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“FORMER SUB-INSPECTOR DIES” The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 – 1954) 27 May 1921: 7.

FORMER. SUB-INSPECTOR DIES | Regret was expressed in the Police Department today at the death of Mr. Michael Edward Ward, 76, formerly sub-inspector in the Criminal Investigation Branch, which occurred at his home, Airdrie road, Caulfield, this morning. Mr. Ward joined the police force in 1869, and was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Branch in 1877. He took a prominent part in suppressing the Kelly gang of bushrangers, and in 1880 left the North-Eastern district to take up duty in Melbourne. He retired from the service in 1905. Possessed of a genial disposition, and described by Mr. J. Sadlier, a former police, superintendent, as a man of courage and sterling character, Inspector Ward was popular with his comrades, and on occasional visits to the muster-room since his retirement was warmly welcomed. He has left a widow and son.

“PERSONAL.” The Prahran Telegraph (Vic. : 1889 – 1930) 4 June 1921: 5.

The death of Mr. Michael Edward Ward occurred at 113 Airdrie avenue, Caulfield, on the 27th ult. The late Mr. Ward entered the police force in 1869. and became a detective in 1877. He was stationed at Benalla and Beechworth, and was transferred to Melbourne in 1880. He reached the rank of sub-inspector and retired in 1905. at the age of 60 years. One magistrate said of the late Mr. Ward : ‘Previous to the outbreak of the Kelly gang Detective Ward was employed in special duty in the north-eastern district. he has taken a prominent part in the search for the offenders, and has afforded most valuable assistance.’ Mr. Ward leaves a widow.

By AJFPhelan56

Father, writer, artist and bushranging historian residing in Melbourne, Australia. Author of 'Glenrowan' and the popular website A Guide to Australian Bushranging.

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