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Mallon, Thomas (Constable)

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1829
Place of birth County Cavan, Ireland
Date of arrival 1855
Principal occupation Mounted constable, publican, farmer
Date of death 1918
Place of decease Auburn

Thomas Mallon serviced as a mounted constable from 28 May 1855 to 30 April 1877.

Thomas Mallon was born in County Cavan, Ireland in 1829. In 1848, he enlisted in the Royal Irish Constabulary. He immigrated to South Australia via the ship, Northern Light, arriving on 7 April 1855. On 28 May 1855, he was appointed as a mounted constable. He was stationed at Willunga after August 1856, when Corporal Richards left Willunga, and perhaps for most of 1857.

After Willunga, Thomas was stationed at Redruth, where, in August 1858, he arrested a man after he was punched on the nose! On November 4, 1860, Thomas married Julia Cronin at Redruth. His bride was 20 years old. They were to have eight children. At Redruth, John Francis (b. 24/4/1862) and Jeremiah Joseph (b. 8/12/1863) were born. When Thomas was stationed at Melrose, Julia gave birth to Catherine Mary (b. 27/7/1866), Ellen Theresa (b. 26/5/1868) and Eugene Michael (b. 8/7/1870). Sadly, when the family moved to Kapunda, Mary Anne Josephine was born (18/12/1875), only to die around six months later (20/5/1877). By this time, Thomas had left the police force. He became a publican in September 1877, managing the District Hotel in Auburn. Julia gave birth to the last of the family, Alice Anne, on 9 June 1879 at the hotel. About a year later, Thomas bought land and commenced farming at Booleroo Centre. In 1895, he then returned to Auburn to once again become the publican at the District Hotel until his death on 21 August 1918, at the age of 90 years. He is buried at the Undalya cemetery.

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