26TH ANNUAL REPORT (2002—2003)
Presented by President John White
At the SAPHS Annual General Meeting
Thebarton Barracks
Friday 7 February 2003

It is with much pleasure that I present the 26~ Annual Report of the South Australian Police Historical Society for the year 2002 — 2003, this being my eighth annual report as President. The Report provides a detailed overview of the Society’s many activities undertaken during the past twelve months, being our year since foundation and highlights and acknowledges the many positive outcomes that have been achieved.

Whilst the past year has once again been a period of success it has also been a time of great sadness with the passing of two of our Life Members and former Society presidents. Our endeared founding and Life Member Bob Potts passed away on 11 February 2002, shortly after the last AGM. Although Bob had baffled with cancer for some years, his passing was nevertheless sudden and a shock to us all. in acknowledgement of his outstanding service to SAPOL, the community and the Society, Society members formed a guard of honour at his funeral. His passing has left a deep feeling of loss and sadness. The Society has been honoured and privileged to have experienced Bob’s exceptional and outstanding qualities as a person, Society member, historian, college and friend. Whilst he is sadly missed, his spirit and legacy remains and is an inspiration to us all forever.

May also saw the passing of Laurie McEvoy after a short illness. Laurie is also remembered for his commitment to the Society and for his outstanding effort in establishing the former Police Museum in the old Police Barracks.

Both Bob and Laurie are sadly missed by us all and again our sympathies are extended to Joy, Fay, their families and loved ones.

Also in presenting my report 1 am conscious that during the last twelve months I have not been able to contribute as much in my role as President as I have in past years. With the increase in demand on my time since my promotion to Deputy Commissioner and coupled with a short period of illness and overseas police commitments, I have been absent from a large number of Executive meetings. However, with that in mind I have endeavoured to make up for my absence in other ways by providing strong support to the Society.

I would like to thank the Executive Committee and members generally for their understanding and unyielding support and in particular, I would like to thank Vice President Geoff Rawson for stepping in, often at short notice, and fulfilling the president’s role in my absence.

I am conscious that the Executive Committee have at tunes felt a degree of frustration in not being able to achieve all that they desired. The delay in the renovation of the former Driving Wing building and obtaining of suitable storage space are two examples. However, with those issues now resolved I believe the Society can be satisfied with the outcomes. Clearly, the Society during the past year has continued to remain a very strong, vibrant and successful organisation, both administratively and financially. I am pleased to report that the Society continues to maintain its membership at nearly three hundred, even after a small number of unfinancial members were deleted during the year.

As in the past twenty-five years the strength of the Society has been in the enthusiasm, dedication and strong commitment by its members. This year has been no exception with many positive outcomes being achieved.

These include:

As in other previous President Reports I would firstly like to recognise the outstanding commitment of the “Thursday Group” which is the back bone and perhaps the ‘heart’ of the Society. Their work and contribution cannot be underestimated. The ‘Thursday Group’ as it is known comprises of an ever growing number of volunteers who attend Thebarton Barracks every Thursday and undertake a variety of work in such areas as research, recording and restoration of memorabilia, artefacts, maps, documents and photographs, vehicle restoration, film archiving, hiring and restoration of police uniforms and answering the many public and internal police requests for historical information, as well as maintaining a press cutting and library services . I am aware that many of the members attend at Barracks on many other days, in addition to Thursday. It is not uncommon for up to fifteen to twenty members to be regularly in attendance and busily going about their voluntary work. Whilst too many to name in this report I extend a hearty congratulations to you all on your efforts and achievement during the past year and assure you that your efforts and commitment are appreciated.

In addition to the Thursday group a large number of members continued to volunteer to drive the Chrysler Royal in the many parades, including such events as the Tour Down Under, the annual Children's’ Toy Run and the Glenelg Christmas pageant as well as many other historic and community activities. Once again, many thanks for your efforts.

During the past year a number of computers used by the Society were replaced which has enabled better access and recording of data. To date the Society has over half a million entries on the data base and 18,000 photographs have been indexed and 12,000 scanned. Further improvements still to be made to the computer system will ensure that this valuable work continues by the dedicated voluntary team of data entry members.

Chas Hopkins has also continued with his task of writing the history of the South Australia Police from 1992 to 2002. It is hoped that the book may be completed and published during this coming year.

