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Shaw, John (Corporal)

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1833
Place of birth Scotland
Date of arrival 1855
Principal occupation Mounted Policeman and farmer
Date of departure 1866
Date of death 1909
Place of decease Pirie Street in Kent Town

John Shaw was born on 1 Aug 1833 in Scotland. Occupation: Mounted policeman and farmer. Residence: Willunga (1855-1866), Redruth (near Burra), Overland Corner and Kent Town. Religion: Church of England.

John Shaw married Margaret Mary Peat(t)ie (1830-1907). She was born in Fife, Scotland. They had eight children (4 boys and 4 girls): John Peatie (1855-1880) he was also a Mounted policeman. d at Adelaide aged 25 Christina Martha (1857-1932) b at Willunga d at Kensington Park Barbara Ann (1859-1935) b at Willunga d at Kensington Park Francis David (1860-1877) b at Willunga d. at Overland Corner aged 16 Charlotte Pattulla (1862-1863) b and d at Willunga aged 6 months Wellesley Wellman (1863-1933) b at Willunga m. Annie Louisa Wenske at Chalmers Manse, Adelaide in 1886 d at Adelaide Janet Elizabeth (1866-1951) b at Redruth near Burra m. Richard Charles Stopp (1866-1940) James Trussell (1868-1953) b at Overland Corner m. Isabellla Fanny Coombe in 1903 d at Perth, WA

John Shaw was appointed as a constable in the Mounted Police on 11 Jan 1855. He replaced Corporal George Weal at Willunga by August of 1855 and he was a Mounted Policeman at Willunga for about 12 years. He was promoted to Corporal in late 1855 and he left the town after 12 years service in 1866. He was the Honorary Secretary of the Independent Order of Oddfellows (IOOF) in Willunga. In 1863 the IOOF presented him with an watch inscribed: "Presented to P.G. John Shaw from the members of the Loyal Wiliunga Lodge, I.O.O.F., M.U., South Australia, for gratuitous services in the cause of Oddfellowship. August 8, 1863". On leaving Willunga in 1866 John Shaw was invited to a supper at the Bush Inn and was presented with “a handsome testimonial, in the shape of a silver inkstand, and also with a memorial numerously signed, signifying the high estimation in which he was held”.

In 1867 John Shaw was sent to take charge of the Overland Station Police Station and later he was promoted to Inspector of Police. John Shaw, aged 76 years, died of pneumonia at Pirie Street in Kent Town on 18 Aug 1909 and he was buried at West Terrace Cemetery.

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