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Police Anzac Day Address.


From the speech by Dorothy Pyatt on Sunday the 18th April 2010.   Among those men honoured today, let us think of one in particular.  He was a young South Australian named Colin Samuel Temby, whose image you see on your       programme.
He was born in 1920 and raised in Tailem Bend, where his father was the ferryman across the River Murray.
Colin was the youngest of four children.
When schooling was finished he worked with his father on the ferry, until at 16 the wider world called and he joined the South Australian Police.
This began the lengthy training of those days, both at the Port Adelaide Depot and Thebarton Barracks.    
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From Sunday 9th through to Saturday 15th May 2010 we celebrate Volunteers Week.  While it is important to recognise the considerable efforts of our volunteers at all times, this week provides an opportunity to give special recognition to those people who provide their valuable time to assist our Society in so many ways. To all of those   people who assist, whether it be as one of our regular weekly Thursday group,  at our Monthly meeting or on a special occasion, I thank you most sincerely for your  contributions.

Another special event in May is the Annual Women in Policing luncheon.  Unfortunately I was unable to attend this event, but on   behalf of the Society, I donated a copy of the book ‘To Walk a Fair Beat’ for inclusion with the raffle prizes.  In December 1915 when South Australia Police employed Kate Cocks and Annie Ross, it was one of the first       policing agencies worldwide to appoint women police officers to the force with equal pay and status as the male officers. Women had been employed in many roles in other policing agencies, but only in South Australia and California were they provided with the same authorities as their male counterparts.  This is also a time to recognise the special contributions women have made to policing.

During the past month I had the honour to represent the Society at two very important events on our annual calendar  -  the Police Anzac Service on Sunday 18th April and  Foundation Day on 28th April.    Both events were held in the open at Fort Largs.  On both days the weather tried to rain, but was kind enough to allow us to complete our formalities.  Thank you to all members who attended either of both events.  I thank Geraldine White, Special Events Coordinator, and her fellow staff within the Corporate Communications Branch for their efforts in coordinating the above two events.

At our May monthly meeting we were  honoured to have two very distinguished speakers -  both Foundation Members and Life Members of our Society.  Robert Clyne formally launched the biography of our first Commissioner, Henry Inman, authored by Max Slee.  The publication titled ‘Inman – First Commander of the South Australia Police’ provides an interesting insight into life in the early and   particularly into the  formation of South Australia Police.  For example, few would   imagine that the first Commissioner (then known as a Commander) was only 21 years old, that he had no police training or that he had only a basic  education.  In fact it was his poor financial  management skills that led to his dismissal from the position effective, 18 May 1840.

The Society has a number of copies of the  publication available for purchase.  I thoroughly recommend the publication to you and congratulate Max on a well researched and informative biography.  I also thank Robert for his  launch address.




   Bill Prior.



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A man named Len, now long retired, remembers Colin well, especially one day at the Barracks when they were ordered to shift a big file of dirt into a horse-drawn cart.  Being lads they couldn’t resist the opportunity to do a bit of sky-larking.  Colin threw a handful of dirt over Len, who naturally retaliated.  All very enjoyable, until a passing Sergeant caught them.  Len laughs about it now and remembers Colin with affection.

Among Colin’s training were spells at the pistol Branch and Detective Enquiries, but these were restless years with the War well advanced.  In early 1941 with his father’s permission Colin applied for and was granted Indefinite Leave to join the Royal Australian Air Force.  He was 20 years old.

More training now at RAAF Bases in Australia, until he left by ship for England.  There he was seconded to the Royal Air Force Bomber Command, which at that time was under heavy pressure with the War over Europe and the  Atlantic.  He was trained as an Air Gunner.  In 1942 he was made Sergeant and the  following year made Warrant Officer.  At all times throughout his career his records reflect the judgement of his superior officers as that of conduct above reproach.

In May 1943 the War in North Africa was over.  The Axis Powers surrendered.  Victory yielded the entire North
Africa coast, and Allied bombers were now free to operate in the Mediterranean. The task now was for the Allies to gain a foothold in  Southern Europe.  Bomber Command operated to allow ground troops to advance against   stubborn resistance.

  Group of Sgts No 17 course, No 1 wireless and air gunners school. Temby Back Row 2nd from left– 114 Squadron of Tailem Bend (Photo 23838).

By January 1944 Bomber Command was flying from an air base near Naples, Italy.  On the 23rd of January Colin’s plane was involved in a fierce battle.  The plane was hit and he was badly wounded.  He was taken to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries.  He was 23 years old.  He was buried in the War Cemetery near Naples. In land now forever hallowed by Australia.

