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The citation : the newsletter of the Northern Territory Police Museum & Historical Society



The citation : the newsletter of the Northern Territory Police Museum & Historical Society


Northern Territory Police Museum & Historical Society Inc


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Northern Territory Police Museum & Historical Society Inc

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Issued November 2008

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1839-3918; 1839-390X


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November 1, 2008 [CITATION: NT POLICE MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY] C I T A T I O N - N o v e m b e r 2 0 0 8 Page 17 Territory in February 1891, serving at Pine Creek, Palmerston, Katherine and possibly Brocks Creek. In 1896 he resigned and with his wife ,Elizabeth, took over the running of the Sportsmans Hotel and the local store at Katherine. He died on May 2, l908 at the age of 49. His wife continued the business until her death on March 22, 1912. It seems she was the first white woman to die at the crossing and was buried in the nearby old cemetery with her husband .The hotel was moved to new premises in the new town of Katherine in l927 and was called the Sportsmans Arms Hotel. Constable Kingstons remains may have been exhumed on June 11 l965 along with Mounted Constable C.P. Johnston and two others and reburied at the Katherine Cemetery. However, this is not certain as there is no record of Constable Kingstons grave at the cemetery. The NT Police Museum has an early snapshot of the grave of another We of the Never Never character, Harry Peckham, (The Fizzer), who drowned while swimming the Victoria River. The caption on the photograph says to look after the photo as the grave had now fallen down . Mounted Constable Thomas Charlesworth, who drowned in the NT in February 1884, has been honoured by the South Australian Police Force and his name added to the national police memorial in Canberra. Charlesworth, 32, from Birmingham, England, was a Trooper in the Natal Mounted Police, number 125, during the Zulu Wars of South Africa before joining the South Australian Police Force in 1880. His death raised questions about sending an officer unable to swim to search for an overdue mail coach during widespread flooding. His body was found at Peters Creek, not far from his horses tied to a tree. Stationed at Southport, Constable Charlesworth was sent out to try and locate and assist an overdue mail coach thought to contain a large amount of gold. The floods that Wet were said to be the highest since the great floods of l879. Up to February, Darwin had recorded more than 53 inches of rain. Flooding disrupted outback mail runs, mining and ore treatment. Charlesworth arrived at Rum Jungle and spoke to some diggers who were going up-country. He told them he would push on to the Adelaide River as there were no dangerous crossings in between. That was the last time he was seen alive. When diggers from Adelaide River reported they had not seen him a search was organised and his body was found in Peters Creek, named after Otto Peters, a Darwin merchant, who had drowned in the l875 SS Gothenburg disaster which claimed 102 lives. Charlesworths body was clad in a waterproof coat, gaiters and ordinary clothing. It was presumed he had arrived at the creek after dark and while walking on the bank, rendered slippery by the rain, had fallen into the water. Unable to swim, and weighed down by clothing, he had drowned. Another theory was that he had waded into the water, perhaps in attempt to find out how deep it was, and had either slipped or walked into a deep hole. He was buried nearby. A report in the NT Times and Gazette said Constable Charlesworth was not married but affianced to a young lady in Adelaide. His mother, brother and other family members resided in Pietermaritzburg, the base for the Natal Mounted Constabulary, in what was then the Cape Colony. He was reported as being a man with many estimable qualities and a quiet and obliging manner.