The tragic events of 11 September in the United States will certainly be recorded in world history as one that will never be forgotten. Our hearts go Out to the victims and the families and friends of those killed, in particular the emergency services personnel and police officers who gave their lives in serving the community. I am sure that the sacrifice of the New York Police Officers will be remembered at the forthcoming National Police Remembrance Service to be held at 11 AM on Friday 28 September at the Police Academy Fort Largs. This service is always well attended by members of the Society and I look forward to seeing as many members as possible there once again.

In early September I managed to take a short holiday in Western Australia. During my absence Geoff Rawson stepped in at short notice and chaired the September meeting. The meeting was well attended — many thanks Geoff for helping out.

As I write my report a large contingent of Society members are involved in the Sensational Adelaide International Police Tattoo. Many members have contributed many, many hours of voluntary labour in the months and weeks leading up to the Tattoo in preparing Police Historical items for display, then actually performing in the event and selling official Tattoo merchandise. I sincerely appreciate and recognise the voluntary contribution by the Society members and thank you all for a wonderful effort. I will provide more comment about the Tattoo in my next report.

Finally, many thanks to Tony Woodcock for organising the Society’s forthcoming Anniversary dinner to be held at the Police Club commencing at 7.30 PM on Friday 5 October. Our guest speaker will be our patron and Commissioner of Police Mr Mal Hyde.   I understand that Tony has received quite a number of responses to date from those attending.  It will be a totally enjoyable evening and I look forward to seeing as many members as possible there to celebrate this important Society occasion

John White

NB.     The national Police Remembrance Service is held on the nearest week day to the 29th September.



David Hunt
Commissioner (Rtd.)

AS WE ALL KNOW, September the 29th is the day of the year when we all observe, round Australia and its environs, the Police Commemorative Day on which we recall with sadness the supreme sacrifice made by our colleagues in their response to the call of duty.

I recall when in office, as a member of the Conference of Commissioners of Police, Australasian and South West Pacific Region, a decision was taken to make such an observance throughout the Region. I was a party to the resolution which in brief considered the following points:­

1. The establishment of such a commemorative day.

2. The adoption of the Requiecant, composed by and used by the Victoria Police as a special salute to police, in place of the Last Post.

3. The date of the observance to be September the 29th, this being the celebratory day in the Church calendar of St Michael the Archangel, Patron Saint of Police.

To this day the service is observed with solemnity and dignity and with special meaning for the serving and retired police and especially for the relatives of the deceased. Of course we remember with humility and gratitude the sacrifice of those police officers who have gone before us, but it occurred to me that it might be useful to recall some of the considerations in establishing the Commemorative Day.




162                                               THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN POLICE GAZETTE.                                    [October 12, 1892.]

I have very much pleasure in noting the courageous con
­duct of Mounted Constable Stewart in connection with the
attack made upon him by prisoner Louis Murray while
under escort. The constable is awarded the sum of’ £5 out
of the Police Reward Fund.—Vide P.C.O.. 828/92.
W. J. PETERSWALD, Commissioner of’ Police.


Continuing in the series of





Ewens Ponds Limestone ponds east of Port MacDonnell in south-east of SA. Known initially as 8 mile creek, then Thomas Ewens Springs Ponds.

Believed to be named after Thomas Charles EWENS, former police trooper (1860—1864), and member of renowned Ewens family of five generations of policemen. He discovered these interesting ponds on his property near Port MacDonnell in 1870. They are famed for their vegetation and clarity of water.
MOLE HILL Minor geographical feature about 85 km NNW of Mount Nor-West which is in isolated country west of Farina.

Believed to have been named in 1858 by police corporal Alfred Burtt after his companion police trooper Joseph MOLE on an exploration journey to north-west of S.A. P/T MOLE served in S.A. Police 1853-1859.


Mason’s Lookout 

Town portion of Monteith Irrigation Area south-east of Murray Bridge. Sm geographical

George Ezekeil MASON (1811-1876) Police Constable. Joined S.A. Police in 1841.
Stationed at Wellington on Lower Murray.  Sub Protector of Aborigines 1849 and
Inspector of Native Police in 1854.



A geographical feature between Kangarilla and Meadows.

A street in Beaumont.

Captain George DASHWOOD RN. Commissioner of Police 1847—1852.

Gentle personality part of Aboriginal leader's strength

ABORIGINAL leader Bob Ware’s influence extended from Ceduna Area School to the Houses of Parliament in London.
Mr Ware, who died of a heart attach last year aged 51, helped force the British government to compensate people from the Maralinga lands in the 90s.
Years earlier, the father-of-two successfully persuaded Ceduna Area School to set up a Year 12 class so he could finish his schooling.
But, according to his wife Jan, Mr Ware's humility often meant others would receive kudos for his achievements. Jan Ware with a photograph of her late husband Bob: “I! he believed he could do “He really believed in himself,” Mrs Ware, of Largs Bay, said. “If he believed he could do something, he would.”
Mr Ware, a Wirungu Yunkantjara Elder will be among the sports stars. scientists, entertainers and leaders recognised on the lawn around Parliament House in Canberra as part of the Peoplescape project.
Figures representing thousands Australians will be exhibited on the lawns in November.
Born at Kooniba Mission, just west of C Ceduna, in 1948, Mr Ware trained at the Fort Largs Police Academy at
Taperoo and became Australia’s first Aboriginal police officer in the late 60s.
 He wed Jan in 1070, a time when mixed-race marriages were rare.

“We didn't have any issues about it really, but other people did,” Jan said.  After being stationed in Adelaide and Mannum Mr Ware left the Police and was appointed CEO of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement.
He continued in a leadership role with the Aboriginal Progress Association and then returned to school in Ceduna.    Mr Ware later managed Aboriginal Housing and Hostels branches and served as the Aboriginal Heritage manager with the former Environment and Planning Department.   As his interest in the environment grew, Mr Ware mediated between mining companies and outback community groups to try to protect sacred sites.

He also co-wrote State native title legislation in the mid 80s.  At the time of his death, he was a regional manager with the Aboriginal  and Torres Strait Islander Commission.   Mrs Ware said her husband would be most remembered for his gentle

“Our lives and many others are richer for sharing them with this unique man so full of gentleness and grace.”

Take from ‘Portside Messenger’, Aug. 2001. Submitted by Mavis Bidmead.



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