FROM THE ROOF OF POLICE HEADQUARTERS
1 ANGAS STREET.
July has once again been an extremely busy month for our volunteers.
On Friday the 14th July about 20 teenagers, on work experience with the SAPOL, attended for a talk in the meeting room & a tour of the museum. This was an initiative of the Holden Hill Community Programs Support Branch & the children were drawn from schools in the area exposing them to many aspects of police life. The children seemed to enjoy the experience & it is likely that this will become a regular event with names already on waiting lists.
On Sunday the 16th July we hosted the Chrysler Restorers’ Club with a BBQ, tour of the museum & vehicle gallery. About 80 members attended & thanks to volunteers Dave & Gaye Aylett, Kevin Beare, Bob Boscence, Mark Dollman, Rex & Gloria Greig, Dennis Irgang, Kevin Johnson, Holger & Ros. Kruse, Ernie McLeod, Stewart Munro, Allan Peters, Elees Pick, Rod Stokes, Bob & Helen Ward for making it such a great success, raising approx. $500.00 for the Society.
Thursday the 27th was a another very busy day for the Society with a visit by the Albatross Radio Club (Dave Rostan hosting) who toured the museum & facilities whilst our Thursday group was busy with their normal duties. Rex Greig & I visited Chesini Monuments to view the completed rock, containing the plaque for the Women Police from last year’s Foundation Day. The rock is black marble with a gold fleck - it has been faced & hand polished. It is magnificent & will soon be re-located in the small park in Victoria Square.
During the evening we hosted 27 members of The Royal Geographical Society who were given a brief run down on Police history, before touring the museum. They enjoyed their visit & I thank Elees Pick, Bob Boscence & Kevin Beare for their help during the evening.
On Friday the 28th the executive hosted a group of our sponsors at an afternoon tea. Deputy Commissioner John White presented current Sponsors with framed Certificates of Recognition. It was a rewarding experience for all concerned.
During the afternoon we were made privy to the fact that a member of our Executive, who shall remain nameless, is so dedicated to his job that he was caught actually removing creases from old $10.00 notes with an iron! Well you know what they say made flat to stack flat & round to go around. (See photo below)
On Friday the 4th August Neville Collins address our monthly meeting of 48members and visitors. His subject the “The History of South Australian Jetties” was very interesting and entertaining to members. Colin Beams conducted the raffle,- which raised $81.00 and members enjoyed a wonderful supper.
Plans are almost completed for our Annual Christmas function – Watch this space for more information soon!
Next Month’s Meeting will be on Friday 1st September & our guest speaker will be David Lascelles of the RAAF – his subject “Peace keeping in the Sinai. Look forward to seeing you there.
On Monday the 30th December, 1974, following the official Commemoration Day ceremony at the Old Gum Tree, the then Mayor of Glenelg Mr. M.J. West accepted the William Fisk on behalf of the people from the then Police Commissioner Harold Salisbury OPM. A Marleston Youth training scheme borrowed it for a while for restoration classes. Unfortunately, the restoration petered out & the launch was returned to Glenelg where, it seemed, the vessels final resting place would be, the council’s depot & its cramped shed.
But Police Officers do not abandon their mates & that is when the Police Historical Society & Bill Bird, now retired, stepped in. They asked the council to return the boat & the poor old launch made an unceremonious exit from the tight squeeze of its Glenelg North Shed. It dragged its trailer, minus a wheel, as the winch coaxed it onto the truck
How undignified for a boat with such an outstanding service record, spanning 24 years, to be in such ill repair.
In June of 2003, the Holdfast Bay City Council, in association with the Port Adelaide Central Mission, Work for the Dole,
History Centre, Bay Discovery Centre & SAPHS began, for a second time, to restore the William Fisk. Holdfast Bay
Former Crime prevention Officer Alison Miller was Project Manager ably assisted by Holdfast Bay History Centre volunteer Jim Blake, former William Fisk Skipper retired Snr. Constable Bill Bird, members of the Historical Society & Council’s Youth & Cultural Officer Colin Cameron. Work began on the 16th June 2003 with the project team drawing on the resources of both the Holdfast Bay History Centre & the Bay Discovery Centre.
