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Isabella Johnson (c. 1778–1821)

  • She may be the Isabella Johnson who died in Sydney in 1821. The inquest found she died of alcohol poisoning. Thomas Invill gave evidence at her inquest.

Isabella Johnson, an unfortunate woman in Cockle-bay, who had been brought to extreme penury and want by intense and continued drunkenness, and who had been admitted for some time past as a pensioner on the Benevolent Society, was found dead on Thursday morning last. She had evinced, during an illness shortly before, every symptom of reformation; but, the moment health returned, unhappily she also returned to her former destructive habits, and died, there is not the least doubt, from the effects of intoxication. An Inquest was convened on the occasion, & the verdict returned was—Death by the Visitation of God.

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'Johnson, Isabella (c. 1778–1821)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 29 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


c. 1778


31 May, 1821 (aged ~ 43)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

alcohol poisoning

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