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Victorian ( Melbourne ) Police Force

Regd. # ?

Rank:  ( 1 ) Sergeant,  ( 2 ) ex-Detective Constable


Service:  From  ? 1852  to  ?



Died on:  15 August 1856

Cause:  Suicide – slit own throat

Location:  Galway Arms Hotel, Melbourne

Age:  about 30 ?

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



The Argus  ( Melbourne )     Saturday 16 August 1856    page 5 of 8




Early yesterday morning it was discovered that John Elsey, late of the detective force of this city, had committed suicide by cutting his throat. The deceased was lodging in the Galway Arms Hotel, in Flinders-lane, and on his not making his customary appearance at breakfast, some person went to his room, and found the unfortunate man lying on his face on the floor, with his throat cut, and quite dead.

The deceased was about thirty years of age, a married man, and a native of Kentucky. Some time ago he left his wife behind him at Castlemaine, and went home to America. On his return, it appeared that she had formed an acquaintance with another man, by whom, it is alleged, she had two children.

Elsey obtained a situation in the detective force but was soon after summoned to Castlemaine to provide his wife with a maintenance, and the Bench made an order of £1 per week. This award the deceased was dissatisfied with, and as Mr. Smith, the late superintendent of the detective force, wished, to keep back from his salary the amount awarded by the Bench to his wife, the deceased left the force. This happened about a month ago.

Since that time Elsey appears to have been harassed by applications on the part of the man who is living with his wife for the award of the Castlemaine Bench for her maintenance, and the deceased had since given way to dissipation, and formed acquaintances with disreputable women. His health appears to have broken down, and those circumstances together are supposed to have led to the committal of the rash act.

An inquest will be held over the body this morning.



Empire ( Sydney )      Friday  22 August 1856   page 6 of 8

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