Acting Sergeant James McDONALD
24 June, 1851
The acting sergeant was described as having died from ‘indisposition arising from cold in the discharge of his duties’ after ‘a protracted illness’(probably exposure). It was later also recorded that he had ‘died from illness contracted in the service’ and had ‘died whilst serving in the police’. No further details are known as yet. His correct name may be â€œMcDonnellâ€ and he is known to have left a widow, Bridget, and five children aged under ten years. The couple had come to Australia in 1840.
The sergeant joined the police force on 2 April, 1841 and at the time of his death he was attached to the Sydney Police. He had been an acting sergeant for seven years.