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 Hatsuro “Abbi” Abe

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Hatsuro “Abbi” Abe

Birth
Japan
Death 28 May 1894 (aged 30–31)
Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia
Burial Brisbane, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia
Plot 6B-13
Memorial ID 212008649 View Source
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"HATSTALOW Abbi, the Japanese who was sentenced to death at Cooktown by Mr. Justice Cooper, on 23rd April, for the murder at Thursday Island of Omatzie, a Japanese woman, suffered the extreme penalty of the law at Boggo-road Gaol this morning. No interest was apparent in the sad event, and people walked past the gaol never halting to think of what was about to take place within its walls. The preliminary arrangements were soon completed, and on the stroke of 8 o'clock Abbi, with his arms pinioned, emerged from the condemned cell. He was accompanied to the scaffold by the Rev. H. Simmons and a posse of warders. He ascended the scaffold, and the executioner advanced and pinioned his legs. Before the white cap was placed on his head Abbi made a rambling speech from the scaffold, the effect of which was an expression of sorrow at having transgressed the laws of this country. With respect to the time for which he was to pay the extreme penalty of British law, he mentioned the incidents which led up to its consummation. He said Omatzie had promised to marry him. He suspected she had been paying attention to other men, and was deserting him. He spoke to her about it, and she replied, "Well, Abbi, if you think I am false, let us die together." It was in carrying out this intention that he had been caught red-handed in the crime. He expressed sorrow at having to leave this world. The speech lasted about seven minutes. The white cap was then placed in position and the rope adjusted, the signal was given, and the executioner pulled the lever. The trap doors parted, and Abbi disappeared below. Death was instantaneous. Abbi's height was 5ft. 5½in., and his weight 10st. A drop of 3ft. in addition to his own height was given. After having hung for the requisite time, the body was lowered into a shell, and removed to the South Brisbane Cemetery. The Rev. H. Simmons, Anglican chaplain to the gaol, who had been in daily attendance on the condemned man since his arrival at Brisbane, was present, and the rev. gentleman had the satisfaction of seeing the good results of his ministrations. Abbi had been most attentive, and last week the chaplain baptised him. The chaplain visited him at 3'30 a.m. to-day, and administered the sacrament. Abbi then said he was quite resigned to his fate. He ate a hearty breakfast of eggs, meat, bread and butter, and fruit, and received the attendance of the Rev. H. Simmons up to his last moments. Abbi was 31 years of age, and by trade a sailor and diver." - Western Star and Roma Advertiser, Wednesday 30 May 1894, page 2

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  • Created by: Jack Edwards
  • Added: 30 Jun 2020
  • Find a Grave Memorial 212008649
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/212008649/hatsuro-abe : accessed ), memorial page for Hatsuro “Abbi” Abe (1863–28 May 1894), Find a Grave Memorial ID 212008649, citing South Brisbane Cemetery, Brisbane, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia ; Maintained by Jack Edwards (contributor 49577555) Burial Details Unknown.