Late of Talford St, Glebe, NSW

Cousin to Constable David SUTHERLAND, NSWPF ‘Q’ 5460


NSW Police Training Centre – Redfern  / Police Training College – Penrith  Class #  ? ? ? 


New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  ???? 


Service:  From ? ? ?   to   29 July 1901  =  19 years Service ? ? ?


Rank:  Commenced Training at / as ? Police Academy on ? ? ?

Probationary Constable- appointed ? ? ? 

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Detective – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? 


Final Rank = Senior Constable 


Stations?, The Glebe ( 2 Division ) – Death


Retirement / Leaving age: = ?

Time in Retirement from Police: ?


Awards:  No Find on Australian Honours system


 Born? ? ?

Died on:  Monday  29 July 1901 – shortly after 8am

Age:  47



Event location:   ?

Event date ? – some 15 months prior to death


Funeral date:  Wednesday  31 July 1901 

Funeral location:  Graveside – Rookwood Cemetery, Rookwood, NSW  

Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at: Rookwood General Cemetery, Rookwood, NSW

Grave location:  Presbyterian Section 5C, Grave 4831 

INSCRIPTION: In Loving Remembrance of my dear husband William SUTHERLAND who died 29th July 1901 Aged 47 years   Father is gone but not forgotten   Nor is the good advise he gave   Sweetest thoughts shall ever linger   Round our darling father’s grave.   Also our dear Mother Isabella SUTHERLAND wife of the above who died 12th November 1910 aged 52? years   Sadly missed    As long as life and memory last We will remember thee.

Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?

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



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





May they forever Rest In Peace




Australian Police YouTube Channel 


Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 – 1954),

Sunday 4 August 1901, page 1


The death of Senior-constable William Sutherland, of the Glebe Police Station, on Monday, recalls the tragic death of his brother, also a constable, in June, 1889.

He was on duty at Macleay-street, Potts Point, when he saw a man jump over the fence of Mr. Bundle’s residence, Pomeroy.

He challenged him ; a scuffle ensued, and Sutherland was mortally wounded with a revolver shot.

A Victorian criminal, James Morrison, was executed for the murder.

04 Aug 1901 – THE CRITIC. – Trove



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

Saturday 3 August 1901, page 4


Mrs. SUTHERLAND and FAMILY wish to return their THANKS to the police and friends who sent wreaths, and also the friends who attended the funeral of her late beloved husband, Senior-constable Sutherland.

03 Aug 1901 – Family Notices – Trove



Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954),

Friday 2 August 1901, page 2

Death Follows a Blow.

Senior-constable Sutherland, attached to No. 2 police division, died in Sydney on Monday.

The deceased, who was about 45 years of age, had been in the police force of the State for about 19 years, having joined the service in New South Wales after having spent several years in the New Zealand force.

A few years back he was struck on the head while engaged in making an arrest in Sydney, but he seemed to get well, and very little notice was taken of the blow.

Apparently a clot had gradually formed in the head.

Sutherland went off duty some 13 months ago, and although his case had the best medical attention he gradually wasted away and expired.

02 Aug 1901 – Death Follows a Blow. – Trove




Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 – 1930),

Thursday 1 August 1901, page 5


The remains of the late Senior-constable Sutherland were interred at Rookwood Cemetery yesterday afternoon, in the presence of a number of officers and men of the police force and many other personal friends.

The proceedings commenced with a short service in the house, conducted by the Rev. T. E. Clouston, after which the coffin was conveyed by train to the Necropolis.

The procession to the grave was headed by the New South Wales Police Band, led by senior-constable Mankey, which played the Dead March in “Saul” with muffled drums.

The coffin was carried by four constables, and was covered with wreaths, many being carried also by relatives and friends.

Among those sending them were the deceased’s children. Inspector and Mrs. Sutherland, Mr. and Mrs. Sutherland ( Croydon Park ), the non-commissioned officers and men of Glebe police station and those of No. 2 station, Mr. E. Miller, Mr. Smithson and family, and Messrs. and Mesdames Bannerman, Wagner, H. P. Stewart, Gibbons, and W. MacQueen.

The police force was represented by Inspector Sutherland, Sub-inspector Mitchell, Sergeants Thompson, Smith, Miller, Grice, Taylor, Curtis, Bradley, and O’Dea, and a large number of senior and first-class constables.

No. 8 Lodge. P.A.F.S.A. and six of its officers, the members being unable to muster and follow in full force.

