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Mary Harriet "Harriet" WALKER

Mary Harriet "Harriet" WALKER

Female 1841 - 1877  (35 years)

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  • Name Mary Harriet "Harriet" WALKER 
    Nickname Harriet 
    Born 31 Aug 1841 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Certificate 19 May 1859  [2] – Marriage
    Walker Mary 1859 Marriage Cert
    Died 29 Jun 1877 Reed Beds, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3]  – Cause: Disease of the Brain (Inquest findings)
    Newspaper 2 Jul 1877 'The Grange", Reedbeds, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4]  – Death
    Blackler Mary 1877 Death article40779530-5-002
    Newspaper 2 Jul 1877 Reed Beds, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5]  – Inquest
    • CORONER`S. INQUEST.
      SUDDEN DEATH
      On Saturday afternoon, June 30, the City Coroner (Mr. T. Ward,. J.P.)conducted an enquiry at the Reedbeds into the circumstances connected with the death of Mary Harriet Blackler, aged 36, who was found lying in her bedroom at her residence the preceding afternoon. Mr. Richard Holland was elected Foreman of the Jury. William Blackler, farmer, said he lived at the Reedbeds. He had a family of five children, the youngest being one year old. Deceased was his wife. She had latterly enjoyed very good health. She dined with the family the previous day about half-past 1 o`clock. Had heard that she had a.nt about half-past. 11 o`clock in themorning of the same day. Saw her after dinner about 2 o`clock on the back verandah, when she appeared stupid and her eyes glaring. She was not able to speak plainly. She did not make any complaint to him about feeling unwell. Then went to the stables, and returned to the house about 3.15p.m. He asked, his wife to give him a coat, as he was going out. She gave him the coat, and he then, went out in a horse and trap for the purpose of breaking the horse in. Got back to the stables at half past 4, when he was told that his wife was missing and could not be found. Went immediately to the dairy, thinking that, she might be there, but she was not. Then went to the backyard, but she was not there. In about 10 minutes afterwards he returned to the stables and did some painting. When he finished he was in the act of proceeding to the house when hew as called by Mrs. Blackler, sen., to come in at once. Ran into the house. Went into his wife`s bedroom, when he discovered deceased lying on the floor, partly under the bed. Lifted her up. She was not conscious and her body was warm. Removed some portion of her dress. She remained unconscious- and spoke to no one. Immediately sent for Dr. Moore. That would be about 5 o`clock. Hot blankets were placed to her feet, and her legs, chest, and neck were rubbed in order to induce animation, but without avail. The marks on the neck were caused by the rubbing. Dr. Moore arrived about 20 minutes past 6 and pronounced life to be extinct.Deceased was addicted to intemperate habits. She would take any kind of drink she could procure. Saw no empty beer or brandy bottles in her room when she was found. She had been subject to 'stupidness', and would sometimes, lie down senseless for an hour or more at a time. He attributed this state of things to her over-indulgence in alcoholic drinks. Had heard that there was a small bottle of carbolic acid in the house when deceased was found dead. In the house there was also spirits of wine, which was used for the purpose or burning in the lamps. Was not aware that his wife had tried to destroy herself at any time, but had been told that she had drunk spirits of wine and ` painkiller` at times.Did not know that there was carbolic acid in the house till Dr. Moore arrived. Kate Keane, single woman, said she was general servant at Mr.Blackler`s house had lived with the family nearly three months. Saw deceased the previous morning about half past 11 o`clock sitting on the side of the bed in the nursery. She was shaking very much. Spoke to deceased, but she made no answer. Mrs. Blackler, sen,took deceased into the spare room, put her into the bed, and gave her a drink of water, after which she recovered. At 1 o`clock deceased was all right again and had her dinner, carving for the family and the men and women servants. Mr. Blackler did not dine at the same table. After dinner deceased told her (witness) to make haste with her work and get done before tea-time. Deceased and her husband used to quarrel a little occasionally, but never anything serious. Had seen deceased the worse for drink several times. She had never told witness that she was tired of her life. Did not know there was any carbolic acid in the house until she was shown a small bottle the preceding day. It was in the room where the body was then lying, and she took it into the nursery. It was not full. The bottle produced was the one she saw. By the Jury. Found the bottle in the room where deceased was then lying about 12 o`clock on Friday morning. Had never seen it before. Took it out of the room `because it smelled so nasty. John Smith, labourer on Mr. Blackler`s farm, said he last saw deceased alive on the preceding morning; she was hanging out some clothes. When deceased was discovered lying in an unconscious state he was called to rub her neck and body, which he did. Mr. Blackler appeared to be in great tribulation. Was present when the doctor arrived. Had known deceased to drink too much beer and spirits occasionally. Had heard that deceased drank eau-de-cologne at times and anything she could get. He assisted to convey deceased from the room in which she died to the room where she then lay. Dr. R. W. Moore said he was called to see deceased about six o`clock on Friday evening, as she was dying. Repaired to the house immediately and found Mrs. Blackler dead on his arrival. The body was warm, and there were several persons around trying to restore animation. The skin on the throat where the marks were was not broken, and the marks might have been produced by the rubbing. They were post-mortem. Had known deceased many years. Last attended her about twelve months ago, when she was confined. Last saw her alive about six weeks ago, when she said she was in good health. Was aware that deceased had been of intemperate habits for many years. She used to drink anything she could get in the shape of stimulants. He had made a post mortem examination of the body. The lungs and heart were healthy; the liver very much enlarged, and showed signs of old inflammation. Her stomach was contracted on about four ounces of food, which consisted of a substance like sausage meat, smelling strongly of carbolic acid. The stomach was not inflamed. The brain was healthy, except that there were about eight ounces of blood effused on the surface. That effusion he considered to be the immediate cause of death. By the desire of the Coroner the stomach was here produced and exhibited to the Jurymen. It smelt strongly of carbolic acid. The effusion on the brain was caused by intemperance accelerated by carbolic acid. There were no marks of violence on the body. There was an abrasion on the left arm presenting the appearance ofa dried blister, which might have been produced by spilling carbolic acidon the spot. The fact of deceased having taken carbolic acid might have induced the condition of the brain which terminated in the effusion ofblood on its surface. Mary Blackler, widow, who said she lived at Mr. W.Blackler`s, gave corroborative evidence. Deceased had been addicted to intemperance for many years, and said she could not exist if she did not take intoxicants. Had known her to drink perfumes. Had heard deceased speak about rubbing her hands with carbolic acid. The Coroner having briefly reviewed the evidence, the Jury without retiring returned the following verdict - `That the immediate cause of death was disease ofthe brain`
    Blackler Mary 1877 Inquest article40779499-3-001
    Blackler Mary 1877 Inquest article40779499-3-002
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    Walker Harriet
    Person ID I1256 Turner
    Last Modified 1 Mar 2013 

