Henry Lewis was residing in
Morpeth as early as 1836. He was witness at the trial of John Clifford in that
In 1838 Dr. Lewis was called
on to perform a post mortem on a deceased soldier of the 28th Regiment Michael
Ready. The following day Dr. Lewis testified at the inquest.
He found at the post
mortem that 'the vessels about the head were in a very
turgid state' and a small vessel near the base of the head
ruptured with no mark of external violence. Dr. Lewis was of
the opinion that ' in the excited state of the deceased's
brain the injury might have been caused by a sudden shock
such as a fall.' Ready's fellow soldier
John Lestil had been charged with the wilful murder of Ready
as he had struck him before he died. Lestil called witnesses
to testify that Ready, who was intoxicated, had fallen from
a cart and this together with the evidence of Dr. Lewis
encouraged the jury to find Lestil not guilty of the
murder of Ready.
HIs professional ability came
into question in August 1838 when the wife of an Highland immigrant died giving
birth. After a harrowing few days of accusations by the woman's family, he was
acquitted of neglect of duty and malpractice after her body was dis-interred and
examined by the coroner.
Henry Lewis died on
5th January 1841 aged 28 and was buried at St. Peters
Cemetery, East Maitland.
The Sydney Monitor reported
his death -
Dr. Lewis an old and
respected Surgeon, practising at Morpeth was on Friday morning last found dead
in his bed. He had previously complained of indisposition, but not so much as to
lead to a fear of so fatal a result.
An inquest found that he had
died by the 'visitation of God'.
The Australian 9 August 1836