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New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #   ?

Rank:  Sergeant

Stations:  Jenolan Caves ( Oct 1915 ), Burraga ( Cst 1916 ),

Oberon ( 1917, 1918 ),

Terry Hie Hie (Cst 1919 until 13 Feb 1922 ), Pallamallawa ( Cst 13 Feb 1922 – 25 September 1924 ),

[ Stuart Foster is mentioned as being in Tamworth Licencing district as of 19 Sept. 1924 in NSW Govt. Gazette 134, Fri 17 Oct 1924.  It is not known if this is the same FOSTER as this memorial page ]

Mungindi ( Assistant Electoral Officer – Cst 26 Sept 1922  Mungindi is just over the Qld boarder )

Webonga ( Cst 1/C – 19 September 1924, 1925, October 1932 ), Burren Junction ( Cst 1/C 2 Sept 1932, Sgt 1933 ),

Narrabri (Cst – 1922,  Sgt 3/C 19 March 1935 – 30 July 1935 ),

OIC Murrurundi Police Station ( Sgt 3/C  30 July 1935 – death )

ServiceFrom  ? pre October 1915  to  10 May 1939 = 19 years Service


Born? ? 1892 ( in the Allyn River district near Gresford, NSW )

Died on:  Wednesday  10 May 1939

Age:  46

Cause:  complications stemming from a medical procedure.

Funeral date:  Friday  12 May 1939

Funeral location:  Church of England, Dungog @ 11.30am

Buried atMelbury Cemetery, 2038 Salisbury Rd, Salisbury, NSW ( on private property near Salisbury, NSW )

 Memorial at?

Trolling through public member trees on ancestry, came across the below photo of Sgt Foster with his horse at Webonga NSW. Unfortunately it cuts off what may have been the name of his horse nor does the photo have a date. His wife, Evelyn was a horse breeder and trainer, so this could be one of her horses. In another article dated 1992 Evelyn was visited by Chief Superintendent Moeller and 4 members from Police Legacy at Hillsdale Nursing home. At the time she was at the ripe old age of 103 and was the oldest living member of Police Legacy. The entry does not state what publication the article came from.
Trolling through public member trees on ancestry, came across the below photo of Sgt Foster with his horse at Webonga NSW. Unfortunately it cuts off what may have been the name of his horse nor does the photo have a date. His wife, Evelyn was a horse breeder and trainer, so this could be one of her horses. In another article dated 1992 Evelyn was visited by Chief Superintendent Moeller and 4 members from Police Legacy at Hillsdale Nursing home. At the time she was at the ripe old age of 103 and was the oldest living member of Police Legacy. The entry does not state what publication the article came from.


Melbury Cemetery ( on private property near Salisbury, NSW )
Melbury Cemetery ( on private property near Salisbury, NSW )


Inscription:<br /> In Loving Memory of Sgt. Stuart Foster<br /> Died May 10th 1939<br /> Aged 46 years<br /> Dearly loved husband of<br /> Evelyn &amp; father of<br /> Marjorie &amp; Dorothy<br /> Daddy we miss you.<br /> Evelyn "Jack" Edwards-Foster<br /> Mother of<br /> Marjorie &amp; Dorothy<br /> Loving wife of<br /> Stuart Foster<br /> Aged 105 years<br /> Passed away 8th April 1994.
In Loving Memory of Sgt. Stuart Foster
Died May 10th 1939
Aged 46 years
Dearly loved husband of
Evelyn & father of
Marjorie & Dorothy
Daddy we miss you.
Evelyn “Jack” Edwards-Foster
Mother of
Marjorie & Dorothy
Loving wife of
Stuart Foster
Aged 105 years
Passed away 8th April 1994.


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







May they forever Rest In Peace


From NSW Fallen Police FB Group – 20 December 2016

Sergeant Stuart Foster – 10th May 1939 – OIC Murrurundi Police Station

I stumbled across this Sergeant who was 46 years of age at the time of his death. The Sergeant was admitted to Newcastle Hospital for an unknown operation. Complications arising from that operation led to the death of the Sergeant.

It appears Sergeant Foster was attached to the following stations;
Terry Hie Hie
Burren Junction

According to papers he had served 25 years in the Police and was the youngest serving Sergeant at the time in the NSW Police Force.

Sergeant Foster grew up in the Upper Allyn region at the foothills of the Barrington Tops with family spanning across the ridge to the Salisbury and Underbank areas.

The funeral was held at the Church of England in Dungog followed by his internment at the Melbury Cemetery.

