Friday, January 1, 2010

Isaac CASTLE (1863-1889)

Isaac CASTLE was the nephew of my ancestors Isaac CASTLE and his wife Harriet LEWIS, and the son their siblings who were also married, James CASTLE and Leah LEWIS.

Isaac was born at Parramatta in 1863, and the following SMH articles relate to his death:

The Sydney Morning Herald
Thursday 21 February 1889

Shortly after 4 o'clocl yesterday afternoon a labourer named Isaac Castle, aged 25 years, residing at No. 217, Church-street, Camperdown, met with a fatal accident at Darling Habour. Some trucks were being shunted, and the deceased fell while attempting to jump on the front of one of them while in motion The wheels passed over him, fracturing the pelvis , and almost severing the left leg from the body. The sufferer was admitted to the hospital, but the case was pronounced hopeless and he succumbed to his injuries at 6 o'clock. Immediately after admittance the surgeone recommended that the patient's wife should be sent for, but she arrived too late to see her husband alive.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Friday 22 February 1889

An inquest was held by the Acting Coroner (Mr. J. C. Woore, J.P.) at the Coroner's Court, yesterday, concerning the death of a man named Isaac Castle, who was killed on the previous afternoon by being crushed under the wheels of a railway truck at Darling Harbour. Evidence showed that the deceased was 25 years of age, and a married man, having a wife and two young children. He was employed as a shunter at Darling Harbour, and lived at No 217 Church-street, Camperdown. About 4 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon deceased was asssisting in the shunting of some trucks from the main line at Darling Harbour on to a siding. While in the act of getting on to the front of a truck in motion he fell, and the wheels passed over him, crushing the pelvis and nearly severing the right leg from the body. The injured man was taken to the hospital, where he was admitted by Dr. Wade, but he succumbed to his injuries about 6 o'clock that evening. Dr T.F. Wade deposed that death was due to shock to the system. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

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