Spotlight: Special Police Parade

This engraving and accompanying text were featured in the Sydney Mail, December 13, 1879.

sydmail13121879Our engraving represents a special parade of the police force in Sydney, which took place at the Police Barracks, Belmore Park, on Tuesday afternoon, the 2nd instant, for the purpose of reading to the troopers who took part, under senior-sergeant Carroll, in the capture of the Wantabadgery bushrangers, a letter from the Hon. the colonial secretary, expressing the opinion entertained by the Government of the services by the troopers in bringing the career of Moonlite and his gang to an end, and also a general order relating to the subject, issued by the Inspector-General of Police. The muster of police at the parade did not number more than about 80 men, because it was not found practicable to withdraw more from their duties at the International Exhibition, and in various other places about the city; but this number made a very attractive array. The men were first drawn up in line two deep, the Gundagai and Wagga troopers being on the right, with senior-sergeant Carroll at their head. The names of these brave fellows are sergeant Cassin and troopers Gorman, Hedley, Johns, Rowe, Wiles, Berry, and Williamson; and a finer body of men it would be difficult to find. Each of them wore on his left arm a band of crape in mourning for constable Bowen. The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Edmund Fosberry, having arrived on the ground, sergeant Carroll and his men were called to the front, and, stepping two or three paces forward from the general ranks, they stood at attention while the Inspector-General addressed them. The address of the Inspector-General and the Colonial Secretary’s letter were given in our last issue. The policy of the Government in handsomely rewarding the brave fellows who fought and conquered under senior-sergeant Carroll’s command has been heartily endorsed by the public.

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