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Rowland, Stephen Henry

Rowland, Stephen Henry

Male 25 Sep1898 - Aft 1934

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  • Born  25 Sep1898  Croydon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Aft 11.1933 
    Person ID  I00119  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  13 Jun 2015 

    Father  Rowland, Charles John,   c. 14 Jun 1860, Coulsdon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1926, Dalby, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Watson, Blanche Elliott,   b. 9 May 1863, Balmain, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1919, Bell, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Aug 1891  St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F00061  Group Sheet

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    Stephen Henry Rowland
    Stephen Henry Rowland

  • Notes 
    • Disappeared from Gympie, Queensland, November 1933.

      ? Stephen had a few years of formal education at the Koondai-i Creek State School
      ? on his enlistment papers ?Trade before joining Police Force? was cheese-maker
      ? in 1927 Stephen decided to join the Queensland Police Force and approached the officer stationed at Bell for a reference, who gave a positive view of both himself and his family.
      ? as at the 6th of June 1925 his Application for Appointment showed he that he was 5? 9? (177cm) high, weighed 11 stone (69.8 kg), had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion
      ? on the 15th of July 1927 was recruited into the Queensland Police Force and commenced training in Brisbane
      ? when completed his training he was sworn in on full pay from the 16th of September 1927, two months after joining. His first transfer was from the Depot to the Roma Street station
      ? his next transfer was from Roma Street to Maryborough on the 4th of October 1927 and left for his new Station on the 21st October, 1927
      ? his next transfer was from Maryborough to Cordalba where he took on a temporary appointment from the 17th of July 1928
      ? appointed as Temporally in Charge of Cordalba from the 8th of December 1928 to the 5th of January 1929
      ? transfer from Maryborough to Gympie was approved on the 9th of April 1929
      ? on the 3rd of December 1933 there was an ?Application Advertised Vacancy at Kajabbi? for which it appears that he applied for
      ? on the 5th of June 1933 the Office of Inspector of Police Maryborough, wrote, as part of his out-going duty, as follows: ?S. H. Rowland No 2968 has been good and his work as clerk at Gympie has been satisfactory. A good reliable man.?
      ? on the 19th of August 1933 a F J Nash, as Secretary of the Relief Workers Association branch at Gympie, forwarded a complaint against Constable Rowland for ?incivility?
      ? files show that in September 1933 a complaint against him was brought by the Relief Workers Organisation of Gympie. It stated that the ?hours of pay for married men in Gympie are from 9 to 12 o?clock, However very rarely Constable Rowlands (sic) start to pay before half past ten and very often later still.?
      ? on the 22nd of November 1933 at Gympie it is alleged that Stephen stole the amount of 548.6.6 being funds to pay relief workers in the Gympie area
      ? a warrant was issued for his arrest charging him with stealing
      ? he was ?Dismissed from 24/11/33 for absenting himself from duty and absconding with the sum of 548.6.6, property of the Queensland Government ..?
      ? he was described as ?31 years, 5?9? high medium build, about 11 stone, blue eyes, fair complexion, fair or light brown curly hair, good voice, walks with slight stoop, good set of natural teeth, good appearance, dresses well, fond of golf, tennis and dancing. The arrest of this man is urgently desired. He is a member of the Police Force of the State (Queensland). He obtained a day?s leave on the 23rd and left his station ?Gympie? at 2am that date, and has not since returned.??
      ? not long after his disappearance there were allegations that Rowland had left for Sydney by aeroplane
      ? it was then alleged that he was touring with a theatrical company (apparently he had been involved in a few local amateur theatrical productions while in Gympie)
      ? later still it was alleged that he was heading to England by ship however when the vessel was in Melbourne it was searched, a man was questioned but the person did not match the photo held by the Victorian Police
      ? by January 1934 Hobart police advised that there was no trace of Rowland in Tasmania
      ? in February 1934 the Melbourne police advised that there was no trace of him in Victoria
      ? in March 1934, Adelaide police advised of no trace of him.
      ? on the 17th of May 1938 Stephen Henry Rowland was still wanted on a warrant at Gympie.

      The Mail: Saturday 25 November 1933
      Theft of 500 Alleged Against Police Officer
      BRISBANE. Saturday.- A warrant was issued today for the arrestof Constable Stephen Henry Rowland, on & charge of having stolen 548 6/ from the police station at Gympie. It was reported in a message from Gympie on Friday that the door of a safe in the police station had been jammed. Since Thursday morning the safe had contained about 3,000 in cash and cheques. Of this sum about 600 was in bank notes. The money had been lodged there to pay relief workers on Friday. This morning the safe was opened, and it was found that about 548 was missing. It is understood that Constable Rowland, who had been stationed at Gympie and other North Coast towns for a number of years, had applied on Thursday for leave to visit relatives at Palwoods. Enquiries revealed that he had not been there.

      24.02.1970 MISSING 37 YEARS, NOW RULED DEAD
      Mr. Justice Hanger yesterday made an order presuming the death of a police constable who disappered from Gympie in 1933.
      His Honour was told that after the man's disappearance, certain public funds were missing from Gympie police station and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The missing man was Stephen Henry Rowland, aged 32, at the time of his disappearance.
      Mr Justice Hanger made the order on the man's sister, Mrs Blance Essie Mc Phee, 78, widow, of South Street, Toowoomba.
      Mrs Mc Phee, in her petition, said that she and her brother were the registered proprietors of a 131 acres dairy property near Bell, known as Dalmoora. She said her brother did not have any share in the income from the property, which was conducted in her name, nor did he have any interest in the stock and plant.
      Mrs. Mc Phee said she had not received any communication from Rowland since November 23, 1933, and had not received any concerning his whereabouts, she said.
      She had advertised for him, and in 1952, she had reported him as a missing person. The Police Commissioner(Mr. N.W.Bauer) said in an affidavit that Rowland was seen at Gympie railway station on November 23, 1933, shortly before the departure of the Rockhampton to Brisbane mail train. Following Rowland's absence, it was ascertained that certain public moneys were missing and a warrant was issued for his arrest, on a charge of stealing as a public servant, Bauer said. The warrant was still in existence, but all efforts to trace Rowland had failed. His Honour ordered that subject to the requirements of The Succession and Probate Duties Acts, 1892-1963, the Registrar of Titles register Mrs. Mc Phee as the sole proprietor of the land by survivorship.