South Australian District Constables

1853 to 1920

District Constables were special constables appointed by South Australian District Councils and sworn in for a 12 month term to maintain the law and protect life and property in rural districts where there were insufficient officers of the Police Force. In 1861 the Municipal Corporations Act authorized District Constables in city districts. District Constables were not members of the Police Force.

This database contains more than 9,000 district constables appointed between 1853 and 1920 in South Australia.

SA district constables 1853-1920

surname * given name
 

Sources

PG: SA Police Gazette
GG: SA Government Gazette

Acknowledgments

I am very grateful for the assistance of the South Australian Police Historical Society, particularly Allan Peters for his advice and support.
I am indebted to the State Library of South Australia and State Records of South Australia.

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