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New South Wales Police Force

Registered number:  ‘Q‘ 5483

For the purposes of this website ‘Q‘ represents those Police joining between 1 March 1862 ( commencement of NSWPF ) – 23 February 1915 ( Commencement of NSWPF current numbering system )


Probationary Constable – appointed 17 November 1887 ( aged 32 years, 7 months, 13 days )

Constable – appointed ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ?


Retired – Constable 1st Class


Service from:  17 November 1887  to  ? ? 1915?  = 27 years Service


Born:  4 April 1855 in Bervie Kincardine, Scotland

Died:  Sunday 25 August 1929 at his residence: Drumtochty at Seven Hills, NSW

Age:  74 years, 4 months, 21 days


Buried:  St Bartholomew’s Church, Prospect, NSW.



Subject: Police and St Bartholomews

BEATTIE, Charles Lees Sect 1


Black granite desk with marble plaques


4 4 1855:  Charles was born in Bervie Kincardine Scotland, son of James Beattie and Mary Watts


1881 census Kincardineshire Scotland[1]

Charles 25 born Brevie Scotland farm servant

Agnes 22

Charles 7 months


24.3.1887 Charles and his wife Agnes McCombe emigrated to NSW on the Abyssinia, on board with Charles and Agnes were 3 children, Helen, Charles and William. A daughter was born on the journey.[2]


Charles was listed as a farm servant, born Kincardine, Presbyterian; he was to join his brother in Sydney[3].


Four children were born in NSW [4]

1891 Harold died 1891 buried in Sect 1

1892 Olive M,

1895 Dorothy A,

1902 James died 1904 buried in Sect 2.


Charles joined the NSW police as a constable on 17.11.1887.

Prior to this he worked as a labourer.

Charles became the Prospect Police Constable, he travelled on horseback.

He was described as being 5 feet 8 and an half inches tall, with light brown eyes, brown hair and fresh complexion.


1889 Constable Beattie went to the Chinese gardens at Prospect to serve a summons on Hing Foo.

Joseph Backhaus the complainant in the summons then identified Hing Foo and the summons was served, when the matter appeared in court the defendant was not the man Beattie had served[5]


1893 Constable Beattie of Prospect visited Blacktown once or twice a week, generally on a Saturday he usually walked over and before the hotel on the Blacktown Road closed he needed to visit there occasionally[6]


1901 census Charles Beattie of Western Road Prospect


1903 electoral role Charles was noted as ‘police constable’ of the Western Road Prospect, Agnes was noted as domestic duties of Prospect


He was promoted to 1st class constable and retired just after leasing his property to the Police force. The police station was located in a weatherboard cottage on the Western Road, and was rented from Charles from 1.3.1915 to June 1920. The rent was 15 shillings a week[7]


After leaving the police force Charles lived at Seven Hills in a cottage beside Seven Hills Road South, close to Australorp Ave.


As Prospect Police Constable, Charles was required to visit Blacktown on a daily basis.


Charles was one of the 2 supervising police officers at the first election held for the Blacktown Shire Council[8]


1907 Constable Charles Beattie was appointed as slaughterhouse inspector for Blacktown Shire Council. He was also shire sanitary inspector.[9] (Collected 5 pounds 4 shillings for 419 animals killed at the slaughtering house of G H Watts at Prospect)


1915 Constable Beattie left the Prospect district to live nearer to Seven Hills[10]. The residents of Prospect arranged a social for Mr & Mrs Beattie who had lived at Prospect for nearly 30 years. Charles Beattie had attained the position of first class constable after 27 years in the police force.[11]


25 8 1929 Charles (of Seven Hills and Prospect) died [12] at age 74. He died at his residence Drumtochty at Seven Hills [13]


1932 Agnes died, she was the daughter of William she was 74

[1] Family search

[2] NSW state records



[5] Cumberland Argus 6 41889

[6] Windsor Richmond Gazette 14 10 1893

[7] BDHS Journal Summer 2005

[8] Blacktown Shire Council George Nicolaidis

[9] Blacktown Shire Council George Nicolaidis

[10] Nepean Time 9 1 1915

[11] Cumberland Argus 27 2 1915

[12] The Seven Hills, Jack Brook

[13] SMH 26






No further details known.


2 thoughts on “Charles BEATTIE

  • Pamela Smith (Master of History)

    Hi The death date for Charles Beattie is wrong at the beginning of the article. Should read 1929.


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