Walter Offord JACKSON

Male 1869 - 1893  (24 years)

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  • Name Walter Offord JACKSON 
    Born 1869  Camden, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Name:?tab?Walter O Jackson
      Birth Date:?tab?1869
      Birth Place:?tab?New South Wales
      Registration Year:?tab?1869
      Registration Place:?tab?Camden, New South Wales, Australia
      Father:?tab?William Jackson
      Mother:?tab?Mary A
      Registration Number:?tab?9267
    Gender Male 
    _UID 44C5D3AD24D24D1E8B2200E28823B1D0A54F 
    Died 18 May 1893  Camden, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cause: Suicide 
    Buried 20 May 1893  Mulgoa, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I30642  The Path to Our Future
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2018 

    Father William JACKSON,   d. Abt 1877 
    Mother Mary Ann Selina WALPOLE,   b. Abt 1843, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1910, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Married 6 Oct 1858  Camden, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F9982  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • ?b??i?Strange Suicide at Mulgoa Forest?/b??/i?.
      On Thursday of last week one of Mr. J. E. Baines' employees, ?b?Walter Offord Jackson?/b?, was found to be missing. He was in the habit of working about half-a-mile from the house, and, as he did not return at his usual hour, a search party was organised and continued to look for the missing one till midnight. Being unsuccessful Constable Hughes of Mulgoa was communicated with and another search party set out. This party was also unsuccessful until midday on Friday when Constable Hughes found the dead body of Jackson hanging from the bough of a peppermint tree. The body was almost completely nude, a pair of socks being , the only things that had not been removed. Round the neck was tied a singlet, over this was the shirt of the deceased, and then
      a thin piece of bark was wound twice round the shirt and neck and tied in two half hitches so as to tighten, then passed twice over the limb. All the clothing of the deceased was found lying close to the body. A loaded single-barreled gun half-cocked, was also near the clothes, and the bark which was used in place of rope was pulled, it is considered, half-a-mile from the spot where the body was found, as there were no stringy bark trees near the spot, and a tree with a strip of bark torn from it was noticed near the place where the deceased had been working. The case is a most peculiar one, and the deceased must have deliberately strangled himself. The limb from which the body was hanging was so low that he could easily have reached it with his hands. When the body was found the knees were, slightly bent, and the toe of the left foot touching the ground, so that the deceased could, by simply straightening his legs, have stood straight. Why the deceased had
      taken off all his clothes is a mystery. Some are of opinion that he had at first intended to drown himself in the river, which was so olose that had it risen the body would have been washed away, but for what reason would he have pulled the bark from the tree where he was working and carried it over half-a-mile to the spot where he was found? By those who knew him best he was a very decent young fellow but rather light-headed now and again. One of the witnesses at the inquest related an incident in support of this. One day Jackson was helping load something on the farm, and was working up in the dray. All at once he jumped out of the dray and began rolling on the ground, and playing with the dogs, Another favorite freak of his was to get on the top of a mountain and begin rolling boulders down the side. This afforded him great amusement, and he generally continued it for a couple of hours. Jackson was a member of the Small family, very well known in this district, he was considered very respectable, and quite an ornament to this gather ill-reputed family.

      ?b??i?THE INQUEST?/b??/i?
      An inquest was held on Saturday at the residence of Mr. J. E. Baines, before Mr. O. B. Furner, Camden Coroner. The following jury was impanelled: Messrs. W. Megarrity (foreman), W. Megarrity, junior, John Euglish, Alex. Morehead, Edward Bottnell, Jesse Sales, Willam Sales, M. Buggy, Thomas Gay, John Coveney, Edward Taylor, and F. Turner. Several witnesses were examined, but were unable to throw any light on the matter, and the jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased died of suffocation caused by hanging such hanging being his own act.

      The funeral was interred in St. Thomas' cemetery on Saturday afternoon last. [4]
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  • Sources 
    1. [S3547] Australia, Birth Index, 1788-1922.

    2. [S3545] New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Coroners' Inquests, 1821-1937 for Walter Offord Jackson.

    3. [S3544] Sydney, Australia, Anglican Parish Registers, 1814-2011 for Walter Offord Jackson.

    4. [S3543] Nepean Times (Penrith, NSW : 1882 - 1962) Saturday 27 May 1893 p 2 Article.

    5. [S3548] New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899.