John Thomas Parr, 18781930 (aged 51 years)

Name
John Thomas /Parr/
Given names
John Thomas
Surname
Parr
Birth August 18, 1878
Christening October 15, 1878 (aged 1 month)
Criminal Charge
Crime
November 19, 1902 (aged 24 years)
Note: At the police court, Carrathool, on 19th inst., John Thomas Parr was charged, on summons, with assau…

At the police court, Carrathool, on 19th inst., John Thomas Parr was charged, on summons, with assaulting Sergeant O'Reilly by striking him with a brick. The sergeant did not press the charge, and the P.M. (Mr Martin) fined the defendant, who pleaded guilty, £3, and one witness' expenses, £1, in default, two months' hard labor in Hay gaol. The fine was paid. The Riverine Grazier (Hay, NSW : 1873 - 1954) Thursday 27 November 1902 p 3 Article

Birth of a daughterRose Ann Parr
1902 (aged 23 years)
Death of a daughterRose Ann Parr
1903 (aged 24 years)
Birth of a daughterMaude Beatrice Parr
May 22, 1903 (aged 24 years)
Birth of a sonArthur Park Ledwidge Parr
August 13, 1905 (aged 26 years)
Birth of a sonJohn Henry Parr
January 11, 1907 (aged 28 years)
Source: NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Registration Number: 3855/1907
Birth of a daughterMargaret Ann Parr
1908 (aged 29 years)
Birth of a daughterGertrude Mary Parr
1910 (aged 31 years)
Birth of a daughterEllen Thelma Parr
August 28, 1911 (aged 33 years)
Birth of a sonGordon Cairo Parr
October 3, 1915 (aged 37 years)
Source: NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Registration Number: 47392/1915
Birth of a daughterMay Frances Amy Parr
1917 (aged 38 years)
Birth of a sonAlfred Parr
August 3, 1920 (aged 41 years)

Birth of a sonWalter Victor Parr
April 5, 1928 (aged 49 years)
Death February 1, 1930 (aged 51 years)
Note: DEATH OF MR. JACK PARR WELL KNOWN CARRATHOOL

DEATH OF MR. JACK PARR WELL KNOWN CARRATHOOL RESIDENT

Surprise and regret was expressed on Saturday evening, when it became known that Mr. John Thomas Parr, a well-known man in the Riverina, and an old resident of the Carrathool district had died suddenly as the result of poisoning.

According to the police report Mr. Parr had latterly suffered from ill-health, and had gone to Wagga to obtain medical advice. Some time after doing so he again complained of not feeling well and is stated to have threatened to take cyanide. On Saturday evening it is reported that he was seen to put some white substance into a cup and drink it, throwing the balance in the fire-place.

He collapsed, and died almost immediately. The police subsequently recovered the substance from the fire-place, and brought it to Hay where an analysis showed it to be cyanide. The body of deceased was brought to Hay on Sunday for a post mortem, examination, after which it was taken back to Carrathool for interment.

An inquiry into the circumstances of death will be held today (Friday). Mr. Parr who was 51 years of age, spent his boyhood days in Hay and Oxley, at which places his father was a hotel keeper. He chiefly followed the calling of a drover, and was highly esteemed by all with whom he came in contact. He is survived by his wife and a large family. —'Riverine Grazier.'

Narandera Argus and Riverina Advertiser (NSW : 1893 - 1953) Friday 7 February 1930 p 2 Article

Inquest
Inquest
February 7, 1930 (6 days after death)
Note: THE DEATH OF MR. J. T. PARR. THE INQUEST.

THE DEATH OF MR. J. T. PARR. THE INQUEST.

The Coroner (Mr. N. L. Sheridan), conducted an inquiry at the Hay Court House, this morning, into the circumstances surrounding the death Mr John Thomas Parr, at Carrathool, on Saturday last. The following evidence was tendered:

William Kenneth Hunt, police officer, stationed at Carrathool, stated that on the 1st inst., he went to the residence of John Thomas Parr, at Carrathool. When he entered the sitting room he saw his dead body lying on a couch. He was dressed in trousers, shirt, and flannel, and boots.

Witness made an examination of the body and could find no marks of violence. There was a quantity of water oozing from the mouth. He asked was there any cup, glass or other vessel on the table in the room. He asked deceased's wife if she had a glass. She said there was a cup with white crystals in it. He asked Mrs. Parr what had happened and she said she thought he had taken poison.

She said he went up town about 20 minutes to 4 that afternoon and returned about 6. He asked had they had tea. She said 'We don't have tea till you are all here.' Deceased then went outside and came back again with some white stuff in his hand. He went into the kitchen and had a cup with a piece of white stuff in it, stirring it with his fingers.

He then went back to the sifting room and she went to her sewing machine. Mrs. Parr then heard a cup fall on the floor and Parr said, 'I've done it.' She asked what, and he replied, 'Drank that!' Shortly after he commenced to call for water and died. She then communicated with the police. Witness brought the body to Hay on the morning of the 2nd, to be examined. He (witness) had known Parr for twelve years.

