAS CONN: To move from his late residence, Third-street, Boolaroo. THIS DAY, at 3 o'clock, for Wallsend Cemetry.
||CONN. -Menbers of the Wallsend and Plattsburg Fire Brigade are respectifully requested to attend the Funeral of the late J. T. CONN (life member). Bus leaves tram terminus Boolaroo at 1.45 p.m.
9683 W. ROBERTSON, Capt.
NIL DESPERANDUM LODGE, NO. 31 I. O. O. F.
|CONN. -Officers and Members of the above Lodge are kindly requested to attend the Funeral of our late Bro. J. T. CONN, of Boolaroo. Meet Funeral at Wallsend Goods-shed THIS DAY (Friday), at 4 o'clock, the Wallsend Cemetry.
9632 THOS. SHERLOCK, Sec.
Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners Advocate, Saturday. October 2 1909
|BOOLAROO FATALITY - EVIDENCE AT THE INQUEST.
|At the Sulphide Hall, Boolaroo, yesterday, Mr. C. Hibble, the district coroner, with jury, held an inquest concerning the death of John Thomas Conn, one of the shift foremen at the Sulphide Works, who was killed the previous day by being struck on the head by a crowbar whilst engaged working at one of the large converting pots connected with the Haberlein plant at the Cockle Creek works.
Mr. A. A. Rankin (Messrs. Minter. Simpson and Company) appeared for the Sulphide Corporation. Ltd., and Mr. T. A. Braye (Messrs. Braye and Cohen) for the widow of deceased. Constable M'Minn represented the police.
Dr. F. W. D. Collier deposed that he had examined the body of the deceased, and death was due to injury to the brain.
George Kaye Conn, commission agent, of Dennison-street, Hamilton, deposed that deceased was his brother, and that he was 47 years of age. He was a married man, and was survived by a widow and six children. Deceased was forman of the Haberlien plant at the Sulphide Corporation's works.
| William Neems, a labourer employed at the Sulphide Works, stated that on Thursday he was working with deceased. One of the Haberlein pots had to be tipped up and for that purpose a chain and pulley is used. Witness and a man named Penfold started to tip the pot, and whilst so doing the chain came off as the pot ran over. Witness got the crowbar (produced) and went round to the back of the pot to bar it up. The deceased told witness to take the bar out, and he did so. Conn then put the bar in a hole on the chain wheel. The pot moved over, and deceased tried to pull the bar out but before he did so the wheel came round and carried the bar with it, until it got jammed. The bar kicked forward and struck deceased on the head. He turned round to witness, and said “That bar caught me.” He then fell backwards, and did not speak again. To the Coroner: Witness had worked at the particular place for some twelve months. The bar was used for the stuff inside the pots, and not for levering the wheel over. They could have put the chain on again if they had liked to wait for a time. The chain was the proper means of tipping the pot. To Mr. Braye: The chain came off at times, but not often. It came of the morning before, and they put it on. To Mr. Rankin: There were safety catches, and deceased put one on, and could have put on the other.
|| Arthur Penfold corroborated the previous witness as the circumstances of the occurrence. To Mr. Braye: Witness has been nine months at the pots, and during that time the chain had slipped off some three times. They could have put the chain on but the pot was smoking too much. Deceased came up, and put the bar in straight away. Deceased had told witness he was not use the bar, as it was dangerous to do so. Witness had seen no one else use the bar, which was used for breaking up the material in the pots.
Fredrick Herbert Evans, assistant manager, at the Sulphide Works, said that he saw the deceased after the occurrence. He was dead. At the Haberlien plant witness saw the bar, which was used on the contents of the pots and not for levering the pots over. The pots were capsized with a chain and tackle. The chain could be easily fixed if it came off. The two-ton pots were worked by a leaver. To Mr. Braye: The holes in the wheels were put in for tipping purposes. At first they did not know exactly what appliances they would attach. He had never seen the men use the bar and had never heard of it being used. To Mr. Rankin: The previous day was the first time he had heard of the chain slipping off.
| The jury, after a brief retirement, returned a verdict of accidental death. The foreman remarked that whilst the jury were quite satisfied the occurrence was purely accidental, they thought that provision should be made to prevent the pulley chain from slipping off, and also that the holes in the chain wheel should be plugged up, so as to do away with the possibility of a crowbar being used in future.
In answer to the coroner, Mr. Rankin said he could undertake to see that the wishes of the jury were given effect to.
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