Constable Jeremiah BURNS



16 January, 1837


The death of Constable Burns (possibly Byrne or Byrnes) is mentioned in Colonial Secretary; NRS 905, Main Series of letter received, 1837 [4/2371.3 Letter No. 37/5856] as having died on 16 January, 1837. Unfortunately there are no further details and as such it is not yet known if this death was on duty or not.


On the 4 July 1837 in a short list of police appointments, the Colonial Secretary’s Office announced: “Merton – James Charlton to be Constable from the 31st May, in the room of Jeremiah Burns, Deceased”.

(Merton was a private village established from about 1824 at the junction of the Hunter and Goulburn Rivers opposite where the town of Denman now stands. It was also the centre of a designated Police District at that time. The population in 1841 was 137.)

At the time of his death the constable was stationed at Merton.

Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday 12 April 1843 page 3 of 4

6. Jeremiah Burns ; Merton, Hunter’s River ; 187 pound 11s 7d ; died about 16th January, 1837 ; late ticket-of-leave holder and constable.

Merton – James Chorlton, to be Constable from the 31st May, in the room of Jeremiah Burns, deceased.

Chorlton -v- Charlton – difference in spelling of this first article.


Jeremiah Burns was convicted at Waterford, Ireland in 1823 and sentenced to transportation for life.
They sailed from Cork, Ireland on 28 September 1823 on the transport ship Castle Forbes and arrived in Sydney, New South Wales 15 January 1824.