Dorothy May Fearish, 19131952 (aged 38 years)

Fearish, Dorothy May (1913-1952)
Name
Dorothy May /Fearish/
Given names
Dorothy May
Surname
Fearish
Name
Dorothy May /Rickard/
Type of name
married name
Birth
Death
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The following is an extract from the “Cessnock Eagle” of Tuesday, 22nd April, 1952:

'ENQUIRIES INTO WOMAN’S DEATH:

Enquiries into the death of a woman whose mutilated body was found on the railway line at the Kline street level crossing at Weston at 11.15 p.m. last Friday night are being made by Senr. Constable A. G. Jenkins of Weston.

The woman, Mrs. Dulcie May Rickard, 37 of Weston, had apparently been struck by a train.

The body was identified at the Kurri Kurri Hospital morgue.

Mrs. Rickard is survived by her husband and one child.

At the time of her death, a relative by marriage, Mr. Ernie DUNLOP worked for the Department controlling the movement of trains and it was felt at that time that she had definitely not been struck by a train, but may have been murdered at a different location from where she was found. Her youngest sibling, Arthur FEARISH, verbally advised that he was of the opinion that her de-facto husband was guilty of her murder in the house at Kline Street, Weston and after he had murdered her, the body was placed adjacent to the railway track. He also stated that he had warned his sister, Lancle of the attack and asked that she take the young son of Dulcie to the movies to avoid upsetting him. Arthur FEARISH was of the opinion that the boyfriend (Wilfed Angus BAILEY) of Dulcie was guilty of what must have been a crime of passion.

The following article is quoted from the “Cessnock Eagle” of Friday, 2nd May, 1952:

WOMAN’S DEATH ON RAIL LINE AT WESTON.

Coroner Returns Open Verdict.

The evidence did not enable him to say whether it was an accident or otherwise, the Kurri Kurri District Coroner (Mr. D. G. Hughes) said after he had conducted an inquest into the death of a woman whose body was found on the railway line, at Weston on April 18.

The woman was Dorothy May Rickard, 37, of Kline St., Weston.

Mr. Hughes returned an open verdict.

Owen Leslie Sullivan, fireman, employed by South Maitland Railways Ltd., said about 11.30 p.m. on April 18 he was fireman on a coal train proceeding from Abermain to East Greta Junction.

At Kline Street, Weston, the signal was against him and the train was stopped at the signal. He noticed a white object between the lines immediately ahead of the engine. On investigation he found the body of a woman. There was a level crossing some distance ahead of where the train stopped. The road crossing the line only went into the colliery yard and there was a fence along the railway line on both sides.

Witness said the woman could not have been struck by the train he was on.

Wilfred Angus Bailey said he resided with the deceased and came home from work at 6.20 p.m. and went to the deceased sister’s place, returning home with the deceased about 7.20. He went to bed at 8 o’clock and Mrs. Rickard was in the house and appeared quite normal.

They had consumed a bottle of lager when he came home from work. She had never stated her intention of taking her life. She had not had any other liquor up to the time he went to bed. He could not think of any reason why she should cross the line at night.

He said a dog found near the body belonged to her son. The dog was injured and had to be destroyed by the police.

Lancle Polglese, [sic] sister of the dead woman, said she went to her sister’s place about 7.20 p.m., and later took deceased’s son to the pictures. She had never known her sister to be despondent and could not express any opinion why she should cross the line.

Senior Constable G. H. Jenkins said the body was lying between the rails on the main line. There were indications that the body had been dragged about 12 yards. All locomotives were examined which had travelled the line between 8 p.m. and 11.30 p.m., but there was no evidence that would indicate the exact time she met her death. No information could be obtained as to the deceased’s movements during that time. The body was found about 250 yards west of the Weston Railway Station near a crossing used by employees of Hebburn Colliery.

It was not a public crossing. There was no gap in the fence and persons had to climb through on either side of the line. It was only used as a short cut to the colliery and led into the colliery yard.

None of the locomotives examined showed any trace of having come into contact with the deceased.

Dr. J. B. W. Meredith said the deceased suffered a fractured skull, fractured ribs and left leg and multiple abrasions and contusions. Death was due to shock following the injuries.

Mr. B. A. Helmore appeared for South Maitland Railways, and Senior Constable Jenkins to assist the Coroner.

Burial
Cemetery: Kurri Kurri Cemetery
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22 APR 1952 Buried in Kurri Kurri Cemetery Catholic Section 016, Lot 3 (same grave as her mother, Jessie FEARISH). The Council records give 2nd April, 1952 as the date of burial (this should perhaps read 22nd).

