The Colony’s first judge. Jeffcott had been chief justice of Sierra Leone and the Gambia before his appointment and also had the unfortunate claim of being part of the last duel to be fought in Exeter, England, during which he fatally wounded a Dr Peter Hennis from Youghal, Co. Cork. Hennis was such loved as a local doctor in Exeter that his death was recorded in a broadsheet with the poem ‘Weep! Weep! Exorians! Mourn your loss severe,/Poor Hennis lies within the general bier’. Jeffcott was brought to trial but the case was dismissed when the prosecution refused to bring their case. John Jeffcott’s new life down under was short-lived. Within the year of arrival in Adelaide he drowned in the river Murray when an overladen boat capsized. He was 41 years of age.
Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, Vol. 8 1902, Notes & Queries pp. 258-259 http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/2062620
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“John Jeffcott,” Irish Place Names in Australia, accessed September 24, 2017, http://irishplaces.flinders.edu.au/items/show/365.