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Josiah Podgers VIZZARD


Josiah Podgers VIZZARD

AKA  ?

Late of Mulbring, NSW 


New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  ‘Q‘ 1638

For the purposes of this website ‘Q‘ represents those Police joining between 1 March 1862 ( commencement of NSWPF ) – 23 February 1915 ( Commencement of NSWPF current numbering system ) 


RankProbationary Constable- appointed 17 February 1866

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Detective – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Constable – appointed 1 September 1892 

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Final Rank =  Sergeant


Stations:  Wagga Wagga ( Albury District ), Corowa, Newcastle, Copeland ( Sgt – transferred to Copeland in Feb 1880 ), Lambton, and latterly he has been at Mulburing ( Maitland district ). Maitland – Retirement

Service:  From 17 February 1866   to   ? April 1896  =  30 years Service


Awards:  No Find on Australian Honours system – although

Awarded the Crimea Medal and Awarded the Turkish Medal


Born? ? 1837, Jersey, England

Died on:  Monday  21 September 1896 @ 2.30pm

Age:  61  

Cause:  Illness – pneumonia 

Event location:  West Maitland, NSW

Event date ?


Funeral date:  Tuesday  22 September 1896 @ 3pm

Funeral location? 

Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at: Morpeth Cemetery, Butchers Lane, Morpeth, NSW

Grave Location:  RC, Section 1, Plot ?, Type: Monumental, Levels: Double, Status: Occupied

Grave location map:  Approx. 

GPS: -32.73444199387523 /  151.62433299105453

Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( November 2020 )

Josiah Podgers VIZZARD - as seen March 2010

Josiah Podgers VIZZARD - as seen March 2010

Josiah Podgers VIZZARD - as seen March 2010


 JOSIAH is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance  *NEED MORE INFO



May they forever Rest In Peace

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Josiah Pedgers Vizzard – Note difference in spelling of middle name – as seen on

Name of grave stone is definitely spelt PODGERS



Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 – 1931),

Tuesday 22 September 1896, page 5

Death of a Police Officer.


WEST MAITLAND, Tuesday.— Sergeant Josiah Vizzard, aged 62 years, died at Morpeth yesterday after a brief illness.

The deceased, after having served 30 years in the N.S.W. police force, retired recently on a pension.

The sergeant served in the Crimean War, and fought in the battles of Alma, lnkerman, and Sebastopol, with the Grenadier Guards, for which he received medals.

He afterwards went to Canada as instructor to the military for a number of years.

He was stationed at Wagga Wagga, Copeland, Lambton, and latterly he has been at Mulburing, in this district.

22 Sep 1896 – Death of a Police Officer. – Trove



Maitland Weekly Mercury (NSW : 1894 – 1931), Saturday 26 September 1896, page 4

Local News of the Week.

Death of a Crimean Veteran. — Sergeant Josiah P. Vizzard, late of Mulbring, died at Morpeth on Monday, after a brief illness, of pneumonia.

He leaves a wife and five children ( four sons and one daughter ), all grown up.

The death is surrounded with painful associations, for Sergeant Vizzard, after serving over thirty years in the service of the colony, only retired on a well-deserved pension at the beginning of April last.

Lately he proceeded to Morpeth, and purchased a house with the object of spending the declining days of his life in a peaceful manner.

He was in Morpeth making arrangements about the removal of his family when his death occurred.

He was sixty-two years of age.

Sergeant Vizzard had the distinction of having served in the Imperial army through the Crimean War.

In the ranks of the Grenadier Guards he was present at the engagements of Alma and Inkerman, and at the siege of Sebastapol, and he held the Crimea and Turkish medals.

He was afterwards sent to Canada as instructor to the military.

When he joined the New South Wales police force he acted as sergeant instructor at the depot for some time, under Captain Clancy.

He was afterwards in charge of various stations. In each of the places in which he was stationed, Sergeant Vizzard was greatly respected, especially among the better class of the community.

Having served in the hospital army corps he was possessed of considerable surgical and medical knowledge, and this proved of great value in the small country towns to which he was appointed.

His death, so soon after retirement on a pension, throws upon it a certain element of sadness, apart from other considerations.

It is somewhat remarkable that since July there have been no less than nine deaths among pensioners from the police force.

26 Sep 1896 – Local News of the Week. – Trove


Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954),

Saturday 26 September 1896, page 4


Death. VIZZARD – At Morpeth N.S.W., on September 21st, 1896, from pneumonia, Josiah P. Vizzard, formerly of Grenadier Guards in the Crimea, and late Sergeant of Police in Maitland and Albury districts; aged 61 . Jersey (Channel Islands) papers please copy.

26 Sep 1896 – Family Notices – Trove


Nothing further, than what is recorded above, is known about this man at the time of publication.


8 November 2020






One thought on “Josiah Podgers VIZZARD

  • john pollock

    Sergeant Vizzard certainly crammed a lot into 62 years, Grenadier Guardsman in the Crimea campaign as well as 30 years in the NSW Police Force. What a man!


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