Does not appear to be a KoD nor does his name appear on the Honor Roll.

The Cemetery is on private land near Salisbury NSW 2420.



Cessnock Eagle and South Maitland Recorder (NSW : 1913 – 1954), Friday 26 May 1939, page 4



The funeral of the late Sergeant Stuart Foster, officer-in-charge of Murrurundi Police Station, following an operation a few days previously in Newcastle Hospital, left Meighan’s Funeral Parlours, Newcastle, on Friday, 12th May, for the long drive to Dungog, and then to Melbury Church of England, where an impressive service was conducted by the Rev. D. T. Rees, of Newcastle.

The casket, on leaving the parlours, was draped with the Union Jack, the pall-bearers being six uniformed members of the police, who, with a police escort of 16, accompanied the hearse to the Bank Corner, Newcastle.

Another police escort, drawn from Kurri Kurri. Dungog, Weston, Cessnock, Paterson, Abermain and West Maitland police district, joined the cortege at Dungog, and included the police pall-bearers. Sergeant Pender and Superintendent White.

The casket, still draped with the Union Jack, passed through the double rank of police comrades to its resting place in the Church of England portion of Melbury cemetery, where the interment was made.

The deceased, who was only 46 years of age, was,the second son of a well-known family at; Vacy, and the grandson of two greatly respected pioneers, Mr. and Mrs. William Edwards-Snr., of Melbury, on whose property, on the Upper Allyn River, he was born. He married his cousin, Miss Evelyn Edwards, and a year later joined the New South Wales Police Force. His first appointment was to Burraga, in the Western district, thence to Oberon, and later to Terry Hie Hie, Pallamallawa, Wemonga, Burren Junction, Narrabri, and then four years ago to Murrurundi.

The chief mourners are the widow and daughter (Marjorie and Dorothy), parents (Mr. and Mrs. W. Foster), sister Norrie (Mrs. F. Leake), his wife’s parents (Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Edwards Senr.). brothers and, sisters-in-law (Mr. W. J. Edwards, Mrs. Claude Edwards, Mr. F. Leake and Mr. Mervyn Edwards) and many others.

The exemplary character, generous and loving disposition, and his extreme devotion to his wife and daughters during his lifetime, were eulogised by the Rev. Rees at the memorial service, which was largely attended on Sunday. May 14.

Many wreaths, cards and messages of sympathy were received ‘by the bereaved family.




Birth – Stuart FOSTER   28975/1892      Father = William  Mother = Wilhemina S

No marriage can be found between FOSTER & EDWARDS on computer search.  No a marriage just involving Stuart FOSTER between 1899 – 1940

Death – Stuart FOSTER   10582/1939.   Father = William   Mother = Wilhemia



Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954) , Saturday 13 May 1939, page 11


SIXTEEN POLICE and a large party of citizens from Maitland, Gresford. Dungog, and the districts near by stood in silence in the tiny rural cemetery at Melbury while Sergeant Stuart Foster, officer in charge of Murrurundi Police Station for the last four years, was buried yesterday morning.

After years of service in the larger towns of the State, with all the strains and worry that police work involves, Sergeant Foster was taken back to the quiet bush settlement of his youth. He was born in the Allyn River district, near Gresford.

The funeral was unusual in several ways. At 7.15 yesterday morning the casket was carried from parlours in King street. Newcastle, to a hearse, and accompanied by six police pall-hearers and a police escort of 16 as far as Bank Corner, Newcastle West. From there began a 42-mtile drive to Dungog. For the 42 miles the hearse was accompanied only by a police car, containing the North-eastern District Superintendent (Mr. J. W. White) and Sergeant Pender, and another private car.

At Dungog, however, it was met by another police party of 10 drawn from Dungog, Cessnock, Abermain, Weston, Paterson, and West Maitland, and a long cortege of other cars carrying friends and relatives. From Dungog the funeral drove another 20 miles to the church at Melbury.

The service over, the cortege moved on towards the cemetery. Two hundred yards from the cemetery the cars stopped beside a river. The casket had to be lifted from the hearse and transported across by motor-lorry, while the mourners followed over a narrow log crossing, with wires stretching across waist high on either side as handrails.