Family with parents
father
Fearish, William Joseph (1879-1935)
18781935
Birth: 1878 28 21 New South Wales, Australia
Death: September 19, 1935Weston, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
mother
McNabb, Jessie Sarah Ann (1884-1949)
18841949
Birth: November 16, 1884 45 30 Wattle Flat, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 8, 1949Weston, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage Marriage1905Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
elder sister
Fearish, Lancel Lily May (1906-1988)
19061988
Birth: 1906 28 21 Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 19, 1988Kurri Kurri, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
elder sister
Fearish, Daisy (1907-1953)
19071953
Birth: 1907 29 22 Kurri Kurri, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 18, 1953Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
elder brother
19091978
Birth: June 30, 1909 31 24 Kurri Kurri, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 7, 1978Kurri Kurri, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
elder brother
19111975
Birth: September 27, 1911 33 26 Kurri Kurri, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 11, 1975Kurri Kurri, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
herself
Fearish, Dorothy May (1913-1952)
19131952
Birth: October 27, 1913 35 28 Kurri Kurri, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 18, 1952Weston, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
9 years
younger brother
Fearish, Arthur Stuart (1922-2008)
19222008
Birth: August 16, 1922 44 37 New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 10, 2008
Father’s family with Frances Drake
father
Fearish, William Joseph (1879-1935)
18781935
Birth: 1878 28 21 New South Wales, Australia
Death: September 19, 1935Weston, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
stepmother
Marriage Marriageabout 1898
1 year
half-brother
Drake, Robert Edward (1898-1973)
18981973
Birth: 1898 20 Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 18, 1973Arncliffe, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Family with Private
husband
Private
herself
Fearish, Dorothy May (1913-1952)
19131952
Birth: October 27, 1913 35 28 Kurri Kurri, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 18, 1952Weston, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death
Text:

The following is an extract from the “Cessnock Eagle” of Tuesday, 22nd April, 1952:

'ENQUIRIES INTO WOMAN’S DEATH:

Enquiries into the death of a woman whose mutilated body was found on the railway line at the Kline street level crossing at Weston at 11.15 p.m. last Friday night are being made by Senr. Constable A. G. Jenkins of Weston.

The woman, Mrs. Dulcie May Rickard, 37 of Weston, had apparently been struck by a train.

The body was identified at the Kurri Kurri Hospital morgue.

Mrs. Rickard is survived by her husband and one child.

At the time of her death, a relative by marriage, Mr. Ernie DUNLOP worked for the Department controlling the movement of trains and it was felt at that time that she had definitely not been struck by a train, but may have been murdered at a different location from where she was found. Her youngest sibling, Arthur FEARISH, verbally advised that he was of the opinion that her de-facto husband was guilty of her murder in the house at Kline Street, Weston and after he had murdered her, the body was placed adjacent to the railway track. He also stated that he had warned his sister, Lancle of the attack and asked that she take the young son of Dulcie to the movies to avoid upsetting him. Arthur FEARISH was of the opinion that the boyfriend (Wilfed Angus BAILEY) of Dulcie was guilty of what must have been a crime of passion.

The following article is quoted from the “Cessnock Eagle” of Friday, 2nd May, 1952:

WOMAN’S DEATH ON RAIL LINE AT WESTON.

Coroner Returns Open Verdict.

The evidence did not enable him to say whether it was an accident or otherwise, the Kurri Kurri District Coroner (Mr. D. G. Hughes) said after he had conducted an inquest into the death of a woman whose body was found on the railway line, at Weston on April 18.

The woman was Dorothy May Rickard, 37, of Kline St., Weston.

Mr. Hughes returned an open verdict.

Owen Leslie Sullivan, fireman, employed by South Maitland Railways Ltd., said about 11.30 p.m. on April 18 he was fireman on a coal train proceeding from Abermain to East Greta Junction.

At Kline Street, Weston, the signal was against him and the train was stopped at the signal. He noticed a white object between the lines immediately ahead of the engine. On investigation he found the body of a woman. There was a level crossing some distance ahead of where the train stopped. The road crossing the line only went into the colliery yard and there was a fence along the railway line on both sides.

Witness said the woman could not have been struck by the train he was on.

Wilfred Angus Bailey said he resided with the deceased and came home from work at 6.20 p.m. and went to the deceased sister’s place, returning home with the deceased about 7.20. He went to bed at 8 o’clock and Mrs. Rickard was in the house and appeared quite normal.

They had consumed a bottle of lager when he came home from work. She had never stated her intention of taking her life. She had not had any other liquor up to the time he went to bed. He could not think of any reason why she should cross the line at night.

He said a dog found near the body belonged to her son. The dog was injured and had to be destroyed by the police.

Lancle Polglese, [sic] sister of the dead woman, said she went to her sister’s place about 7.20 p.m., and later took deceased’s son to the pictures. She had never known her sister to be despondent and could not express any opinion why she should cross the line.

Senior Constable G. H. Jenkins said the body was lying between the rails on the main line. There were indications that the body had been dragged about 12 yards. All locomotives were examined which had travelled the line between 8 p.m. and 11.30 p.m., but there was no evidence that would indicate the exact time she met her death. No information could be obtained as to the deceased’s movements during that time. The body was found about 250 yards west of the Weston Railway Station near a crossing used by employees of Hebburn Colliery.

It was not a public crossing. There was no gap in the fence and persons had to climb through on either side of the line. It was only used as a short cut to the colliery and led into the colliery yard.

None of the locomotives examined showed any trace of having come into contact with the deceased.

Dr. J. B. W. Meredith said the deceased suffered a fractured skull, fractured ribs and left leg and multiple abrasions and contusions. Death was due to shock following the injuries.

Mr. B. A. Helmore appeared for South Maitland Railways, and Senior Constable Jenkins to assist the Coroner.

Burial
Text:

22 APR 1952 Buried in Kurri Kurri Cemetery Catholic Section 016, Lot 3 (same grave as her mother, Jessie FEARISH). The Council records give 2nd April, 1952 as the date of burial (this should perhaps read 22nd).

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Fearish, Dorothy May (1913-1952)
Fearish, Dorothy May (1913-1952)