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The 7 January 1861 saw the appointment of William John Brown, Sub-Collector of Customs with a salary of 475 per annum to the position of Water Police Magistrate for Rockhampton. He told the Committee, "The Water Police consists of an Inspector, a coxswain, a carpenter, and five constables one of whom acts as cook.
Brown had under his control three Customs boatmen who also acted as Water Police Constables. There are no other water police in any part of the colony.
It takes up much of their time, There are 27 vessels consisting of two dredges, the "FITZROY" and the "LYTTON", one steam tug the "BRISBANE" and 23 punts.
The decks of the dredges and tug have to be washed down every day and the machinery on board the dredged has to be turned once a week. It fills up their time between their other duties" Thornton said.
Sheridan, a Sub-Collector of Customs in receipt of a salary of 500 per annum, was also the Harbour Master, Gold Receiver, Inspector of Distilleries, Health Officer, Cotton Inspector and Shipping Inspector, and was also appointed without additional salary.
The Customs and Harbour Department boats' crews at Maryborough performed the duties of Water Police Constables.
Twenty pounds a year should pay for keeping the hulk in serviceable condition".
"Including water police duties, the force has charge of the dredging plant lying at the mouth of the river off Fisherman's Island.
keeping order amongst the shipping in the bay, they act as Customs House Officers and search vessels going up and down the river, the Sub-Inspector is a health officer and boards vessels in his capacity as such, and assists the Tide Surveyor in his duty by lending him men in bad weather to go to vessels in the bay as the Tide Surveyor's crew has been reduced to two." In 1866 William Thornton took a seat in the Legislative Council that he held for 13 years.
Richard Sheridan and Mr John Mc Master, the Mayor of the Municipality of Brisbane.