Michael A. LEONARD

Michael A. LEONARD

Late of Paddington, NSW

Brother to Charles LEONARD,  # Q 7396

Brother to Patrick Stephen LEONARD,  # Q 7644

Another ‘mentioned’ Brother is Thomas Wood LEONARD,  # Q 9062

Another ‘mentioned’ Brother is Roger.  It is not known if Roger was in the Police.

 

 New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  Q 7115

 For the purposes of this website, ‘Q‘ represents those Police joining between 1862 ( commencement of NSWPF ) – 23 February 1915 ( Commencement of NSWPF current numbering system )

Rank:  Constable – appointed  9 September 1897

Sergeant – Death

Stations: Darlinghurst his entire Service

ServiceFrom  9 September 1897  to  2 April 1919 = 22 years Service

Awards:   ?

Born:   ? ? 1873 – Morphettville, NSW

Died on:   Wednesday  2 April 1919

Age:  46

Cause:   Influenza

Event location:  at home, Paddington, NSW

Event date:  Wednesday  2 April 1919

Funeral date:   Thursday  3 April 1919

Funeral location:   ?

Funeral Parlour:  ?

Buried at:   ?

 Memorial located at:   ?

 

 


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Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 – 1954), Wednesday 2 April 1919, page 5


POLICE-SERGEANT LEONARD

Death From Influenza

Amongst those who died to-day from pneumonic influenza was Sergeant Michael Leonard, of the Darlinghurst police division. He was taken ill last Tuesday, ( 25 March ) and died at his home in Paddington this afternoon.

Sergeant Leonard, was a splendid type of all-round policeman, and had done good work in endeavoring ( sic ) to suppress sly grog selling, which in the Darlinghurst area was assuming serious proportions.

He was 46 years old.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/221455569

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Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954), Thursday 3 April 1919, page 2


IN NEW SOUTH WALES.

THIRTEEN DEATHS REPORTED AND 156 FRESH CASES.

CASES FROM QUARANTINED SHIPS.

Sydney, Thursday.

There were 13 deaths from influenza in Sydney yesterday. The new cases totalled 147.

Nine fresh cases were taken from three steamers in quarantine.

Sergeant Michael Leonard, of the Darlinghurst police, died yesterday from influenza. He was taken ill on Tuesday last. Deceased was 46 years of age.

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Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 – 1930), Friday 4 April 1919, page 5


FUNERALS

LATE SERGEANT LEONARD.

The late Sergeant Michael A. Leonard‘s funeral yesterday afternoon was attended by representatives of all ranks in the police force, to the number of over 100, as well as by many civilians The police officials included the Inspector-General ( Mr. James Mitchell ), Superintendent Brookes, and Inspectors Doig and Wallace.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/239603889
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Patrick Stephen LEONARD

Patrick Stephen LEONARD

aka  Pat

Late of Milford St, Randwick

Brother to Michael A. LEONARD, # Q 7115

Brother to Charles LEONARD,  # Q 7396

Another ‘mentioned’ Brother is Thomas Wood LEONARD,  # Q 9062

Another ‘mentioned’ Brother is Roger.  It is not known if Roger was in the Police.

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  Q 7644

For the purposes of this website, ‘Q‘ represents those Police joining between 1862 ( commencement of NSWPF ) – 23 February 1915 ( Commencement of NSWPF current numbering system )

Rank: Constable – appointed 16 November 1900

Constable 1st Class – early promotion

Police Prosecutor ( 7 years )

Sergeant 1st Class – appointed 1923

Stations: ?, Darlinghurst ( 13 years ), Redfern – Sgt – ( 1918 ), Newtown, Chief Police Prosecutor – Central Police Court

ServiceFrom 16 November 1900  to  2 July 1926 = 26+ years Service

Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour

Born? ? 1876 in NSW

Died on:  Friday  2 July 1926 at home in the morning

Age:  50 – Unmarried

Cause:  Pneumonia

Event location:   Milford St, Randwick

Event date:   Friday  2 July 1926

Funeral date:  Saturday  3 July 1926

Funeral location:  Sacred Heart Church, Avoca St, Randwick @ 2.30pm

Funeral director:  W.N.Hull Funeral Director

Buried at:  Randwick Cemetery

 Memorial located at?