I am pleased to report that in October Jan Hutchin was recognised for her outstanding commitment to the Society with her appointment as Life Member of the Police Historical Society. Jan has been a member of the Society for 23 years and has single handedly produced the Hue & Cry newsletter for the past 13 years. Her award was well deserved.

A special thanks again to Tony Woodcock, who in addition to always being with the ‘Thursday Group’ and to organising a very successful working bee in November last, has continued to fulfil the important task of Treasurer and meticulously maintained the Society’s financial records. Also I would like to again recognise Stewart Munro who continued to perform the role of financial auditor for the Society. lit addition to his involvement in the Society’s many public activities, Bill Rojas again efficiently and single handedly organised our annual Christmas Card sales, which again resulted in a healthy profit for the Society.

Also on a positive note I would like to thank the Society members for the excellent support of all activities throughout the year and for the constant high number of members who attend our monthly Friday night meetings. The meetings have been supported by a varying range of excellent speakers organised by Owen Bevan. I know that Owen Bevan has already arranged an interesting program for the coming year and I can only encourage all members to continue with your support as it is this which makes this Society so successful.

I would also like to record my appreciation for the support and commitment of all members of the Society’s Executive Committee. In particular to Vice President Geoff Rawson, Secretary Owen Bevan and. as previously mentioned, Treasurer Tony Woodcock. An opportunity such as this cannot go by without also recording my special thanks to Bill Rojas for his outstanding dedication, to Rex Greig and Jim Sykes.

As I have done in previous annual reports I would like to put on record the overall success of this Society in preserving and recording the proud history of policing in this State. The Society has been in existence for some twenty-five years and in that time the members have donated many thousands of voluntary hours. We have amassed a huge collection of police memorabilia and artefacts, established a photograph collection of approximately 19,000 photographs, created a database of some 500,000 items and collected over 6,000 uniform items. The Society has a world class collection of international police hats and badges, and established a significant collection of historical police vehicles, including an 1850’s Gold Escort cart, an 1885 horse drawn Black Maria,  fully restored a Chrysler Royal Highway Patrol car, a Bedford Riot truck and a variety of ex-SAPOL bicycles, motor cycles and outfit. We have provided reference material and items for a number of Government and community historical units and museums, published a number of books and have contributed in a very significant way to assisting SAPOL by providing an insight into current and historical aspects of policing in this State. The Society is committed to supporting the many SAPOL public activities and community policing programs both at the corporate and local level.

During this year alone I estimate that Society members have continued to donate in excess of eight thousand hours. Often the many thousands of people who experience the efforts of the Society believe that it is SAPOL who is providing the service, rather than recognising that it is the dedicated efforts of the Police Historical Society volunteers. If ever there was a fine example of volunteers in support of policing in this State, then it is the Police Historical Society. The Society receives little independent financial support, is not seeking public recognition of its activities but is rewarded in the knowledge that the members’ efforts are contributing to the betterment of policing in this State and is supporting SAPOL in a very real way in its endeavors.

In conclusion the year has been a busy and successful one. The Society conducted. many successful activities for which you can all be very proud. The Society continued to expand and be strong in all aspects of our organisation. Further, we have a sound financial base. Although this coming year will again present us with many challenges and opportunities, such as the long awaited restoration of the former ‘Driving Wing’ building, which when completed by May 2003, will enable the Society to once again re-establish our police museum and secondly, the obtaining of additional storage space for Society equipment. I am however very confident that we will again meet the challenges and be successful and I am confident that the year will continue to be a rewarding one.

Finally, you can all take great pride in the achievements of this Society and again extend a special congratulations and thanks to you all. I have been privileged to have been your President for the past twelve months and with you, I look forward to the continued growth and success of this Society in the coming year.

Thank you

John White


The guest speaker at the Society’s next meeting, to be held on Friday 7th March, will be our own member, Mr. Tony Kaukas. Tony is a keen historian and, among other subjects, he is presently researching the history of the South Australia Police between the two world wars of the 20th Century. His topic for our meeting will deal with this work, with particular focus on the links between the London Metropolitan Police and the South Australia Police ~  .


February 2003-02-16

The Annual General Meeting of the Society was held on Friday the 7th February 2003 and was attended by 30-40 members.

President John White was unable to attend, as he was interstate, however he presented an entertaining and comprehensive report via a Video recording, which he had prepared during the previous week.

Treasurer Tony Woodcock presented his report, a copy of which is attached for the information of members. His report was well received and a vote of thanks was given to Stewart Munro for his work as auditor.

