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Late of “Fishburton”, Balaclava-road, Marsfield

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  ????

Rank:  Constable – 1866,

Senior Constable – appointed ? April 1870,

Senior Sergeant – pre 10 January 1883,

Sub Inspector – January 1883,

Inspector – 1 April 1893,

Inspector – Retirement – 1899

Stations: London Metropolitan Police – Bow St Station, E. Division ‘Sergeant’ ( England ) – Resigned – moved to Victoria, Australia.

Victoria Police Force – ( about 1852 ) Sergeant – Resigned.

NSW Police ( from 1866 ), Parramatta St Station ( April 1870 ),

Regent St ( 2 Division ) Constable to Sub Inspector,

Christchurch Police Station ( Jan 1890 ),

Redfern ( Sub-Division of 2 Division at the time )( 7 Division ) – OIC as Sub Inspector 1891,  Inspector – 18 August 1893.  Left Redfern in 1899

ServiceFrom  ? ? 1866  to  31 January 1899 = 33+ years Service

Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour

Born? ? 1828, Salisbury, England

Died on:  Wednesday  1 January 1902

Age:  74

Cause:  heart disease and dropsy

Event location:  ‘The Fisherton’, Balaclava Rd, Marsfield

Event date:  Wednesday  1 January 1902

Funeral date:  Thursday  2 January 1902 about 3pm at ‘The Fisherton’

Funeral location?

Funeral performed byRev. Charles Baber of Church of England, Epping

Buried at:  Field of Mars Cemetery, Quarry Rd, Ryde

Church of England  Section B  1016

FOM – CENG -B – 601 – 1016

 Memorial located at?


INSCRIPTION:<br /> In Loving Memory of my Dear Husband Edmund LAWLESS who died 1st January 1902 aged 74 years.<br /> For ever with the Lord.<br /> also Marion LAWLESS wife of above.<br /> Born 18th Dec. 1846, Died 30th Jan 1948<br /> in her 100th year.<br /> The Lord is my Shepherd.<br /> also Letitia Charlotte LAWLESS<br /> Daughter of above<br /> Died 7th Dec. 1949<br />
In Loving Memory of my Dear Husband Edmund LAWLESS who died 1st January 1902 aged 74 years.
For ever with the Lord.
also Marion LAWLESS wife of above.
Born 18th Dec. 1846, Died 30th Jan 1948
in her 100th year.
The Lord is my Shepherd.
also Letitia Charlotte LAWLESS
Daughter of above
Died 7th Dec. 1949


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


Approximate location of grave




May they forever Rest In Peace


 There is a Marriage, in Victoria, Australia, in 1855 in the Victoria Marriage Index with “Might” be him – but I can’t access those records.
“POSSIBLY” GOT MARRIED ON 16 September 1869 to Marian ROBERTSON from Wollongong.  See article.
Registration number      7627/1895
Groom’s Family Name    LAWLESS
Groom’s Given Name(s)  EDMUND
Bride’s Family Name(s)  COLLIER
Bride’s Given Name(s)    MARGARET M
District  REDFERN
Registration number  2915/1902
Father’s Given Name(s)  EDMUND C
Mother’s Given Name(s)  SUSAN
District  RYDE

Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 – 1923),

Friday 3 January 1902, page 3


The funeral of ex-PoIice-inspector Lawless, who died on Wednesday, aged 74, took place yesterday at the Field of Mars Cemetery. The cortege moved from the deceased’s Into residence, “The Fisherton,” Marsfield, about 3 o’clock, and was followed by a large concourse of mourners in vehicles and on foot.

A short service was held at the residence by the Rev. Charles Baber (Church of England), who also officiated at the grave.

The chief mourners were Mr. Edmund Lawless, Mr. Frank Lawless, Miss Letitia Lawless, and Miss Marion Lawless.

Among those present were: Inspector Potter (representing the Inspector-General of Police). Inspector Bell, and Sub-Inspector Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. Crandon, Mrs. Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Robertson, Mrs. Pettitt, and Messrs. Crabbe, Aitken, W. Chaffer, Nicolls, Beverley, Puckren, Kincott, Sparrow, Scott, G. Pettitt, Morrison, senr., A. Morrison, and others.

