1863 - 1934 (71 years)
||William PRIEST |
||21 Mar 1863
||Sailors Gully near Beaufort, Victoria, Australia [1, 2]
||1887 to 1923
||Victoria, Australia 
|Police officer |
Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), Wednesday 2 May 1923, page 6
PRESENTATION BY CITIZENS.
The esteem in which ex-Sergeant Priest is held by the residents of Ballarat, and particularly by those who resided in the neighborhood of the station he had charge of (Ballarat South), was made evident by the representative gathering at St Patrick's Hall last night to do him honor and make him a presentation. Mr D. C. M'Grath, M.H.R., was in the chair with the guest of the evening on his right.
After the loyal toast had been honored "Parliament" was proposed by Mr J. M. Feery, who expressed his pleasure at having the opportunity of doing honor to ex-Sergeant Priest, who had earned the esteem of the public and the confidence of his superior officers. He believed the members of the State and Federal Legislatures legislated generally in the best interests of the people. He admired the courageous manner in which their Federal member, Mr. D. G. M'Grath, always expressed his opinion. His wish and his ambition was always to work for the people. He had once been a strong opponent of Mr M'Grath, but now it would take something pretty strong to remove him from his side. (Applause.)
Mr M'Grath, in response, said that he was pleased to take part in the gathering, also that he was in a position to respond as the Federal representative for Ballarat. No one had had to fight more bitter political fights than he had, yet he did not think there was an individual in Ballarat he was not friendly with. As regards politics, Mr Bruce and Dr Earle Page had wedded and gone on their honeymoon, and until they came back no one would know what was coming. (Laughter.) There was great unrest in the old world today. There were more men under arms now than ever. They had had enough of secret arguments, and the people of Australia should require that Mr. Bruce should reveal the nature of what was going to be done at the next Imperial Conference. The world had had enough of war, and the party for which he stood would say to Mr Bruce that if he entered into any secret agreement regarding the construction of ships or increase of armaments, the Labor party, when it got into power, would cancel that agreement. It was not right to talk of spending millions on armament when the old-age pensioners had to exist on a paltry 15/ a week. His party would clearly and strongly express at no distant date its opinion regarding expenditure on preparation for war.
Mr M'Grath, in proposing the health of Sergeant Priest said that it spoke well for the manner in which Mr Priest had carried out this duties that so many representative citizens had met to do him honor. Sergeant Priest had put in 37 years in the service, and it was their wish that he should live long to enjoy his pension. Regarding superannuation, if there was one section of the public service entitled to a retiring allowance, it was the members of the police, who very often had to risk their lives in protecting the lives and properties of the citizens (Hear, hear.) He had much pleasure in presenting ex-Sergeant Priest with a cheque, as a memento of the esteem in which he was held by the citizens of Ballarat. Mr Priest had been a good Government officer, a good citizen, and had set an example to younger members of the force which they would do well to copy. (Applause.)
Mayor Elsworth, in support, expressed his pleasure at joining in the congratulations to ex-Sergeant Priest on having done his duty. He was not a man that should be laid aside, as there was a lot of usefulness in him yet. He thought it was only right that some provision should be made by those in authority for the later years of those who had served the Government and the people faithfully and well. It was a necessity, also, to see that our school teachers received a fair deal. Years ago it was a poorly paid profession, and those in it did not receive a proper return for the onerous service they rendered to the country. It was very pleasant to meet men of the type of ex-Sergeant Priest, men who did their duty fearlessly and yet tactfully. They knew what Mr Priest's record was. It must be good, or the gathering of that night would not have taken place. (Applause.)
Mr L. Lederman said that in doing honor to Mr Priest they were doing honor to the whole of the police force. Offences against the law were less common in Ballarat than in any other provincial centre in Australia. This was as due to the unseen work of the police force, due to the work of the men who were preventers of crime, and not makers of it. As a member of the Benevolent Home Committee he could say that the work of alleviating distress which devolved on members of the committee was greatly helped by members of the police force like ex-Sergeant Priest. He had been always a kindly friend to those needing a helping hand. (Hear, hear.)
Mr J. Lyons said that probably no other man in the room had come more in contact with ex-Sergeant Priest during the past 40 years than he had. He hoped that Mr and Mrs Priest would live long to enjoy the Sergeant's well-earned rest. (Applause.)
Mr J. Kirby remarked that Mr Priest possessed that essential qualification for a member of the force. He was most tactful. He congratulated Mr Priest on being able to throw off the shackles of officialdom and take a well-earned rest.
Ex-Sergeant Priest, in reply, thanked them all for the handsome presentation and for their kindly remarks. He had tried to do his best for the Department, for the public and for the men under him. He was pleased to learn that his efforts had been appreciated. He had been 36 years in the force, 20 of which had been spent in Ballarat. He liked Ballarat so well he intended to settle down here. (Hear, hear).
Mr. Con Loftus announced at this stage that Mr McGrath and the Mayor had to leave. In thanking Mr McGrath for presiding he said that Mr McGrath was right in saying that he thought that notwithstanding his many hot political campaigns he could meet everyone on level ground and as a friend. He desired also to thank the Mayor for honoring ex-Sergeant Priest with his attendance though the toast was a little bit out of order he proposed "The Chairman and the Mayor," because of the necessity for those gentlemen leaving them at this stage.
Mr McGrath and Mayor Elsworth briefly responded.
Mr J. Fraser presented the ex-Sergeant with a kookaburra diamond and pearl brooch for Mrs Priest and in doing so paid a tribute to the work of the ex-Sergeant in his capacity as an officer of the force and as a citizen. His remarks were supplemented by Messrs J. Cooney, F. T. Kierce, and G. H. Trekardo.
During the evening vocal items were contributed by Messrs Longenbacher and H. R. Roberts and a story was related by Mr F. T. Kierce. The accompaniments were played by Mr Bert. Humphries.
Mr. Con. Loftus carried out the secretarial duties with his customary tact and ability.
The catering was in the hands of Mr Alf. Haymes.
||17 Apr 1934
||Ballarat, Victoria, Australia [4, 5]
- PRIEST.- On 17th April, at St. John's Hospital, Ballarat, William Priest (ex-Sergeant Victorian Police), dearly loved husband of Kate Priest, of 1 Ripon-st., South Ballarat, and loving father of Ernest, Robert (deceased), William and Leslie, aged 73 years. At rest.
||17 Apr 1934
||Ballarat New Cemetery, Lydiard Street, North Ballarat Victoria, Australia 
||Colston & Wenck families in Australia
||2 Apr 2017 |
||John "Jack" PRIEST, b. Abt 1822, Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, Wales , d. 21 Aug 1879, Sailors Gully near Beaufort, Victoria, Australia (Age ~ 57 years) |
||Mary Ann HILL, b. Abt 1839, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia , d. Yes, date unknown |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- [S15] Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, (Melbourne, The Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, 1998), 1863/10171.
- [S570] Victoria: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages - uncertified image of register, (https://online.justice.vic.gov.au), William Priest, born 21 March 1863, Sailors Gully near Beaufort.
- [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1923 'EX-SERGEANT PRIEST', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 May, p. 6. , viewed 26 Aug 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article213811755.
- [S80] Death Index Victoria 1921-1985, (Melbourne, The Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, 1998), 1934/13726.
- [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1934 'Family Notices', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 18 April, p. 1. , viewed 08 Jun 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203843334.
- [S842] Ballarat Cemeteries, (http://ballaratcemeteries.com.au/), PRIEST William, 71, 17/04/1934, New Cemetery.
- [S15] Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, (Melbourne, The Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, 1998).