The offices of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer were not contested and therefore the following members were elected un-opposed.

John White — President, Geoff Rawson — Vice President, Owen Bevan — Secretary and Tony Woodcock — Treasurer.

There were 10 applicants for 6 positions on the Executive committee however and a ballot was required. Our thanks to Colin Beames for conducting the ballot and Bill Prior and Bob Ward as his assistants.

Members who had nominated were invited to speak for a short time and at this point Alan Hyson and Rob Thomson withdrew their nominations. This was an excellent gesture on their part as they have given excellent service as committee members for many years. Our thanks go to Rob and Alan for past service to the committee.

As a result of the ballot the following members were elected as committee members. Jim Sykes, Allan Peters, Rex Grieg, Janice Hutchin, Bill Rojas and Dorothy Pyatt.

Our congratulations to those members who were successful. Bill Prior did not nominate as it is anticipated that his position will be an automatic one when the constitution is amended. This will provide automatic membership of the committee for the Officer in Charge Public Affairs Branch.

This will be an important and difficult year for the committee with the re-establishment of the Museum after refurbishment, Expo 2nd March and the Bordertown 150 celebrations on the 26th April. In order to refurbish the Museum, artefacts will need to be removed and placed in storage. The large shed (formerly containing the “Robo” car wash has been allocated to the Society for temporary storage of artefacts and eventually a motor museum. Rex Grieg is in the process of moving into the office. The building will be secured with a Roller Door.

The Chrysler Royal has been used extensively in the last month, with particular high profile in the Tour Down under. Our congratulations to all those members involved.

The Black Maria trailer was found to be in very poor condition and needed urgent restoration to remove rust and physical damage. This is expected to be completed and the trailer available for Expo on the 2nd March.

I look forward to seeing members at Expo, (the Academy) on Sunday the 2nd of March. The event was a great success 2 years ago, with large crowds flocking to the Academy for the day. We would like more volunteers to help, even for a couple of hours, at our display, which will be in the Old Fort (adjacent to the guns). If you are attending the Expo, please come and visit our display.

Geoff Rawson
Vice President


Meeting of 12/1/2003-02-19

The Strategic Planning Sub-Committee was established, comprising of Geoff Rawson, Jim Sykes, Tony Woodcock and Rex Grieg. Bill Prior will assist as ex officio as O/C. SAPOL Historical Section. This sub-committee to report to the Executive.

An ad hoc sub committee to assist Allan Peters with promotional marketing will now include Alan Hyson and Tony Woodcock. This group will have authority to act regarding product design and stock purchase reporting to the Executive as required.

A letter of response was received from Playford Council, in response to a letter forwarded to the Council last year, concerning re-zoning of a park known as the Pete Smith Reserve. The council have agreed not to re-zone as a result of the protest. (See the Advertiser 2/1/2003 page 24 for more details)

Treasurer reported a total credit balance of $40,172.61.

Discussion re Annual General Meeting 7/2/2003 re format and arrangements.

Specifications and tenders are out for the Museum refurbishment and close on 31/1/2003.

Further computers and printers are to be delivered.

Proposal to refurbish the Black Maria trailer was accepted by the committee to value of $2,000. Rex to obtain quotes and if within value range to proceed with work.

Owen Bevan


A brief summary of activities during 2002.

The work of the Photographic Section has proceeded at a sound pace. We are now approaching 19,000 photos recorded.

The other volunteers, Geoff Rawson, Flees Pick and Audrey Wallace have all worked splendidly, despite computer problems.

Audrey Walker and Alf Jarvis have done very good work in the repair of maps and plans, using a special Japanese paper obtainable only from a Melbourne source with which I have contact. For this I make a special hand-made paste.

I attended a seminar arranged by the Archivists Society, talks were given to organisations and Police graves photographed. Enquiries from the public continue.

A visit was made to Canberra for the launch of a Federal funded book on the ‘Stolen Generation’. This was a two-year project to which I had contributed and which used photos from our Collection.

A book on the history of Port Adelaide is to be launched shortly. At my request it will include information and photos of the old Police Training Depot there.

An ongoing enquiry in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Heritage concerns an old building at Port Elliott, said to be early Police Stables. A member of the public has made an application for it to be Heritage Listed. This enquiry has required two visits to Port Elite and the Alexandria Council.

Dorothy Pyatt



Attached to your ‘January 2003’ copy of the ‘Hue & Cry’, you will find a ‘subscription form’ for the year 2003. For those members who have not already forwarded their subscriptions, would you please complete the renewal section of this form, DETACH where indicated and return it to the Society office, together with your payment.

