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Private John Agnew (.........)

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  • Died : 1892
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    LOCAL NEWS (Maitland Mercury, Saturday, October 15, 1892)


    Our obituary in the last issue contained the name of John Agnew.  Mr Agnew had for many years been lockup keeper in East Maitland, but at the time of his death was living on the pension well-earned by attention to duty.
      He was one of the worthiest of the older police force that we have known; always courteous, punctilious in the discharge of duty, and precise and regular in his ways, as became a man whose army training had left an impression on his manners and formed his habits.  A good man has gone to his rest.
      The following particulars of Mr Agnew's career will not be without interest.  He enlisted in the 96th Regiment and served nearly thirty years, including eight years of service as a boy. He served in England, Ireland and Scotland, in Halifax, Jamacia, East India and Norfolk Island.
    He was in New South Wales with a detachment of his regiment early in the 1840s - when the military were required to control the convicts.
      He went then to Launceston, where in 1845 he formed the oldest Brass Band in Australia - St Josephs' Brass Band, which is still in existence.
    From Launceston he went to East India, where he remained till he left the army on a pension and with a long service and good conduct medal.
      In 1855, he returned to New South Wales, where he joined the police force in 1857.He was stationed four years at Largs and twenty-one years in East Maitland, till he was pensioned in 1882.
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