Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners Advocate NSW
27 July 1939.
INQUIRY INTO OLD MAN'S FALL DOWN STEPS
A verdict of accidental death from pneumonia, following injuries received in falling down steps, was returned by the District Coroner (Mr, A. Chaplin) at Newcastle Courthouse yesterday, it an inquest into the death of Thomas Henry Lancaster, 80, a pensioner, of Hue Hue.
Lancaster fell from the veranda of his home on the morning of June 20 and fractured his ribs, he died at Newcastle hospital a few days later.
Edison Arnold James Pateman, a timber worker, of Wyee, said that at 4.30, am, on June 211 he was awakened by somebody calling. He went to the front of the house and saw his Grandfather half-lying on the bottom of the front steps, he said he fell of the veranda.
His Grandfather was assisted onside the house and was taken to Newcastle hospital.
Dr. J, W. Smith, of Mayfeild, said that the probable cause of death was pneumonia, following the fracture of the ribs.
Henry Knight, pensioner of fern Street, Islington, gave evidence of identification.