Margaret Frances Amy Parr, widow of deceased, residing in Lachlan St., Carrathool, gave evidence that on the evening of the 1st, her husband was lying on a couch in the sitting room. He was not under the influence of drink, but said he had had a couple of drinks. He asked if they had had tea, and witness replied, 'We don't have tea till they are all home.' She was waiting for the children.

She asked who did he see up the town and he replied, 'There are not many who want to see me. I'll soon put an end to this sickness.' Deceased had been sick, on and off, for twelve months. He had been up to Wagga on the 26th January, to see a. doctor. She had no suspicion that deceased was going to take his life.

When she saw him with the white stuff in his hand she said, 'What are you going to do. Don't be silly!' He said, 'I'm going to do it this time.' He then went past her and she next heard the cup fall on the floor. He cried out for water. She then sent for Constable Hunt. The cup produced was the cup her husband had. Deceased had previously said he would do away with him self.

It was on that account that she did not think he intended to commit suicide. Deceased had had a difference with one of his sons, and they were not speaking. His life was not insured; he was not a member of a benefit society, and owned no property. There was no will.

After drinking heavily deceased was always depressed; he had been drinking about Christmas time. The doctor at Wagga had told him that he should be X-rayed and that If he left it longer than a fortnight it would be serious. He appeared to be under the impression that he was suffering from tuberculosis. Deceased was 51 years of age. There were twelve children living out of a family of 16.

John Henry Parr, labourer, son of deceased, gave evidence that in consequence of what he was told he went home, and saw his father lying on the couch with his arms folded. There was a cup on the dresser. Witness could not agree with his father and seldom went home. His father had a bad temper and often said he would be better dead. He knew that his father had cyanide in his possession two and a half years ago, when they were rabbiting.

He assisted Constable Hunt to bring the body to Hay He saw the Constable hand the cup and contents to Dr. Edwards. Dr. A. M. Edwards gave evidence of meeting Constable Hunt at his surgery. He produced a cup and con tents similar to that in court. Witness analysed one of the lumps in the cup, also some of the white substance adhering to the cup. The result showed them to be cyanide of potassium.

He examined the body the same day at the Hay Hospital and was satisfied that death was due to cyanide poisoning. The Coroner returned a verdict that the deceased, John Thomas Parr at Carrathool, on the 1st inst., died from a certain deadly poison, viz., cyanide of potassium, wilfully administered bv himself.

The Riverine Grazier (Hay, NSW : 1873 - 1954) Friday 7 February 1930 p 2 Article

Family with Margaret Francis Amy Ledwidge
himself
18781930
Birth: August 18, 1878Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 1, 1930Lachlan Street, Carrathool, New South Wales, Australia
wife
18831954
Birth: July 4, 1883 24 23Howlong Station near Hay, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 1954Hay, New South Wales, Australia
daughter
19021903
Birth: 1902 23 18Hay, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1903Hay, New South Wales, Australia
17 months
daughter
19031994
Birth: May 22, 1903 24 19Carrathool, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 29, 1994Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
19051980
Birth: August 13, 1905 26 22Young, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1980Cooma, New South Wales, Australia
17 months
son
2 years
daughter
3 years
daughter
1910
Birth: 1910 31 26Carrathool, New South Wales, Australia
20 months
daughter
19112015
Birth: August 28, 1911 33 28Bringagee, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 19, 2015McFarland Wing, Hay Hospital, Hay, New South Wales, Australia
son
Private
son
19151943
Birth: October 3, 1915 37 32Hay, New South Wales, Australia
Death: September 24, 1943Finschhafen, Morobe, Papua New Guinea
2 years
daughter
19171995
Birth: 1917 38 33Hay, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 14, 1995Windale, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
son
19202005
Birth: August 3, 1920 41 37
Death: December 26, 2005Mater Hospital, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
daughter
Private
son
19281988
Birth: April 5, 1928 49 44Hay, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 7, 1988
Criminal Charge

At the police court, Carrathool, on 19th inst., John Thomas Parr was charged, on summons, with assaulting Sergeant O'Reilly by striking him with a brick. The sergeant did not press the charge, and the P.M. (Mr Martin) fined the defendant, who pleaded guilty, £3, and one witness' expenses, £1, in default, two months' hard labor in Hay gaol. The fine was paid. The Riverine Grazier (Hay, NSW : 1873 - 1954) Thursday 27 November 1902 p 3 Article

Death

DEATH OF MR. JACK PARR WELL KNOWN CARRATHOOL RESIDENT

Surprise and regret was expressed on Saturday evening, when it became known that Mr. John Thomas Parr, a well-known man in the Riverina, and an old resident of the Carrathool district had died suddenly as the result of poisoning.

