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A Sydney Tragedy.

A verdict of wilful murder against some person unknown was returned at an inquest held at Sydney on the body of a woman which was found floating in one of the lagoons in tho Centennial Park there on the 2nd inst. It appears that the deceased, whose name was Maria Whitehorn, described herself as a married woman, and said that her husband had lately gone to Brisbane from Now Zealand. She had two young children, and had been engaged until lately as a governess at Surrey Hills. She was addicted to drink, and about a fortnight ago was arrested for drunkenness. Beyond this nothing appears to be at present known as to the movements of the woman, who was only twenty nine years old. The body bore marks of violence, principally about the face, as if the deceased had been struck a heavy blow in the mouth with a fist, and had then fallen and been thrown into the water. Death was due to asphyxia from drowning, Mrs Whitehorn appears to have had a sad history. She was brought up in England in comfort and refinement, but her marriage does not appear to have been happy, and after separating from her husband in New Zealand she took to drink. She lost tho situations her teaching ability secured for her, and at last came under tho notice of the police as a drunkard and a vagrant. She had been discharged from prison only about two days before her body was found. It is supposed that she had been dead only a few hours when her corpse was found floating in the water.

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A Sydney Tragedy., Evening Star, Issue 7987, 16 August 1889

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A Sydney Tragedy. Evening Star, Issue 7987, 16 August 1889