 

 

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Catholic Press (Sydney, NSW : 1895 – 1942), Thursday 8 July 1926, page 21


The Late Sergeant P. Leonard.

NOTED POLICE OFFICER PASSES.

Great regret was felt over the death of Sergeant Patrick S. Leonard, Chief Police Prosecutor of the metropolitan district, which occurred at his late residence, Milford Street, Randwick, on Friday morning last.

Poignancy is added to the death of this fine police officer by the fact that he was on the eve of his promotion to an inspectorship — in fact, he was about to be presented with the whip that accompanies elevation to that rank.

The late Sergeant joined the service in 1900, and was stationed at Darlinghurst.

A hard-working and efficient policeman, he soon attracted the attention of his superiors, and he won quick promotion, attaining the rank of first-class sergeant in 1923. He was police prosecuting officer in the suburbs for 10 years until his transfer to the Central Police Court over a year ago.

Of a courteous and genial nature, he enjoyed the friendship of all sections of the community, and the esteem of all his fellow officers and subordinates.

Genuine expressions of regret at his passing were made at the Central Police Court on Friday. Mr. Jennings, S.M., said that those who represented defendants had been well satisfied with his fairness in all proceedings. It was a sad end to a distinguished career.

On behalf of the legal profession, Mr. Parker and Mr. Lionel Dare paid tributes to his conscientiousness. He was a hard man to fight, said Mr. Parker, but he fought fairly. He was big in stature and mind, and it would be hard to replace him.

For the police, Sergeant Cummings, prosecutor, extended sympathy to the relatives. He understood that Sergeant Leonard was on the eve of promotion.

The Commissioner of Police ( Mr. J. Mitchell ) said that it was with extreme regret that he had heard of Sergeant Leonard‘s death. ” He was one of the ablest officers in the service, and had he lived he would have reached high police rank. He also rendered excellent service as a member of the committee of the police carnival for hospitals. ”

Sergeant Leonard, who succumbed to pneumonia, was 50 years of age, and a devout Catholic.

Requiem Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Father T. O’Loughlin, M.S.C, at the Church of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Avoca-street, Randwick, after which the funeral cortege left the church for the Randwick cemetery.

The procession, which was officially a police funeral, attracted a very representative gathering.

Squads of police, preceded by the Police Band, marched under Inspector Maze, and members of the Metropolitan Fire Brigades, under District-Inspector Grimmond.

The pall-bearers were Inspector Maze, Sergeants Roser, Dean, MacDougall, Twist, Jones and Maher. Many and beautiful were the wreaths conveyed.

The principal mourners were: Messrs. Charles, Thomas, and Roger Leonard ( brothers ), Misses Annie and Cissie. Leonard, and Mrs. Delahunty ( sisters ), and Miss Mary Roche, to whom Sergeant Leonard was to have been married.

Amongst those present were: The Chief Secretary ( Hon. C. C. Lazzarini, M.L.A.), Inspector Spyer ( representing the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mitchell ), Mr. Cruise ( representing the Minister for Justice ), Mr. A. Bishop ( representing the Crown Law Department ), the Speaker ( Hon. J Dooley, M.L.A.), Supt. G. Mitchell, Supt. Mankey, Chief of C.I.B., Inspectors Lynch, Delaney, Lindfield, and Kersley; Det.-Sgt. Lynch, Det.-Sgt. Coombes, Det.-Sgt. Jones ( South Africa ), Det. Sgt. Kennedy, Det.-Sgt. Smith, Det.-Sgt. Miller, Sergeant Nicholls and Constable Carroll Ashfield, Detective Gallagher, Sergeant T. O’Brien, ex-Sergeants Duncan, Hay and Toohey, ex-Inspector Fullarton, C. Thackeray ( ” Police News ” ), Mr. B. Fortescue ( general secretary, Police Association ), Detective Comans, ex-Sergeant Hayes, Sergeant Lane, and Sergeants Philpott and Maples ( Redfern ), Station-officer Beare ( representing Fire Brigades’ Hospital Carnival and Art Union ), Messrs. R. D. Meagher, W. Niland, and T. Arkins ( solicitors ), R. O’Halloran, B. Greig, S. R. Alldis, Ms.L.A., Hon. J. Tyrrell, M.L.C., P. Conroy ( vice-president ), and W. Carey ( secretary, A.L.P.), Aldermen M. L’Estrange ( Mayor of Mascot ), R. H. McDonald ( Redfern ), and D. Mulcahy ( Waterloo ), Messrs. Rafferty ( assistant secretary, R.A.S.), T. Windrum ( Rockhampton), E. Ward, P. Fennessy, D. Capice, W. O’Connor, R. Allen, A. Agnew, L. R. Mordant, and A. R. Pope ( Catholic Club ), J. McCann, W. Campbell, Hartnett, H. Kirkland, W. McNamara ( secretary, Friendly Society Dispensary ), P. Rynn, and F. Haron. — R.I.P.

