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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

RankTrooper / Senior Constable

Stations?, Manly Beach

ServiceFrom  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

Cause:  Tuberculosis

Age:  47

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?

John CARTON - NSWPF - Died 23 May 1882
Photo: Pre 2018


John CARTON & Margaret CARTON grave. Photo taken Sunday 27 May 2018
Photo: Sunday 27 May 2018


John CARTON & Margaret CARTON grave. Photo taken Sunday 27 May 2018
Photo: Sunday 27 May 2018

JOHN is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * NOT JOB RELATED

 Funeral location ?




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.





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