John Michael Heffernan

Male 1876 - 1933  (57 years)


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  • Name John Michael Heffernan  [1
    Born 1876  Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Cause of Death 6 Apr 1933  Jones Bay, Pyrmont, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    John Michael Heffernan, died of suffocation, when buried alive by a subsidence of coal on the British freighter, Millais, which was alongside the wharf at Jones Bay, Pyrmont, New South Wales, Australia. 
    Newspaper report on the death of John Michael Heffernan
    Newspaper report on the death of John Michael Heffernan
    John Michael Heffernan died of suffocation, when a subsidence of coal buried him alive, whilst loading the British Frighter "Millais" alongside the wharf at Jones Bay, Pyrmont, New South Wales, Australia. This article was published in the Daily Advertiser Newspaper, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia, Friday 7 April 1933, page 2.
    Report on the death of John Michael Heffernan
    Report on the death of John Michael Heffernan
    John Michael Heffernan was buried and killed when a fall of coal occured on the British freighter, Millais, at Jones Bay, Sydney.
    Died 6 Apr 1933  Jones Bay, Pyrmont, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7
    • John Michael Hefferan aged 57 years, was buried alive beneath a subsidence of coal on the British freighter, Millais, which was alongside the wharf at Jones Bay, Pyrmont, New South Wales, Australia, whilst engaged in loading operations. He was engaged in trimming the coal as it reached the hold of the vessel in the chute. Suddenly the coal began to fall upon him from both sides, He dashed for safety but was overwhelmed. Members of the crew of the vessel started to dig him out, but it was a dangerous job for at any moment there was a likelihood of a further fall of coal. Gradually the coal was removed. It was nearly six hours until John's body was found. He had suffocated almost immediately after the fall took place. [4]
    Death Notice, John Michael Heffernan
    Death Notice, John Michael Heffernan
    John Michael Heffernan died 06 April 1933.
    Funeral 8 Apr 1933  5 Creek Street, Balmain, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    The Funeral of John Michael Heffernan departed 5 creek Street, Balmain, New South Wales, Australia at 2 pm, Saturday, 08 April 1933 for the Catholic Cemetery, Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia 
    Funeral Notice, John Michael Heffernan
    Funeral Notice, John Michael Heffernan
    The Funeral of John Michael Heffernan departed 5 creek Street, Balmain, New South Wales, Australia, 2 pm 08 April 1933 for the Catholic Cemetery, Field of Mars, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia
    Returned Thanks - John Michael Heffernan
    Returned Thanks - John Michael Heffernan
    Mrs C Heffernan and Family desire to return thanks to Rev Father Lynch, Sisters of the good Samaritan, school children of St Augustines school, Smith-street School, Sydney Coal-Lumpers, relatives, friends, neighbours for their kind expressions of sympathy, letters, cards telegrams, floral tributes, in their recent sad bereavement in the loss of a devoted husband and father.
    Buried 8 Apr 1933  Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • John Michael Heffernan died 06 April 1933 and was buried at the Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia. His grave is located in the Roman Catholic Section F, 156. [6]
    Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, New South Wales, Deceased Register, John Michael Heffernan
    Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, New South Wales, Deceased Register, John Michael Heffernan
    John Michael Heffernan died 06 April 1933, buried 08 April 1933, Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia, roman Catholic Section F, 156.
    Cemetery Location Map, Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia
    Cemetery Location Map, Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia
    Field of Mars Cemetery, Location Map of John Michael Heffernan
    Coroners Inquest 12 Apr 1933  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    A verdict of accidental death was returnby the City Coroner,at the conclusion of evidence into the death of John Hefferan, 57, who was overwhelmed by coal while working in the holds of the freighter Millais at Darling Harbour, Thursday, 6 Apr 1933. 
    Report on the finding of the Coroner's inquest into the death of John Michael Heffernan.
    Report on the finding of the Coroner's inquest into the death of John Michael Heffernan.
    A verdict of accidental death was returned by the city coroner, 12 April 1933, at conclusion of evidence into the death of John Heffernan, 57, who was overwhelmed by coal while working int he holds of the freighter Millais at Darling Harbour last Thursday.
    Senior-Detective Bebb, testimony at Coroner's Court into the death of John Michael Heffernan
    Senior-Detective Bebb, testimony at Coroner's Court into the death of John Michael Heffernan
    Senior-Detective Bebb, officer in charge of the Water Police, Testimony in the coroners Court 11 Apr 1933 into the death of John Michael Heffernan.
    Testimony Senior Sergeant Bebb Coroner's Court
    Testimony Senior Sergeant Bebb Coroner's Court
    Report on the testimony of Senior Sergeant Bebb, coroners court. Published in The Labor Daily Newspaper, Sydney New South Wales, Australia, Wednesday, 12 April 1933, page 1.
    1933 New South Wales Register of Coroners Inquests - John Michael Heffernan
    1933 New South Wales Register of Coroners Inquests - John Michael Heffernan
    Inquest No. 562/1933, John Michael Heffernan. Verdict :- Asphyxia from smothering accidentally caused due to a quantity of coal falling upon him.
    Person ID I10920  Tucker Family Tree
    Last Modified 8 May 2018 

    Father John Michael Heffernan 
    Mother Eliza Kennedy 
    Family ID F3445  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Christina Elizabeth Maud Constantine 
    Children 
     1. E.M. Heffernan
     2. Kathleen E Heffernan,   b. 1916, Balmain North, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     3. R.H.E. Heffernan
    Last Modified 8 May 2018 
    Family ID F3924  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1876 - Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 8 Apr 1933 - Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCoroners Inquest - A verdict of accidental death was returnby the City Coroner,at the conclusion of evidence into the death of John Hefferan, 57, who was overwhelmed by coal while working in the holds of the freighter Millais at Darling Harbour, Thursday, 6 Apr 1933. - 12 Apr 1933 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government.

    2. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government (Reliability: 2), 1876.
      Birth Registration Number 19392/1876, Last Name Greenhalgh, Given Name(s) John Michael, Mother's Given Name Eliza. Registration District Richmond.

    3. [S301] The Wagga Daily Advertiser Newspaper, 2 (Reliability: 3), 7 Apr 1933.
      See attached Newspaper article "Fall of Coal buries two men, one dead, one rescued", published in the Daily Advertiser Newspaper, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia, Friday, 7 April 1933, page 2.

    4. [S484] National Library of Australia, 2 (Reliability: 3), 7 Apr 1933.
      See attached newspaper article "Fall of Coal Buries two men, one dead, one rescued" published in the Daily Advertiser Newspaper, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia, Friday 7th April 1933, page 2.

    5. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government (Reliability: 2), 1933.
      Death Registration Number4959/1933, Last Namer Heffernan, Given Name(s) John M, 53 years Sydney, Registration District Sydney

    6. [S235] Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, New South , Ref 13241 (Reliability: 3), 8 Apr 1933.
      See attached copy of the Burial Register of Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia.

    7. [S94] The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 (Reliability: 3), 7 Apr 1933.
      See attached death notice published in the Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper, 07 April 1933, Page 8.

    8. [S484] National Library of Australia, 8 (Reliability: 3), 8 Apr 1933.
      See attached copy of the Funeral Notice of John Michael Heffernan, published in the Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper, Saturday, 8 Apr 1933, page 11.

    9. [S220] The Newcastle Morning Herald & Miners' Advocate Newspaper, New South Wales, Australia, 8, 12 Apr 1933.
      See attached article published in the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners Advocate Newspaper, Wednesday 12 April 1933, Page 8.


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