Facts and Events
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
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.
||Date of Sequestration