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Freeman’s Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 – 1932), Thursday 8 July 1926, page 23


The Late Sergeant P. S. Leonard.

The funeral on Saturday afternoon of First-class Sergeant Patrick Stephen Leonard, senior public prosecutor at the Central Police Court, was one of the largest ever seen at Randwick. The funeral took place from the Church of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, after Requiem Mass, which was celebrated by the Rev. Father O’Loughlin, M.S.C. The cortege, which was about a mile long, was headed by squads of police and firemen.

The chief mourners were Messrs. Charles, Thomas, and Roger Leonard (brothers), Misses Annie and Cissie Leonard and Mrs. Delahunty (sisters), and Miss Mary Agnes Roche. The pall-bearers were Inspector Maze, Sergeants Roser, Dean, Jones, McDougall, Twiss, and Maher. Others present included Messrs. J. Dooley ( Speaker of the Legislative Assembly ), C. C. Lazzarini ( Chief Secretary ), S. G. Cruise ( representing Mr. W. J. McKell ( Minister for Justice ), A. Bishop ( representing the Crown Law Department ), J. Tyrrill, M.L.C., R. Greig, M.L.A. ( Chairman of Committees ), R. O’Halloran, and S. R. Alldis, Ms L.A., Inspector Spyer ( representing Mr. J. Mitchell, Commissioner of Police ), Superintendent T. Mankey ( Chief of C.I.D.), Inspectors . Lynch, Devlin, Lindfield, Delaney, Mackay and Kersley, Detective Sergeants Lynch, Coombes, Jones ( of South Africa ), Kennedy, Smith, Miller and Sergeant Nicholls ; Station Officer Beare ( Fire Brigades Hospital Carnival and Art Union Committee ) Mr. W. J. Camphin, S.M., Alderman L’Estrange ( Mayor of Mascot ), Mulcahy .( Mayor of Waterloo ), and R. H. McDonald ( Redfern ), Messrs. R. D. Meagher, W. M. Niland, J. C. J. Ryan, and T. Arkins; Constables Carroll, Ashfield, Detective Gallagher, Sergeants T. O’Brien, Law, and Philpott, ex Sergeants Duncan, Hay, Toohey and Hayes; ex-Inspector Fullarton, Messrs. B. Fortescue ( secretary, Police Association of which deceased was a foundation member ), C. Thackeray ( editor, ‘Police News’ ), R. Moyes, J. J. Hartnett, G. H. Brown, P. Ryan J. Morrissey, T. Windrum, W. Carey ( secretary A.L.P. ), E. Ward, E. Roche, F. Conroy ( vice-president A.L.P. ), H. Kirkland, C. J. Rafferty ( assistant secretary, Royal Agricultural Society ), G. Butler Gye ( representing “Evening News” ), R. Higgins, Captain Hansen, T. Birrell, A. Westphal, C. Tate, W. Adlum, P. O’Loughlin ( president of the Catholic Club ), S. A. Williams ( treasurer of the club ), P. Burns ( vice-president ), C. G. Griffiths ( hon. secretary ), H. Washington ( manager ), A. H. Pope, J. Fraser, A. Agnew ( Gehring and Co.); W. Campbell, J. McCann, W. J. McEncroe, W. Weekes, W. Paterson, W. McCarthy, A. Sharp P. Sharp, R. Campbell, J. McGrath, J. Ryan J. S. Ogan, W. McNamara ( secretary, Friendly Society Dispensary ),. J. Voney, B. Acton, G. Workman, H. Moroney, M. Swiney, J. Sheehan, E. McDonald B. Mahoney, F. Farrell ( hon. . secretary, Catholic Returned Soldiers’ Association ), J. Killeen, F. Conroy, J. Williams ( Dewar and Co.), A. McNiven, F. Haron, L. R. Mordant, P. Fennessy, and R. Allen.

