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Family Notes - September 2011

This is a sample of the information provided to members of the P*rr*tt Society in the September 2011 edition of Family Notes. Family Notes is a 56-page printed magazine that is distributed to society members every quarter.

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DESPERATE ENCOUNTER WITH A MADMAN

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, AUSTRALIA, 6 Sept 1884

Great alarm was caused recently among the inhabitants of Berkeley Street, Lambeth Walk, by loud cries for help. It appears that a man named Edward Parrott , with his wife and three children, had lived for some time at no. 13 in the street. Parrott was a coachsmith but for the past seven months had been out of employment and he had in consequence become greatly depressed and had acted very strangely.

One morning, shortly after 10 o’clock his wife left the house to go to St. Thomas’s Hospital to try to get an order for his admission into that institution, leaving her husband in bed and having requested Mrs. McCausland, a widow, residing in the same house, to look after him. Mrs McCausland, who is nearly 50 years of age went upstairs to her room to bring down some needlework in which she was engaged. On returning she was met by Parrott who dealt her a heavy blow on the right hand with a knife. He then proceeded to attack her in a most ferocious manner and left her in an almost insensible condition.

He then rushed into the front parlour and returned brandishing a table knife in his hand and he made a blow at Mrs. McCausland’s head, but the latter, who had succeeded in regaining her feet, turned her head aside and the knife came into contact with the wall. A desperate struggle then ensued, but fortunately the woman’s cries had attracted the notice of some passers-by, who burst the door open, when they found Parrott lying in the passage, endeavouring to cut his throat. The knife was taken from him and the police were called in, who conveyed him and Mrs. McCausland to St. Thomas’s Hospital where it was found that the man had a very severe jagged wound to his throat.

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  A P*RR*TT PHOTO GALLERY  

Frederick Joseph Parratt (1880-1962, Bath) and his wife Ellen Elizabeth Weeks (1880-1906).

Ellen’s early death may have occurred as the result of childbirth.

Frederick was the son of William and Sarah Maria (Holbrook) and the line is believed to go back to Thomas Parratt, born 1667 and his wife Elizabeth.

Lula Lela Perritt was born in Louisiana on 22 March 1882 and died there on 3 March 1970. Her husband was Wyatt Edward Price (1875-1958).
Eleanor Eliza Parrott was born in Stepney in 1889, daughter of Edmond Parrott, a builder and contractor, born 1852 in Whitechapel and his wife Eleanor (1850 -).

By 1891 they lived in Mile End and by 1901 had moved to Woodford in Essex. She married Horace E. Hyett in the June quarter of 1912.

This photo is believed to have been taken in about 1921 and seems to show her at the time of receiving an academic degree, something of a rarity for women at that time.

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