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John Anthony Birch (1823–1850)

An inquest was held on Monday at the Woolpack Inn, Campbell-street, on a young man named John Birch, who died from a cut of a very trifling character, received while helping to skin a bullock. The cut was so slight that when the medical man who attended him, Dr. McVitie, asked if he had cut himself, he answered in the negative. Verdict — died from the effects of a virus imparted to the system while in the act of skinning a bullock which had died of disease.

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  • death notice, Sydney Morning Herald, 25 November 1850, p 3

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'Birch, John Anthony (1823–1850)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 30 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


7 January, 1823
Amsterdam, Netherlands


24 November, 1850 (aged 27)
Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

blood poisoning

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