Work began on the 16th June at the Thebarton Barracks with about a dozen ‘Work for the Dole’ participants involved, including Paul Cookson, Trent Kirby, Timothy Loft, Troy O’Donohoe, Carolyn Prime, Jason Schomann, Sarah Jean Smith, with project supervisors Colin Cameron, Alison, Katie Schirripa & Jim Blake . As follows is a brief photography history of the progress of the renovation -
On the 23rd April, 2004 custody of the newly renovated craft was returned to the Mayor of Glenelg Dr. Ken Rollond by Commissioner Mal. Hyde. The Holdfast Bay City Council had intended to include the William Fisk in a display on the first floor of their Bay Discovery Centre but, unfortunately, logistical problems prevented this & the craft was once again returned to storage.
In February this year the Society contacted the Holdfast Bay City Council, suggesting that perhaps the William Fisk could be returned to the Historical Society to be included as part of our historical transport display. The Council was more than happy to oblige & the William Fisk was retuned to Thebarton Barracks on permanent loan and is now on display in the Vehicle Shed. A fitting retirement venue for a grand old lady!!
As you can see the team did a fantastic job & on the 23rd April, 2004, in an official ceremony, custody of the newly renovated craft was returned to the Mayor of Glenelg Dr. Ken Rollond by Commissioner Mal. Hyde. The Holdfast Bay City Council had intended to include the William Fisk in a display on the first floor of their Bay Discovery Centre but, unfortunately, logistical problems prevented this & the craft was once again returned to storage.
However, in February this year the Society contacted the Holdfast Bay City Council, suggesting that perhaps the William Fisk could be returned to the Historical Society to be included as part of our historical transport display.
The Council was more than happy to oblige & the William Fisk was returned to Thebarton Barracks on permanent loan & is now on display in the Vehicle Shed.
A fitting retirement venue for a grand old lady!!
The Last Precinct
Continuing with this series
written by Shelia Burnette
Chicagoland USA Police Department
"My police collection got completely out of control," said Jim Post about the beginnings of The Last Precinct, his all purpose law enforcement museum located in Eureka Springs, AR. Touted as having more than 150 years of law enforcement history contained within its walls, the museum includes movie memorabilia, police - toys, advertising, badges, weapons, uniforms; cars and motorcycles from both Post's collections and donations, and other acquisitions obtained since the museum opened in June 1996.
The shoulder patches, mannequins in uniforms from across the United States and Canada; and many full-size police cars in his "ultimate collection" were acquired personally over a span of 30 years. Currently, the museum hosts about 2,500 visitors a year. Post's collection is so vast that "a lot is still in boxes," but he rotates his displays; putting some items away while bringing out others, so the museum is always different.
His newest display is a model of the Murrah Federal Building from Oklahoma City; including granite from the actual building and uniforms from some of the officers there.
A retired sergeant from the Kansas City, MO, Police and the author of a book on restoring old police cars. Post said he knew of only three privately owned law enforcement museums in the country including his own, with others in Tennessee and Florida: He said only a few departmental agencies have larger museums than his and cited the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Los Angeles County Sheriff and Indiana State Police as having "state of the art" facilities. He also noted his own collection of California Highway Patrol items is larger than the CHP's collection.
San Diego County Sheriff
The San Diego Sheriff's Museum is a joint venture between the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and the Honorary Deputy Sheriff's Association: Scheduled to open in June 2001, the center will be housed at 2384 San Diego Avenue, right where the first cobblestone jail was built in 1850, according to Mary Gouveia Walsh, executive assistant for the sheriff's department.
Walsh said they tried to purchase the original building but it wasn't available. The center is mainly to be used as an educational tool; and the San Diego City 'School ' District has already agreed to send 12,000 fourth graders to the museum annually as, part of their historical curriculum. Slated exhibits will include a mock jail with mug shots available, the department's' history in photographs, court services & of course, law enforcement, with a special emphasis on special units such as narcotics, K-9 and the bomb squad.
As one might expect, the Crime Museum at Scotland Yard, London, is the oldest museum in the world put together purely for recording crime. The Prisoners' Property Act of 1869 gave police the authority to retain certain items of' prisoners' property for instructional purposes. However the opening of the Central Prisoners Property Store in April 1874 provided the opportunity to start a collection.
The idea for the museum originated with an Inspector Neame who had a personal collection of police items he intended to use as instructional pieces for officers to learn how to detect & prevent burglary. Although it was not described as such, by 1874 a museum of some sort was in existence and later that year, the official go-ahead was given for a “proper” crime museum, which opened in 1875.
