And, that, my friends, is how NOT to report on a suicide

On Tuesday arrived the ship Friendship, Captain Armet, with 97 female prisoners, having lost four on the passage, Anna Beal, Sarah Blower, Martha Thatcher, and Jane Brown, the last of whom, from a sudden irritability of temper, threw herself overboard, and was drowned.

The Sydney Gazette, 17 January 1818.

One thought on “And, that, my friends, is how NOT to report on a suicide

  1. Well put.

    My own ancestor, Sarah Marshall, was on the Friendship. Armet and Surgeon-Superintendent Cosgreave were fairly unpleasant people. It’s not impossible that the Gazette is repeating their words. On the other hand, Jane Brown was only a convict…

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