All who knew James (Jim) Joseph Coffey, of the Victorian police force and later of the Melville Park Estate and Ferries, and still later of Harris, Scarfe and Sandover, will regret to learn of his passing.
Born in Tipperary, Ireland, he came to Australia as a very young man and as a junior trooper was given charge of Constable McIntyre when that young constable had escaped from the Kellys after the shooting of Kennedy, Scanlan and Lonegan, Mac's experiences and his escape having broken him down to a palsied wreck. In latter years Jim Coffey came to W.A. where he was for many years a trusted servant of Alec Matheson and Co. and was highly respected by all who knew him. His funeral was largely attended, the floral tributes being many. He leaves a widow to mourn the loss of a good husband.
'Coffey, James Joseph (Jim) (1857–1936)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/coffey-james-joseph-jim-13562/text24284, accessed 24 May 2013.