As part of the Twigs of Yore Australia Day suggestion to find the earliest piece of documentation about an Australian ancestor I have selected this letter written by my ancestor John Galligan in 1881 "respectfully applying for a situation in the Queensland Police Force".
I first obtained this letter early on in my research after hearing from relatives that John had been a policeman. It came in reply to a letter I wrote to the Queensland Police Department. The covering letter to that reply said "I hope the material forwarded provides new data and further avenues for investigation." It most certainly has.
This letter in John's own hand and hopefully accurate on the facts tells us
- John was in Brisbane in 1881
- John could read & write
- John had been in the country for the last 7 years - if I was absolutely certain his arrival was on the Clara in 1875 then the shipping list would be the earliest piece of documentation
- John was 27
- John was 5 feet nine
- John had worked for Hon HE Ring who was the speaker of the Legislative of Assembly (Queensland Parliament). At the time there were 42 members (there are now 89).