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Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 3 July 1926, page 13


FUNERALS.

LEONARD.- A Requiem Mass for the Repose of the Soul of the late SENIOR SERGEANT PATRICK STEPHEN LEONARD will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Randwick, THIS ( Saturday ) MORNING, at 9 o’clock.

LEONARD. – The Friends of Miss MARY AGNES ROCHE, of Rose-street, Darlington, are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of Patrick Leonard; to leave Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Randwick. THIS ( Saturday ) AFTERNOON, at 2.30, for Randwick Cemetery.

Funeral Director. W.N.Hull Funeral Director.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/16302941
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Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 3 July 1926, page 16


DEATH OF SGT. P. LEONARD.

The death of Sergeant Patrick Leonard, chief police prosecutor at the Central Police Court, occurred suddenly yesterday morning, from pneumonia, at his residence in Milford street, Randwick. Sergeant Leonard was 50 years of age.

Mr. Jennings, C.S.M., and Messrs. W. Parker and Lionel Dare, on behalf of the legal profession, paid sincere tributes to the late police officer.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/16303092

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Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 – 1954), Friday 2 July 1926, page 8


DEATH OF SGT. LEONARD

Chief Police Prosecutor SYDNEY. Friday

Sergeant P. S. Leonard, chief police prosecutor at the Central Police Court, died to-day from pneumonia.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/163601740

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Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 – 1931), Friday 2 July 1926, page 4


” PAT ” LEONARD

POPULAR OFFICER DIES FROM PNEUMONIA

Sergt. PATRICK Stephen Leonard, Senior Police Prosecutor, died from pneumonia at Randwick to-day, after six week’s illness. ” He was one of the ablest men who have ever held the position of police prosecutor. ” said the Commissioner of Police to-day. ” I heard of his death with extreme regret. He was one of my best, most conscientious, and most promising officers. In my opinion, he would have attained to high police rank had he lived “.

The late sergeant was highly esteemed by all who know him. He was a most courteous, unassuming, and obliging officer, and was exceedingly popular with Pressmen, with whom he came into close contact at the various police courts. His word was his bond, and he was always scrupulously fair to defendants.

Sergeant Leonard joined the police force in 1900 and was made a first class sergeant in 1923. He served in the Darlinghurst division for 13 years and at Redfern, and was police prosecutor for seven years, first on the suburban circuit and latterly at the Central Police Court.

He was born in 1876, and was a native of N.S.W.

He was unmarried, and lived with his sister at Melford-street. Randwick.

WORKER FOR CHARITY

He was a prominent worker for various charities, and took an active part in the organisation of the annual police carnival.

The late officer’s first promotion to the rank of first-class constable was a reward for a particularly daring arrest of a burglar in William-street. City, at 4 a.m.. on December 13, 1904.

Two of his brothers also joined the police force — Charles, ( Q7396 ) now a sergeant at Marrickville, and Michael, (Q7115 ) who died from pneumonia some years ago.

The funeral will leave the Church of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Avoca street, Randwick, at 2.30pm tomorrow.

TRIBUTES IN COURT

‘ It is a sad end to a distinguished career.’ remarked Mr. Jennings. C.S.M., at the Central Court to-day. In referring to the death of Sergeant Leonard. ” He had been a long time with us, and his services were much appreciated by all those who worked with him. ”

Mr. Parker, on behalf of the legal profession. said he had known Sergeant Leonard for 23 or 24 years. ” I always admired him as an officer, ” went on Mr. Parker. ” He was absolutely conscientious. As a prosecutor he was one of the hardest men we had to fight, but he always fought fairly. He was a big man not only In stature, but In mind.”

Mr. Lionel Dare, barrister, remarked that, In his public capacity, Sergeant Leonard was courageous, unflinching, honorable, and firm.

Sergeant Cummings, police prosecutor, said the police felt Sergeant Leonard‘s death as a deep personal loss. He understood the late sergeant was on the eve of promotion to the rank of inspector. He was a highly capable officer.

