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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 5 – On the Library – Thomas Fullerton Get hold of US

The theme for Week 5 (Jan. 29- Feb. 4) is: On the Library.

I’ve determined to put in writing about an ancestor (not direct line ancestor) that I discovered some details about from a library. I do not usually get to analysis at a library.
I went again by means of my analysis and found notes for a time I went to the National Library of Australia in Canberra in August 2008. My sister and her household had been visiting Canberra and took me alongside for the journey.

One factor I had on my to-do checklist for the library was to view the Deniliquin Chronicle and Riverine Gazette on Microfilm for the interval November-December 1865. My goal in doing this was to search out the unique model of a information merchandise associated to the demise of my 3 x nice uncle, Thomas Fullerton. Throughout my time on the Nationwide Library, I discovered the unique discover and made a replica of it. The article was first printed within the 

Deniliquin Chronicle, 18 November 1865, web page 4, column 5. 

I wrote the next about Thomas on this weblog, in its earlier type, on 11 September 2012, underneath the title Trove Tuesday – Thomas Fullerton of Hill Plain, Deniliquin.

The next article relating to Thomas Fullerton, although a really unhappy article, is one in every of my most appreciated, and least anticipated, Trove discoveries. I had learnt, by means of a reference supplied by the Deniliquin & District Historical Society, that in 1865 there had been an inquest into the demise of a younger shepherd, Thomas Fullerton, who had died at Hill Plain close to Deniliquin, New South Wales. 

Sadly, the demise certificates gave no details about Thomas’ household, and whereas the inquest index existed for that period in New South Wales, the precise inquest information not existed. I assumed I used to be not prone to discover every other data to confirm that this Thomas was a part of my Fullerton household. My finest hope was newspapers – however which newspaper? What number of rolls of microfilm would I have to trawl by means of? 

Enter the Nationwide Library of Australia’s Newspaper digitisation in 2008. At that early stage within the digitisation not one of the digitised newspaper titles appeared related for Deniliquin information – maybe the Argus, however that was a protracted shot I assumed. With out excessive expectations of discovering any reference to Thomas, I looked for ‘Fullerton’ and ‘Deniliquin’. There it was! In December 1865 the Brisbane Courier had reprinted an inquest report from the Deniliquin Chronicle. The inquest report talked about Thomas’ sister Bridget Fenelon, and thus supplied the proof I wanted to put younger Thomas on my household tree. Till that point, Thomas’ existence had been one way or the other forgotten in household information and oral historical past. Beforehand, the one proof for Thomas’ existence was a document of a Thomas ‘Fuller’ baptised at Castlemaine, Victoria in 1854. I wish to assume that Thomas supplied just a little assist in my analysis. Whereas the knowledge I discovered about him was very unhappy, discovering it meant that his story would not be forgotten. 

“I take the next report from a Deniliquin paper, because it pertains to a topic during which not solely the college however all heads of households should really feel an curiosity. Medical science has not but reached perfection, nice as its triumphs are: 

“On Tuesday final the Police Justice of the Peace attended at Hill Plains to carry an inquiry respecting the demise of a lad aged 13 years, named Thomas Fullerton, who had been discovered mendacity lifeless in his mattress on yesterday by Mr. Clancy, sheep overseer to Mr. Hogg, of Mathoura station. The primary witness examined was Bridget Fenelon, a married lady and sister of deceased, who deposed that on Sunday night final she was milking a goat, and her brother held the animal by its horns; the goat giving a plunge ahead struck deceased both within the breast or abdomen, from which he appeared to undergo considerably; he ran a couple of yards after the goat, after which laid down and complained of illness, and remained drowsy the entire of the night afterwards. On Monday, she discovering him no higher began for Deniliquin, and, on her return within the afternoon, discovered he was lifeless. John Clancy, the overseer deposed that being within the neighborhood on Monday, and requiring the help of deceased, he went to the hut believing deceased to be asleep, and located him on the mattress lifeless and his physique chilly. A. W. F. Noyes, Surgeon, of Deniliquin, who attended the inquiry for the aim of constructing the put up mortem, deposed that he had executed so, and located that the reason for demise was hydatids within the coronary heart, and that no marks of violence prone to come up from the butting of a goat had been noticeable on the physique. That is the second demise which has been attributed right here inside a twelvemonth or so to that very obscure type of illness – hydatids. The previous was a woman of about sixteen years, who died within the hospital, and the organ during which the hydatids had been discovered was the mind, some 4 or 5 hundred being found in a single facet of that organ. The skilled gents engaged thought-about the options offered by that case exceedingly singular, and people of the current are considered as being nonetheless extra extraordinary and weird. Among the hydatids had been connected to the guts, and one, which was taken out, was discovered floating within the blood contained within the left ventricle. The lad seems to have often been topic to fainting matches, and people are imagined to have been produced by the interference of this natural development with the motion of the valves of the guts. The topic as affecting the human body is exceedingly obscure, however the infrequency of its identified prevalence commends itself to the discover of the skilled man.”

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 5 - On the Library - Thomas Fullerton Get hold of US Obtain US
The identical article additionally seems within the following newspapers on Trove:
  • (1865, November 25). Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 – 1918), p. 3. Retrieved January 28, 2019, from
  • (1865, November 27). Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 – 1875), p. 4. Retrieved January 28, 2019, from
  • (1865, December 7). Queanbeyan Age and Common Advertiser (NSW : 1864 – 1867), p. 2. Retrieved January 28, 2019, from

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