William HOOKWAY , 18151873 (aged 58 years)

Male Pioneer
William /HOOKWAY/
Given names

On board the "Oriental" with son James as assisted migrants.


The Newcastle Chronicle gave the following account of this mining death.

"Yesterday forenoon a sad and fatal accident occurred at the A.A. Company's pit No. 2 by which an aged and much respected miner, named William Hookway, lost his life ... while Mr. Hookway was in the act of driving a wedge in the coal, the whole mass gave way, and the maul not having the wedge before it to receive the blow, came down with force; the handle came further back than it would have done had the coal not fallen and struck Mr Hookway in the breast which caused almost instantaneous death. It is possible that his age - sixty years - and the delicate state of health he had been in for some time previously, may have tended to render the accident fatal. Dr. S.T. Knacks was sent for at once but of course on his arrival he could do nothing as life had become extinct. His body was removed to his late residence at the Glebe, to await an inquest which is to be held at eleven o'clock this day at the Junction Inn. The sad occurrence has cast gloom over the whole neighbourhood, as Mr. Hookway had been accustomed to take a leading part in every movement having for its object the benefit of his fellow man. His loss, it is said will be felt by many beyond the circle of his own family."