About Jeremiah Harrington
Printed in the 'Wellington Independent" on 25 April 1865.
SUDDEN DEATH - An inquest was held at 4 o'clock on Saturday afternoon in the White Swan Hotel on the body of a man named Jerry Harrington who died that morning at his cottage in Willis Street. The deceased had been suffering for some time past from an affectation of the heart, but latterly had not been heard to complain until the evening of Friday when he appeared to be in great difficulty in breathing. Toward morning he was to all appearances much recovered and no fatal termination to his attack was anticipated until very shortly before 4 o'clock when, after a severe paroxysm, he expired. The verdict of the inquest was ' died by the visitation of God by natural causes'. The unfortunate deceased was a time-expired soldier of the 65th Regiment; he had eked out his pension by doing stray jobs about the merchant offices in Parish Street, and was very well known about Te Aro Flat as “Old Jerry". He leaves a widow and a large family of young children totally unprovided for; but we hope they will find that good Samaritans, of whom there are a good number in the town, will not leave them in their great destitution.