John Thomas LAWLER
Late of Port Macquarie
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 6019
Service: From 16th August 1890 to 8th November 1912 = 22 years Service
Rank: Probationary Constable- appointed 16th August 1890
Constable – appointed 16 August 1891
Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ?
Detective – appointed unknown
Senior Constable – appointed 1st January 1895
Final Rank = Senior Constable
Stations: Moree, Wee Waa, Frederickton, Macksville, Gladstone, Port Macquarie
Died on: 8th November 1912
Cause: Appendicitis complicated with peritonitis and blood clot.
Event location: Port Macquarie
Event date: 22nd October 1912 to the 8th November 1912
Funeral date: 9th November 1912
Funeral location: West Port Macquarie Cemetery
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John Thomas Lawler was born about 1870 at Burrawang (near Berrima) NSW.
John Thomas Lawler was sworn in as a Probationary Constable on the 16th August 1890. He was confirmed as a Constable on the 16 August 1891. He was promoted to Senior Constable on the 1st January 1895.
He married Mary Waldron Johnston in 1892 at Moss Vale. At the time he was stationed at Wee Waa. They had five children. One died as an infant. Two boys and two girls survived childhood.
Senior Constable Lawler was first stationed at Moree then Frederickton, Macksville, Gladstone and Port Macquarie (1904).
On the 22nd October 1912 Senior Constable Lawler was returning to Port Macquarie from the Quarter Sessions at Kempsey. He suffered from an attack of appendicitis but managed to make it to Telegraph Point. He was conveyed to the Hastings District Hospital where he had an operation. The appendicitis was complicated by peritonitis. A clot formed on his brain which paralysed one side of his body. Senior Constable Lawler died at the Hastings District Hospital on the 8th November 1912. He was 43 years old.
He was the Secretary of the Parents and Citizens Association, a member of the School of Arts Committee and a prominent adherent to the Presbyterian Church.
Senior Constable Lawler was buried on the 9 November 1912 in the West Port Macquarie Cemetery. His funeral was attended by the Mayor of Port Macquarie, the President of the Hastings Shire, the President of the Agricultural Society and Sub-Inspector Edwards. All flags in town were flying half staff and business places and hotels were closed as the procession moved through town.
In 1913 the gratuity for his widow was increased from 280 to £310.