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Surname MOREY
Given Name(s) or Initial(s) James Matthew
Regimental Number 568
Unit Name 3rd Victorian Bushmen
Extracts and Comments
(from Sources as shown)

Murray: Lance Corporal 20.5.1900, Hon. Sergeant 13.5.1901.
Melb. Leader: Mtd. Const.? from Euroa Vic., photo.
B5177: mounted constable aged 28.
B5179: born 1872 a mounted constable from Euroa, next of kin c/- PO Nathalia Vic.
Source:# 1000 born in 1872 and died in 1950 at Ballarat aged 78 buried in Brighton cemetery, death certificate says a retired Inspector of Police (4643) presumably retiring at the then statutory age of 60 in 1932, having rejoined the police force on 2.8.1901, brother of Alfred Charles 3VB.
Droogleever: 'Mat'.
URL3: Constable Vic. Mounted Police, owner of mascot dog 'Bushie' (and saga thereof).
URL4: James Mathew MOREY of Ballarat Vic., late Boer War and Inspector Victorian Police died aged 78 on 29.3.1950.
URL5: Returned Soldiers. Corporal F GORDON and Sergeant MOREY, both from South Africa, arrived in Euroa during the past few days [c6.1901], and were accorded hearty welcomes, that of the former being given officially by the fire brigade. The residents of Lower Castle Creek have arranged to give a social evening in the hall this evening in honor of Corporal GORDON.
URL6: Australian coronation contingent. Among those who have been selected to represent Victoria at the Coronation ceremonies in London, we find the names of Private CH MAHY, Beechworth, son of Mr. Martin MAHY MMB; also Private JM MOREY, police, Wodonga.
Source:# 1578 MOREY, James Matthew. Noted by The Age (Melbourne 10.03.1925 as from Armadale and appointed in charge of Ballarat South police station.
URL7: Serjeant MOREY, of Armadale, who was appointed to the vacancy, will be unable to come to Ballarat for health reasons.
URL9: WHIPMAN MEETS AN OLD PAL "WHERE may I buy some matches?" asked Colonel Holman AMES, the famous whip-wielder of a casual wayfarer in a Ballarat street during a visit to that city. "I'm a stranger here," he added by way of excusing his ignorance of match-sellers' locations. "You're no stranger to me," was the response he, got. "You are Holman JAMES; we were in the Boer War with the Third Victorian Contingent." "And you are?" "Matt. MOREY." Recognition was then mutual, and the twain had a good old chat on their Boer War experiences. It was the detective instinct "that prompted MOREY's quick recognition of a familiar face; he is a retired police inspector. "Beemac."
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 249
Melb. Leader: Melbourne Leader newspaper date(s) 10.3.1900
B5177: National Archives of Australia series B5177
B5179: National Archives of Australia series B5179 item A
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 1000
Droogleever: That Ragged Mob - 3VB & 4VIB page(s) 39, 204, 417, 485, 521
BorderW: Mount Gambier Border Watch newspaper date(s) 15.6.1901
Argus: Melbourne Argus newspaper date(s) 30.3.1950
Euroa Adv.: Euroa Advertiser newspaper date(s) 14.6.1901
O&MAdv.: 'Ovens & Murray Advertiser' newspaper (Beechworth Vic.) date(s) 26.4.1902
Melb. Age: Melbourne Age newspaper date(s) 10 & 12.3.1925 SmitW: 13.4.1935
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