TO HAVE BEEN MARRIED

A pathetic feature is that Sergeant Leonard was to have been married last Saturday to Miss Mary Agnes Roche, of Rose-street, Darlington, but his illness intervened.

( a photo of Sgt Leonard and Mary Roche appear in this news article but the ‘scan’ is far too dark from the Trove article to be useful for his Memorial page )

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/114383043

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Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 – 1954), Monday 7 April 1919, page 6


MEN AND WOMEN

Personal Paragraphs

Police-prosecutor Leonard, attached to the Redfern and Newtown Police Courts, is confined to his home with an attack of influenza.

Sergeant Leonard is a brother of the late Sergeant Michael Leonard, who succumbed to the epidemic at Darlinghurst last Week.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/221448262

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Edward SEWELL

Edward SEWELL

Late of  ?

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  ???

Rank:  Constable 1st Class

Stations: ?, Bathurst ( entire Service )

ServiceFrom  ? ? 1853  to  18 January 1892 = 39 years Service

Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour

Born? January 1832 in Ireland

Died on:  Thursday  11 February 1892

Age:  60

Cause:  Influenza – On Duty

Event location:   Piper St, Bathurst

Event date:   ? October 1891 ( contracted influenza )

Funeral date:  Sunday  14 February 1892

Funeral location?

Buried at?

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Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW : 1851 – 1904), Wednesday 20 April 1892, page 2
The Late Constable Sewell. — We are glad to learn from Mr. Superintendent Sanderson that Miss Sewell has received £225 from the Police Superannuation Fund, into which her late brother paid contributions for so many years before his death. The payment was made before the paragraph referring to the late Constable Sewell appeared in the Free Press, but the person from whom the circumstances upon which that paragraph was based were obtained could not have been apprised of the fact.
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Freeman’s Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 – 1932), Saturday 27 February 1892, page 19
Ex-residents of Bathurst will hear with much regret of the death of Constable Sewell. As he had attained his 60th year, he, early in January, retired from the services but; has not drawn any pay; Constable Sewell was the oldest officer in the police force in the west, and was as greatly respected as he was widely known.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/111326391
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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954) , Monday 22 February 1892, page 4
CONSTABLE EDWARD SEWELL, who for nearly 40 years figured in the police court at Bathurst, died last week. A few months ago he was taken ill with the influenza, and only last month retired from the force on superannuation.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/135969664
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Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW : 1851 – 1904), Friday 12 February 1892, page 2
Death of Constable Sewell.—
The friends of Constable Sewell will hear with surprise and regret of his death. The deceased contracted influenza in October last, and for a long while was prostrated with the disease. One of his sisters also took ill at the time and died, and this had a depressing effect upon him. And after being confined to his room for a number of weeks, he recovered sufficiently to walk down town, but he was then very feeble, and was not able to again resume duty.
As be had attained his 60th year, he, early in January, retired from the service, but has not drawn any pay.
Constable Sewell was the oldest officer in the police force in the west, and was as greatly respected as he was widely known.
Not only did he year after year do his duty faithfully in the street as one of the foot police, but in the Supreme Court his face and voice wore familiar to every judge and court official and attendant during the last quarter of a century.
He was respected by his superior officers, but did not attain to anything like prominence in the force, never having risen above the rank of first-class constable.
His sister, Miss Sewell, alone survives him, and the public greatly sympathise with her in the bereavements which she has been called upon to pass through recently.
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National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW : 1889 – 1954), Friday 12 February 1892, page 3

SUDDEN DEATH OF CONSTABLE SEWELL

About seven o’clock last evening Constable Sewell, who was the oldest police constable in the Bathurst District, died at his residence in Piper-street. It will be remembered that in October last the deceased was stricken down with influenza, and since then had been confined in his house through relapses. He was nursed by his sister, Miss Sewell, and attended by Dr. Spencer, who did all he could to alleviate his sufferings.

On January 18 be retired from the force, after being in the service for upwards of 30 years. Constable Sewell, who joined the New South Wales Police in 1853, was, perhaps, the senior member in the colony.

He entered the ranks in Bathurst as a private constable, and during the whole of that period had been on duty in the town.

