Trove Tuesday

Trove Tuesday – A Good Samaritan Succumbs in his goodness

I had come across the article a while ago, but kept forgetting about it when it came time to do my Trove Tuesday posts.  An email from a distant cousin last week reminded me about the article, so I have used it for this week’s post.


A Good Samaritan
A GOOD SAMARITAN (1925, November 29). Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 – 1954), , p. 3 (First Section). Retrieved August 9, 2016, from

The Sad Case of James Marr
It is not often that a Good Samaritan succumbs immediately after succoring a person in distress; and seldom has it been recorded that he meets his death as a result of that timely assistance. The sadly sensational case of the late James Joseph M. Marr would seem to come within this latter category. On the morning of the 21st inst. He was in the act of shaving a well-known Perth business man at his establishment at 735 Beaufort-street, Mt. Lawley, when the customer collapsed. There was no assistance available, but Mr. Marr rushed into his own garage and brought out his car, into which he managed to convey the stricken man, who was driven to his home.

When Mr. Marr returned to his shop after seeing that aid was forthcoming for the man who had had the seizure, there was another customer waiting in the chair. To this man he related the story of the collapse as he prepared to attend to his wants. At this point a queer feeling came over him and he sat down on a chair to rest for a minute or two and almost immediately he collapsed and died.

The late Mr. Marr was extremely popular in the locality, where deep sympathy has been expressed for the widow.

James Joseph Matthias Marr was born in 1878 at St Arnaud in Victoria.   His parents were Peter Marr and Harriet Rebecca Gregory.  James’ father Peter was the brother of my great grandfather, Henry Palmer Marr.