Late of Talford St, Glebe, NSW

Cousin to Constable David SUTHERLAND, NSWPF ‘Q’ 5460


NSW Police Training Centre – Redfern  / Police Training College – Penrith  Class #  ? ? ? 


New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  ???? 


Service:  From ? ? ?   to   29 July 1901  =  19 years Service ? ? ?


Rank:  Commenced Training at / as ? Police Academy on ? ? ?

Probationary Constable- appointed ? ? ? 

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Detective – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? 


Final Rank = Senior Constable 


Stations?, The Glebe ( 2 Division ) – Death


Retirement / Leaving age: = ?

Time in Retirement from Police: ?


Awards:  No Find on Australian Honours system


 Born? ? ?

Died on:  Monday  29 July 1901 – shortly after 8am

Age:  47



Event location:   ?

Event date ? – some 15 months prior to death


Funeral date:  Wednesday  31 July 1901 

Funeral location:  Graveside – Rookwood Cemetery, Rookwood, NSW  

Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at: Rookwood General Cemetery, Rookwood, NSW

Grave location:  Presbyterian Section 5C, Grave 4831 

INSCRIPTION: In Loving Remembrance of my dear husband William SUTHERLAND who died 29th July 1901 Aged 47 years   Father is gone but not forgotten   Nor is the good advise he gave   Sweetest thoughts shall ever linger   Round our darling father’s grave.   Also our dear Mother Isabella SUTHERLAND wife of the above who died 12th November 1910 aged 52? years   Sadly missed    As long as life and memory last We will remember thee.

Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( April 2021 )



 WILLIAM is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance  *NEED MORE INFO





May they forever Rest In Peace




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Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 – 1954),

Sunday 4 August 1901, page 1


The death of Senior-constable William Sutherland, of the Glebe Police Station, on Monday, recalls the tragic death of his brother, also a constable, in June, 1889.

He was on duty at Macleay-street, Potts Point, when he saw a man jump over the fence of Mr. Bundle’s residence, Pomeroy.

He challenged him ; a scuffle ensued, and Sutherland was mortally wounded with a revolver shot.

A Victorian criminal, James Morrison, was executed for the murder.

04 Aug 1901 – THE CRITIC. – Trove



Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 – 1931),

Saturday 3 August 1901, page 4


Mrs. SUTHERLAND and FAMILY wish to return their THANKS to the police and friends who sent wreaths, and also the friends who attended the funeral of her late beloved husband, Senior-constable Sutherland.

03 Aug 1901 – Family Notices – Trove



Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954),

Friday 2 August 1901, page 2

Death Follows a Blow.

Senior-constable Sutherland, attached to No. 2 police division, died in Sydney on Monday.

The deceased, who was about 45 years of age, had been in the police force of the State for about 19 years, having joined the service in New South Wales after having spent several years in the New Zealand force.

A few years back he was struck on the head while engaged in making an arrest in Sydney, but he seemed to get well, and very little notice was taken of the blow.

Apparently a clot had gradually formed in the head.

Sutherland went off duty some 13 months ago, and although his case had the best medical attention he gradually wasted away and expired.

02 Aug 1901 – Death Follows a Blow. – Trove




Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 – 1930),

Thursday 1 August 1901, page 5


The remains of the late Senior-constable Sutherland were interred at Rookwood Cemetery yesterday afternoon, in the presence of a number of officers and men of the police force and many other personal friends.

The proceedings commenced with a short service in the house, conducted by the Rev. T. E. Clouston, after which the coffin was conveyed by train to the Necropolis.

The procession to the grave was headed by the New South Wales Police Band, led by senior-constable Mankey, which played the Dead March in “Saul” with muffled drums.

The coffin was carried by four constables, and was covered with wreaths, many being carried also by relatives and friends.

Among those sending them were the deceased’s children. Inspector and Mrs. Sutherland, Mr. and Mrs. Sutherland ( Croydon Park ), the non-commissioned officers and men of Glebe police station and those of No. 2 station, Mr. E. Miller, Mr. Smithson and family, and Messrs. and Mesdames Bannerman, Wagner, H. P. Stewart, Gibbons, and W. MacQueen.

