There is a short blurb about him in P. Hosking’s “The Official Civic Record of South Australia: Centenary year, 1936” in which Mr. Hosking states the following about Mr. Hall’s political aspirations:
He occupied the Chair for a year, and afterwards, continued in February, 1857, when his death occurred.
It is known that at the time of his demise he conducted the business of a broker in an office situated in what is now known as Waterhouse Chambers at the corner of King William and Rundle Streets, and that his private residence was on Pennington Terrace, North Adelaide.
He was buried at West Terrace Cemetery.
Mr. Hall’s age appears in the cemetery records as 54 years, while on the tombstone it is given at 51 years.”
His wacky behavior would eventually lead to his death.
On the hot summer night of February 10th1857, Mr. Hall had gathered a large crowd of onlookers to his antics. He was stationed on the balcony of his friends Kermode Street house.
Dressed in his night shirt, trousers, boots and hat, he was running backwards and forwards along the balcony accusing the crowd below of conspiring to kill him.
A man brought a ladder to the balcony and tried to bring Hall down, but to avail. Hal ran along the balcony and jumped off, landing on his feet, he began to frantically run around in circles all the while shouting for someone to take him home.
He was eventually escorted by a Police Sergeant and a local Draper to the North Adelaide Police Station. After a few hours in the local cells, Hall became violently and uncontrollably ill.
Doctors were called, but it was too late for Hall, who passed away in “a state of madness”..
He saw a man take a ladder from the Police Station, and followed the man to Kermode Street where he saw Mr. Hall acting erratic on the balcony.
a man below who wanted to kill him, and if witness would make them all go away he would come down. Called for those below to go away, and almost at the same moment deceased pushed witness so sharply as nearly to throw him from the ladder. Saved himself by catching at the verandah. Witness ran along the verandah and jumped off. That must have been soon after 11 o’clock. Had known the deceased very well. He appeared more mad than intoxicated—really mad. Had not been aware of his habits—always thought him a particularly quiet sober man.
Mr. Hall consumed large amounts of alcohol on a regular basis, which would account for his often erratic behavior, and could possibly be the cause for his split from his wife and daughter.
He consumed monumental amounts of alcohol in the seven weeks he had been separated from his family, and after the drinking ended, his body and mind began the alcohol withdrawal symptoms that equate to Delirium Tremens, and led to his insanity and death.