John EMERTON

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. # ?

Sergeant from 1884 – 1887

Retired about June 1887 on a Pension

Stations:  Sydney ( 15 years )

Goulburn ( 15 years – 10 as Lock Up Keeper )

Served four years in the City of London Police Force

Born?

Served with NSW Police Force for 30 years

Died  23 August 1887

Illness – Inflammation of the lungs

Funeral  26 August 1887

Buried  Wesleyan Cemetery, Goulburn

 

Death of Sergeant Emerton.

Residents of Goulburn will learn with regret of the death of Sergeant Emerton, which took place at a quarter to six o’clock on Tuesday evening last. Sergeant Emerton arrived in the colony in 1857, being sent out by the Imperial Government with a number of other constables, among them being Mr. Read, now the Governor of Darlinghurst Gaol. Previous to his departure Sergeant Emerton had served for four years in the City of London Police Force. His connection with the New South Wales force extended over a period of 30 years, some fifteen of which were spent in and about Sydney and fifteen in Goulburn. He served in all grades of the service, from ordinary constable to sergeant. On the death of Constable Lloyd he was appointed lookup-keeper here, and retained the office for ten years. His appointment as sergeant was made three years ago, and three months since he retired on a pension. The deceased was a great favorite in Goulburn, his kindness of heart and his consideration to those who were for the time being in his charge being well known. He was also a good officer, working well both in a subordinate rank and as an officer. As lookup-keeper he always treated well-behaved prisoners even generously. Deceased had been ailing for two months from a complication of diseases, the principal cause of death being inflammation of the lungs. He leaves behind him a widow and three sons and three daughters. The remains will be interred to-morrow with Masonic honors.

Goulburn Evening Penny Post       Thursday  25 August 1887           page 4 of 4

Funeral of Sergeant Emerton. –

The remains of the late Sergeant Emerton were interred in the Wesleyan cemetery yesterday afternoon. The procession left the late residence of the deceased in Bourke street shortly after three o’clock, and comprised fifteen members of the Belmore Lodge of the Protestant Alliance Friendly Society, twenty-five members of the masonic fraternity, both in craped regalia, fifteen vehicles, three horsemen, and about a dozen persons on foot.

At the gate of the cemetery the Rev. Canon D’Arcy-Irvine M.A. joined the procession. After reading the first part of the burial service the Rev. A. J. Webb gave a short address, saying that Sergeant Emerton was a man whose long record attested that he had done his duty like a Briton and a Christian ; and that he had furthermore striven to do his duty with as much regard as possible for the feelings of others : a combination desirable in all men, but especially valuable in a police officer.

Men who were unswerving in their conscientious adherence to what was incumbent on them and also considerate to their follow-men would earn the respect of the citizens and leave a good name behind them when their bodies mingled with the dust. The deceased had never been ashamed of Christianity, and there was reason to believe he died a Christian.

The Rev. Canon D’Arcy-Irvine then read the remainder of the service.

After this the freemasons drew round the grave and the touching burial ceremony of the masonic body was performed, each member throwing a sprig of thyme on the coffin, with the closing words “so mote it be.”

Goulburn Herald          Saturday  27 August 1887          page 4 of 8

 

INSPECTOR OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURE.

The Police-Magistrate mentioned that Sergeant Henry Oliver had been appointed inspector of weights and measures for the police district of Goulburn in the room of the late Sergeant Emerton.

Goulburn Evening Penny Post          Tuesday  15 November 1887        page 4 of 4

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