The police force was represented by Inspector Sutherland, Sub-inspector Mitchell, Sergeants Thompson, Smith, Miller, Grice, Taylor, Curtis, Bradley, and O’Dea, and a large number of senior and first-class constables.

No. 8 Lodge. P.A.F.S.A. and six of its officers, the members being unable to muster and follow in full force.

There were also present, among intimate friends and neighbors, Messrs. Anderson, Field, Smithson, Blackman, Bannerman, Sutherland, Kuse (2), Grayson, Holes, Edwards, and Malling. Masters Thorpe and Vaughan, and Mesdames Wagner and Bowyer.

The service was conducted by the Rev. T. E. Clouston, who after reading the ordinary burial service delivered a short address, in which he highly eulogised the deceased.

The band, as a finale, played Chopin’s “Funeral March,” the assemblage remaining bareheaded till its conclusion.




Riverina Recorder (Balranald, Moulamein, NSW : 1887 – 1944),

Wednesday 31 July 1901, page 2


( By Wire. )

( From our own correspondents.)

Sydney, Tuesday.

Senior-constable Sutherland died from the effects of a blow received while making an arrest same time ago.

31 Jul 1901 – TELEGRAMS – Trove



Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 – 1931),

Tuesday 30 July 1901, page 6


Senior-constable William Sutherland, who for the past nineteen years has been connected with the police in No. 2 division, at the Glebe, died yesterday at his residence in Talfourd street, Glebe.

The deceased was about 45 years of age, and leaves a widow and family.

He had been ill for about fifteen months, and had been off duty for that time.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon, at Rookwood.

30 Jul 1901 – DEATH OF A CONSTABLE. – Trove



Australian Star (Sydney, NSW : 1887 – 1909),

Tuesday 30 July 1901, page 6

Death of a police officer

Senior-constable William Sutherland died at his residence, Glebe, early yesterday.

The deceased officer, who was attached to No. 2 division, had been in the force for about 19 years.

He had been ailing for the past 15 months.

The funeral takes place on Wednesday afternoon.

30 Jul 1901 – DEATH OF A POLICE-OFFICER. – Trove


Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954),

Tuesday 24 April 1894, page 7


William Thompson, 28 a dealer, was at the Central Police Court yesterday sentenced to 14 days’ imprisonment with hard labour for having assaulted Constable William Sutherland.

The assault was committed whilst the constable was in the act of conducting the accused to the police station.

24 Apr 1894 – POLICE COURTS. – Trove




Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954),

Wednesday 5 June 1889, page 3

The Murdered Constable.

The Inquest.

SYDNEY, Wednesday.

The inquest on the body of Constable David Sutherland, who was shot by a burglar at Potts Point, was commenced yesterday afternoon.

The prisoner, James Morrison, was in custody, handcuffed.

There was a crowded court.

Morrison is a powerful fellow, 28 years of age, and the mark of a heavy blow over the left eye is still visible.

Constable William Sutherland identified the body as that of his cousin. He was a native of Canterbury, New Zealand. He was a single man. His mother, three sisters, and four brothers were living there.

Medical evidence showed that the bullet severed the main artery of the groin.

Benjamin Backhouse, architect, residing at Potts Point, deposed that he was awakened by the reports of a shot. On hearing the second shot, he also heard cries for help. He then saw a man running away. The man was of similar appearance as prisoner. A fence over which the man scrambled was examined afterwards and showed blood marks.

Further evidence similar to that reported already was also given.

The inquiry is still proceeding.

Melbourne, Wednesday.

The Melbourne police have identified the photograph of James Morrison, who is charged with the murder of Constable Sutherland, as that of a man known to them as Jackson, who has recently done two and a half-years in Victoria for an impudent forgery.

05 Jun 1889 – The Murdered Constable. – Trove



Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 – 1931),

Wednesday 21 December 1887, page 5

Alleged Assault by the Police.

Senior-constable Thomas Grice and Constable William Sutherland were summoned in the Central Police Court this morning charged with assaulting John Brunty on the night of the 12th instant.

Plaintiff swore that he was leaving his brother’s public-house on the night in question, when defendant Grice stopped him, and asked what he had under his arm.

