Insanity at Willunga in 1848

Event Dates:

2 May 1848 – 11 May 1848

On 2 May 1848 Daniel Herein, a labouring man aged 45 years, from the neighbourhood of Willunga, was conveyed to the jail in such a confirmed state of lunacy as to render it necessary to lash him to the dray. He had previously threatened the life of one of the Catholic clergy, and exhibited other proofs of decided insanity. He died on the 11th instant, and an inquest was held on the following day, when the jury returned a verdict: “Died by the Visitation of God”. His remains were interred in St Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, on Sunday last.


1848 ‘LOCAL INTELLIGENCE‘, Adelaide Observer 20 May, p. 2. , viewed 12 Feb 2024,

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