Van Diemen's Land 1821 Police Fund Note for 14 Pounds # 185 about VF
Number: 185 | Date: June 23rd 1821
Front: Colonial crest at upper centre, title across top;
Number, date and value on second line;
Names, value and consideration across centre, signatures and endorsement at bottom
Back: Blank, watermark of Britannia at lower right
Measurements: 205mm * 127mm
Ex Dr Alan Nicholson Collection;
Lot #1504, Noble Numismatics Auction 49b (November 1995). Estimate: $4,000, Hammer: $10,000, Nett: $11,000.
Lot #2807, Noble Numismatics Auction 67 (July 2001). Estimate: $10,000, Hammer: $20,000, Nett: $23,300.
This intact note embodies the way the colonial military enriched themselves while in power.
This note is not only authorized by Edward Foord Bromley, but it was made payable to him also. It has been hand signed by Lieutenant-Governor William Sorell.
Edward Foord Bromley (1777-1836) was a naval surgeon who arrived in Australia as surgeon-superintendent in March 1816. In November 1818 the secretary of state appointed him Naval Officer at Hobart Town. He went back to England and returned to Hobart in February 1820 and took up the position of treasurer of the Police Fund at a salary of ¬¨¬®¬¨¬Æ¬¨¬®¬¨√Ü¬¨¬®¬¨¬Æ¬¨¬®¬¨¬£60. He also became a magistrate and a foundation shareholder in the Bank of Van Diemen's Land. However he is remembered chiefly for a spectacular misappropriation of colonial funds which was finally discovered in 1824.
Although Lieut-Governor Sorell approved his administration and his many friends supported him after his suspension, the evidence of the inquiry revealed incredible laxness and inefficiency. The degree of his personal guilt was never established and it seems likely that his convict clerk, Bartholomew Broughton, participated in the embezzlement. A varied career followed and he died in the Marine infirmary at Woolwich in England on 29 June 1836.
Only three specimens of the Van Diemen's Land Police Fund notes are known to exist in private hands, it is believed they likely form part of his misappropriation of treasury funds.
This particular note has firm and original paper, and shows evidence on the back of having been mounted previously.
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