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Re: James Hilton
« Reply #9 on: Friday 24 May 13 13:51 BST (UK) »
There is a tree on Ancestry with a letter attached written by James Snr's son James to his brother Michael.  James Snr. committed suicide at Ballarat around the 18th or 19th January 1862 and was buried as an unknown.

This is probably the news article referred to in the letter which led his son to make enquiries:

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/66330891 (top of second column)

An old man, aged between sixty and seventy years, seems to have committed suicide some time between Saturday at noon and Sunday morning, by hanging himself with a blue pocket-handkerchief, in a convenience attached to the school house of St. Peter's Church, in Pleasant-street. On Sunday morning, a man named Samuel Tucker, who went to open the school house found the body hanging from a rafter, and the feet within a few inches of the floor. Obtaining the assistance of Mr Williams, the schoolmaster, that gentleman cut down the body, and loosened the neckcloth which was in a slip knot and drawn very tightly around the neck. John Manning, a Constable, who took charge of the body found it clothed in a dark blue monkey jacket, a black cloth waistcoat, cotton cord trowsers, a blue checked shirt, and a flannel waistcoast,with blue woollen socks, military blucher boots, and a drab wide-awake hat, the latter all nearly new. In his pocket were a white-handled knife, a small German silver snuff-box bearing the initials J. H. on the lid, a leather portmonnaie, and silk and cotton handkerchiefs (one of each). An inquest was held on the body by Dr Clendinning on Monday morning, at the Royal Saxon Hotel......... Not any of the witnesses had ever seen the deceased before, or knew his name.

Debra  :)

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Re: James Hilton
« Reply #10 on: Friday 24 May 13 14:19 BST (UK) »
News article confirming his identity:

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/66331003

On Jan 20th 1862, the Coroner's inquest found that James Hilton (unknown at the time) died from Asphyxia from strangulation and the opinion of the jurors' was that he committed suicide. The body was found in a closet next to St Peter's School, Pleasant Street, Ballarat. The body was found by a Mr Tucker and later by the School Master Mr Robert Williams shortly before Sunday School. The body was hanging from the rafters by a kerchief attached to a butcher's hook. He was clothed in a dark blue jacket, a black waistcoat, cotton cord trousers and blue check shirt. His boots were removed and were next to a nearly new hat and portmanteau. Also, there was a white handled knife and a German snuff box with the initials JH. James Hilton was buried in the Old Ballarat Cemetery in an unmarked grave.

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Re: James Hilton
« Reply #11 on: Friday 24 May 13 14:23 BST (UK) »
Death:

UNKNOWN Unknown Male age 60yrs d. 1862 #350
Father: Unknown
Mother: Unknown UNKNOWN

Inquest:

Name: UNKNOWN
Place: Ballarat
Year: 1862
Reference: 83
Sex: M
Cause: Asphyxia
Occupation: Male Adult

Burial:

UNKNOWN age 60yrs 20/01/1862
http://ballaratcemeteries.com.au/php/search.php

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Re: James Hilton
« Reply #12 on: Friday 24 May 13 14:39 BST (UK) »
This could be his death registration

UNKNOWN Unknown Male
Parents unknown 
1862  60 years  Reg#350

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Re: James Hilton
« Reply #13 on: Saturday 25 May 13 01:18 BST (UK) »
Perhaps this is James Snr and Jnr arriving in 1854.

http://prov.vic.gov.au/index_search?searchid=23
HILTON  Mr  50 years  Arrived Feb 1854 on the HAWK  Port B Fiche 062  Page 001   
HILTON  Mr Junr  28 years   Arrived Feb 1854 on the HAWK  Port B Fiche 062  Page 001   

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The Argus 25 Jul 1854
James Hilton from Manchester - send you address to J R Grundy of Flinders Street, Melbourne.

HILTON James
Gazetted 3 May 1872 Victorian Government Gazette Page#864
3 May 1872
Place - Hugh St Maryborough, Victoria
Gazette item sub title heading - Licensed Vendors of Stamps

HILTON James
Mentioned 1985 publication
Maryborough: a social history 1854-1984.  Author Betty Osborn
Page#321
Comment -Newsagent

An item from the Ballarat Star 27 Jan 1862 with James' former address in Melbourne

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It will be remembered that on the 20th instant an inquest was held on the body of a man about 65 years of age, who was found hanging in a water closet near St. Peter's Church, Pleasant street. From the description given of the deceased there can, be no doubt that his name is James Hilton, who has been missing from 94 Cecil street, Emerald Hill, since the 15th instant. The description of the missing man corresponds in every particular with the body on which the inquest has been held.

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Re: James Hilton
« Reply #14 on: Saturday 25 May 13 03:27 BST (UK) »
Reading this thread has posed more questions than I have answers. I am fascinated.

1.Why did he go to Ballarat?

and 2. How did he get from Emerald Hill (now South Melbourne) to Ballarat? - it can't be by train as the railway was opened in April 1862 and James was already dead by then.

 ;) Ted

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Re: James Hilton
« Reply #15 on: Saturday 25 May 13 03:53 BST (UK) »
By either coach, cab, van, waggon, buggy etc.  Well established coach services between Ballarat and Melbourne by 1862. 

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Re: James Hilton
« Reply #16 on: Saturday 25 May 13 03:56 BST (UK) »
I can't identify the occupant of 94 Cecil Street's in 1862.  The directory only has a few street numbers in Cecil Street in 1860, 61, 62 and 63.

I wonder if son James was in Maryborough by 1862 and his father was travelling there via Ballarat.

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Re: James Hilton
« Reply #17 on: Saturday 25 May 13 04:20 BST (UK) »
He must have been a very sad old man.

I wonder why he was in Melbourne if his son and family were in Maryborough.

From what I can see on the online tree (I cant open the word documents on it) none of his children other than James came to Australia.

 :( Ted
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