Fragments from the official career of John Dwyer, Superintendent of Police, 1878 to 1921

John Dwyer’s 43 year policing career began in New Zealand in Dunedin in 1878. Posted around the country, his service took in Oamaru, the Otago goldfields, Christchurch, Wanganui, Napier, and his final stint was in Christchurch from 1914 to his retirement in 1921. Superintendent Dwyer was associated with many notable cases throughout his career. His memoirs focus on some of these incidents, and provide insight into policing in late nineteenth and early twentieth century New Zealand.