Sergeant Richard DOGHERTY

Fall from Roadway

Millers Point

21 June, 1855

 

Very little is known of this death at present, and it is not known if it occurred on duty or not. It occurred at Millers Point (Sydney) and the coroner found that the deceased was “under the influence of drink”. As such it is thought that this was probably not an on-duty death, however research is continuing. The Maitland Mercury of 27 June, 1855 reported on the inquest:

 

Two inquests were held yesterday at the Three Tuns Tavern, corner of Elizabeth and King Streets, the cause of death in each case being accidental. The deceased in one case was a sergeant of police who, on Saturday night last, while under the influence of liquor, fell from the rocks over-looking Kent Street into the street beneath, a distance of about twenty feet. The unfortunate man subsequently expired in the Infirmary on Thursday night. Finding- “Died from the effects of injuries accidentally received whilst under the influence of drink.”

 

At the time of his death it would appear that the sergeant was stationed in Sydney.

 

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