Mr. John Sadleir, who died at Elsternwick (V.), on September 22, aged 86 years, was born in Ireland in 1833, and arrived in Victoria on November 12, 1852. At the suggestion of an ex-officer of the 75th Regiment, whom he had known in Ireland, he joined (on December 1, 1852) the Police Cadets, a special corps formed by Governor Latrobe. Many members of this corps subsequently rose to high rank in the police force of Victoria, and it is believed that Mr. Sadleir was one of the last two survivors of it.
The death of Mr. Stanhope O’Connor, one of the senior members of the Stock Exchange of Melbourne, was announced on Tuesday. The deceased gentleman came under public notice in Victoria at the time of the Kelly gang, as he was then lent by the Queensland Government, with a troop of blacktrackers, to assist in the task of bringing the bushrangers to justice.
A very wide circle will learn with deep regret of the death of Mr. Hare, P.M., which occurred at Rupertswood, Sunbury, the country residence of Sir William Clarke, yesterday afternoon. Some three months ago Mr. Hare was seized with an attack of diabetes, and until recently he was under special treatment at Mr. T. N. Fitzgerald’s private hospital, where he went through a successful operation, and recovered sufficiently to seek a change at Rupertswood.
Mr Jesse Dowsett, who was a guard in the special train which took police to Glenrowan when Ned Kelly was captured in June, 1880, died at his home in Dandenong, early today, aged 88. Mr. Dowsett assisted in the capture of Ned Kelly, and was one of the very few participants in the affair commended by the Royal Commission which sat subsequently.
The illness of Captain Frederick Charles Standish, the late chief commissioner of the Victorian police force, terminated fatally yesterday. He died at the Melbourne Club about half-past 5 o’clock. For some months the condition of his health had been such as to leave little hope of other than a fatal ending. About two years ago he had a slight attack of apoplexy , and since that time he has been gradually failing. He was suffering from disease of the heart and of the liver, and there were also indications of softening of the brain.
Officers of the Victorian Education Department joined on Friday in the expressions of general regret of the death of Mr. Thomas Curnow, the hero teacher who saved the train containing 40 police and a number of Pressmen from destruction by the Kelly gang of bushrangers, at Glenrowan, 42 ½ years ago.