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Police at Paterson 1819 to 1840

Historical context/background

A summary of the historical context and background to the appointment of the police officers listed here is available on the following page.

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District and Chief Constables at Patersons Plains or Paterson

The senior police officer in the district was the District Constable from 1819 to 1830. There was no senior police position in the district from 1831 to 1834 (the constables were probably supervised from Maitland). From 1835 there was a Chief Constable at Paterson and from 1836 there was both a Chief Constable and a District Constable stationed there. Source: the Official Annual Returns of the Colony ('the blue books') plus SG 5 May 1835.

Binder, Richard
1819 to 1825: District Constable. He and Joseph Sedgley (see list of Constables below) were probably the first police to be appointed to the district [CS 4/7419.1 p16] more information
Lyne, Kerry/Henry
1825 to 1827: District Constable in place of Binder who had resigned [SG 9 June 1825 p1]. Lyne resigned in 1827 [SG 22 January 1827]
Clarke, Ralph Mills
1827 to 1830: District Constable in place of Henry Lyne who had resigned [SG 22 January 1827 p1]. Clarke was probably made redundant in late 1830 or in 1831, as the position of District Constable at Patersons Plains disappeared from the official listing in 1831 [CS Annual Returns] more information
Dickson, William
1835: Chief Constable [SG 5 May 1835 p2]
McCrohon, John
1836 to 1837 and 1838 to 1839: Chief Constable, appointed 9 March 1836, resigned 10 October 1837 [CS - Blue Books]. Reappointed in place of James Jordan in July 1838 [GG 1838 p 574], served until May 1839 [CS - Blue Books]
Walsh, John
1837 to 1838: Chief Constable, succeeded John McCrohon on 10 October 1837 [CS - Blue Books]. Walsh was dismissed in July 1838 [GG 1838 p414]
Jordon, James
1838: Chief Constable for a brief period in 1838 [GG 1838 p 527, 574]
Sullivan, John
1839 to 1848: Chief Constable in place of John McCrohon [CS - Blue Books]. Sullivan had previously been appointed as a Constable at Paterson in 1838 (see list below)
Harte, Michael Joseph
1848 to 1859: Chief Constable, appointed November 1848 [MM 11 Nov 1848], dismissed 1859 [SMH 9 Sept. 1859]