On learning the tragic news of the loss of the beloved son and brother his family was devastated.  His older sister Muriel was determined to do something positive and resigned her chosen profession of  nursing at the Royal       Adelaide Hospital and joined the Women Police in his memory.

Like those comrades with whom he is buried, “All he had hoped for, all he had had he gave.”



He was getting old and paunchy And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the RSL, Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; They were heroes, every one.
And 'tho sometimes to his neighbours His tales became a joke,
All his mates listened quietly For they knew where of he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer, For ol' Bob has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer For a Soldier died today.

He won't be mourned by many, Just his children and his wife..
For he lived an ordinary, Very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family, Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing, 'Tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing, And proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell of their life stories  From the time that they were young
But the passing of a Soldier Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country And offers up his life?
The politician's stipend And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate, To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Soldier, Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal And perhaps a pension, small.
It's so easy to forget them, For it is so many times
That our Bobs and Jims and Johnnys, Went to battle, but we know,

It is not the politicians With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom That our country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger, With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out, With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier-His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier, Who would fight until the end.
He was just a common Soldier, And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us,We may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, We find the Soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles That the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honour While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage At the ending of his days..
Perhaps just a simple headline In the paper that might say:



On Sunday the 18th April 2010, the Police Anzac Day Memorial Service was held at the Academy Fort Largs.  Inspector Peter Crouch from Corporate Communication Branch welcomed the crowd in which the Police Historical Society members were well represented.
Chaplain Dianna Bartlett led the Hymn “O God, our help in ages past” followed by the Lords Prayer and the Chaplain’s Address.

Dorothy Pyatt OAM then gave the commemorative address concerning Colin Temby (see feature article page 1 and 4) which proved to be a moving and well researched speech.  Also present was Colin Temby’s niece Marilyn Wardle and his brother Albert Temby.

President Bill Prior placed a book in lieu of a wreath on behalf of the Society and Peter Stanford gave the ode of remembrance.  This was followed by the last post, Reveille .

This was another successful and moving ceremony reminding us of those who gave their lives so that we can enjoy the security and our current lifestyle.




Foundation Day was held at the Academy on Wednesday the 28th of April 2010 and focussed on the establishment of the Academy as a training establishment and the history of Fort Largs.

Inspector Peter Crouch (corporate communications) introduced President Bill Prior to the audience consisting of serving and Police Historical Society members.

Bill gave a comprehensive and well researched account of the history of Fort Largs and the early history of the establishment of the Police Academy. 

C/Supt. Michael Cornish spoke of the previous Officers in Charge of the academy and the Commissioner Mal Hyde AO APM addressed the group on the new Academy which has been under construction since February.  He spoke of the brand new purpose built facility which will provide for the future training needs. 

We then moved to the Gunnery Bar for refreshments and comradeship


       Doctor Andrew HUGHES.



                  We Welcome you …….

Friday 4th June 2010  at 7-30pm
Owen Bevan –an unusual & remarkable piece of history from WW2
Owen will give an audio-visual presentation about the true story in which 669 children were saved from the clutches of Hitler’s murderous Nazis just before the outbreak of the Second World War. The then 30 year old man who organised this marvellous enterprise celebrated his 100th birthday in 2009.  His story remained untold until just a few years ago.  To honour his personal centenary a real-life re-enactment of the remarkable train journeys from Prague to London was staged last year.  On board were some of the children saved, accompanied by family members and supporters.
This is a riveting and moving story, showing human history at its best, while directly confronted by humanity at its worst.   


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Life conjures up many decisions - a suggestion Hills cricket identity Owen Bevan can attest to after  having literally made thousands over his involvement in the game.
The 69-year-old Bevan is currently some 25th year of being involved in cricket as an umpire through a  current long standing role as umpiring director for the Hills Cricket Association.
His outstanding dedication and  enthusiasm towards both the game of cricket and umpiring and umpiring was recently acknowledged when he was the recipient of the Cricket  Australia Umpire of the Year award for SA, during the Allan Border Medal presentation in Melbourne in early February.
Having been nominated by the SA Cricket Association.   Stirling resident Bevan joined fellow umpiring         colleagues from each Australian State and Territory, who were recognised at a special luncheon in the Cricket Australia boardroom in Jolmont on February, 15, before also attending the Allan Border Medal gala dinner later that evening at the Melbourne Casino.
While honoured by the personal  accolade, Bevan reflected that the award also recognised the Quality of the Hills Association.

