New South Wales Police Force

Regd. # ????

Rank:  Sub Inspector

Stations?, Albury, Wagga Wagga, Deniliquin, Wagga Wagga

ServiceFrom  ? ? ?  to  15 September 1866 = ? years of Service

Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour

Born? ? ?

Died on:  Saturday  15 September 1866

Causeaffection of the throat stemming from exposure

Age27 years, 10 mths

Funeral date:  Monday 17 September or Saturday  22 September 1866

Funeral location:  Wagga Wagga

Buried at:  Buried at Wagga Wagga Monumental Cemetery

Reg. # M-05744  Loc:  Ang – R – 4 – 0001

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


Grave location:


The Sydney Morning Herald                                                    Wednesday  19 September 1866                                page 1 of 8


On the 15th instant, at Wagga Wagga, JOHN MORROW, Esq., Sub-inspector in the New South Wales Police Force, and formerly a Lieutenant in the Royal Longford Rifles.|||l-month=9|||l-year=1866|||sortby=dateAsc|||l-category=Family+Notices#reloadOnBack


The Sydney Morning Herald                                              Friday  21 September 1866                               page 5 of 8

DEATH OF Sub INSPECTOR MORROW, – I have the painful duty of recording the death of Mr sub-inspector Morrow at Wagga Wagga, on Saturday last. I fear he may be regarded as another of the victims to the heavy and severe expenditure kept up when the bushranger Morgan was infesting the neighbourhood. A disease of the throat was, doubtless, accelerated and rendered more severe by the exposure thus occasioned, and after trying change of air, after consultation with eminent physicians in this colony and New Zealand, after all that attention and care could do, he sank under its fatal influence.

The Government has lost a conscientious officer, whose efficiency was impaired only by his inability, and the district will lose one to whom may be applied the highest eulogium – a Christian gentleman.

I am not aware of Mr Morrow’s exact age ; he could scarcely have reached what is generally called the prime of life, and was unmarried.|||l-year=1866|||sortby=dateAsc|||l-month=9|||l-category=Article#reloadOnBack


Wagga Wagga Express & Murrumbidgee District Advertiser ( NSW )      Saturday  22 September 1866         page 2 of 4

DIED ………..

At Waterview, Wagga Wagga, the residence of F.A. Tompson, on Saturday, the 15th instant, after a protracted and distressing illness, induced by exposure in the prosecution and discharge of his public duty, JOHN MORROW, Esq., Sub Inspector of Police for the district of Wagga Wagga, second son of Hugh Morrow, Esq., of Charlton Lodge, Auckland, New Zealand ( formerly of Coraboola House, County Longford, Ireland ) aged 27 years and 10 months.

He bore his long suffering with the most touching and enduring patience and gentleness and passed away in the fullness of faith and hope.

He died deeply loved and lamented by many, and esteemed by all who knew him.



Wagga Wagga Express & Murrumbidgee District Advertiser ( NSW )      Saturday  22 September 1866         page 2 of 4

Town Talk .- The sythe of the King of Terrors has been busy around us during the last few days, no less than three residents, if not of the town, at least of its immediate vicinity, having, in startling succession, been gathered from our midst. Sombre clothing has met the eye at every turn, blinds have been drawn, shutters have been closed, and long funerals have wound through the streets, creeping slowly on their way to the home of the dead. No wonder then that the town has been gloomy and sad. The death of Sub-Inspector Morrow could not be called sudden, and though the news came, as it ever does, at last with a shock, it was still only what people had long been prepared for, and could not occasion any feeling of surprise. But in the other two cases it was very different.

Even the families of those that are gone were quite   unprepared for the calamities that have visited them, and to others the first tidings that have reached them have been, not of sickness, but of-death. And now in speaking on these topics, we cannot do better than call the attention of our townsmen to the disgraceful state of the cemetery. In the old country the village churchyard is a hallowed spot, invariably kept in the neatest and nicest order, but here we loosly pale in a plot of ground, with a rotten fence, and then leave it to be over run with weeds, or turned into a feeding ground for stray stock. We noticed one day last week a horse grazing there, and trampling at pleasure over the graves. But the presence of an occasional horse, though by no means a creditable circumstance to those whose duty it should be to preserve   the ground from desecration, is but a trifling evil in comparison with the slovenly and illkept appearance of the ground in the whole, and the graves in particular. The fence is delapidated, and the whole place is choked with weeds and coarse grasses. No paths have been formed, and at every funeral the bearers and mourners are compelled to stumble and trample over the graves of those who have been buried before. In some eases these have been trodden down level with the surrounding soil, and in others their appearance is absolutely repulsive from the sinking of the earth as the coffins below have decayed. Several instances may be observed where the soil is cracking and falling in wards from this cause, and in many more it has so sunk down that the site of a grave is often marked by a regular hollow, in which, the water collects in pools after every storm. The cemetery in its present condition is a scandal and disgrace to the town, and immediate steps ought to be taken to place it in something approaching to a decent state. The expense of rooting out the weeds, grubbing up the bushes, placing the fence in good repair, and laying out a few paths, could not amount to very much, and funds would, we believe, be readily subscribed if the slightest effort was made to collect them.|||l-month=9|||l-year=1866|||sortby=dateAsc|||l-category=Article#reloadOnBack




