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Thursday 1 May 1890 
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Masterton  -  Fatal Accident  - 
TEKLER  -   A man named Tekler,  22 years old was killed at Eketahuna by a falling tree.

Melbourne - Fatality  -  LEE    30 April, 
A man named Lee, who had been on a heavy drinking bout, run amok in the city last night ----- He was captured after a severe struggle, but not before he had inflicted seven stab wounds on himself, from which he died.


Saturday 3 May 1890
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Dunedin  - Drowned  -
STRACHAN
  -   Charles Strachan was found drowned in the water of Leith

Dunedin - Death of a Pioneer -
ELLIOT  -  The death is reported of Edmund Elliot, one of the pioneers of the Macetown goldfields.

Blenheim - Drowning  -  HUSTWICK
Thomas Hustwick,  aged 21, a fine athletic youth, was drowned in the Opawa River last evening. He was out with a companion duck shooting.  The companion missed him and  came on into town.  The police and friend instituted a search, and today at 1pm his body was found in the river, close to shore.  Great sympathy
was felt for the father,  a chemist and respected citizen.

Greymouth -  Death  -  BARKLEY
James Barkley, of the well known clothing and drapery firm,  Smith & Barkley was found dead in bed this morning.  He had not been ailing in any way.

Invercargill -  Drowning  -  CLARK
A cutter which arrived from the goldfields at Preservation Inlet,  Stewart Island,  reports that a contractor named Clark from Dunedin,  was drowned while
attempting to land at Coal Island. The boat capsized,    but the other occupants were rescued.


Monday 5 May 1890  
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New Plymouth  - Inquest -  AGAR
An inquest was held yesterday afternoon at Stratford,  on the body of Robert S. Agar, who dropped dead on Saturday night on the veranda of the hotel.
A verdict of death from natural causes was returned.

Westport  - Death  - 
O'CONNOR   -  Mrs O'Connor, wife of Mr E.O'Connor,  M.H.R.  died last night.

Dunedin - death  - 
KING   -  King the second lad injured by the accident late  Saturday,   died yesterday.

Dunedin - death  -  WATSON
The verdict on the body of Robert Watson was "found  dead".  It was supposed that the poison was self administered.  The coroner remarked that no doubt many sales of poison took place, and were not registered.

Patea - death  -
PARKES   -  On Saturday  a child of Mr Parkes Whenuakura, was found dead in bed.

Death  - 
DICKSON   -   A little son of Mr. J. Dickson fell off a cart and broke his back, dying almost immediately.


Tuesday 6 May 1890 
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Patea - Death  - 
BROWN
  -  The body of Miss Brown aged 17 years who was reported missing since Saturday, has been discovered in a dam known as Sherwood's.

Dunedin  - Fatal accident  - 
FINLAYSON
  -   A man named Finlayson, who was injured through a car turning over a month ago, died at hospital today.

Death in Australia -  ROBERTS
Mr F. Roberts formerly of Dunedin, died in Australia.

Dunedin - Inquest -  MELOR  & KING
At the inquest on the boys Melor & King, who were killed by  being thrown froma butchers cart on Saturday afternoon.  It appeared that the horse attached to
the cart was young and easily frightened.  A verdict was returned  that the deceased were accidently killed by the upsetting of a cart.  A rider was added
exonerating the driver from blame, the jury being of the opinion that he did all he could under the circumstances.


Wednesday 7 May 1890
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CHRISTIE   -   A man named Christie , a recent arrival from New Zealand  to Melbourne was burnt to death at a house at Rushworth last night.
CHOY  -  Wong Choy, a Chinese digger at Skippers, has died from influenza.  -   Invercargill -


Thursday 8 May 1890 
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DRIVER  -   A girl  named Driver fell over a cliff at Purakanui, she died last night. -  Dunedin -
McCANN  -  Mr John McCann, was feeding cows at Waiuku, when he fell dead, it is supposed from heart disease. - North Canterbury


Friday 9 May 1890 
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Obituary -  London - NAYSMITH
Mr James Naysmith ,  engineer, author of works on mechanism & astronomy died aged 82.   He was born in Edinburgh on 19 August 1808 son of Alexander Naysmith a well known landscape painter, youngest of 5 children.  there is a lengthy column about James.