    Father Richard Fisher WALKER,   b. Abt 1809, Castleford, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1884, Parkside, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth MELLOR,   b. 7 Jan 1811, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1894, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 1 Nov 1835 Castleford, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F17 Group Sheet,  Family chart

    Family William BLACKLER,   b. Abt 1827,   d. 26 Jun 1896, Fulham Reedbeds, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married 19 May 1859 Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Children 
     1. Harriet Amelia BLACKLER,   b. 18 Jul 1860, Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1897  (Age 36 years)
     2. William Allen BLACKLER,   b. 23 Aug 1862, Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1932  (Age 70 years)
     3. John Burton BLACKLER,   b. 19 Nov 1864, Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1865, Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. George BLACKLER,   b. 23 Mar 1867, Little Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1880, Fulham Reedbeds, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 13 years)
     5. Ellen Elizabeth BLACKLER,   b. 16 Jun 1869, Reed Beds, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Edward BLACKLER,   b. 16 Jan 1872, Reed Beds, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1874, Reed Beds, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     7. Alice Matilda BLACKLER,   b. 20 Dec 1873, Reed Beds, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1874, Reed Beds, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     8. Gertrude Annie BLACKLER,   b. 21 Jul 1876, Reed Beds, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1881, Reed Beds, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2011 
    Family ID F437 Group Sheet,  Family chart

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    Walker Harriet
  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 31 Aug 1841 - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 May 1859 - Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Disease of the Brain (Inquest findings) - 29 Jun 1877 - Reed Beds, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNewspaper - Death - 2 Jul 1877 - 'The Grange", Reedbeds, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNewspaper - Inquest - 2 Jul 1877 - Reed Beds, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S64] South Australian Births 1842-1906, (c) SAGHS, Book: 1 Page: 16 (Reliability: 3), 25 Jun 2002.
      Surname: WALKER
      Given Names: Mary Harriet
      Date: 1841-08-31
      Sex: F
      Father: Richard WALKER
      Mother: Elizabeth MELLOR
      Birth Place/Residence: Section 555
      District Code: Ade
      Book: 1 Page: 16

    2. [S166] Turner, Jenny (Sax).

    3. [S109] South Australian Deaths Index 1842 - 1915, Book: 81 Page: 468 (Reliability: 3), 28 Jun 2002.
      Surname: BLACKLER
      Given Names: Mary Harriett
      Date: 1877-06-29
      Sex: F Age: 36y Status: M
      Relative: William BLACKLER (H)
      Relative 2:
      Residence: Reedbeds Death Place: Reedbeds District Code: PtA
      Book: 81 Page: 468

    4. [S228] South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839-1900), Article identifier     http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article40779530 Page identifier     http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page3982271 APA citation     Family Notices. (1877, July 2). South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839-1900), p. 4 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S228] South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839-1900), Article identifier     http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article40779499 Page identifier     http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page3981943 APA citation     CORONER'S INQUEST. (1877, July 2). South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839-1900), p. 6 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S49] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (http://www.familysearch.org/eng/search/igi/search_igi.asp), M108201 (Reliability: 3).
      Richard WALKER  
      Sex:  M  
      Marriage(s):  Spouse:  Elizabeth MELLOR 
      Marriage:  1 Nov 1835  Castleford, Yorkshire, England 
      Source Information:
        Batch number:  Dates  Source Call No.  Type  Printout Call No.  Type 
      M108201  1813-1838  0990550   Film  6911096   Film

    7. [S25] South Australian Marriages 1842 - 1916, Book/Page: 38/51 (Reliability: 3).
      Groom: BLACKLER
      Given names: William
      Bride: WALKER
      Given names: Mary Harriet
      Date: 1859-05-19
      Groom Age: 30
      Status: N
      Groom's Father: Richard BLACKLER
      Bride Age: 18
      Status: N
      Bride's Father: Richard WALKER
      Place: Res of William Blackler Port Adelaide
      District: Ade
      Symbol:
      Book/Page: 38/51

    8. [S231] Walker, Mary Harriet. Blackler, William 1859 Marriage.


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