MCCORMACK, William Bernard

Male Abt 1852 - 1878  (~ 26 years)

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  • Name MCCORMACK, William Bernard 
    Born Abt 1852  Wollombi, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Birth is not listed in the NSW BDM indexes. William died in 1878 at the age of 26, he death certificate shows that he was born at Wollombi, Rose Hill.
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Oct 1878  Maitland Hospital, Maitland, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 21 Oct 1878  Branxton Catholic Cemetry, Branxton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Duration: 20 days. Medical Attendant: Dr T Howe

      The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843-1893), Saturday 15 February 1879
      Maitland Hospital.
      (to the Editor of the UaiOand Mercury.)
      DEAR SIR,-In pursuance of a resolution adopted at a special meeting of the committee held yesterday I am instructed to suggest that you will the good enough to publish the Following copies of correspondence between the Minister of Justice and Public Instruction and Mr. T. W. Pearse, Coroner, relative to the death of a person named William M'Cormack, who died in the hospital from the effects of severe burning.
      I am, Sir,
      Yours respectfully,
      Secretary. Maitland Hospital, Feb. 14.
      Sydney, 11th February, 1879.
      SIR,-In compliance with request contained in your letter of the 6th instant I am directed by the Minister of Justice and Public Instruction to forward herewith a copy of the correspondence that passed between T. W. Pearse, Esq., Coroner, West Maitland, and this Department, respecting the death ef a man named William M'Cormack, a patient that died in the Maitland Hospital.
      I have the honour to be, Sir,
      Your obedient servant,
      W. E. PLUNKETT, Under Secretary. The Secretary Maitland Hospital, Weet Maitland.
      West Maitland, October 21st, 1878. To the Under Secretary Department of Justice.
      Sir-I have the honor to submit to you the following facts, and to ask for instruction for my guidance therein.
      On the 3rd of October, William M'Cormack, was admitted as an in-door patient of the Maitland Hospital, suffering from severe burns on his left side ; he remained a patient of the hospital until the 20th October, on which dav he died, and was removed from the institution, the visiting surgeon giving a certificate as to the cause of death, was,, severe burns. No report of the death was made to the police, and no report was made to me of the death until this afternoon, and then by one of the surgeons of the Hospital, from inquiries instituted by the police, I find it was the intention to inter the body to-day at four o'clock, at Cessnock, so that no time was left for me to institute proceedings before the interment.
      Rumours exist that the deceased was not kept clean while in hospital, and some correspondence has taken place in the local Press, and the necessity of an investigation into the management of hospital affairs, hence the reason of my submitting the case. I do not think any good could be obtained by ex- huming the body, but if thought desirable I could institute a magisterial inquiry. Awaiting your instructions in the case, I have, &c,
      (Sig.) T. W. PEABSE, Coroner.
      A. Magisterial Inquiry would perhaps be sufficient and tend to satisfy the public mind.
      (Sig.) J.L.
      23rd October, 1878.
      (Mr. Pearse informed 23rd Ort,, 1878.)
      Department of Justice and Public Instruction,
      Sydney, 23rd October, 1878.
      Sir-Referring to your letter of 31st instant, respecting death of a man named William Mccormack, who died in Maitland Hospital, and asking instructions as to holding an inquiry in the case. I am directed by the Minister of Justice and Public Instruction to inform you, that under the circumstances stated by you, a magisterial inquiry would perhaps be sufficient, and tend to satisfy the public mind.
      I have &c,
      (Signed) W. E. PLUNKETT, Under-secretary, T. W. Pearce,ŁCEsq" J.P., West Maitland.
      *- West Maitland, October 30,1878.
      To the Under Secretary Department of Justice.
      SIR -I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your Communicator, of the 23rd instant, referring to the death of William McCormack at Maitland Hospital.
      I sent your letter to the police office with a request that thev would make inquiries and report on the case which report I now enclose, and which may possibly be deemed sufficient in the case.
      I have & c
      (Sgn.) T. W. PEABSE, Coroner.
      These papers show that no ground existed for complaint in respect of treatment received by William Mccormack in the Maitland Hospital, and the papers may now be filed. . . .""
      (3gd-) J. L., 8th November, 18,8,
      Police Department,
      Superintendent office,
      North Eastern District, , West Maitland, October 26, 1878.
      Memo :-It having been reported to the Coroner that the relatives or friends of the man M'Cormack who died in Maitland Hospital from burns had complaints to make with reference to the neglectful manner in which Mr. M'Cormack was treated in Hospital. Constable Dunshea will calll upon them and send in their statements to me without delay
      (Signed) E. V. MORRISET Superintendent.
      Constable Dunshea, Lochinvar.
      October 29,1878.
      The information collected by Constable Dunshea in the supposed case of want of proper attention to a patient named Wm. M'Cormack, who died in the Maitland Hospital, is forwarded for Mr. PearseŁus information. _
      (Signed) E. V. MORISSET,
      Superintendent of Police. T, W. Pearse, Esq, J.P., &C &c
      Grassybre, Oct. 28,1878.
      Denis M'Cormack stated, that on the 1st of October,, between nine and ten o'clock p.m, he heard a noise which caused him to go the fire in the paddock, facing the house, when he saw the deceaced on the fire and verv much burnt. He lifted him up and pulled him off and brought him home. His right side was very much burnt.
      (Signed) DENIS X M'CORMICK.
      Witness-John Dunshea, Constable, Lochinvar.
      Grassybre, October 28,1878.
      Mary Ann M'Cormick, wife of Denis M'Cormick, states that her deceased son William M'Cormick was well treated and every care taken of him while in the Hospital before his death, and the doctor attended him regularly every day, and did all that' could be done for him, and the matron and attendants gave him every attention and were very kind to him, and the Rev. Father M Cormick visited every day up to the time of his death, and that she has no fault to find with the Hospital Authorities whatever.
      (Sigd.) MARS ANN X M'CORMICK,
      Witness:-John Dunshea,constable, Lochinvar.
      Police Station, Lochinvar, October 28,1878.
      Memo.-Mrs M'Cormick's statement forwarded herewith, She is the only person knows anything to her deceased son's treatment while in the hospital.
      ( igd.) JOHN DUNSHEA, Constable, Lochinvar.. To the Superintendent of Police, West Maitland.
      In connecion with the foregoing, I may mention that Mrs. M'Cormack called upon me at the Council Chamhers on 5th Noy. last, and made a statement in presence of one of' our Aldermen, and a member of the Hospital - Committee, to the effect that a Constable from Lochinvar had called upon her, and made enquiries respecting the cause of her sons death. She informed him that he was subject to fits, during one of which he fell into the fire, and was so severely burned that he had to be removed to the Maitland Hospital.
      In reply to his enquiries as to the treatment her son received whilst in the Hospital, she stated that he was well and kindly treated by the Doctor, Miss Morrow, and all connected with the place and that his clergyman visited, him every day. She further stated that she remained in the Institution with her son nearly all the time he was there, and during her absence her daughter was allowed to remain with him.
      Mrs. M'Cormack gave us a grateful assurance of her extreme satisfaction of the conduct of Mr. Gorrick, and all the Staff of the Hospital, to herself and her son ; and concluded by saying that her son often remarked that there could not be a better place than the Maitland Hospital.
      THOMAS HUGHES Secretary