Wagga Wagga Express & Murrumbidgee District Advertiser ( NSW )      Saturday  22 September 1866         page 2 of 4

DEATH OF SUB-INSPECTOR MORROW.   IT is with deep regret we have to announce that, on Saturday last, this indefatigable officer of police breathed his last. Mr. Morrow‘s illness has been of long duration, and was, no doubt, in a great manner, induced by continued campings and exposure in the bush when in pursuit of the ruffian Morgan. Constant wettings and exposure at length brought on an affection of the throat, which so far deprived him of his voice that he was unable to carry on any conversation in higher tones than an ordinary whisper.

After leaving Wagga Wagga, he was for a time stationed at Deniliquin, but some seven or eight months ago he obtained leave of absence, and proceeded to New Zealand on a visit to his relatives, for the benefit of his health. He there received the best medical attendance the colony could afford, and his health so improved that he confidently looked forward to its complete restoration, and to the recovery of his voice, and he, therefore, in May last, returned to his official duties in Wagga Wagga.

The climate here, however, did not seem to suit his constitution, and his health again began to fail. He at first regularly attended to his police duties, but these were, after a time, occasionally interrupted by attacks of illness, which gradually increased in frequency and intensity, until at length he became altogether laid up.

For the last month he has been confined to the house, never seeing anyone but a few personal friends, and at length, on Saturday morning last, the spirit left him.

The deceased gentleman was twenty-seven years of age, and was the second son of Hugh Morrow, Esq., of Charlton Lodge, Auckland, New Zealand, and formerly of Coraboola House, County Longford, Ireland.

The funeral took place on Monday last. Every place of business was either wholly or partially closed, and the procession of those who were anxious to show their respect for the memory of the deceased gentleman, by following his remains to their silent home, was one of the largest ever witnessed in Wagga Wagga.|||l-year=1866|||sortby=dateAsc|||l-month=9|||l-category=Article#reloadOnBack



Empire ( Sydney )                                                         Monday  24 September 1866                            page 5 of 8

Our readers will be sorry to hear that Police Inspector Morrow died last-Saturday, at Wagga Wagga, from some affection of the throat. The deceased gentleman was formerly stationed at Albury, where his many good qualities won for him the esteem of a large circle of friends. Inspector Morrow was one of the pluckiest and most efficient officers of the force, and in his indefatigable exertions to capture bushrangers, he met with many hair-breadth escapes.

In fact his death may be attributed to his zeal in the performance of duty; for whilst scouring the country in search of Morgan, Inspector Morrow contracted the disorder which has ever since made him an invalid, and has ultimately caused his death. Camping out in the winter time without covering, for many successive nights, and undergoing all sorts of other privations in the bush, has ruined many an iron constitution; and a man must be something more than human to be able to stand it with impunity.

And so Inspector Morrow has passed away from us, and indirectly we can scarcely help regarding him as one of Morgan’s victims. – Border Post.|||l-month=9|||l-year=1866|||sortby=dateAsc|||l-category=Article#reloadOnBack



The Sydney Morning Herald                                             Wednesday  26 September 1866                             page 5 of 8


initial story is the same as those above but ends:……..

-To the foregoing, we append the sympathetic tribute of a warm personal friend of the deceased. The writer says :-” Mr. Morrow died deeply loved and lamented by many, and esteemed by all who knew him.

He was out with young Mr. McLerie. They both contracted disease from exposure in the wet season of 1861. Poor McLerie was at once carried off by acute inflammation of the lungs, but Mr. Morrow‘s affliction assumed the character of follicular laryngitis, by which he lost his voice and suffered otherwise from its effects on the bronchial tubes.

The poor fellow expended nearly all his means in surgical expenses, but the disease was never checked, and after two years of great suffering he rendered up his life, having been literally starved to death by inability to swallow food.

He bore his long suffering with the most touching and enduring patience, and gentleness, and passed away in the fulness of faith and hope.”|||l-year=1866|||sortby=dateAsc|||l-month=9|||l-category=Article#pstart1471221


[blockquote]…….Poor McLerie was at once carried off by acute inflammation of the lungs…..

Who was Mr McLerie who died between 1861 – 1866 ???


Could it have been Supt. John Aitcheson McLerie? [/blockquote]


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