A WORTHY OLD COLONIST. DEATH OF EX-SGT. ALLCHURCH. Mr. Edward Allchurch, ex-sergeant of police, and fine old colonist, died at his residence, High street, Glenelg, early on Thursday morning at the ripe age of 88 years. The deceased was native of Deptford, Kent, England, where he was born on November 16, 1828. In 1854 he joined the Brighton police, in whicb service he remained for nearly nine years. During his stay Brighton he had several exciting experiences. On one occasion he nearly lost his life while endeavouring to capture a burglar. In consequence of the slowness of promotion and the poor pay—a Brighton policeman's salary in those days amounted to only 19/6 a week—Mr. Allchurch determined to try his luck in South Australia, and accordingly, in January, 1866, he left England with his wife and young family, on board the Atalanta, and arrived at Port Adelaide the following April. He was at once offered a position in the South Australian police by Major Warburton, then Commissioner, which he accented. After spending about 18 months in Adelaide, he was sent to take charge of the Glenelg station, where he remained until 1899, when he retired. The district he had to look after was a very extensive one, and included Brighton, on the one side, and Henley Beach on the other, necessitating alt times an immense amount of work. Among his principal duties was the boarding of the mail steamers from Western Australia and examining the clearances which all passengers from the western colony, desiring to land, had to be provided with. The object of the inspection was to prevent the influx of undesirable persons. Provided that a convict had served his sentence at the Swan River penal settlement, and remained in Western Australia for a further three years, he was allowed to land in South Australia, but not otherwise. On arrival at Glenelg Mr. Allchurch would collect all the passengers' clearances, and they then had to accompany him to the detective office to be identified. In 1887 Mr. Allchurch visited England, to take charge of a purser on a P. & O. boat. The man had been arrested on charges of conspiracy and false pretences. He had been about 30 years in the employ of the company, and had hosts of friends at every-port, but Mr. Allchurch brought him back safely, and, in due course, he underwent his trial, was convicted and served a sentence. —'Half a Century at Glenelg.-- The late Mr. Allchurch was one of the best-known residents of Glenelg, having lived in the seaside town for nearly 50 years. When he originally took charge of the police station there. Glenelg was merely a small village, he saw it grow into an up-to-date own. When he first went there the settlement relied upon a well situated near the Old Gumtree for its water supply, and it cost half a crown a barrel to deliver. In the course of his duties the ate Mr. Allchurch accompanied the present King and brother, the Duke of Clarence in the launch in which they landed at Glenelg, when they visited South Australia, and he was also "on duty when the late Duke of Edinburgh laid the foundation stone of the G.P.O. in Adelaide. Mr. Allchurch until recently enjoyed excellent health, and in spite of his advanced years, read without glasses. When, by reason of his age, he retired from the police force, it was as an honourable man with an unblemished record, and until his death he was held in the greatest esteem by his many friends. He will be much missed by Glenelg residents, among whom he was most highly regarded. He has left four sons:—Mr. H. Allchurch, pastoralist Port Broughton: Detective H. Allchurch Adelaide; Mr. Ernest Allchurch, postmaster, Hergott; and Mr. Harold Allchurch, ironmonger, New Zealand; and four daughters—Mrs. T. Bradshaw, Port Pirie; Mrs. T. Baker, Mount Gambier, and the Misses Allchurch and Ethel Allchurch.