The remains were carried to the graveside between the two ranks of the police escort : the first, and possibly the last, that the tiny Melbury cemetery will ever see. Sergeant Foster, who was 46, died in Newcastle Hospital on Wednesday. He is survived r Mrs. Foster (formerly Miss Edmunds, of Melbury) and two daughters.,




Scone Advocate (NSW : 1887 – 1954), Friday 12 May 1939, page 1


A shadow of sorrow spread over Murrurundi and district on Wednesday last when word came to hand of the passing, suddenly, following an operation in the Newcastle District Hospital, of Police Sergeant Stuart Foster, who had been stationed in the town for the past three years, during which time, largely owing to his efficiency, courtesy, and always complacent manner, he made a large circle of friends, all of whom were shocked at the sorrowful occurrence, in which Mrs. Foster and daughters (Misses Marjorie and Dorothy) have much heartfelt sympathy. The late Sergt. Foster was an officer who went about his duties quietly, yet thoroughly, tempered justice with mercy, and if he erred at all, it was in the direction of leniency. And so he won the respect and goodwill of men in every walk of life, with whom he immensely popularised himself. The funeral took place this morning, the cortege moving from the Mulbring Church of England in the Dungog district.



Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), Friday 13 September 1935 (No.162), page 3637

(5881) Department of Labour and Industry, Sydney, 13th September, 1935.


HIS Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, has been pleased to appoint the undermentioned members of the Police Force to be Inspectors to carry out the provisions of the Rural Workers’ Accommodation Act, 1926, in’ the districts specified in connection with their respective names.


Sergeant 2nd Class Herbert William Unwin; Station—

Narrabri; Police District—Narrabri..

Sergeant 3rd Class Stuart Foster; Station—Murrurundi;

Police District—Murrurundi.

Sergeant 3rd Class Lester Leonard Blanchard ; Station

—Forbes ; Police District—Forbes.



Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), Friday 26 April 1935 (No.85), page 1811


IT is hereby notified, for public information, that Sergeant 3rd Class Stuart Foster has been appointed Inspector of Slaughter-houses for that portion of Namoi Shire within the Narrabri Police Patrol Area, vice Sergeant P. Grimes, resigned.

T. W. WAUGH, Shire Clerk.

Shire Chambers, Maitland-street, Narrabri, 17th April, 1935.



Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 – 1954), Sunday 18 March 1934, page 12


Complete Collapse After Ordeal Of Nott Murder Inquiry

MRS. ANNIE ELIZABETH RICHARDS, central figure in the Pilliga murder horror, is seriously ill in bed at the Long Bay Reformatory Hospital. AFTER her nerve-wrecking ordeal at Burren Junction little more than a week ago when she was committed for trial on a charge of having sent George Washington Nott, Pilliga stock and station agent, to his doom, Mrs. Richards was taken to Long Bay Gaol. There, she has received constant medical attention.

HAVING collapsed near the conclusion of the police court proceedings at Burren Junction, the unhappy woman appeared to be much calmer after her committal. Indeed, when Mrs. Richards left by train for Sydney she seemed more content and a smile momentarily transformed her worried face as her husband, Henry Carl Richards, kissed her tenderly a minute before the express departed from Burren Junction. He is also charged with being an accessory. She seemingly retained her good spirits on the long and tiresome trip and chatted on topical subjects with her escort, Detective-Sergeant Alford and Policewoman Mrs. Mooney. She did not sleep. Instead she talked and several times perused newspaper accounts of her statement, a remarkable human document that has gripped and amazed an entire continent.


Being on remand Mrs. Richards is not expected to do labor of any description. She is called upon to make her bed but that is all. She intended to ask permission of the prison authorities to allow her to knit some small tokens of appreciation for Policewoman Mooney and Mrs. Foster, wife of Sergeant Stuart Foster, who is in charge of the Burren Junction Police Station.



But it was not to be. Once at the reformatory, Mrs. Richards collapsed and had to be put to bed. She has been constantly watched and the best medical attention possible has been secured for her. The gaol authorities have studied her every need, and have taken particular care of her diet, which has consisted mainly of thin bread and butter owing to her physical condition.

And what of her husband, the pleasant-faced drover, the story of whose unshaken love for his wife was told in ‘Truth’ last week. ? He expected to come to Sydney during the week with his solicitor, Mr. K. J. O’Halloran. of Tamworth, to complete arrangements for the defence. HOWEVER, THERE WAS A HITCH IN THE ARRANGEMENTS AND RICHARDS RETURNED TO HIS HUT AT BUGILBONE. BUT, ‘TRUTH’ LEARNS. HE WILL MAKE THE TRIP TO THE CITY TO-MORROW. ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE WILL DO WILL BE TO SECURE PERMISSION TO VISIT HIS WIFE AT LONG BAY.




Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), Friday 2 June 1933 (No.84), page 1958


NOTICE is hereby given that a regularly constituted Meeting of this Council the following appointments were


Sergeant Stuart Foster, of Burren Junction; and Sergeant Owen Bates, of Walgett;

as Inspectors under the Cattle Slaughtering and Diseased Animals and Meat Act, 1902.

F. H. NEILLEY, Shire Clerk. Council Chambers, Walgett, 25th May, 1933.




Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), Friday 21 October 1932 (No.151), page 3890


NOTICE is hereby given that Constable Thomas Francis Smart, Weabonga, has been appointed an Inspector under the Cattle Slaughtering and Diseased Animals and Meat Act, 1902, vice Constable Stuart Foster, transferred.


Shire Clerk.

Shire Council Chambers, Tamworth,

13th October, 1932.



Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), Friday 20 February 1925 (No.25), page 1043


NOTICE is hereby given that Constable Stuart Foster, of Weabonga, has been appointed an Inspector under the Cattle Slaughtering and Diseased Animals and Meat Act. 1902, for the Weabonga Police Patrol, Cockburn Shire, vice Constable Burke, transferred.


Shire Clerk. Shire Office, Tamworth,

13th February, 1925.



Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), Friday 10 October 1924 (No.131), page 4706


THE undermentioned persons to be Permit Inspectors under section 14A of the Pastures .Protection Act: —


Constable Stuart Foster, Weabonga.



Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), Friday 17 November 1922 (No.160), page 6096


IT is hereby notified, for general information, that


It is also further notified that the following persons have been appointed as Assistant Deputy Electoral Registrars, to keep the Rolls for the several Polling place Areas in the Electoral Districts set against their respective names, in pursuance of the provisions of the aforesaid Act, to take effect from the dates specified, viz. :—

Constable Stuart Foster, Mungindi, Namoi (Mungindi) in lieu of Martin, on leave,—from 26th September, 1922.



Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), Friday 17 March 1922 (No.47), page 1827


IT is hereby notified that Constable Stuart Foster, stationed at Narrabri, has been duly appointed Inspector of Slaughter-houses under the Cattle Slaughtering and Diseased Animals and Meat Act,”

within the Police patrol of Narrabri, vice Constable Clancy, transferred.


Shire Office, Narrabri, Shire Clerk,

9th March, 1922.



Dungog Chronicle : Durham and Gloucester Advertiser (NSW : 1894 – 1954), Tuesday 6 January 1920, page 2

IN MEMORIAM SATTLER (nee Edwards).— In loving memory of my darling sister, ; Florrie, who departed this life December 27th, 1918, at Maitland Hospital, aged 32 years.

Oh! Florrie, Florrie.

At the heavenly gates she will meet us, With that same sweet smile, We are only parted, sister dear, Just for a little while.

Inserted by her sorrowing sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Stuart Foster, and little nieces, Dorothy and Marjorie, at Moree.




Moree Gwydir Examiner and General Advertiser (NSW : 1901 – 1940), Friday 28 February 1919, page 2

Police Court,

(Before Messrs P. P. Rosenthal and C. G. Hobbes, J’s.P.)   TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25.

Frank Brown (25) was charged with that on February 22, at Terry-Hie-Hie, he did unlawfully assault Albert Duncan. Mr. T. R. Hogan appeared for the complainant, and Mr. A. B. F. Zlotkowski for the defendant, who pleaded not guilty.

Constable Stuart Foster, stationed at Terry-Hie-Hie, deposed: I know the defendant and complainant in this case. In consequence of a complaint made to m« by the complainant, I arrested the defendant at 11 p.m. on the 22nd instant. Both defendant and complainant were present at the time of the arrest. I said to complainant, ” Is this the man who assaulted you ?” He said ‘Yes.’ I said to Brown, ‘Did you assault Duncan?’ He said, ‘I had to defend myself.’

By Mr. Zlotkowski: Hei may have said, ‘What I did I did to defend myself’. He did not say he went over to the camp because, they were fighting over there. He did not say Picket was choking another black and he (Brown) tried to pull him off. He did not say he was hit over the head with a stone while he was pulling the other man off, but he did say he was hit with a stone. He showed me a place on the left temple under the hair. He did not say who hit him with the stone.