The two defendants then seized both his arms, and beat them behind his back, in consequence of which he has not been able to work since.

William Brunty, brother of plaintiff, Patrick Smith, Mrs. Brunty, wife of William Brunty, gave corroborative evidence.

For the defence Thomas Grice, senior-constable of police, stated that on the night in question he, in company with Constable Sutherland, was on duty at the back of the Lady of the Lake Hotel, and met the plaintiff.

Defendant took hold of his arm, and asked him to hand out what he had under his coat, and did not hurt him.

Witness was severely cross-examined by Mr. Levien.

William Sutherland and Mr. F. Wilkinson gave evidence as to the zeal and good conduct of the defendants.

Case dismissed.

21 Dec 1887 – Alleged Assault fey the Police. – Trove








Nothing further, than what is recorded above, is known about this person at the time of publication and further information and photos would be appreciated.


 14 April 2021





George W. READ

George W. READ

AKA  ?

Late of  507 Dowling St, Moore Park, NSW

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  ????


Arrived in Sydney from London Police – 1855 as the Officer In Charge of the original Police detachment raised in London to form the nucleus of NSW Police

Officially joined NSW Police – Saturday  13 January 1855

Sub-Inspector – appointed  ? March 1862

Inspector – appointed  1 January 1875 ?

Superintendent – appointed  1 January 1875 ?

Superintendent 1st Class – appointed  1 January 1885

acting Inspector General – 23 February 1888


Final Rank = Superintendent 1st Class

StationsLondon Metropolitan Police, Sydney Metropolitan Police – Death

Service:  From 13 January 1855  to 12 December 190146 years Service

Awards: No find

Born: ? ? c 1828 – Devon, England

Died on: Thursday  12 December 1901 at 1.30pm

Age: 73

Cause: Senile decay

Event location: 507 Dowling St, Moore Park, NSW

Event date: ?

Funeral date: Friday  13 December 1901

Funeral location: ?

Wake location: ?

Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at: Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, NSW

Grave Location:  Methodist Old  1A  OC, Grave 74

Buried with:  Alfred E. READ, 35 old, Buried on 4 November 1919

Memorial located at: a large ‘Tablet’ to the Memory of George placed in the Bourke St ( Sydney ) church – Sunday ? December 1905


The late Police Superintendent George READ.( From a photograph taken in 1875 )
The late Police Superintendent George READ. ( From a photograph taken in 1875 )


George READ
Superintendent George READ.
( From a photograph by J. Hubert Newman, taken in 1875 )


GEORGE is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * NOT JOB RELATED

Grave location:

Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, NSW

Methodist Old  1A  OC, Grave 74

George READ - Grave

George READ - Grave


George READ - Grave

George READ - Grave
Photos by Chris PIGOTT
Find A Grave ID 46872562




May they forever Rest In Peace



Superintendent George READ

Born c1828, Devon, England

Died 12/12/1901, Sydney, aged 74.

Cause of death, senile decay.

Buried Rookwood Cemetery

At the time of his death he was the oldest serving Policeman in New South Wales.

1855:  Arrived in Sydney with fellow London Police Officer SAUNDERSON who was later to become Superintendent at Bathurst District. Both READ and SAUNDERSON were part of an original detachment raised in London to form the nucleus of the present Force. READ was the Officer in Charge of the detachment, SAUNDERSON was his second in charge and joined the NSW Police.

1875: READ was promoted to Superintendant

1888: Performed the duties of Inspector General in the absence of Inspector General FOSBERY who was absent from New South Wales for some months.

April 1900: Granted 9 months leave but was extended.

12/12/1901: Died at his residence 507 Dowling St, Moore Park. Among the many senior members of the NSW Police mourners was Inspector General FOSBERY and Superintendent SAUNDERSON, Bathurst.

It would know appear that Superintendent SAUNDERSON with whom READ arrived in 1855 may be the oldest serving NSW Police Officer at the time in 1901.

George was married twice in Sydney. His first wife died 1873 and they had 4 children. He married again in 1875 and had 5 more children. His last born was a daughter in 1886 when he was 58 years old.

Photos courtesy Noelene Harris.





