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Private John Caffrey (1814.... .1864.)

Settled In New Zealand

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This information was kindly supplied by Ken Brewer;
Area Settled :
New Plymouth New Zealand
Children :

30 November 1849 his son Joseph was born in Auckland

History & Achievements :
The first named policeman to serve in Otahuhu was Constable John Caffery who was believed to have arrived in late 1854 and would have been a member of the Auckland provincial Constabulary formed in 1852. Born in 1814 at Castleraghan in Ballyjamesduff, Ireland, his profession was described at a tailor when he joined the 58th Regiment as a private on 1 March 1833, when he was given the number 819. In 1842 he married Elizabeth Hamilton in Dublin. Caffery's military service saw him spend 18 months in Ceylon before sailing to Sydney, Australia on 6 March 1845 aboard the penal ship, “Hyderabad "  whilst serving as a convict guard.
Caffery  then  sailed  to Auckland on 22 April 1845 aboard the ship “Slains Castle.  On 30 November 1849 his son Joseph was born in Auckland and on 13 June  1854  he  was  discharged  from  the military with a pension. Shortly afterwards he joined the Police at Auckland and was transferred to Otahuhu. At  this  time  the  Magistrates  Court, or Police Court as it was commonly known,  was  held at Onehunga and it was common for prisoners to be marched back and forth for prosecution hearings or on escort to Auckland Gaol.
In June 1856, John Caffery is recorded as the Constable at Otahuhu and the complainant in seven cases of drunkenness at the Onehunga Resident Magistrates Court. He died at the age of 50 years in 1864 whilst at
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