Submitted by jays on 28 January 2014 - 3:51pm

This gold pocket watch was presented to ‘Bro. A.B. Walker’ by the Sons & Daughters of Temperance of NSW for Walker’s bravery in capturing the bushranger Thunderbolt on 25 May 1870. Constable Alexander Binning Walker (1847-1929) became a poster boy for the Australian temperance movement, his actions seen as proof that ‘alcoholic stimulants [were] not required to give a man dash and pluck’. The contest between Constable Walker and the bushranger Thunderbolt is a legendary chapter in Australian policing history. Walker had pursued Thunderbolt on horseback through the bush, exchanging fire with him as they rode. The battle came to a head at Kentucky Creek near Uralla where Thunderbolt declared he’d rather die than surrender. Walker responded ‘It’s you and I for it’ and charged at his foe. They fought in the water until Walker finally overpowered and killed the bushranger. Walker received an immediate promotion to Senior Constable and two months later was further promoted to Sergeant. He spent the rest of his career in the NSW Police, retiring as Superintendent in 1912, regarded by the communities he served as a cool, determined and brave man.

Photograph: Jamie North, 2013
This item is currently on display in the Police History Cell
Pocket watch presented to Constable Alexander Walker by the Sons and Daughters of Temperance, 1870 Pocket watch presented to Constable Alexander Walker by the Sons and Daughters of Temperance, 1870 Pocket watch presented to Constable Alexander Walker by the Sons and Daughters of Temperance, 1870 Pocket watch presented to Constable Alexander Walker by the Sons and Daughters of Temperance, 1870 Pocket watch presented to Constable Alexander Walker by the Sons and Daughters of Temperance, 1870
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