According to the police report Mr. Parr had latterly suffered from ill-health, and had gone to Wagga to obtain medical advice. Some time after doing so he again complained of not feeling well and is stated to have threatened to take cyanide. On Saturday evening it is reported that he was seen to put some white substance into a cup and drink it, throwing the balance in the fire-place.

He collapsed, and died almost immediately. The police subsequently recovered the substance from the fire-place, and brought it to Hay where an analysis showed it to be cyanide. The body of deceased was brought to Hay on Sunday for a post mortem, examination, after which it was taken back to Carrathool for interment.

An inquiry into the circumstances of death will be held today (Friday). Mr. Parr who was 51 years of age, spent his boyhood days in Hay and Oxley, at which places his father was a hotel keeper. He chiefly followed the calling of a drover, and was highly esteemed by all with whom he came in contact. He is survived by his wife and a large family. —'Riverine Grazier.'

Narandera Argus and Riverina Advertiser (NSW : 1893 - 1953) Friday 7 February 1930 p 2 Article

Inquest

THE DEATH OF MR. J. T. PARR. THE INQUEST.

The Coroner (Mr. N. L. Sheridan), conducted an inquiry at the Hay Court House, this morning, into the circumstances surrounding the death Mr John Thomas Parr, at Carrathool, on Saturday last. The following evidence was tendered:

William Kenneth Hunt, police officer, stationed at Carrathool, stated that on the 1st inst., he went to the residence of John Thomas Parr, at Carrathool. When he entered the sitting room he saw his dead body lying on a couch. He was dressed in trousers, shirt, and flannel, and boots.

Witness made an examination of the body and could find no marks of violence. There was a quantity of water oozing from the mouth. He asked was there any cup, glass or other vessel on the table in the room. He asked deceased's wife if she had a glass. She said there was a cup with white crystals in it. He asked Mrs. Parr what had happened and she said she thought he had taken poison.

She said he went up town about 20 minutes to 4 that afternoon and returned about 6. He asked had they had tea. She said 'We don't have tea till you are all here.' Deceased then went outside and came back again with some white stuff in his hand. He went into the kitchen and had a cup with a piece of white stuff in it, stirring it with his fingers.

He then went back to the sifting room and she went to her sewing machine. Mrs. Parr then heard a cup fall on the floor and Parr said, 'I've done it.' She asked what, and he replied, 'Drank that!' Shortly after he commenced to call for water and died. She then communicated with the police. Witness brought the body to Hay on the morning of the 2nd, to be examined. He (witness) had known Parr for twelve years.

Margaret Frances Amy Parr, widow of deceased, residing in Lachlan St., Carrathool, gave evidence that on the evening of the 1st, her husband was lying on a couch in the sitting room. He was not under the influence of drink, but said he had had a couple of drinks. He asked if they had had tea, and witness replied, 'We don't have tea till they are all home.' She was waiting for the children.

She asked who did he see up the town and he replied, 'There are not many who want to see me. I'll soon put an end to this sickness.' Deceased had been sick, on and off, for twelve months. He had been up to Wagga on the 26th January, to see a. doctor. She had no suspicion that deceased was going to take his life.

When she saw him with the white stuff in his hand she said, 'What are you going to do. Don't be silly!' He said, 'I'm going to do it this time.' He then went past her and she next heard the cup fall on the floor. He cried out for water. She then sent for Constable Hunt. The cup produced was the cup her husband had. Deceased had previously said he would do away with him self.

It was on that account that she did not think he intended to commit suicide. Deceased had had a difference with one of his sons, and they were not speaking. His life was not insured; he was not a member of a benefit society, and owned no property. There was no will.

After drinking heavily deceased was always depressed; he had been drinking about Christmas time. The doctor at Wagga had told him that he should be X-rayed and that If he left it longer than a fortnight it would be serious. He appeared to be under the impression that he was suffering from tuberculosis. Deceased was 51 years of age. There were twelve children living out of a family of 16.

John Henry Parr, labourer, son of deceased, gave evidence that in consequence of what he was told he went home, and saw his father lying on the couch with his arms folded. There was a cup on the dresser. Witness could not agree with his father and seldom went home. His father had a bad temper and often said he would be better dead. He knew that his father had cyanide in his possession two and a half years ago, when they were rabbiting.

He assisted Constable Hunt to bring the body to Hay He saw the Constable hand the cup and contents to Dr. Edwards. Dr. A. M. Edwards gave evidence of meeting Constable Hunt at his surgery. He produced a cup and con tents similar to that in court. Witness analysed one of the lumps in the cup, also some of the white substance adhering to the cup. The result showed them to be cyanide of potassium.

He examined the body the same day at the Hay Hospital and was satisfied that death was due to cyanide poisoning. The Coroner returned a verdict that the deceased, John Thomas Parr at Carrathool, on the 1st inst., died from a certain deadly poison, viz., cyanide of potassium, wilfully administered bv himself.

The Riverine Grazier (Hay, NSW : 1873 - 1954) Friday 7 February 1930 p 2 Article