At Assize time he was always a prominent figure in the Circuit Court, attending on the Judge and swearing in the witnesses. It was really in the performance of that duty that he caught the influenza in October last, as he was taken ill during the last sittings, when the Chief Justice (Sir Frederick Darley) presided.

When the railway was opened to Bathurst, in 1869, by the Acting-Governor (Sir Alfred Stephen), Constable Sewell was on duty, and being well-known to Sir Alfred, was accosted in the street and a kindly word of recognition exchanged. During his recent and last illness, Sir. Alfred wrote expressing his sympathy and enquiring after his health.

Sewell. who was a man of unobtrusive habits, never pushed himself forward, but simply performed his duty, and it is due to that fact that he failed to rise above the rank of a first-class constable.

Having in January last reached the age of 60 years, he had retired from the force, and consequently become entitled to his pension of full pay ; but he had not drawn one penny up to the time of his death, so that although he had paid into the Superannuation Fund since its establishment he had received no benefit: Miss Sewell was, we believe, dependant upon him, and if her brother had not retired a few weeks ago, would have been, according to the regulations, entitled to compensation from the Superannuation Fund.

It is understood that representations will be made to the proper quarters in this matter.

The deceased was spoken highly of by his superior officers on the Bathurst station, and his comrades were all shocked last evening when it became known that he had passed away.

He was a native of Ireland and entered the police at 21 years of age. The funeral, we understand, will take place on Sunday.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/156662758

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National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW : 1889 – 1954), Saturday 7 November 1891, page 3

THE INFLUENZA.

Notwithstanding the abatement of influenza in the number of cases, the epidemic is still very prevalent in our midst, and it is with deep regret we record the death of Miss Sewell from its effect. Deceased was a devoted sister, and the respect in which she was held was testified by the large number who attended her funeral yesterday afternoon.

Her brother, Constable Sewell, is still seriously ill, and his friends fear that the terrible effect which his sister’s death has had upon him will not strengthen his chances of recovery.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/157150504

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Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW : 1851 – 1904), Thursday 13 August 1891, page 3

Brief Mention.

The melodious voice of Constable Sewell was again heard in the court this morning. As he proceeded to administer the oath to a Chinese interpreter his hearers were reminded of the prominent place he took at one time in the higher courts.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/64218132
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Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW : 1851 – 1904), Wednesday 15 May 1861, page 2

Bathurst Police Court

 

MONDAY. May 13th (Before Dr. Palmer, P.M., Thomas Lee and G. F. Wise. Esqrs., J.Ps.) DRUNKENNESS.

Edward Orris was brought before the Bench by Constable Sewell, charged with the above offence. Fined 40s. and 1s. costs; in default, 48 hours’ incarceration.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/62400970?#
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Austin John MULLER

Austin John MULLER

aka  John

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #   9537?

Rank:  Constable

Stations?, Stroud, Gloucester – Death

ServiceFrom  18 September 1912  to  31 January 1913 = 4+ months Service

Awards? No find on It’s An Honour

Born:  4 February 1890 – “Allandale”, near Gunning, NSW

Died on:   Friday  31 January 1913

Place of death:   Manning River District Hospital, Taree

CauseEnteric Fever

Length of illness:  5 weeks

Age:  22 – 4 days before his 23rd birthday ( Not married )

Funeral date:  1 February 1913

Austin John MULLER – Death Cert.

Funeral location?

Buried at:  Dawson River Cemetery ( known at Taree General, Off Landsdown Rd, Taree, NSW

Anglican Section,  Row 14 / 4

 Memorial at:  St Edmunds Church of England, Gunning, NSW
Gift of Bishops Chair to St Edmunds Church of England, Gunning NSW by his mother Rose

Died Taree January 21st 1913 Aged 23 years They will be done In >>>>> >> memory of Constable Austin John MULLER


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Select Service No Surname First Name DOB Native Of Date Appointed  Reel Item Remarks
9537 MULLER Austin John 1890 New South Wales 18 Sep 1912 3043 [8/3253]
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Birth Certificate:<br /> 1890<br /> 4 February<br /> Allendale near Gunning<br /> Austin John<br /> Male<br /> Father: Augustine Frederick<br /> Louis Muller<br /> Farmer<br /> 29 years<br /> Bungonia, NSW<br /> Married:<br /> 1881<br /> May 24<br /> Gunning<br /> 2 males ?<br /> 2 females ?<br /> Mother:<br /> Rose Phyllis<br /> WHEELDON<br /> 26 years<br /> Penrith, NSW<br /> Informant:<br /> August Frederick &amp; Lo? Muller<br /> Parkes?<br /> Gunning<br /> Registered<br /> 25 February 1890<br /> Gunning
NSW Birth Certificate

