WITH HIS THROAT CUT.
An old age pensioner named James Lawson was found today in a stable at the Emu Hotel, Parramatta, with his throat cut. He had been seeking admission to the asylum. He is in a critical condition.
– National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW) Wednesday 11 February 1903
* James Lawson had been camped in the old stables behind the Emu Hotel in George Street Parramatta for three days before the publican found him bleeding from wounds to his neck and arms. Lawson had tried to kill himself with a pen knife. Despite losing a lot of blood the 75-year-old survived and as a result was charged with attempted suicide by police. Lawson was said to be in Parramatta trying to gain entry to one of the asylums and attempted suicide because he was “tired of life”. He eventually returned to his home in Forest Lodge where he died two years later in 1905. Can anyone tell us the exact location of the Emu Hotel?