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507 South Dowling St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
507 South Dowling St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 ( cream building )


Methodist (Sydney, NSW : 1892 – 1954), Saturday 30 December 1905, page 7

A memorial tablet to the memory of the late Superintendent George Read has been placed in the Bourke-street (Sydney) church by the officers and men of the police force.

The ceremony of unveiling the tablet took place on Sunday night ( 24 December 1905 ) in the presence of a large congregation; which included a number of officers and members of the police force.

An address in appreciation of the deceased, who was a member and trustee of Bourke-street, was delivered by Rev. J. W. Collier.

The late Superintendent Read was the honoured father of Rev. George Read of the Homebush Circuit.




Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 – 1912), Saturday 11 January 1902, page 75

Police Promotions.

The Executive Council on Tuesday approved, on the recommendation of the Inspector-General of Police, of the following police promotions : —

Superintendent Thomas Garvin (2nd class) to be 1st class from December 13 last.

Superintendent Nicholas Larkins (3rd class) to be 2nd class from July 1 last.

Superintendent Martin Brennan (3rd class) to be 2nd class from December 13 last.

Acting-Superintendent Stephen J. Cotter, appointment to that rank confirmed, and to take effect from December 13 last.

Sub -Inspector Isaac Morrow (1st class) to be Inspector from December 13 last.

Sub-Inspector John S. Clark (2nd class), drill instructor at the police barracks ( Belmore Barracks ? ), to be sub-inspector 1st class, from July 1 last.

Acting Sub-Inspectors A. A. Hojel, A. A. Sykes, H. Trenchard, J. McVane, and Thomas Kendall (storekeeper), appointments confirmed to the rank of sub-inspector from July 1 last.

Superintendent Garvin takes the position left vacant by the death of Superintendent George Read.



Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 – 1907), Saturday 21 December 1901, page 26

Superintendent Read.


The oldest policeman in New South Wales, as far as length of service is concerned, died on December 12, when Superintendent George Read, who for over a quarter of a century controlled the metropolitan district, breathed his last at his residence in Dowling-street, Moore Park. The end was not entirely unexpected by either his family or his colleagues, for Mr. Read had been in ill-health for the past six or eight months, and it was generally recognised that the end of his useful career was at hand. The deceased gentleman shared with Superintendent Saunderson, of Bathurst, the distinction of being, as stated, the oldest policeman in this State, and of the two Mr. Read held the senior position. Both officers came to New South Wales in the fifties, in a detachment of police who had been engaged in London, and who formed the nucleus of the present force. Of this detachment Mr. Read came out as officer-in-charge, having had several years’ experience previous to that in England. He and Superintendent Saunderson joined the police here on January 13, 1855. By degrees the merit of both gentlemen won for them promotion, and on January 1, 1875, Mr. Read was appointed superintendent, which is the highest position next to that of the Inspector-General. For a good many years before this, however, he had had the control of the police of Sydney. In April last year he obtained nine months’ leave of absence, and this was afterwards extended. Mr. Read, who died from senile decay, was 73 years of age. He was married twice, and several children, besides his second wife, survive him.

Mr. N. Larkin, who has been performing the duties of superintendent of the metropolitan division for some time past, was recently permanently installed in the position, and his appointment as Mr. Read’s successor has proved to be generally popular with the men of the police force. Speaking of Mr. Read’s death, Mr. Fosbery, the Inspector-General, said:-“I cannot speak in terms too high of Mr. Read’s public services, and of his integrity of purpose, and knowledge of, and close attention to, his duties during his very long and very useful career.” It may be mentioned that Mr. Read, for some months, carried out the duties of Inspector General of Police, during the absence of that officer, in 1888, from New South Wales.




Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Friday 13 December 1901, page 7



Superintendent George W. Read, one of the oldest members of the force in New South Wales, who was in charge of the metropolitan police district, died yesterday at 1 30 pm, at his residence, 507 Dowling-street, Moore Park.

The deceased officer, who was highly respected throughout the service, had been in bad health for some little time, and was granted leave of absence lately with a view to his retirement.

Dr. Piton, the Government Medical Officer, was his medical adviser. The late Mr. Read leaves a widow and several children.