Saturday 10 May 1890
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WINGATE     -   During the passage of the ship Lady Jocelyn from London to Lyttelton,  an apprentice named Henry Wingate was lost overboard.
DRIVER  -  A girl aged 13 years named Agnes Driver died on Wednesday from injuries received through an accident at Long Beach, Purakanni on April 27th.
 --------- there is lots more.


Monday 12 May 1890  
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Marton  -  Found dead  -  RICHARDS
Mr P.C. Richards an old settler was found dead in his bed at the Railway Hotel yesterday.  A bottle of bird poison partly emptied was on the table near him. 
It was supposed he drank the poison during the night by mistake.


Wednesday 14 May  1890 
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Motueka -  GROSS
Last night a man named Robert Gross, a resident of Motueka,  when passing the Post Office there,  fell, and before he could be carried home, expired. 
The cause of death was heart disease.

Auckland -  drowning -  Charles PAHL
Arrived - Elinor Vernon, from Wellington,  when off the East Cape, in a gale on Monday morning,  Charles Pahl, the boatswain fell of the jibboom and was drowned.  He had been sent to furl the flying jib.  The ship tacked for about an hour and a half but no trace was found of Pahl.  He was German and about
28 years of age.

Dunedin  -  found dead  - SALTER
Mr Thomas Salter died suddenly at his res. Andersons Bay Road. In December he arrived from Sydney with his family,  in indifferent health.  He having been in
an lunatic asylum before coming here, it had been ordered that no spirits should be given him, but during his wife's absence in town, Salter procured some rum and
on her return he was found dead.

Fatality  -    Addington Railway.  - GROVES
Harry Groves, shunter at Addington met his death. -------  lots more.

Sydney - Fatality   - McFALYN
The mail train from Brisbane was shunting at Farley, near Maitland, when the mail train from Sydney  dashed into it.  The force of the collison was terrific.  A
jockey named McFalyn was killed.  -------  lots more.


Friday 16 May 1890
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Invercargill  -  Death  -   GRAY
James Gray a shoemaker at East Invercargill, was found dead in a chair this afternoon, in his own house.  The deceased was an old resident and much respected.
He was a native of Ayreshire, and aged 71 years.  He had not been known to be suffering from any disease lately, to cause sudden death.


Saturday 17 May 1890 
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North Canterbury -  Sudden Death   -  ALEXANDER         page 3
A lad named James Alexander, aged 16,  son of Mr A Alexander of Woolston,  died last night at Mr S.Horrel's farm,  Woodend.  Dr Weld who had attended
him,  stated  that he could not give a certificate as to the cause of death, and suggested a post mortem examination.

Addington railway accident   -  GROVES
A lengthy column about the contraction of the adjourned  inquest into the death of Henry Groves at Addington railway.

Christchurch  death  - STANLEY
William Stanley died in hospital yesterday, under circumstances  which will necessitate an inquest.  He was a man of about 50 years of age,  many years employed
as a reporter of the Telegraph newspaper.  He lived in St.Albans and had no known relatives in the Colony.  -----   lots more 

Lyttelton  -  Flags Half Mast  -  Brothers  FITZGERALD
The flags in the shipping and places of business in Lyttelton were lowered to half mast this morning as a token of respect to the memory of the Brothers Fitzgerald.  Late Captain  & Chief Officer of the schooner Maud Graham,  who were drowned from that vessel.       article at left hand bottom of page 3

Lost Overboard  -  FITZGERALD
Brothers  Captain Fitzgerald   were blown overboard on the schooner Maaud Graham bound for Auckland from Lyttelton.  
a long  column on right hand bottom of page 3


Monday 19 May 1890  
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Inquest  -
HEATH   -   George Francis,    The jury returned a verdict of accidently killed.     -------------  lots more

Inquest  -    STANLEY - 
an inquest on William Stanley who died in the Hospital on Friday evening, was held at  5pm on Saturday. -----lots more returned a verdict, 
death from natural causes.

Auckland  -  CASTLE
A resident  of Avondale, named John Castle, formerly of the West Coast,  died suddenly yesterday from the bursting of a blood vessel.


Wednesday 21 May 1890 
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Christchurch - Sudden death - MAULTSAID
About half past seven o'clock this morning a male child named Maultsaid, five months old, was found dead in bed, at the house of its mother,  22 Gloucester St. Linwood.  It had been suffering from whooping cough for about 5 weeks     --------   there is lots more.


