Fatal fall down a hotel cellar

Port Jackson Hotel 1922.

Port Jackson Hotel 1922.

An inquest was held at the City Coroner’s Court concerning the death of Michael Norris, 56, late licensee of the Port Jackson Hotel,George-street North, which occurred at St. Vincent’s Private Hospital on Sunday last, the result of injuries sustained through falling down a cellar at the rear of the building, on April 15.

Evidence was given that Norris opened a door leading to a passage, and fell through an open trap-door, to the bottom of a cellar. Death was due to hemorrhage of the brain.

The Acting Coroner (Mr. F. B. Mears) in recording a verdict of accidental death remarked, “After I had viewed the body I examined the spot where the fatality occurred, and came to the conclusion that it was a most dangerous thing to have about the house.

– Evening News Friday 13 May 1910.


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