The late superintendent arrived in Sydney in January, 1855, he being one of a number of the London Metropolitan Police who came out to the colony in that year.

He was placed in charge of the Sydney police as sub-inspector in March, 1862 – nearly 40 years ago.

On the recommendation of Inspector-General Fosbery, who always regarded him as a very worthy and conscientious officer, he was advanced to the position of Inspector on January 1, 1875, and subsequently he was made superintendent of the metropolitan district.

The deceased officer was 72 years of age.

In April last year he obtained nine months’ leave of absence, which was subsequently extended. On one occasion he carried out the duties of Inspector-General of Police during Mr. Fosbery’s absence form the State.

Mr. Read’s position was recently allotted to Mr. N. Larkin, who had been for some time in temporary control of the metropolitan police.



New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 – 1900), Tuesday 31 August 1897 (No.688), page 6239

The Treasury, New South Wales, [1942] 31st August, 1897.

It is hereby notified that the undermentioned Police Officers have been appointed by the Board of Health to be the Local Authorities under action 9, sub-section 1 (b) of the ” Public Health Act, 1896,” for the respective Police Districts mentioned, namely:—

Police District                Local Authority                                 Headquarters

Metropolitan                 Superintendent George Read         Sydney



Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 – 1940), Thursday 23 February 1888, page 2


Superintendent George Read was appointed to act as Inspector-General of Police during the absence of Mr. Edmund Fosberry on a trip to Europe.


  • The Inspector General of Police – Office was location at 109 Phillip St, Sydney.



New South Wales Police Gazette and Weekly Record of Crime (Sydney : 1860 – 1930), Wednesday 29 December 1886 (No.52), page 399

[Extract from the Government Gazette.] [8521] Colonial Secretary’s Office,

Sydney, 23rd December, 1886.

Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the’ Executive Council, has been pleased to approve of the following promotions and appointments in the Police Force,


Superintendent George Read to be Superintendent, 1st Class,— to take effect from the 1st January last;






John Union BENTLEY

John Unwin or Union BENTLEY

Late of  ?

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  Q  3529

NSWPF – ‘Q’ represents those Police joining between 1862 ( commencement of NSWPF ) – 23 February 1915 ( Commencement of NSWPF current numbering system )

Rank:  Constable – appointed 21 July 1879

First Class Constable –

Senior Constable – appointed

Stations?, Ilford, Mundooran

ServiceFrom  21 July 1879  to  ? ? ? ? years Service

Awards:   ?

Born:   ? ? 1851 England

Died on:   ? ? ?


Cause:   ?

Event location:   ?

Event date:   ?

Funeral date:   ? ? ?

Funeral location:   ?

Funeral Parlour:  ?

Buried at:   ?

 Memorial located at:   ?

John Unwin or Union BENTLEY


[alert_yellow]JOHN is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_yellow]  *NEED MORE INFO



 Grave location TBA





May they forever Rest In Peace


NSWBDM:     Death:   This is only “possibly” the correct person:   John U. BENTLEY,  Regd. #  2579/1901.
Father = Jeremiah
Mother = Ruth
District = Orange, NSW
No direct find for Marriages.
NSW Government Gazette     Monday  9 May1892      Page 3944    Diseased Animals & Meat Act, 1892
John Unwin BENTLEYFirst class ConstableIlford – Western District
Inspector of Slaughter houses
Police Department, Inspector General’s Office, Sydney, 14 May 1896
Inspector of Slaughter Houses
John U. BentleySenior ConstableMundooran – ( Coonamble & Dubbo Police District )
NSW State Archives & Records have John UNION Bentley – born 1851 in England – as having Registered # (Q) 3529.
Searching for this man, I kept coming across John UNWIN Bentley – born 1847.
Then, in the article from the NSW Government Gazette, dated 9 May 1892, there is a John UNWIN Bentley – First Class Cst.
It is “possible” that this is the one person.
The Death, in NSWBDM, shows the same family members, i.e., mother, father.
There is a death recorded in Orange Cemetery, NSW, of John Unwin Bentley – died in 1901 aged 53.
I am unable to find a photo of that grave but the above photo comes up on MyHeritage.com