Thursday 22 May 1890  
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Inquest - child  - MAULTSAID
An inquest on the little child Maultsaid, who died suddenly at Linwood, yesterday, was held before Mr R. Beetham, and a coroners jury yesterday afternoon.  The medical evidence showed that death had been caused by acute laryngitis, and a verdict to that effect was returned.


Monday 26 May 1890 
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Volunteer Funeral  -  HUMPHREYS
Mr F. Humphreys, who died from the effects of an accident on Sunday, was a first class S
Sergeant of the Rangiora Rifles  and consequently he would be buried with military honours.  Deceased was a member of the fine Rifle Corps that existed
in the early days at Rangiora and always took much interest in volunteering.

Fatality  -  Mt. Grey, North Canterbury -  HARRIS
Shortly before 1 o'clock on Saturday afternoon, young man named Harris from the North Loburn district informed the Rangiora Police that Thomas Harvey,  Manager of Mr Stuart's farm,  near the Grey River,  had been accidently shot dead whilst out in the bush at the foot of Mt. Grey,  He was about 32 years of age, leaves a wife and 6 children, the youngest 6 mths.  .-------------------  is one and half columns long

Inquest - Mrs Annie GILL
An inquest was held at the house of Mr Patrick Gill, farmer, of Rolleston,  yesterday, into the cause of death of his wife Mrs Annie Gill.  The evidence showed that she complained of feeling unwell while preparing supper on Sat. night and died shortly afterwards.    ---------   lots more.   deceased was suffering from heart disease. Death from natural causes.

Fatality  -  HUMPHREYS  - 
On Saturday evening an accident happened to Mr Frank Humphreys, senior, of Rangiora, which terminated fatally yesterday.  ------lots more
He leaves a wife and grown up family, the majority of whom are married.  An inquest will be held today.


Tuesday  27 May  1890 
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Killed on a Tramway  -  MILNER
A boy about 12 years of age met instantaneous  death, by a tram accident on the Ferry Road, near St. Peters Church.  The deceased named Hugh Milner, a son of Mr Edward Milner, wheelwright, Sydenham, fell off the platform of the first car. ---------  lots more.


Wednesday  28 May 1890
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Christchurch - sudden death - CREWES
Yesterday afternoon a child named Sydney George Crewes, two years and four months old,  son of Rev. J. Crewes, died rather suddenly at his Father's residence. Simmons St. Addington,   It was decided to hold an inquest.  ------ lots more    

Christchurch     - LEWIS
An elderly man named George Lewis, sixty-seven years of age, died suddenly at his res. London St. Christchurch, yesterday evening. 
An inquest was fixed for today.

Inquest -  Christchurch  - MILNER
An inquest into the cause of death of Uriah Milner was held at Lancaster Park Hotel at 4-30pm yesterday.  ------ lots more
The jury returned a verdict of "accidental death"


Thursday 29 May 1890
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Fatal accident - Waipawa - LARSEN
At the inquest on Taunt Larsen found dead between Takapau and Norsewood, the evidence showed that deceased was thrown from his horse and dragged some yards.  He had been drinking, but not excessively.  The verdict was accidently killed by falling from a horse.

Funeral of a Cadet  -  MILNER
About a hundred members of the Queens Cadets assembled at their Drillshed, South Belt, this afternoon under Sergeant-Major Linn, for the purpose of  attending the funeral of their late comrade, Uriah Milner, who lost his life by a tram accident on Monday.  They marched to the residence of the deceased's parents on the Gasworks Road and then proceeded the cortege to the Woolston Cemetery, where the internment took place.

Saturday 31  May 1890
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obituary  -  CUNNINGHAM
One by one the early settlers of Canterbury, those who have had to bear the burden of colonization- are passing away to their last resting place.
At an early hour this morning,  Mr Andrew Hunter Cunningham of Rangiora, died after a long illness, at a venerable age. -------------
He was born in Worcestershire, trained as a school teacher till 1859 then sailed for NZ.  -- surviving son Mr C.A.Cunningham an Officer of the Sheep Department.

Death  -  FEREDAY
We regret to announce the death of Mrs R.W. Fereday, who died at her res. in Fendalton at 5am.  aged 54 years. ------------------------ 
She was Secretary of the Women's Christian Temperance Union.

Inquest -  Waipawa  -  WOOLLERTON
An inquest was held today at Waipukurau on the body of W. Woollerton, who was brought to the Hospital yesterday and died soon afterwards.  The inquest was adjourned for a week for further evidence.

Beverley Evans
Christchurch  NZ

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