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Mary Theresa Braddon

Member of the Women’s Police Service
Birthplace Koromiko New ZealandPlace of Death New South Wales Kingswood Australia Date of Birth: November 25, 1875 Date of Death: November 4, 1949

Biography

Information supplied through Research Project led by Nigel Crompton.

Name Mary Theresa Braddon (nee McIntosh) DoB 25 Nov 1875

Place of birth Koromiko, Marlborough, New Zealand

Parents James & Hannah (nee Blaymires) McIntosh

Parental Home Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand

Siblings Lilly (1873-1961), Henry (1878-1954), James (1881-1915),
William (1883-1954), Gordon (1892-1986)

Spouse Edward George Braddon (see below in notes)

Date of Wedding 1900 – Sydney, Australia

Children None

Marital home(s) None confirmed

Employment Prior to Gretna, none found

1911 Census Not living in Great Britain

Date of death 4 November 1949 Location Nepean Hospital, Kingswood, NSW
Buried in Kingswood Cemetery, Penrith, New South Wales (NSW)
Kingswood Cemetery is now Penrith General Cemetery, NSW

Gretna details

Name Mary Theresa Braddon (nee McIntosh) Clock No

Date joining Not known

Date leaving Not known

Addresses Number 1 Women’s Police Barracks, Gretna

Rank on start PC

Promotion None confirmed whilst at Gretna – but reached rank of Sub Inspector

Newspapers 24th Nov 1949 – Nepean Times (Penrith NSW) Page 9, etc.

Career after Did not have paid work it appears after Gretna

1921 Census See copy below

Addresses after Gretna 14 Sutherland Place, Bayswater, W2, London
1924/ 1927 – 46 Talbot Road, Paddington – then see below

Additional information

Whilst Mary became a PC at Gretna, and achieved the rank of Sub Inspector, it is not known if this was at
Gretna. After 1919, she did not continue as a police officer in London. Mary left London on the SS
Minnetonka bound for New York on 4th June 1927, the last address in London being given as 14 Sutherland
Place, Westbourne Grove, Paddington.
Her arrival documents in New York for 13th June 1927 indicate she was only staying in America for two or
three weeks before leaving for Wellington, New Zealand. 1928 documents indicate that she was living at
102 Campbell Street, Karori, Wellington where she appears to have lived until the last available lists for
1938. Mary next appears on the electoral registers for 1943 when she is living on Main Road, Glenbrook,
Penrith, New South Wales. The last entry in 1949 still shows Mary’s house on Main Road. Her death later
in 1949 was reported in the Nepean Times.

Edward George Braddon was the son of Sir Edward Nicholas Coventry Braddon, former Premier & leader –
House of Assembly, Tasmania. In 1901 Edward, snr served within the first Australian Parliament as firstly
the Member for Tasmania (1901-1903) and then Member for Wilmot, Tasmania (1903-1904) He died in
1904. Edward jnr. was a specialist mining engineer and travelled widely. Marrying Mary in 1900, they both
visited the West Indies and South America for Edward’s work. On the outbreak of WW1, Edward joined up.
His rank on joining was Private but he became Sergeant, 12855, Royal Fusiliers. He died 4th February
1917 of Enteric fever, and is remembered at Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania which is on
Bagamoyo Road. He was serving with the 25th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers.
Originally he was buried in Dar Es Salaam Seaview Cemetery, Tanganyika but in 1968 the cemetery was
closed and tablets were arranged at Bagamoyo Road. In 1964 Tanganyika merged with Zanzibar to become Tanzania.

 

Sources Consulted

Source Item consulted
Ancestry UK English/ Welsh Census 1911, 1921
New Zealand – Census, electoral registers
Australia – Census, electoral registers
New Zealand – Births, Marriages, Deaths
Australia – Marriages, Deaths
WW1 Medal Rolls
WW1 Medal Cards
Attestation and service records
Burial/ Cemetery records
Immigration and travel
Soldiers effects WW1
British Newspaper Archive Nothing of note located
Paperspast.gov.nz Papers from 1890 – 1940
Trove.nla.gov.au Papers from 1900 – 1950
The Birmingham Mail No mention of Mary found
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery & Casualty details
Scotlandspeople Births, Marriages, Deaths
Valuation Roll for Gretna
Western Front Association WW1 Pensions records
WW1 Pension cards
The Capture of Bukoba on Lake Victoria

Metropolitan Police Heritage Centre Early members of Metropolitan Police Patrol
National Archives Women Police Service

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