Police Constables at Patersons Plains or Paterson

Sedgley, Joseph
1819 to 1827, 1830 to 1833: in some documents referred to as 'Bush Constable'. He and Richard Binder (see list of District Constables above) were probably the first police to be appointed to the district [CS, various]. Sedgley was dismissed in 1827 [SG 22 June 1827 p1], reappointed 1830 [SG 1 May 1830], resigned 1833 [GG 1833 p442]
Thompson, Joseph
1825: Constable and Scourger (flogger), per ship Ocean [SG 1 September 1825 p1]. His appointment was effective from 1 July 1825 [CS 4/424 p400, reel 6039] and he was almost certainly the first scourger at Patersons Plains.
Scattergood, William
1826 to 1829, 1830: per ship Atlas, holding a Ticket of Leave [SG 6 December 1826 p1]. Scattergood resigned in 1829 [SG 15 January 1829 p1] and was reappointed in 1830 [SG 5 August 1830 p2]
Scott, Thomas
1826 to 1828: per ship Larkins, holding a Ticket of Leave [SG 6 December 1826 p1]. Resigned 1828 [SG 20 February 1828 p1]
Barlow, William
1827: per ship Guilford, in place of Joseph Sedgley who was dismissed [SG 22 June 1827 p1]
Quin, Thomas
1827: per ship Martha, free [SG 22 January 1827 p1]. Dismissed for neglect of duty [CS, 24 May 1827]
Fielding (Field), Adam (Abraham)
1827: per ship Guildford, in place of Thomas Quin who was dismissed for neglect of duty [SG 24 May 1827]. Field resigned as Constable later that year [SG 13 July 1827 p1]
Clarke, Michael
1827 to 1829: per ship Guildford, in place of Adam Fielding who resigned [SG 22 June 1827 p1]. Clarke was dismissed in 1829 for drunkenness and neglect of duty [SG 3 January 1829 p1]
McLoughlin, Bernard
1827 to 1828: Constable and 'Lock-up-house Keeper', holding a Ticket of Leave [SG 22 June 1827 p1]. He was dismissed for negelct of duty in 1828 [SG 20 February 1828 p1]
Clogan, James
1827: resigned as Constable 'between Luskintyre and Patersons Plains' [SG 6 August 1827 p1]
Lins/Lynn/Lyne, Kerry
1827 to 1829: Constable 'between Luskintyre and Patersons Plains' in place of James Clogan who resigned [SG 6 August 1827 p1]. Lynn died in 1829 [SG 7 July 1829 p1]
Douglass, James
1827: per ship Frederick. Constable 'between Luskintyre and Patersons Plains' [SG 20 March 1827 p1]
Higgins, George
1827: Constable and Scourger, deceased [SG 27 August 1827 p1]
Smith, William
1827: Constable and Scourger, per ship Somersetshire, free by servitude, in place of George Higgins who was deceased [SG 27 August 1827 p1]
Thompson, James
1828 to 1831: free, per ship Experiment [SG 20 February 1828 p1]. He resigned in 1831 [SG 10 September 1831 p1]
Scully, John
1828: Constable and Scourger, dismissed [SG 5 November 1828 p1]
Oldacre (Oldakers), William
1828 to 1830: prisoner (convict) per ship England, Ordinary Constable, to be Constable and Scourger in place of John Scully who was dismissed [SG 5 November 1828 p1]. Oldakers was dismissed as Constable in March 1830 but retained as Scourger [CS Col Sec to Aubin 20 March 1830, 30/192 in 4/3828 p277]
Shaw, William
1829 to 1834: holding a Ticket of Leave, in place of Michael Clarke who was dismissed [SG 3 January 1829 p1]. Shaw resigned in 1834 [GG 1834 p367] and again in 1836 [GG 1836 p43] either having been reappointed or there were two William Shaws as Constables at Paterson.
Barwick, George
1829 to 1830: free, in place of William Scattergood, resigned [SG 15 January 1829 p1]. Apparently Barwick resigned mid year and was reappointed in October 1829 [SG 15 October 1829 p1]. Barwick resigned again in 1830 [SG 24 June 1830 p1]
Irving, Edmund
1829 to 1830: free by servitude, in place of John (George?) Barwick, resigned [SG 23 June 1829 p1]. Irving retired due to ill-health in 1830 [SG 23 November 1830 p1]
Lawson, Thomas
1829 to 1830: free, in place of Kerry Lynn, deceased [SG 7 July 1829 p1]. Lawson was dismissed in 1830 for repeated drunkenness [SG 13 February 1830 p1]
Smith, John
1829: dismissed [SG 15 October 1829 p1]
LLoyd, Richard
1830: dismissed for gross misconduct [SG 2 February 1830 p1]
McBride, William
1830: free, in place of Richard Lloyd who was dismissed [SG 2 February 1830 p1]. McBride was replaced later that year [SG 1 May 1830]
Boardman, John
1830: Free, in place of William Mcbride who resigned [SG 1 May 1830 p1]. Boardman was dismissed for disobedience of orders [SG 19 June 1830 p3]
Brothers, Johnson
1830: Free, in place of John Boardman who was dismissed for disobedience of orders [SG 19 June 1830 p3]
Nixon, Nathaniel
