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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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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;





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