William John Peterswald



He was born in the West Indies in 1830, and was educated in Edinburgh, attending a Military Academy there. He commanded the 1st Rifle Company attached to the Channel Islands Militia. He arrived in South Australia in 1853 and commenced farming. While farming in 1882 he enrolled, drilled and commanded a volunteer company of riflemen which earned a high to reputation. He joined the Police Force in 1862 as Inspector of Metropolitan Police and resigned in 1866, after which he became Warden of the Goldfields. He rejoined the Police Force in 1874 and rose to the rank of Superintendent. In 1881 he was appointed Acting Commissioner of Police and in 1882, Commissioner of Police.


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