“I guess the reward comes in respect of my achievements as umpiring    director, but I believe it does also reflect on the Hills competition.”
“The umpiring panel new boasts its highest number of officials since it was formed in the early nineties, while I have been lucky enough to work with some very good cricket administrators.
"Brian Stephens and Steven McGregor are two administrators who have been outstanding for the local competition, which in turn has made my job easier and certainly enjoyable.
However, enjoyment of the game of cricket has long been a driving force behind Bevan’s lasting involvement.
While having participated as a player with the past Ironbank club, and later with Stirling, Bevan’s employment in the SA Police Force was to provide a major direction towards his   umpiring career.
'As I was playing football with the Stirling club during the  winter, it became increasingly hard to get rostered off on a  Saturday during the summer as well, so cricket tended to drop out for me, explained Bevan.
About that time, a work colleague  of  mine,  Merv Kowald from Birdwood, was involved in the midweek  services competition, and   mentioned a shortage of       umpires to officiate in the matches.   So I and a few others offered to form a panel and we stood in the matches.
“Despite having played the game it soon dawned on me how many rules an umpire has to contend with, which soon led to me assessing that I really didn’t know that much at all.”
However I did enjoy the  experience and decided to broaden my knowledge by attending a short course at a SACA umpiring school.  The SACA must have also been looking to recruit umpires, and while doing the course, they suggested I might like to try out, so I did my first match in district ranks in the 1982 – 83 seasons.
Initially starting out in under 18 ranks, Bevan worked through to officiate at A grade level, sharing the experience of standing with the likes of Test Officials Tony Crafter and Max O’Connell, while umpiring cricketers the ilk of John  Inverarity, Andrew Hilditch, Wayne Prior and the Late David Hookes.
“I must say it really was an experience… there was a bit of pressure around with blokes like ‘Hooksey’ pretty shrewd and always trying to test you out.  But the good thing was that in the end, they always respected you and the decisions you made.” Bevan noted.
Having served almost 10  seasons in SACA grades and with work commitments  rising as he rose though the Police ranks, Bevan took up the role of Hills Association umpiring director in 1994-1995.
Congratulations Owen on a job well done and a well deserved award!

In military terms “The colours” are the flags of an infantry unit.  They are made of fine fabric and are           emblazoned with the names of battles fought.  At the end of the war The colours are “laid up” in a Cathedral or accorded great honour.
The 2nd /43rd Battalion was raised in South Australia in 1940 and fought with distinction in the Middle East, New Guinea and the Islands.
The colours of this Battalion were laid up in the cathedral of St. Francis Xavier, Adelaide, many years ago.  The condition of the fabric deteriorated.  Thanks to some generous donations they have been repaired, restored and placed behind glass in the vestibule of the Cathedral.
Our Society has a particular interest in the 2nd/43rd Battalion.  It was to this battalion that a South Australian Police Officer enlisted in 1940 after being granted Indefinite Leave.  He was Archie Badenoch, aged 40years and Officer in Charge at Tarcoola.  Sadly, in 1942 he lost his life at El Alamein, the first of our Police Officers to be killed in WW2.  In his memory the South Australian Police named a Police Launch after him.
On Saturday 6th March 2010 the Ceremony of Re-Dedication of the Battalion Colours was held at a moving   Service attended by both retired and serving Police Officers, all of whom had some family connection with members of the 2nd/43rd.
The Service was led by Archbishop Philip Wilson.  Officers of the Royal South Australian Regiment, including one of our volunteers Captain Bob Boscence, President of the 2nd/43rd Association assisted.  Music was        provided by the 10/27 RSAR Band.  The sound of “The Last Post” rang through the Cathedral and touched the hearts of the large congregation.


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The Advertiser 28/8/2007.


AUCKLAND:  A kiwi publican is hoping a trans-Tasman hunt will help flush out a thief who stole a toilet seat that had served his patrons for 15 years.

Despite publican Trevor Inwood offering an $82 bar tab at his Christchurch tavern, after two weeks the seat is still missing.

He said several New Zealanders in Australia were convinced an Australian had stolen it from the original Kiwi thief.


Marooned North of Marree.


In 1968 Detective Jack Zeunert was investigating an alleged murder at Marree.   He sent a plaintive wire to CIB chief Noel Lenton. 

“Marooned north of Marree.  Roads impassable.  Railways on strike.  Awaiting instructions.”

Lenton Jovially wired back.
“Commence Annual Leave.”


From Chas Hopkins


The SA Police Historical Society Inc. newsletter, which is published each month to advise members of its latest developments, is named the “Hue and Cry”.

Kin the Webster's Dictionary, it cites Hue and Cry as Shout and Weep.

In the 1830s the first English Police Force was established in London at Scotland Yard.