1830, 1833: free, Constable and Lock-up-house Keeper in place of Thomas Lawson who was dismissed [SG 13 February 1830 p1]. Nixon was reappointed in 1833 [GG 1833 p24]
Healy, Nicholas
1830, 1832: holding a Ticket of Leave, in place of George Barwick who resigned [SG 24 June 1830 p1]. Healy was promoted to Watch-house Keeper a few months later [SG 2 September 1830 p3]. He was reappointed Constable at some stage, and dismissed as Constable in 1832 [SG 16 February 1832 p1]
Marland,
1830: Constable, deceased [SG 5 August 1830 p2]
Fuller, Thomas
1830: in place of Thoomas Budd who appointment was cancelled [SG 5 August 1830 p2]. Fuller was dismissed for neglect of duty and drunkenness the following month [SG 2 September 1830 p3]
Green, Henry
1830 to 1831: in place of Healy who was promoted [SG 2 Spetember 1830 p3]. Green resigned in 1831 [SG 8 November 1831 p3]
Byrne, Michael
1830: free, in place of Fuller who was dismissed [SG 2 September 1830 p3]
Hanley, John
1830 to 1837: free by servitude, in place of Edmund Irving who retired [SG 23 November 1830 p1]. Hanley's service was not continuous - he was reappointed in 1834 and 1836 [GG 1834 p56 and 1836 p94]. Hanley was dimissed in 1837 [GG 1837 p170] more information
Cuthin, Robert
1831: holding a Ticket of Leave, in place of James Thompson who resigned [SG 10 September 1831 p1]
Curran, James
1831: Constable, resigned [SG 24 September 1831 p1]
Bowles, William
1831: per ship Morley, in place of James Curran who resigned [SG 24 September 1831 p1]. Bowles was 'appointed to another situation' two months later [SG 12 November 1831 p1]
Sheals (Shields), James
1831: holding a Ticket of Leave, in place of Green who resigned [SG 8 November 1831 p3] more information
Smith, John
1831: per ship Manlius, in place of William Bowles who was appointed to another situation [SG 12 November 1831 p1]
Clarke, Ralph Mills
1832: former District Constable (see list above). Appointed Constable in January 1832 and resigned at the end of that year [GG 1833 p24] more information
Hughes, Richard
1832 to 1834: per ship Guildford, appointed Constable December 1832 [CS 33/132 in 4/3834 p93]. Reappointed at Paterson early in 1834 and transferred to Maitland in October that year [GG 1834 p15, CS 34/2571 in 4/2251.2] more information
Cussen, Robert
1832, 1834 to 1835: resigned as Constable at Paterson in 1832 [GG 1832 p150]. Reappointed at Maitland, transferred from Maitland to Paterson in October 1834 [CS 34/2571 in 4/2251.2], resigned at the end of 1835 [GG 1836 p3]
Kenny, Arthur
1832: per ship Sophia, in place of Robert Cussen who resigned [GG 1832 p150]. In December 1832 Kenny was dismissed for repeated neglect of duty [GG 1833 p1]
Stewart, W.C
1832: Constable, dismissed for disobedience [GG 1832 p301]
Waggoner, John
1832 to 1833: per ship Minerva, in place of WC Stewart who was dismissed for disobedience [GG 1832 p301]. Waggoner was dismissed in 1833 for corruption and drinking on unlicensed premises. [CS 33/6593 in 4/2203.3] more information
McGinty, Austin
1833: Constable, in place of Kenny who was dismissed for improper conduct [GG 1833 p37]. McGinty was dismissed for drunkenness and neglect of duty [GG 1833 p144]
Neal, Patrick
1833 to 1834: free, in place of A McGinty who was dismissed [GG 1833 p144]. Neal was dimissed for neglect of duty in 1834 [GG 1834 p15]
Burke, William
1833 to 1834: free, in place of Waggoner who was dismissed [GG 1833 p430]. Burke was dismissed in 1834 for being drunk on duty [GG 1834 p56]
Moran, John
1833: per ship Daphne, holding a Ticket of Leave, in place of Sedgley who resigned [GG 1833 p442]
Wool, James (snr)
1834, 1838: per ship Lonach, holding a Ticket of Leave, in place of William Shaw who resigned [GG 1834 p367]. Wool resigned due to ill health but recovered and was reappointed in 1838 [CS 38/3753 in 4/2420.1]. He resigned again in 1838 and was reappointed yet again [GG 1838 p87, 327] more information
Hancock,
1833 to 1834: previously Poundkeeper at Paterson, now Constable [GG 1834 p850]
Phillps, Thomas
1835: holding a Ticket of Leave [GG 1835 p390]. Dismissed the same year [GG 1835 p445]
Furze, Robert
1835 to 1836: holding a Ticket of Leave [GG 1835 p390]. He resigned in 1836 [GG 1836 p235]
Devigne, William
1835: holding a Ticket of Leave [GG 1835 p445]
Lombard, John
1835: holding a Ticket of Leave [GG 1835 p445]. Dismissed the same year [GG 1835 p484]
Bath, John
1835: Constable, dismissed [GG 1835 p445]
Scanlan, John
1835 to 1836: in place of John Lombard who was dismissed [GG 1835 p484]. Scanlan resigned in 1836 [GG 1836 p235]