Appropriately, the museum has two areas; the Old Room, conveying the atmosphere of the original museum in the 1880’s, and the New Room. The Old Room mainly contains items and artifacts from prior to 1900. Included in this collection are items from such famous cases as Charlie Peace and, of course, Jack the Ripper ("Ripperologists" can even take walking tours, not run by the museum; to visit pertinent sights in the Ripper saga). Another noteworthy display includes death masks of people hanged at the infamous Newgate Prison: The masks are placed on high shelves and "look down" on visitors.
The New Room contains cabinets under categories such as Famous Murders, Notorious Prisoners, Royalty, Murder of Police Officers, Bank Robberies, Espionage, Sieges, Hostages & Hijackings as well as cabinets on highprofile cases such as John Christie, Neville Heath, Dr. Neil Cream and more.
Next Month: Vancouver, Paris, & Czech Republic Police.
Plans are well under way for our Members Christmas Function on Friday 1st December, 2006.
This year the Christmas Committee will be handling all catering requirements but we will need some assistance from you with our Raffle & Door Prizes.
We have already started collecting gifts suitable for inclusion in the Christmas baskets. So if you would like to donate, please either drop your donations in to the Historical Society Office on Thursdays between 9.00 am & 2.00 pm or perhaps bring them along to our monthly Meetings.
Keep an eye out for more details in the October issue of the Hue & Cry.
In last month’s issue the photograph purported to be of Bill Bird
was in fact Cliff Dunstall.
During his prestigious career with SAPOL Bill saved the lives
of some 9 persons, an outstanding achievement!!
Memoirs of the late Sergeant (Retired) Bob Clark (cont’d)
Because of the number of men who had been recruited for duty at Port Adelaide there was a surplus coming from there to the Barracks and it was decided to make use of the number of men to increase motor traffic and bicycle patrols. Accordingly 10 constables were detailed for the job and where previously 4 motor cycle outfits were being used at night the number was increased to 8. Members of the mounted police being used in the side cars and 2 others used to ride bicycles. It was very difficult to keep awake in the sidecars on the first night as you worked during the first day until 5.00 p.m. and then joined the patrol at midnight. It did not get very much easier as time went on as you came back to Barracks at 8.00 a.m. and tried to get some sleep in rooms where all the other Constables were on various duties.
One of the first chaps to be detailed for push bike patrol was a bit amused to read his name for the job and remarked to the Inspector that he had never ridden a bike in his life. Nevertheless the Sergeant got him onto a bike on the Parade Ground and after about an hour's training course he passed his riding test and qualified for the job. This bicycle patrol was a bit of a joke as the bicycles were equipped with an old kerosene lamp at the front and anyone seeing two flickering lights bobbing along would not be in any doubt as to the identity of the riders. On one occasion one of our Constables put his light out and in the darkness ran head first into a bicycle ridden by a tramway employee on his way home from work. There was a fair bit of abuse by both riders about lights until it was realised that neither of them had a light on at the time.
On one occasion a number of the mounted Police were performing mounted duty at a Christmas Pageant and in those days there was no such thing as Honour Lines, the crowd being kept back mainly by the Police horses patrolling the length of the viewers. An elderly lady whose view had been temporarily obscured by a police horse became very irate and was carrying an unopened umbrella. To show her displeasure she jammed the umbrella into the horse’s tail next to the vent.
Police horses of course are trained to withstand most emergencies but this was something he had not encountered before and he did the obvious thing under the circumstances, namely to jam his tail down hard on the umbrella and lurch forward rather violently. This action caused the umbrella to be wrenched from the woman's hand and the crowd attempting to get out of his way and almost unseated the rider. After a short time the horse settled down and obligingly lifted his tail to let the umbrella drop on to the roadway. A bystander picked it up and handed it to the Constable who in turn rode over and handed it back to the lady. Being a member of that brand of officer always referred to by our Inspector as "Gentlemen of the Mounted" he made suitable comment to the lady but I am sure that the exact words were not a true indication of his feelings at the time.
To be continued
The Editor Hue & Cry
On reading the article by Tony Woodcock, in the June issue of the Hue & Cry, I suggest that he has overlooked or did not know of a very important part of our history.
The Police Museum, although closed on North Terrace, was re-opened in the Old Dormitory at the Thebarton Barracks a short time after we moved there from North Adelaide.
