Captian John Sleight

Male Abt 1784 - 1833  (~ 49 years)


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  • Name John Sleight 
    Title Captian 
    Born Abt 1784  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The Prince Regent has brought up in Middle Harbour, where she will perform quarantine, having some cases, it is said, of small pox on board. Mr. Sleight, the well-known commander of
      the Australian, we understand, has arrived as a passenger by this vessel.
      The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, New South Wales, Thursday 21 Feb 1833
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Apr 1833  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • SLEIGHT JOHN
      177/1833 V1833177 17
      AGE 49
      (New South Wales Death Index)

      Inscription 15558237-Elizabeth Sleight
      Given names: Elizabeth
      Family Name:
      Sleight
      Birth/Maiden Name
      Birth Date: 1775?
      Death Date: 13 Mar 1852
      Age: 77
      BDM Death Reg: V1852893 118/1852
      Interred Date: 14 Mar 1852
      Cemetery: Devonshire Street
      Cem Portion: C/E
      Spouse Given Names:John (Captian)
      Photographer Name
      Wayne Hill
      Transcriber Name
      Wayne Hill
      Other Information
      (Australian Cemeteries Index)

      Inscription 15558236-John Captain Sleight
      Given names: John Captain
      Family Name: Sleight
      Birth Date: 1784?
      Birth Country: England
      Death Date: 1 Apr 1833
      Age: 49
      BDM Death Reg: V1833177 17/1833
      Interred Date
      Cemetery: Devonshire Street
      Cem Portion: C/E
      Photographer Name:
      Wayne Hill
      Transcriber Name: Wayne Hill
      (Australian Cemeteries Index)

      Other Information: By his own Hand, late of the ship 'Australia'

      Another Inquest took place yesterday, at the Coach and Horses Cumberland-street, on the body of the late Captain Sleight, who, about half past one o'clock yesterday morning, cut his throat with a razor, at his residence in that street, in a most determined manner. It appeared he had retired to bed on the Sunday night about 10 o'clock, with Mrs. Sleight, and about one quitted his bed, leaving Mrs. Sleight asleep. It is supposed that he went on his knees, and in that posture perpetrated the rash ash; in completing it he divided the carotid arteries, and also the trachea. Verdict--Temporary Insanity.
      The Sydney Monitor, Wednesday 3 April 1833

      In another place will be found an account of the melancholy death of Captain Sleight, late commander of the ship Australia. Mr. Sleight, we belive, first arrived here as chief officer of the celebrated Almorah, and remaining in the colony, was appointed to the office of superintendent of the hulk Phoenix, a situation of no ordinary difficulty and
      responsibility, the duties of which by all accounts, he discharged with satisfaction to the Government, and with humanity towards the unfortunate persons confided to his custody. He afterwards accepted the command of the Australia-the captain having died at sea, or in this
      port, we forgot which and made two or three voyages between this colony and London. He lately armed here by the Prince Regent, having, while in England the last time, been employed in an unsuccessful negotiation to purchase a steam vessel, of which he was to have had the command, to run between this colony and Van Diemcn's Land. As our reporter states, he was a gentleman very much respected.
      The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, New South Wales, Tuesday, 2 Apr 1833
      "CORONER'S INQUEST.-An inquest was held yesterday, at the " Coach and Horses," Cumberland-street, on the body of Captain Sleight, late commander of the ship Australia, when the following circumstances appeared in evidence.


      Charles Benn stated that he had been servant in the family
      for upwards of two years ; on Sunday night, his
      master went to bed about his usual hour, 10 o'clock,
      and Mrs. Sleight with him. About half-past one
      o'clock in the morning he was called by, his mistress
      to bring a light instantly, as Captain Sleight had
      fallen on the floor; he immediately brought a light,
      and they found the deceased gentleman lying on the floor with his throat cut, but not quite dead.

      Mrs. Sleight requested Charles to stop with him
      while she went out to some of her neighbours for
      assistance; a surgeon being in the meantime immediately sent for. Within ten minutes after, two arrived, but their attendance was completely unavailing, as no human means could have saved the unfortunate gentleman. On examining the
      wound, they said he could not survive long; and in ten minutes after he expired. One of the medical gentleman had been in the habit of professionally attending the deceased since his arrival per Prince Regent; he considered Captain Sleight to have been ever since labouring under a depression of spirits, originating in some cause or other to him unknown.

      The jury found a verdict, "That the deceased destroyed himself in a fit of temporary mental derangement."

      The deceased has been long known here and at home as the commander of the ship Australia, and by his judicious seaman-like conduct, and urbanity of manners, had the good fortune to endear himself to every passenger, who had sailed with him.
      The Sydney Monitor, Wednesday 3 April 1833
    Buried Devonshire Street Cemetery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Details
      Number INX-89-3230
      Title
      SLEIGHT John (Captain)
      Index: Name Devonshire Street Cemetery Reinterment Index 1901
      Name: John (Captain)
      Surname: SLEIGHT
      Date of Death: 01/04/1833
      File No: 104
      Citation: NRS 15513 [p.208]; Reel 3721
      ECommerce: Category B
      Index Number: 89
      (Devonshire Street Cemetery Reinterment Index 1901)

      The Devonshire Street Cemetery was closed in 1888. In 1901 the total area of the Cemetery was resumed to make way for Sydney's Central Railway Station. As a result of the area being resumed for the railway, it was necessary to exhume the remains of the persons interred at the cemetery and move them to another cemetery, along with any monuments and headstones.

      The Public Works Department took the responsibility of liaising with the relatives of those persons whose remains were to be moved. The Department also assumed the cost of the removing and reinterment of the remains, as well as the monuments and headstones.

      Practically every metropolitan cemetery existing in 1901 appears to have received the remains of at least some persons interred in the Devonshire Street Cemetery. The majority went to the recently established Bunnerong Cemetery, which is today known as Botany Cemetery. A small number were transferred to country cemeteries.
    Person ID I17015  Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
    Last Modified 23 Dec 2020 

    Family Elizabeth,   d. 13 Mar 1852, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. John Lawrence Medd Wright Sleight,   b. 1812, Rotherhithe, Surrey, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1871, No. 83 Collins-Street East, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2020 
    Family ID F6089  Group Sheet


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