Po­lice wel­come in Tweed

First of­fi­cer ar­rived in 1892

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

THE res­i­dents of Tweed Heads, tired of be­ing with­out a per­ma­nent po­lice of­fi­cer in the town, sent a pe­ti­tion to the NSW Min­is­ter for Jus­tice.

Word was re­ceived in Oc­to­ber 1891 that the pe­ti­tion ask­ing that a con­sta­ble be per­ma­nently sta­tioned in the town was de­nied.

“The Min­is­ter is di­rected by the Colo­nial Sec­re­tary to in­form the pe­ti­tion­ers that the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice re­ports that there are not suf­fi­cient funds avail­able and as the mat­ter is not of a press­ing ur­gency it has been de­ferred un­til next year.”

True to the Min­is­ter’s word, a new po­lice sta­tion was built at Cooloon (Tweed Heads) and in April 1892, the town’s res­i­dents wel­comed the news that Con­sta­ble W H Heins had been ap­pointed to take charge of the sta­tion.

Con­sta­ble Heins was pro­moted to the grade of first-class con­sta­ble in 1895 and in 1896 Mr Henry Min­naw built new po­lice quar­ters for Tweed Heads.

The build­ings “were con­sid­ered an or­na­ment to the town”.

PHOTO: TREVOR VEALE

PO­LICE: The first po­lice quar­ters in Tweed Heads was built in 1896.

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