The late Inspector Lawless for some nine years before his retirement from the police force of New South Wales, was in command of the Redfern Division, now known as No. 7, in the charge of which he was succeeded by Inspector Garland.

Inspector Lawless retired some two years ago on pension, and removed to Marsfield. Up to that time he was one of the oldest police officers In the State.

Originally he joined the London police, in which he attained the rank of sergeant.

About 1852 he came to Victoria, where he also held a sergeant‘s rank in the Victorian police force.

In 1866 he joined the New South Wales police as a constable, and gradually rose in rank until, in 1883, he became an acting sub-inspector.

In April, 1893, he was made an Inspector.

Altogether, the deceased was connected with No. 2 Police Station for 25 years, in addition to nine years’ service in the Redfern district.

He leaves a widow and seven daughters and two sons.


Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 – 1950),

Saturday 4 January 1902, page 10


DEATH.— Mr. Edmund Lawless, of Balaclava-road, Marsfield, died at his residence on the afternoon of New Year’s Day, and was buried on Thursday afternoon at the Field of Mars General Cemetery. The cause of death was heart disease and dropsy from which the deceased who was 74 years of age had been suffering for some time past. He leaves a widow and large family.


Inspector Edmund Lawless
Born: 1828 England
Died :1 January 1902
Resting Place: Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde NSW

This is a transcript from the Sydney Morning Herald dated 3 January 1902



Inspector Lawless, who had been connected with the New South Wales police force for over 30 years, but retired two years ago owing to ill-health, died at his residence, The Fisherton, Balaclava-road, Marsfield, on Wednesday, at the age of 74 years.

Before coming to the colonies Mr. Lawless was attached to the London Metropolitan Police, and was stationed at Bow-street station, E. division. He held the rank of sergeant, in which capacity he was on duty at the International Exhibition 1851. The following year Mr. Lawless resigned from the London police and went to Victoria, where he joined the local force.
He was afterwards appointed as a sergeant, and retained that position until the gold rush broke out, when he resigned and interested himself in mining matters.

About two years later Mr.Lawless joined the New South Wales police force, and was attached to No.2 division, where he rose from the lowest rank to that of sub-inspector. During the year 1891 he was placed in charge of Redfern division, which was then a subdivision of No.2, but which subsequently became a division in itself.

In April, 1893, he was appointed an inspector, but remained at Redfern until 1899, when he retired. Since that time he has resided at Marsfield. The late Inspector Lawless was a man who was highly respected, and who gained the confidence of the public and the men who
served under him.

The deceased gentleman leaves a widow, two sons, and seven daughters.
The funeral took place yesterday afternoon, when the remains were interred in the Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde. The Rev. Charles Baber, of the Church of England, Epping, held a short service at the house and also conducted the service at the grave side. The remains were followed to their last resting place by a large number of personal friends and police officials.

The chief mourners were Mr. Edmund Lawless, Mr. Frank Lawless, Miss Letitia Lawless, and Miss Marion Lawless.

Among others who attended were Inspector Potter (representing the Inspector-General of Police), Inspector Bell, Sub-inspector Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. Crandon, Mr. and Mrs.Robertson. Mrs Pettitt, Mrs.Bell, and Messrs. Nicolls, Chaffer, W. Chaffer, Aitken, Crabbe, Puckren, Kincott, Scott, George Pettitt, Morrison, sen , Andrew Morrison, and Aldermen Beverley and Sparrow.



Australian Star (Sydney, NSW : 1887 – 1909), Wednesday 17 August 1898, page 2


Inspector Edmund Lawless proceeded against Thomas Oates at the Redfern Police Court yesterday, before Mr. Smithers, S.M., for selling liquor on Sunday, at his premises, Man of Kent Hotel, Redfern and Morehead streets. Accused was ordered to pay a fine of £2, and 5s 6d costs, half of which is to go to the Police Reward Fund.



Miss Edith LAWLESS – Daughter

John CONNAUGHTON – Son-in-Law


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