Many volunteers worked long and very hard to set up two galleries on the ground floor using the display cases and signs that were brought from North Terrace. The overflow of furniture and other items were stored in an old shed opposite the workshop of the police saddler.
After we were satisfied with the downstairs displays, the Roy Harvey collection, together with some of John White's collection was set up in its present location. We had one problem, however, and that was how to get the big glass cases upstairs. That was solved by inviting the S.A. Fire Brigade to assist. They did this as a training exercise. One of the balcony railing sections was removed and the cases were lifted up using the Brigade's largest rescue ladder etc. We have photos and video of this.
Having set up the Museum and naming the first Gallery after John McKinna, we opened the museum to the general public by appointment. Brochures advertising our offer of opening were displayed at the Migration Museum and also given to the Tourist Bureau in Adelaide. In addition we were listed in publications by the Tourist Bureau, the Adelaide City Council, I the West Torrens Council. Schools were also circulated. A large "Police Museum" sign provided by Alan Hyson was bolted to the wall adjacent the entrance.
Thus the Police Museum was again in operation. Although there was never an official opening ceremony, on one Friday Night Meeting, we invited all the members to view what we had achieved. I remember John McKinna was particularly pleased to see his name over the door of one gallery.
Over the next five years or so many hundreds of people in particular school children, Rotary, Apex, Probus and other club members visited our Museum. Five or so years later, we revoked our invitation to view the museum by appointment because of maintenance problems and public safety. Then we had storage problems and moved much of our surplus equipment into what is now the Bob Potts Gallery. We still carried on showing people through the Roy Harvey Gallery even after work on the rejuvenated Police Museum was commenced in 2005.
It can, therefore, be seen that the Police Museum never really closed, except for a short time after we moved to the Barracks.
(We have received several letters on this subject
& we thank those members for their interest)
1st September, 2006
David Lascelles, RAAF
Peace Keeping in the Sinai
A variety of activities during the month kept all the volunteers on their toes. Outside visits by Geoff & Kevin to Brownhill Creek Ladies Probus & Melrose Park Probus.
Jodie Cole & Stuart Fraser from Holden Hill Community Services brought some 24 work experience teenagers to visit the museum. These young people came from some 12 different schools, both Government & Private & spent several hours with us, many indicating their desire to join SAPOL in the future.
On Sunday 16th July 80 members of the Chrysler Restorer’s Club joined with 18 volunteers for an outing at the Barracks. It was an outstanding day, enjoyed by one & all with videos, morning & afternoon tea, a Sausage Sizzle & tours of the Museum, Vehicle Shed & the Stables, courtesy of Rebecca Martin & her Mounted Cadre team.
Visits & tours were also enjoyed by
the Albatross Radio Club
& the Royal Geographic Society.
Forget Jamie Oliver—Our very own gourmet Chefs Ernie McLeod & Kevin Johnson prepare a delicious barbeque for the Thursday Group of Volunteers.
Kevin we love your Chef’s Uniform,
particularly the hat.
BREATHALYSER BOWS OUT
By Jim Sykes
The first type of instrument used by this department for breath analysis was the Breathalyzer Model 800. The Swedish made unit was purchased in 1964 from the Stephenson Corporation, New Jersey, USA.
The instrument was used by the original members of the Breath Analysis Section during their training period at the Melbourne University in May 1964. In service between 1965 and 1980, the reliable unit was used to conduct around 5 000 tests. The highest reading recorded by this unit was 0.435 per cent during a test at Whyalla in 1969.
Having been out of service for ten years, Breath Analysis Section staff thought the unit should be given to the South Australian Police Historical Society along with some associated equipment - a device called a Zippette.
At the official handover, President of the Historical Society, Chief Superintendent Bob Potts thought it would be an ideal opportunity to get the original members of the Breath Analysis Section,- of which he was a member- back together.
Chief Superintendent Potts, retired Chief Inspector Jim Pengilly Sergeant Peter Schumacher (Breath Analysis Section), Chief Super¬intendent John Murray (Prosecution Services), Senior Sergeant John Murray (ORG) and Assistant Commissioner (Personnel) John Beck all learned to use the Breathalyser 800 Model in Melbourne. It was presented to the historical society by Sergeant Rick Laslett. of the Breath Analysis Section.
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