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Thomas Edward WALLINGS

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  P  716 
( ‘P’ = Pre 1862 when NSWPF “Officially” commenced )

Rank: Mounted Constable – 15 July 1855

Senior Constable – appointed 1 March 1862

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed 1 June 1868

Senior Sergeant – appointed 1 November 1877

Stations, Molong ( January 1865 ), Mudgee ( September 1869.  Sgt In Charge of Mudgee to Bathurst Gold Escort ), Dubbo – death

ServiceFrom  15 July 1855  to  20 September 1878 = 23+ years Service

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Born: ? ? 1838 in Dubbo ( although other records state a native of England )

Died on:  Friday 20 September 1878

Cause:  Shot – Murdered

Event location:  Marthaguy Creek, ( near Warren ), NSW

Age: 40

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Buried at:  Old Dubbo Cemetery, Myall St, Manera Hts, Dubbo, Church of England Portion, Section R2

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Thomas WALLINGS

Thomas WALLINGS

 

INSCRIPTION:<br /> THOMAS WALLINGS<br /> ? in the Police<br /> many years a faithful<br /> public servant<br /> He was shot dead<br /> whilst in the execution<br /> of his duty<br /> at Wombobbie<br /> on the 20th Sep. 1878<br /> aged 40 years<br /> This memorial was erected by the<br /> Government of New South Wales<br /> also<br /> Charles C. WALLINGS<br /> died 17th May 1903<br /> aged 30 years<br /> The Lord gave and the<br /> Lord hath taken away.<br />

INSCRIPTION:
THOMAS WALLINGS
? in the Police
many years a faithful
public servant
He was shot dead
whilst in the execution
of his duty
at Wombobbie
on the 20th Sep. 1878
aged 40 years
This memorial was erected by the
Government of New South Wales
also
Charles C. WALLINGS
died 17th May 1903
aged 30 years
The Lord gave and the
Lord hath taken away.

 

INSCRIPTION: THOMAS WALLINGS ? ? ? He was shot dead ? of ? at ? on the 20th Sep. 1878 aged 40 years ? ? also Charles C. WALLINGS died 17th May 1903 aged 30 years The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away.

INSCRIPTION:
THOMAS WALLINGS
? in the Police
many years a faithful
public servant
He was shot dead
whilst in the execution
of his duty
at Wombobbie
on the 20th Sep. 1878
aged 40 years
This memorial was erected by the
Government of New South Wales
also
Charles C. WALLINGS
died 17th May 1903
aged 30 years
The Lord gave and the
Lord hath taken away.

 

Thomas IS mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance

 

On the night of Thursday 19 September, 1878 Sergeant Wallings, Senior Constable William Souter and Constable John Walsh were searching for a gang of bushrangers ( Captain Midnight & his gang ) when they set up a bush camp near the Wonbobbie Inn, Marthaguy Creek (near Warren).

The following day ( Friday 20 September ) at 6am the three police rode to the inn where they suspected they might find the bushrangers. Constables Souter and Walsh remained on guard outside while Sergeant Wallings approached the inn. Meanwhile, Constable Souter saw a man about 50 metres away carrying a rifle. He rode over to him and was told he would be shot if he came any closer. Souter called to the other police who rode down to him.

Sergeant Wallings then fired a warning shot and told the man to surrender, however the man replied that he himself would fire if the police came any closer. Sergeant Wallings then advanced on the man and pointed his revolver at him. The man then turned suddenly and dropped to one knee. As he did so, he fired at the sergeant, hitting him in the chest. In the confusion the offender ran a short distance away and took cover from the police. A short gun battle took place, however, the offender, being far better armed with a rifle, compared to the police revolvers, managed to escape. The two constables then directed their attention to assisting the wounded sergeant. The wound suffered by Sergeant Wallings ( shot through the heart and lung ) proved to be severe, and he unfortunately passed away almost immediately.

A few weeks later, the Sydney Morning Herald dated 10 October, 1878 reported the death of the murderer, informing its readers that “News has just reached the metropolis that the man who shot Senior Sergeant Wallings at Dubbo has been killed by the police, shortly after he committed the murder. The cold-blooded villain shot Wallings in the execution of his duty. He was pursued by Sub-Inspector Duffy and Constables Latton and Gray of Bourke, in the most unrelenting manner, and traced to the borders of Queensland, where he made a desperate resistance. The police shot at the horse he was riding and fatally wounded the murderer, whose name is said to be George Gibson. This man’s death is one which has not in any way been regretted by the general community. It was such a death as luckily there is not much necessity for now-a-days. The police deserve the congratulations of the public here for their bravery in this instance, which however, is only of a piece with much the New South Wales police have accomplished in the suppression of crimes of this nature. A movement has been initiated for relieving the widow and eight children of Wallings.

The sergeant was born in 1838 and joined the police force on 15 July, 1855. In 1862 he became a member of the newly-formed New South Wales Police Force. At the time of his death he was stationed at Dubbo. The offender was the bushranger “Midnight“.