Daley, John
1836: holding a Ticket of Leave, in place of Robert Cussen who resigned [GG 1836 p3]. Daley was 'removed from Paterson' a short time later [GG 1836 p89]. Daley was apparently returned to Paterson as he resigned from there later in 1836 [GG 1836 p902]
Hyatt, James
1836: free, in place of William Shaw who resigned [GG 1836 p43]. Hyatt was dismissed the same year [GG 1836 p586]
Hennessey, James
1836: holding a Ticket of Leave, in place of Daley who was removed [GG 1836 p89]
Vitnell, Wooger
1836, 1837: Constable, free [GG 1836 p235]. He was dismissed for drunkenness [SG 24 September 1836 p4], reappointed the following year [GG 1837 p526] and then resigned later in 1837 [GG 1837 p939]
Malone, John
1836: Constable, free [GG 1836 p235]
Ross, Donald
1836: Constable, free [GG 1836 p415]. He resigned later the same year [GG 1836 p902]
Fleming, Joseph
1836: Constable, free [GG 1836 p415]. He was dismissed later the same year [GG 1836 p845]
Gutridge (Gurtridge), George
1836, 1838: free, in place of John Hyatt who was dismissed [GG 1836 p586]. Gurtridge was reappointed in 1838 [GG 1838 p599]
Boderick, James
1836, 1837 to 1844: free, in place of Joseph Flemming who was dismissed [GG 1836 p845]. Broderick resigned later the same year [GG 1836 p932]. He was reappointed the following year [GG 1837 p526] and served until 1844 [PR]
Wool, James (jnr)
1836 to 1838: Constable, free [GG 1836 p902]. He resigned in 1837 and was reappointed later that year [GG 1837 p526, 842]. He resigned this appointment in 1838 [GG 1838 p327]
Toole, John
1836 to 1837: Constable, free [GG 1836 p902]. He was dismissed in 1837 [GG 1837 p10]
Lambert, John
1836: Constable, holding a Ticket of Leave [SG 3 May 1836 p3]
Franklin, Thomas
1836 to 1837: free, in place of Wooger Vitnell who was dismissed for drunkenness [SG 24 September 1836 p4]. Franklin was dismissed in 1837 [GG 1837 p842]
Connolly (Connelly), Patrick
1836 to 1838: holding a Ticket of Leave, in place of James Broderick who has resigned [GG 1836 p929]. Connolly was dismissed in 1838 [GG 1838 p1048]
Docherty, Edward
1837: free, in place of John Hanley who was dismissed [GG 1836 p845]. Docherty was dismissed later the same year [GG 1837 p452]
Kennelly, Thomas
1837: holding a Ticket of Leave, in place of John Toole who was dismissed [GG 1837 p170]. Kenelly was dismissed later the same year [GG 1837 p842]
Fish, William
1837: in place of Edward Docherty who was dismissed [GG 1837 p452]. Fish resigned the same year [GG 1837 p526]
Wool, Stephen
1837 to 1838: Constable [GG 1837 p842]. He was dismissed in 1838 [GG 1838 p135]
Lawless, John
1837 to 1838: in place of Wooger Vitnell who has resigned [GG 1837 p939]. Lawless resigned in 1838 [GG 1838 p327]
Cunningham, Patrick
1838: in place of Wooger Vitnell who has resigned [GG 1838 p87]. Cunningham was dismissed later in the year [GG 1838 p599]
Rodwell, Thomas
1838: in place of James Wool (snr) who has resigned [GG 1838 p87]
Murphy, John
1838: in place of Stephen Wool who was dismissed [GG 1838 p135]. Murphy was dismissed the same year [GG 1838 p574]
Tighe, Martin
1838, 1839: in place of James Wool (jnr) who has resigned [GG 1838 p327]. Tighe was dismissed in 1838 [GG 1838 p778] and reappointed in 1839 [GG 1839 p235]
Hood,
1838: Constable, dismissed [GG 1838 p527]
Sullivan, John
1838 to 1839: in place of Hood who was dismissed [GG 1838 p527]. Sullivan became Chief Constable in 1839 (see at top of page).
Griffin, Luke
1838: in place of Murphy who was dismissed [GG 1838 p574]
Burns, William
1838: in place of Martin Tighe who was dismissed [GG 1838 p778]. Burns was dismissed later in the year [GG 1838 p1048]
Kennedy, Donald
1838: in place of William Burns who was dismissed [GG 1838 p1048]
Mallon, Michael
1838 to 1839: in place of Patrick Connelly who was dismissed [GG 1838 p1048]. Mallon was dismissed in 1839 [GG 1839 p235]
McGone (McGowan), Hugh
1839: in place of Wool who was appointed Watch-house-keeper [GG 1839 p235]
Bedwell, Frederick
1846 to 1852: [PR]
Baydek, Charles
1846: [PR]

References and abbreviations

CS: NSW Colonial Secretary - Annual Returns of the Colony.

GG: New South Wales Government Gazette.

MM: Maitland Mercury.

PR: Index to Police Returns NSW, Sydney and Country Districts 1825-56, State Records NSW.

SMH: Sydney Morning Herald.

See also

List of scourgers, watch-house keepers and Clerks to the Bench at Paterson in the 1820s and 1830s.

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