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The Australian Star Tue 29 July 1902
A BODY EXHUMED.
Authorities in Conflict.
The Adjourned Inquest.
The City Coroner this morning resumed
the Inquest touching the death of David
Gray, aged 73, of Five Dock, whose remains
were disinterred at Rookwood Cemetery
nearly a fortnight ago. He was an old age
pensioner. On the 3rd Instant he was knock
ed down and Injured by a sulky In the Great
North-road, and a few days later he died.
William Gray, a son of the deceased, ' re
called, said that his father remained uncon
scious for two or three days, and then seem
ed to get better. On the 9th and 10th instant
he 'and his father strolled to a hotel, where
the deceased had a glass of ale. On the night
of the 10th instant his father complained of
his head, and the next day he died.
...etc. see Trove
for published autopsy report
The Sydney Morning Herald Wed 30 Jul 1902
FIVE DOCK FATALITY.
DEATH OF DAVID GRAY
The adjourned inquest on the body of David
Gray, of Great North-road Five Dock, who died
from the effects of injuries received on the 3rd
instant through being knocked down by a sulky,
was concluded before the City Coroner, at the Coroner's Court.
The evidence showed that on the 3rd instant the
deceased, accompanied by his wife, went to Parramatta.
On the way home on the same evening,
when near the five Dock Post-office they walked
along the tram line. As a tram was coming along
the line they turned off the line to the left. The
tram was then about 20 yards off. Immediately
they stepped off the line they were knocked down
by a vehicle, in which there was a man and woman.
That vehicle was driven on and another passed just
after they were knocked down. Mrs Gray, in her
evidence, said that after she had been knocked
down she heard a woman in the vehicle say, "Drive
on, or else we will be blamed for this; " and the
man then drove on quickly. Constable Williams
took the deceased, who was then unconscious home,
and Dr Menzies attended the injured man up to the
time of his death on the 11th instant. The medical
evidence was to the effect that the cause of death
was injury to the brain, which might have been
caused by either a blow or a fall. If the deceased
had received the injury on the 3rd instant it was
quite possible that he was walking about on the 9th
and 10th instant, and he might not have
had pains in his head until the 10th instant.
The evidence of a son of the deceased was that his
father had remained unconscious for two or three
days after receiving the injury. Then he seemed to
get better, and got up, though he did not appear to
know what he was doing. He went out of the
house with a second son on the evening of tho 10th
instant,and on that night, although nothing had
happened, he first complained of pains in his head,
and died early on the following morning.
The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the
deceased had died from injuries received through
being knocked down by a sulky, which was being
driven by some person whose name was unknown,
but whether the said injuries were caused accidentally
or otherwise the evidence adduced did not enable them to say.
[The Government offered a reward of £25 for information which would
lead to establishing the identity of the driver of the sulky.
wife Isabella died at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown
16 November 1912. age 78. both are buried at Rookwood, in the Church of England section.
Thank you Janilye for this information. it is appreciated. I know very little about Isabella, she is one of my brick walls.
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