 

Memorial at: St Edmunds Church of England, Gunning, NSW<br /> Gift of Bishops Chair to St Edmunds Church of England, Gunning NSW by his mother Rose Muller.<br /> Inscription:<br /> To the Glory of God<br /> In memory on<br /> Constable John MULLEN<br /> Given by his mother
Memorial at: St Edmunds Church of England, Gunning, NSW
Gift of Bishops Chair to St Edmunds Church of England, Gunning NSW by his mother Rose Muller.
Inscription:
To the Glory of God
In memory on
Constable John MULLEN
Given by his mother

 

Memorial at: St Edmunds Church of England, Gunning, NSW<br /> Gift of Bishops Chair to St Edmunds Church of England, Gunning NSW by his mother Rose Muller.<br /> Inscription:<br /> To the Glory of God<br /> In memory on<br /> Constable John MULLEN<br /> Given by his mother
Memorial at: St Edmunds Church of England, Gunning, NSW
Gift of Bishops Chair to St Edmunds Church of England, Gunning NSW by his mother Rose

 

Goulburn Evening Penny Post Tuesday 4 February 1913<br /> GUNNING<br /> ( From Our Correspondent. )<br /> I regret to report the sad death of John Muller, second youngest son of mr. and Mrs. A. F. L. Muller, of Allandale, near Gunning.<br /> The young fellow, who was within a day or two of being 23 years of age, had only quite recently left his home to join the police in Sydney, and from there was sent to Stroud, thence to Gloucester. Word was later on received that he was ill with typhoid fever in the Taree Hospital, where he died on Friday last. His mother was with him during the greater part of his illness, and with one of his sisters saw him pass away. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved family.
Death Notice: Goulburn Evening Penny Post Tuesday 4 February 1913
GUNNING
( From Our Correspondent. )
I regret to report the sad death of John Muller, second youngest son of mr. and Mrs. A. F. L. Muller, of Allandale, near Gunning.
The young fellow, who was within a day or two of being 23 years of age, had only quite recently left his home to join the police in Sydney, and from there was sent to Stroud, thence to Gloucester. Word was later on received that he was ill with typhoid fever in the Taree Hospital, where he died on Friday last. His mother was with him during the greater part of his illness, and with one of his sisters saw him pass away. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved family.

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Louis Godfrey PETHER

Louis Godfrey PETHER

Late of ?

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  ‘Q‘ 6909

For the purposes of this website ‘Q‘ represents those Police joining between 1862 ( commencement of NSWPF ) – 23 February 1915 ( Commencement of NSWPF current numbering system )

Rank: Constable – appointed 16 December 1895

Detective

Sergeant 2nd Class

Final Rank = Detective Sergeant 2nd Class

Stations: ?, North Sydney ( 23 years ), Sydney CIB ( from 1919 – death ) – Death

Service: From 16 December 1895 to 21 August 1923 = 27+ years Service

Awards: No find on It’s An Honour

Born: ? ? post 21 Aug 1867 in Victoria

Died on: Monday  20 August 1923

Age: 55

Cause:  Suicide – Firearm – “possible” Service weapon

Event location:  Toilet, Police Headquarters, Sydney

Event date: Monday  20 August 1923

Funeral date: Wednesday  22 August 1923

Funeral location: ?

Wake location: ?

Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at:  Rookwood Cemetery, Rookwood

Zone C, Section 07, Row ?, Grave 883

Interred in the same grave:

Olivia May PETHER, aged 58, Interred on 23 Sept 1927

Memorial located at: ?

