LAW and ORDER in the Pioneering Days of NSW.
Ernest Charles DAY Inspector – General
1st January, 1911 – 9th January, 1915
Ernest Charles Day
Ernest Charles Day was born at Sherborne, Dorsetshire, England, on the 30th October, 1857, and came to Australia in 1877. He joined the Mounted Police in August, 1883, and was immediately posted to the Gulgong district, where he displayed conspicuous bravery and gallantry in numerous encounters with armed bushrangers and bandits roving the countryside at the time. His encounters with armed bandits Thomas Hobson, known as “Angle”, and William White, expert cattle thieves, among the Wollar and Warrumbool ranges of the Coonamble district are still recalled by old-timers resident in that town today.
In 1896, Day further added to his distinguished Police record by solving a difficult murder case at Bourke, known as the “Tommy Moore” murder. In this difficult assignment, with few scientific aids, he displayed policemanship of the highest possible order.
On the 5th February, 1887, he was promoted to Inspector, and in May, 1907, to the rank of Superintendent. He was appointed Assistant Inspector-General in 1910 and Inspector-General on 1st January, 1911. He retired from office on 9th January, 1915, and died on the 15th January, 1915.