The Rise and Fall of Richard Gamble

The Rise and Fall of Richard Gamble By Ken Brewer

Born in Waterford, Ireland in 1837, Richard Gamble had married in Kilkenny on 26 November 1864 and moved to New Zealand to join the Auckland Provincial Police Force on 4 August 1865. He was described as being 6 feet 2 inches tall of fresh complexion, with light brown hair and brown eyes and a member of the Church of England. Given the number 28, he was sent to Otahuhu in 1871 to become that township’s third constable. When the Auckland Provincial police was merged into the military organisation known as the New Zealand Armed Constabulary on 1 July 1870, he was sworn into that force.

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