      The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843-1893)
      Saturday 8th February 1879

      The next matter brought under tho notice of the committee was the late accident by burning to a young man named McCormick, from Cessnock, which resulted in the death of the young man after some days of suffering. Mrs. McCormick, tho mother of this unfortunate young man, had written a letter to the authorities of th% Hospital, thanking them for the kind attention bestowed upon her son while he was au inmate of that institution, and expressing her belief that everything possible was done for her son. It was stated that there had been some correspondence between the Minister for Justice and some parties in the neighbourhood of Maitland," in reference to the death of M'Cormick, and it was resolved to apply to the Minister for Justice for copies of all correspondence bearing on this matter.
      It was decided to summon a full attendance of committee for Thursday next. After pas- sing several accounts for payment, the meeting terminated.
      [We cannot give up the name of the writer.
      His letter was not libellous. It was not calculated to seriously injure the Hospital itself, whatever effect it might have had (if true) on the present management. A public newspaper is necessarily open to publish such complaining letters, as to any persons or in- situations supported by public money. On the other hand, the committee having openly met the charges made, we cannot publish any further reply or comment without real signature being appended.-ED. M. M. [3]
    Person ID I6397  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2012 

    Father MCCORMACK, Dennis Michael,   b. Abt 1815, Greenock, Strathclyde, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1890, Greta, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Mother FITZGERALD, Mary,   b. Abt 1832, Stonehall, Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1905, Cessnock, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Married Abt 1850  Wollombi, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F53  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
    William McCormack 1852-1878
    William McCormack 1852-1878
    The case of William McCormack

  • Sources 
    1. [S39] NSW Death Certificate 1788-1980, 1878/7090 (Reliability: 3), 1 Nov 2009.
      REFN: 7090

    2. [S143] Branxton Cemetery Listing, (Compiled by Jack Delaney - 1980's.).
      East Maitland CPS/5045
      Also in Greta Register No 20:

    3. [S16] Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843-1893), New South Wales., (

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