Also recorded as Joseph CARTON at State Archives, NSW
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # ‘P’ 0008
For the purposes of this website ‘P’ = represents those Police joining Pre 1862 when NSWPF “Officially” commenced
Rank: Trooper / Senior Constable
Stations: ?, Manly Beach
Service: From 1 May 1861 to 23 May 1882 = 21 years Service
Born: ? ? 1836 in County of Wexford, Ireland
Died on: Tuesday 23 May 1882 at Manly Beach
Funeral date: Thursday 25 May 1882 @ 3.30pm
Funeral location: Roman Catholic Church, Manly
Buried at: Catholic section of Manly Cemetery along with his wife
Grave info: Plot: PP.??? Vine Hall #: 1042 Not in burial register
Memorial at: ?
Funeral location: ?
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Trooper/Constable John Carton.
John Carton was born in the County of Wexford, Ireland in 1836.
Constable Carton, who took over the top job in 1867, was the first officer to live at Manly police station, which was completed shortly before he took up the post. Interestingly, Constable Carton lived at the station with his wife and five children. The station had stables and 2 cells, one for males and one for females. Their ‘patrol’ extended up to Palm Beach. Prior to the station being built, the area was covered by Police from Sydney.
The first person arrested after the building was completed was one of the stonemasons, for “celebrating too boisterously”. He was thrown into the station’s new lock-up shortly after the work was completed.
According to a Mr MacRitchie, (Historian) he was a brave man.
He risked his life trying in vain to save a man from drowning at South Steyne on New Year’s Day in 1878. He also led efforts to put out the fire that swept through West Esplanade in 1877, destroying several houses. This was before there was any fire service in Manly.
Senior Constable Carton died of tuberculosis in 1882, aged 46.
He is mentioned in a number of ‘trove’ articles regarding ‘fatals’ he attended on the northern beaches. They sometimes gave his rank as Constable and Sergeant. He died 23/05/1882 at Manly. On a death notice it is mentioned that at the time of his death he was a ‘Senior Constable’ Not ‘former’ Senior Constable.
He is buried in the Catholic section of Manly Cemetery along with his wife.
Freeman’s Journal ( Sydney ) Saturday 26 October 1878 p 13 of 24
Mr. John CARTON has been appointed our agent for the above place.
( It is NOT known if the John Carton in this article is the John Carton from the Police Stn )
The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday 2 May 1882 p 7 of 10
…… We understand that provision has also been made for the immediate retirement of Senior-constable John Carton, the trooper who has been stationed at Manly Beach for the last 15 or 16 years.
Freeman’s Journal ( Sydney ) Saturday 3 June 1882 p 11 of 24
May 23, at his residence, Manly Beach, John Carton, in the 47th year of his age, leaving a sorrowing wife and five children, also many friends, to mourn their loss. On his soul sweet Jesus have mercy.
The Sydney Morning Herald Friday 23 May 1884 p 1 of 12
CARTON.- In loving remembrance of John Carton, who died at Manly, May 23, 1882. May his soul rest in peace.