There were also present, among intimate friends and neighbors, Messrs. Anderson, Field, Smithson, Blackman, Bannerman, Sutherland, Kuse (2), Grayson, Holes, Edwards, and Malling. Masters Thorpe and Vaughan, and Mesdames Wagner and Bowyer.

The service was conducted by the Rev. T. E. Clouston, who after reading the ordinary burial service delivered a short address, in which he highly eulogised the deceased.

The band, as a finale, played Chopin’s “Funeral March,” the assemblage remaining bareheaded till its conclusion.




Riverina Recorder (Balranald, Moulamein, NSW : 1887 – 1944),

Wednesday 31 July 1901, page 2


( By Wire. )

( From our own correspondents.)

Sydney, Tuesday.

Senior-constable Sutherland died from the effects of a blow received while making an arrest same time ago.

31 Jul 1901 – TELEGRAMS – Trove



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

Tuesday 30 July 1901, page 6


Senior-constable William Sutherland, who for the past nineteen years has been connected with the police in No. 2 division, at the Glebe, died yesterday at his residence in Talfourd street, Glebe.

The deceased was about 45 years of age, and leaves a widow and family.

He had been ill for about fifteen months, and had been off duty for that time.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon, at Rookwood.

30 Jul 1901 – DEATH OF A CONSTABLE. – Trove



Australian Star (Sydney, NSW : 1887 – 1909),

Tuesday 30 July 1901, page 6

Death of a police officer

Senior-constable William Sutherland died at his residence, Glebe, early yesterday.

The deceased officer, who was attached to No. 2 division, had been in the force for about 19 years.

He had been ailing for the past 15 months.

The funeral takes place on Wednesday afternoon.

30 Jul 1901 – DEATH OF A POLICE-OFFICER. – Trove


Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954),

Tuesday 24 April 1894, page 7


William Thompson, 28 a dealer, was at the Central Police Court yesterday sentenced to 14 days’ imprisonment with hard labour for having assaulted Constable William Sutherland.

The assault was committed whilst the constable was in the act of conducting the accused to the police station.

24 Apr 1894 – POLICE COURTS. – Trove




Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954),

Wednesday 5 June 1889, page 3

The Murdered Constable.

The Inquest.

SYDNEY, Wednesday.

The inquest on the body of Constable David Sutherland, who was shot by a burglar at Potts Point, was commenced yesterday afternoon.

The prisoner, James Morrison, was in custody, handcuffed.

There was a crowded court.

Morrison is a powerful fellow, 28 years of age, and the mark of a heavy blow over the left eye is still visible.

Constable William Sutherland identified the body as that of his cousin. He was a native of Canterbury, New Zealand. He was a single man. His mother, three sisters, and four brothers were living there.

Medical evidence showed that the bullet severed the main artery of the groin.

Benjamin Backhouse, architect, residing at Potts Point, deposed that he was awakened by the reports of a shot. On hearing the second shot, he also heard cries for help. He then saw a man running away. The man was of similar appearance as prisoner. A fence over which the man scrambled was examined afterwards and showed blood marks.

Further evidence similar to that reported already was also given.

The inquiry is still proceeding.

Melbourne, Wednesday.

The Melbourne police have identified the photograph of James Morrison, who is charged with the murder of Constable Sutherland, as that of a man known to them as Jackson, who has recently done two and a half-years in Victoria for an impudent forgery.

05 Jun 1889 – The Murdered Constable. – Trove



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

Wednesday 21 December 1887, page 5

Alleged Assault by the Police.

Senior-constable Thomas Grice and Constable William Sutherland were summoned in the Central Police Court this morning charged with assaulting John Brunty on the night of the 12th instant.

Plaintiff swore that he was leaving his brother’s public-house on the night in question, when defendant Grice stopped him, and asked what he had under his arm.

The two defendants then seized both his arms, and beat them behind his back, in consequence of which he has not been able to work since.

William Brunty, brother of plaintiff, Patrick Smith, Mrs. Brunty, wife of William Brunty, gave corroborative evidence.

For the defence Thomas Grice, senior-constable of police, stated that on the night in question he, in company with Constable Sutherland, was on duty at the back of the Lady of the Lake Hotel, and met the plaintiff.

Defendant took hold of his arm, and asked him to hand out what he had under his coat, and did not hurt him.

Witness was severely cross-examined by Mr. Levien.

William Sutherland and Mr. F. Wilkinson gave evidence as to the zeal and good conduct of the defendants.

Case dismissed.

21 Dec 1887 – Alleged Assault fey the Police. – Trove








Nothing further, than what is recorded above, is known about this person at the time of publication and further information and photos would be appreciated.


 14 April 2021





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