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Burial Location:Sandstone  (details...)
Occupation: Livery Stable Keeper
Place of Death: Oroya Palace Hotel, Oroya Street, Sandstone
Date of Death: 05 December 1910
Date of Burial:06 December 1910
Age:35 years
Cause of Death:Suicide with Cyanide
OGM Ref#: 1207


Alias Maurice McSHEA.

Morris' parents were married in South Australia on 21 May 1862 and proceeded to produce 5 boys and 1 girl. They were: James Patrick born 1 March 1863; John born 29 December 1868; Thomas; Michael born 26 May 1873; David born 20 November 1877; and Catharine born 16 February 1879.

John died 3 April 1911 Coolgardie and is buried in the Coolgardie Cemetery.

McShea was employed at the Oroya Palace Hotel. A mug containing cyanide had been found on a table near the bed on which the deceased was found. McShea left four letters in which he stated he was "leaving to-day forever." An inquest into his death was held the following day, in which the jury returned a verdict of suicide.

The deceased is buried in the Roman Catholic portion of the cemetery, plot number 8.

Parents:Mary (nee HEALY) and John McSHEEHY; Labourer - Coolgardie
Birth Details:14 October 1875, South Australia; Birth Registration 158/58, Daly
Death Certificate:14/1910, Black Range
State Records Office: AU WA S59- cons3458 1911/020 Title Maurice McShea - Application for Grants of Letter