Died by the “visitation of God” in 1843

Event Dates:

9 July 1843

On Sunday afternoon last, a labourer, named Henry Titcombe, called at the Old Bush Inn, Willunga, and during his stay there drank several glasses of rum, for which he paid, and went away. He did not seem much intoxicated at the time, but was noticed to look very pale. His body was found at about 10 o’clock the following morning, scarcely out of the sight of the township. There were no marks of violence but a contusion on the side of the face, apparently produced by his fall. A Coroner’s Inquest was held on the body on Thursday, verdict, “Died by the visitation of God.” The ill-fated man has left a widow and four infant children, two of whom were born the morning of the inquest. Adelaide Observer 15 July 1843:5

Henry Titcombe (his family name was variously spelled Tidcombe, Titcomb, Tidcomb, Titcumbe) was born in July 1818. He married Elizabeth Chandler and they arrived in South Australia aboard Lysander in 1839. Henry lived in Bowden and he was a bricklayer and labourer. His religion was Church of England. Henry and Elizabeth had more than three children but three are known:  Eliza Hannah (1835-1890) was born in Perranworthal, Cornwall; William Lysander (1839-1840) b. at sea aboard Lysander and Esther (1843-1850).

Henry Titcombe died, aged 25 years, on Sunday 9 July 1843 “by the visitation of God”.


South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
1843 ‘LOCAL INTELLIGENCE‘, Adelaide Observer 15 July, p. 5. , viewed 09 Feb 2024,

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