Memorial service to be held to honour pioneer Northam police officer

The Wheatbelt Police District will be holding a memorial service for Northam historical figure Inspector Thomas Houlahan. 

The service, open to the public on November 14 from 11am, will include the marching of the WA Police Force banner from the Northam RSL to the Northam Police Station.

The banner will be accompanied by officers from the police mounted section, and a piper and drummer from the Police Pipe Band.

Inspector Houlahan was one of the original pioneer police officers in Western Australia.

He served for 46 years including an extended period as the District Inspector for Northam.

He died 90 years ago and is buried in Northam Cemetery.

Inspector Houlahan went to school in Bunbury and at the age of 19 joined the police force.

He was at first stationed in Perth and after working all around the state Inspector Houlahan was transfered to Northam where he was promoted.

Inspector Houlahan retired in Northam where he later died.

The public is invited to watch the march from the RSL to the Northam Police Station where the service will be held.