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Name  Alexander Tolmer

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Died  March 7, 1890, Mitcham, Adelaide, Australia
Books  Some Adventures of Alexander Tolmer in Colonial South Australia 1840-1856: Selected from His "Reminiscences of an Adventurous and Chequered Career at Home and at the Antipodes"

Alexander Tolmer (1815 – 7 March 1890) was a South Australian police officer and Police Commissioner. He migrated to the new colony in 1840 and was made sub-inspector by Governor George Gawler.

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In August 1840, Tolmer was part of the punitive expedition to the Coorong after Aborigines massacred 25 shipwreck survivors from the ship Maria, which had been travelling from Port Adelaide to Hobart. He was involved in the 1842 search for Charles Christian Dutton and droving party, believed to have been similarly attacked on their way from Port Lincoln to Adelaide, but no trace was ever found. Police Inspector Alexander Tolmer was among the original residents of the newly established village of Norwood, South Australia in 1847.

After several stints of acting in the position, he was appointed Commissioner of Police on 3 January 1852 replacing George Dashwood. He was instrumental in creating the gold escort route between Mount Alexander near Castlemaine, Victoria and Adelaide in the 1850s (the first arrived in Adelaide on 20 March 1852 with around 600 lb (272 kg) of gold, the second, with 1,620 lb (735 kg) on 4 May 1852; it also carried mail between diggers and their Adelaide families) and also helped to establish the town of Bordertown. In November 1853, following an inquiry into police morale and efficiency, he was demoted to Chief Inspector (Tolmer ascribed the blame to his temporary replacement C. W. Stuart), and six months later he was sidelined to the Public Service.

He died in 1890 and was buried at the Mitcham Cemetery in an Anglican service. A son, Alexander H. D. Tolmer, was a drover, explorer and manager of Arkaba station.

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