Ahern, John (Ahearn)

Personal Details

First nameJohn
Other namesAhearn
Date of death16/09/1893


Son of Denis Ahern and Honorah O’Mahony.
John is buried in the Toowong Cemetery:
Portion 7 Section 51 Grave No 4.

Mary who died 28 March 1905 is also buried with him.

Husband of Mary Thynne [m.9/05/1883]

Father of –
Mary Honorah 23/05/1884 Death 21/02/1885 [Ref:1884/000672 & 1885/003252]
Catherine Mary [b.1/05/1886] born in Aramac.
Edward Denis [b.7/07/1888]
Elizabeth Geraldine [b.13/10/1890]
Ellen [b.24/02/1893]

John Ahern was stationed in the west as a police officer for many years,and figured prominently in that capacity when Police Inspector at the time of the famous shearer’ strike. Mary Ahern (nee Thynne) was a sister of Sir A.J.Thynne who figures in the pages of history for his role in the draft plans for the Australian Constitution, his place on the first University Senate and as a founding partner of Thynne & McCartney, still a well respected Brisbane legal firm.
[Source: NORAH CARROLL (nee Walsh ) hcar4347@bigpond.net.au]

Inspector J. J. Ahearne.
Died This Morning.
One of the oldest and most officiant officers of the Queensland Police Force in the person of Inspector John Ahearne, died at his residence, Bowen terrace, at an early hour this morning, at the age of 65 years.’
Inspector Ahearne joined the force in September, 1864, so that he has been 29 years in the service. For several years he was inspector in the Mitchell district, and did splendid work in putting down the crime of cattle and horse stealing which was of such common occurrence in the early days out west.
He was also in charge of the Muttaburra and Charleville districts, his services always being distinguished by zeal and energy. On May 1, 1890, he was appointed travelling inspector for the colony, the highest post in the force next to that of Commissioner of Police.
In about a year, he would have been entitled to retire on a substantial pension. It will be remembered that he took a prominent part in the late shearers’ strike.
Deceased was a brother-in-law of the Hon. A. J. Thynne and Mr. Justice Real. He leaves a widow and four children, the youngest being only a few months old. He had been very ill for several weeks, suffering from an abscess in the back, the result of a fall from his buggy while on duty some years ago.
The funeral takes place at 3 o’clock to-morrow afternoon for the Toowong Cemetery, when there will doubtless be a large number of men both in and out of the force to follow the remains to their last resting place.
[Source: Inspector J. J. Ahearne. (1893, September 16). The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld.: 1872 – 1947), p. 4. Retrieved December 7, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article172068003]


Hospital Committee
Business contact year1885
RoleHospital Committee
Business categoryHistoric Community

Member of the Muttaburra Hospital Committee

Business contact year1885
RolePolice Sub Inspector
Business categoryHistoric Justice

Sub-inspector Ahearn, of Muttaburra, promoted to the rank of inspector, and appointed to Charleville
[The Brisbane Courier: Friday 24 September 1886]