Prior to the first Police Force being formed, it was the practice of the parliamentarians and persons in authority, to advise the public that if they became a victim of crime, they should immediately show their anger to the public and nearby residents, with a hue and cry to enable the men to pursue the offenders in order that they be identified, and if any property had been stolen, that it be returned to the victim.

When the first English Police Force was formed, it issued a weekly statement to advise its members of the latest crime suspects etc.. and it was called the Hue and Cry.

The Police precinct in Adelaide was established in 1838, and it adopted the rules and regulations of the Force in England as it had been operating very successfully, including a Hue and Cry which was distributed each week, advising of the latest crime.

This was terminated in approximately 1860 when it became known as the Police Gazette, and remained so until approximately 1970, when sufficient computers were available for members to readily obtain matters relating to a current crime and divisional matters.

Gazettes were also received from other states of the commonwealth, and from New Zealand, and all large Police Stations, particularly if it was a seaport town, as most people travelled by ship at that time.

In 1973 reports were required from the Officers in Charge of Police Stations scattered throughout the State for additional cupboards and other storage facilities for Police and court records.

I went to Mt Barker Police Station in 1973, which is one of the oldest in South Australia, and recovered several tons of old police records dating back to the time when the Force commenced.

They were recovered from a hay loft above three stables as the Police Station used to provide an exchange of horses ridden by Police Troopers who arrived from the South East of the State.

At that time, it was a days ride to the city of Adelaide and the horses had to negotiate many steep hills to and from there.

Amongst the records recovered were references to the renowned Adam Lindsay Gordon, poet and horseman, who is still revered by the tourists at Mt Gambier at the present time.

A search of other Police Stations throughout the state revealed in excess of 200 tons of records, in particular in hay lofts at Port Broughton and Millicent.

The records were fumigated in batches before being delivered to my office as Chief Superintendent as O.C Region B.

I had the opportunity of pursuing many of the old Letter books and Journals prior to delivering them to the SA Archives.

Realising the documents were a source of SA Police History, I wrote to Mrs. Jean Schmaal, whom I knew personally.  Her husband was a Police Officer stationed at Claire.  Mrs. Schmaal was the daughter of retired Commissioner W. Johns (appointed in 1950) and she had written numerous articles relating to SA Police History , which had been published in Police Magazines for a number of years.  I advised her of what I had in my possession, and told her if she wanted to peruse anything she could call and collect them before I sent them to the S.A. Archivist. 

She called several times when she visited the city and returned what she had taken before taking another bunch of records. 

As she was a historian, she wrote many articles relating to the towns where her husband had been stationed, including Clare

When searching the records of the local Clare Newspaper, she discovered a copy of a Hue and Cry which had been published by the SA Police in the 1800s. 

When the SA Police Historical Society Inc. decided to publish a newsletter each month, Mrs. Schmaal suggested that it be called the Hue and Cry.

The main meeting hall for the Police Historical Society at the Police Barracks at Thebarton has been named the Jean Schmaal room in her honour.






N.B. The age being not under 20 or above 30 years 



The PHS was represented at  Port Pirie  for the NADOC week celebrations.  Our vehicle display represented the Port Pirie Police contribution to NADOC Week.   Bob Job, Ernie Mc Leod (absent from photo), Ross Edwards, Di Lugg and Kevin Johnson attended.  The girl in the khaki uniform is Senior Constable Andrea Wilson from Pt Pirie Crime Prevention Unit. 

Our display created much interest as usual, and our members were provided with lunch  and Pt Pirie police are making a donation to us as they did last year for the same event.  Andrea Wilson looked after us all day and catered for our needs.




On Sunday the 18th April the Marion  Ladies View (Voice, Interests and  Education of Women) Group along with a number of other visitors who joined the tour making a total of 28 in the tour group. Volunteers included Geoff Rawson, Di Lugg, Ray Freak, Bob Mattingly, Max Griffiths,  Bethany Boettcher, Dave & Gaye Aylett, Helen & Bob Ward.

On Sunday the 11th April, Dave and Gaye Aylett represented the Society at the All Chrysler Day held at Wrigley Reserve Glenelg with our Chrysler Royal.  This was a magnificent display of vehicles in immaculate condition from yester-year and the  Chrysler as usual created great interest on the day. Well done Dave and Gaye.



Geoff Rawson attended at the Walkerville Ladies Probus Club at the Walkerville Town Hall on 27th April with a talk on Police History which was very well received.


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South Australian
  Police Historical Society Inc.,
Thebarton Police Barracks
C/- G.P.O. Box 1539 
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