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.