 

Grave of Detective Sergeant 2nd Class Louis Godfrey PETHER & wife - Olivia May PETHER
Grave of Detective Sergeant 2nd Class Louis Godfrey PETHER & wife – Olivia May PETHER

Grave of Detective Sergeant 2nd Class Louis Godfrey PETHER & wife - Olivia May PETHER

Grave of Detective Sergeant 2nd Class Louis Godfrey PETHER & wife - Olivia May PETHER

 

[alert_yellow]LOUIS is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_yellow] *NEED MORE INFO –  BUT MOST PROBABLY SHOULD BE

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Grave location: TBA

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FURTHER INFORMATION IS NEEDED ABOUT THIS PERSON, THEIR LIFE, THEIR CAREER AND THEIR DEATH.

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May they forever Rest In Peace

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The Examiner newspaper dated 21 August, 1923 reported the following account of the death of Detective Sergeant Pether.

 

Detective Found Dead, Sydney, Monday.

Detective Sergeant Louis Godfrey Pether was found dead to-day in a lavatory at the police headquarters, Sydney. He had a bullet wound in his head, and an automatic revolver was lying by his side. He was aged 56 years, and had been in the New South Wales Police Force since 1895.

 

The Sun of 23 August, 1923 shed a little more light on the tragedy.

“DRIVING ME MAD” – Detective Pether’s Suicide

Detective-Sergeant Louis Godfrey Pether committed suicide at Police Headquarters last Monday while suffering from mental aberration. This was the verdict recorded to-day by the City Coroner (Mr. Jamieson).

Pether contracted influenza two years ago and never recovered. Chest trouble developed, and he suffered from defective memory. Early last Monday morning Pether remarked to Detective Bowie that his illness was driving him mad. A few seconds afterwards a revolver shot was heard, and Pether was found unconscious in the basement and bleeding from a wound behind the ear.

Pether died before he reached Sydney Hospital.”

 

The sergeant was born about 1867 and joined the New South Wales Police Force about 1895. At the time of his death he was attached to the Sydney Criminal Investigation Bureau, and had previously been stationed at North Sydney.

(Beyond Courage)

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Up to the time Pether was compelled to take special leave, owing to sickness, he did special work for the Crown Law Department.

He was also a brother of Harry PETHER of Talbingo Hotel.

 

 

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Maitland Weekly Mercury (NSW : 1894 – 1931), Saturday 25 August 1923, page 14


FOUND SHOT.

DEATH OF DETECTIVE PETHER.

Detective Sergeant Louis Pether was found dead with a bullet wound in his head in the lavatory at police headquarters, Sydney. He had been indisposed for some time, and had been away from duty for several

months. He visited the office this morning to make application for work at a country station. For the last five years, deceased had been attached to the criminal investigation department.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/136712471

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Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Tuesday 21 August 1923, page 9


FOUND SHOT.

DETECTIVE-SERGEANT PETHER.

Early yesterday morning Detective-Sergeant Louis Godfrey Pether was found lying in the lavatory, at the police headquarters, at the corner of Hunter and Phillip streets, with a bullet wound in his bead. An automatic revolver was lying at his side. The Civil Ambulance conveyed him to the Sydney Hospital, where Dr. Taylor pronounced life extinct.

Detective-Sergeant Pether, “who was 56 years of age, joined the police force in 1895, and for 23 years was stationed at North Sydney. In 1919 he was attached to the Criminal Investigation Branch. For several months past he had been in bad health, and had intended going to the country for a holiday. He was regarded as a capable and conscientious officer.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/16088756

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Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 – 1931), Thursday 23 August 1923, page 1


FAREWELL MESSAGE

DETECTIVE’S DEATH “LOSING MY REASON”

Suicide while temporarily insane was the Coroners verdict after his inquiry into the death of Detective Pether who was found shot in a lavatory at Police Headquarters on Monday.

Detective Bowie said that he saw Pether near the lavatory, and inquired how he was. Pether replied: “I am bad — bad — bad: it is driving me mad!” witness advised him not to give way and asked him to wait a minute, and they would go together to see the doctor. He returned in a couple of minutes, and could not see Pether. There was a report of a shot in the lavatory, and when the door was forced open, Pether was found with a bullet wound in the head.

Pether was taken to Sydney Hospital, but was dead on arrival.

Subsequently witness discovered some pencilled words in Pether’s hand writing on the wall of the lavatory.

The message was:-

I could not have been treated with more consideration by the doctor and my officers: but I feel that I am losing my reason, having already lost my memory. ” Underneath were the Initials ‘G.P’

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/119169677

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