‘Early attention to this matter would be greatly appreciated.’




In order to save administrative time and costs, provision has been made on this renewal form for any member who may wish to pay their subscriptions for a year or more in advance (maximum 2 years). It you would like to make an advance payment, please indicate in the area provided. In the event that subscriptions may increase in these years, those members who have taken advantage of this advance payment provision, will of course not be expected to pay any increased amount.

If you have any query as to the status of your membership, please do not hesitate to contact our Treasurer, Tony Woodcock, on any Thursday at the Thebarton Police Barracks between 1100 am. and 3:00 p.m. on 82074098.


Communications - Opening of Radio Communications Room

June 1948

 L > R:
1. Inspector Delderfield (0/C Communications)
2. Miss D.R. Curtis (Principal, Women Police)
3. Percy Crafter (Country Superintendent)
4. Victoria Police Commissioner
5. Sir Lyell McEwen (Chef Secretary)
6. Commissioner W.F. Johns
7. Superintendent Sheridan ( Adelaide C.I.B.)
8. Superintendent J.B. Walsh (Metropolitan)
9. Bob Goss (civilian Electrical Technician)

All the original equipment was installed by Phillips. The photo shows a local and Mt. Osmond car control and a two channel CW set up. The bland panel on the right was later fined with the 4 channel CW interstate equipment. The map on the wall had red bezels indicating the suburban stations, they were lit up when the station was manned.

Towers and equipment were installed at Headquarters in April 1948 Insp. Delderfield began forming the branch as far back as August 1947 by the 3 May 1948 there were four patrol cars being tested and became operational in June 1948 as well as the Archie Badenoch under the care of Ken Bacon and Constable Keough of the Water Police. On the 6th September 1948 the interstate network began operation with two channels followed later by the remaining 4 channels. By 1950 most of the country stations were hooked up in the country station network.

Of interest are the following among many —The Morse key on the desk.

The patrol areas map on the wall which also includes the location of the then small metropolitan police stations, including many now closed e.g. Campbelltown, Lower North Adelaide etc.

Relax and Enjoy ‘YourseLf on this year’s Police Foundation Day.

Why not go by Bus!
The Society has tentatively booked a luxury coach liner for the 3 hour (each way) journey to Bordertown and return. To enable this service to run a minimum of 40 people, to a maximum of 45 people, are needed to make a firm booking and payment of $44.00 ea.

If 40+ firm bookings and payments are not received by 4.3O pm, Friday 14 March, the Coach company has indicted it will be forced to withdrawn the booking — in which case those who have booked and paid will be notified and all moneys returned.


For further information please contact: Bill Rojas, Assistant Secretary  Tel (W): 8204 2229

The Advertiser
January 19, 2002.


Toilets aren’t usually the highlight of our trips. But the smart new Tourist Information Centre at Bordertown now lives in the old Police residence and behind it, the public conveniences have been housed in what was the old Bordertown Gaol. Having spent a few moments in solitary, you’ll probably be much more relaxed and ready to enjoy the superb picnic spot, billabong, carvings and sculptures of the park outside. Arid the ladies at the Centre can point you in the right direction to visit the brass bust of ex — PM Bob Hawke (the town’s most famous son) and the white kangaroos only a hop, skip and a jump away. By the way, these white ‘roos are really, really white — and they’re not albinos.’



South Australia Police


10.30 AM
13th APRIL 2003

All members, family, and friends of the South Australian Police Historical Society are invfted to attend the South Australia Police Anzac Memorial Service, in memory of serving police officers who died on active service during two world wars and c/wring peace keeping duties in Cyprus.

The service will be of about 30 minutes duration and will be followed by morning tea served in the Academy Mess.

Wreaths will be laid.

Parking will be available in the Academy ‘s Gym Carpark
located immediately to the right after entering the main gates.

*PLEASE NOTE: In case of wet weather, the service will be relocated to the Academy ‘s Auditorium, located upstairs in the Mess budding.

Enquiries to: Bill Rojas, Assistant Secretary
Tel: (W) 8204 2229

The “HUE & CRY” is
Published by the South Australian
Police Historical Society Inc.,
Thebarton Police Barracks
C/— Box 1539 S.A. 5083
G.P.O. Adelaide 5001
Janice Hutchin
Galway Avenue, Broadview


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