John Thomas LAWLER

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 RankSenior Constable


StationsMoree, Wee Waa, Frederickton, Macksville, Gladstone, Port Macquarie


Awards:  Unknown



Died on8th November 1912



CauseAppendicitis complicated with peritonitis and blood clot.

Event location:   Port Macquarie

Event date:  22nd October 1912 to the 8th November 1912


Funeral date9th November 1912

Funeral location:  West Port Macquarie Cemetery

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Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( July 2021 )



Senior Constable Lawler is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * NOT JOB RELATED

Unknown if Senior Constable Lawler IS mentioned on the Sydney Police Centre Memorial Wall, Surry Hills





May they forever Rest In Peace




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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.