Albert Duncan, laborer, residing at Terry-Hie-Hie, deposed: On Saturday night last at about 9 o’clock I was at my own place. My wife was present, also Harry Nean and Mrs. Newman (a midwife). I know defendant. He came from the direction of the mill to my place. We were inside the house when he came. Two men, Gillen and Picket, were fighting near my verandah. Brown came round the corner and said something. I then came out of the house and asked them to get away — to got off the premises. He punched me on the forehead when I said that. I walked back to my room and he said he would kill me. He had a paling which he tore from the fence. He hit me on the top of the head with the paling. Picket took the paling. I then went to my wife’s assistance, who had fainted. I did not assault the defendant in any way.

To the Bench: I heard the men fighting outside. They were fighting a couple of minutes. Picket lives at my place. Gillen does not live there. Picket is my step-father. I have no mark on my head where I was hit. By Mr. Zlotkowski: He did not give me a black eye. The men were fighting for two minutes, but not five minutes. Picket and Gillen are both blackfellows. I was never in any fight before. I have had a bad fall off a horse. The hit defendant gave me was not as bad as that. He did not do me any harm. I am as good a man as ever. Harry Nean, laborer, residing at Terry-Hie-Hie, deposed: I know Brown and Duncan. I was at Duncan’s place about 9 o’clock on Saturday night last. I saw Brown come through the gate. He used some bad language when coming through the gate. Duncan came out of the house and said, ‘Don’t kick up a row here, my wife is not well.’ Brown then struck Duncan somewhere about the face. He hit him with his fist. Duncan then went towards the porch of his home and Brown followed him. He pulled a paling out of the garden and said he would knock his ….. brains out. He hit him with the paling, but struck him with no force. Picket took the paling out of Brown’s hand. Duncan went to his wife.

By Mr. Zlotkowski: There was no trouble when Brown came. Gillen was walking away when Brown came. Duncan was not there when Gillen and Picket were fighting. If he said he saw Gillen and Picket down he was not telling the truth. Picket was down and Gillen was on top of him. Duncan did not come till Brown came. No one hit Brown with a stone. I did not hit Brown. He came to me for protection. He fell against a post where Picket threw him. This was at the finish of the row. Picket was fighting with Brown after Duncan went away. The fight between Duncan and Brown was only a hit. It was a wild fight between Gillen and Picket. Gillen is about 22 years of age, and Picket about 50. I was up once for fighting. I was not referee. By Mr. Hogan : I was up about 18 or 19 years ago for fighting. To the Bench: Brown had liquor on him. Frank Brown, laborer, residing at Terry-Hie-Hie, deposed: I remember the night of the 22nd instant. I went to Duncan’s place to get my horse— Gillen had it. I saw Gillen had Picket down choking him. I pulled Gillen off. I got hit on the head with a stone. Picket threw it. ‘ I did not do anything to Duncan. The stone knocked me down. I did not pick up a paling and I never hit Duncan, nor tried to do so. Duncan was there when the fight was over. I was about ten yards from the verandah. I used no bad language, I work for Mr. Cory. I was only going to get my horse.

By Mr. Hogan: I am not a quarrelsome man. I was convicted for fighting about two years ago. I was fined for being drunk and disorderly three years ago. I was fined £3 for using language, and £1 for resisting the police. I drink. I had one drink on Saturday night. It was beer. Sometimes I use bad language I did not use bad language last Saturday night. I did not hit Duncan, and I did not pull a paling out of the garden to hit Duncan. I did not take a paling at all. Duncan did not hit me, only Picket. I heard women screaming outside, the house. None of the ladies fainted that I know of. I did not get the mark on forehead by falling against a post. By Mr. Zlotkowski: The three convictions mentioned took place at the same time — two years ago.

By the Bench : I saw Picket throw the stone. He was about 5 or 6 yards away. Cecil Cory, drover, Terry-Hie-Hie, deposed : I know the defendant Brown. I have known him since he was 12 years of age. He is a quiet and inoffensive fellow and a good worker. He is not a loafer. By Mr. Hogan: He does not look for fight. He does not drink to any extent. One beer would not upset him. I never knew him to drink rum. He does not swear.

The defendant was convicted and fined £1, with £2 witness’s expenses, and £2 professional costs, in default one month’s imprisonment, with hard labor.



Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), Wednesday 17 November 1915 (No.206), page 6794

Mines Department



HIS Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, has been pleased to appoint Constable Stuart Foster to act temporarily as Officer authorised to issue Miners’ Rights and Business Licenses at Jenolan Caves, and as Warden’s Bailiff at that place, vice Mr. Dolman, on leave,—such appointment to take effect from the 18th October, 1915.


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