Joy Clist, d. 1935


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Sergeant Sidney Clist
by Roger Clist

My grandfather Sidney George Clist was a policeman all his working life in New Zealand. He joined the Police Force shortly after immigrating in December 1910 and served in several cities and towns in the North Island. We do not have many details within family memorabilia, but I have found several references in public archives, which I document here.

In September 2009, I wrote to the Police asking for information about Sidney. Only two Staff Record pages were found in the archives.

I know he served in "The Force" in Cambridge and Taumaranui, and possibly Te Awamutu and New Plymouth. I used to meet people who asked me "if I was related to Sergeant Clist".

Year Event Source
1924 Sidney was a Constable at Opotiki as at 21 July 1924. Police Staff Record
1924 Sidney and his wife Mercy and son Eric (my father, aged 10 at the time) moved to Taneatua where he was sole constable at the newly opened Police Station in Howell Road. This was in a house, and was formerly the Methodist parsonage. You can read about it on this site Opening of new Taneatua Police Station (23 June 2006). The police station had a lock-up for prisoners in the backyard, and Mercy was paid 2 shillings for each meal served to prisoners (my grandmother Mercy told me this). Police Staff Record
1928 Constable S. G. Clist of Taneatua, promoted to Sergeant and transferred to Auckland. Wellington Evening Post, 1 May 1928, p10, Transfers and Promotions
1929 Sidney Clist, disguised in a dressing gown, disarms a deranged man threatening people with a rifle in a corridor in the Cargen Hotel early on a Sunday morning. Wellington Evening Post, 13 May 1929, p11, Armed Lunatic
1930 Sidney applies for permission to leave New Zealand. Application lodged on 17 October 1930. Police Staff Record
1931 Sidney transfers to Newton (in Auckland). Police Staff Record
1936 Sergeant S. C. (sic) Clist, transferred from New Plymouth to charge of Taumaranui Station. Wellington Evening Post, 27 Jul 1936, p11, Police List of Promotions
1937 Sidney applies for transfer to Hawera. Police Staff Record

Owner/SourceRoger Clist
DateSep 2009
PlaceTaneatua, New Zealand
Linked toSidney George Clist

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