INSIDE THIS ISSUE
NEW S.A. POLICE HEADQUARTERS.
100 Angas Street is the new headquarters for SAPOL after many years at Flinders Street.
As SAPOL moves to a new headquarters building, in this edition of Hue and Cry we commence a series of articles tracing the various buildings that have accommodated senior police management since our inception. It is an interesting read.
With the move, the Police Historical Society has been gifted a number of valuable items that are no longer required for the new premises. These items come in two styles—furniture and associated equipment that will be used to up-grade our current out-dated furniture and also a number of valuable articles that will be archived. We thank SAPOL for these contributions.
In June, three members, Charlie Tredrea, Bob Boscence and I attended a three day training session to gain a greater understanding of the Mosaic computer data-base. Mosaic is the current accepted standard data-base for all Museums across Australia and operates in over 500 Museums—small and large. The system was purchased by our Executive committee approximately 2 years ago and since that time we have been modifying it to our own requirements. With the benefit of the advanced training session, we are now in a position to move forward at a much quicker pace. Mosaic will provide us with a much improved ability to record, monitor and retrieve data from our collection.
At our July meeting, Chief Superintendent Fred Trueman gave a most interesting address on the history of Police Health. Fred was involved with Police Health for many years at Executive level and had researched its establishment and development prior to their 75th Anniversary dinner late last year. Interestingly, two ladies in our audience, Pat Roberts and Connie Furler, were able to add some detail to the information supplied by Fred as their husbands had been involved in the formative years of Police Health.
Fred also presented the Society with a greatcoat formerly owned by the late Laurie Liebelt on behalf of his family.
Despite its age this coat is in remarkably good condition.
Brigadier General Sir Raymond Leane
When Policemen were required to do almost everything!
(Extracts from “South Australia Police 1838-2003” by Charlie Hopkins)
“Shortly after the Police Force was established, the South Australian Government decided it was expedient that the Police should also undertake other roles allied to their primary function of maintaining law and order. In particular it applied to functions where it was uneconomical to employ civilians. Initially, this applied to Clerks of Courts of Summary Jurisdiction, Clerks of Local Courts and Bailiffs. However, as the State developed and State Legislation was continually being enacted, the new duties continued to increase to the extent that, in some instances, the primary responsibility of the Police was being impeded as a result of it. These added responsibilities mainly applied to members of the Mounted Police, who were stationed in country areas.”
For further research refer to Page 236 – 275 “South Australia Police 1838-2003”
The following is a list of those duties:-
Clerk of the Local Court
Collector of Annual Statistics for the Statistical Department
Collector of Federal Electoral Lists
Collector of Jetty Tolls
Collector of Harbours Revenue
Commissioner for Taking Affidavits in the Supreme Court of South Australia
Commonwealth Electoral Registrar
Commonwealth Registrar of Births
Crown Lands Ranger
Inspector of Brands
Inspector of Fisheries
Inspector of Shops
Inspector of Stock
Inspector under Vine, Fruit and Vegetable Protection Act
Issuer of Fisherman’s Licences
Issuer of Gun Licences
Issuer of Licences under the Dairy Cattle Improvement Act
Issuer of Miner’s Rights
Keeper of Police Prisons
Labour Exchange Agent
Officer in Charge Life Saving Apparatus
Prosecuting Officer for the Education Department
Registrar of Births, Death and Marriages
Registrar of Dogs
Registrar of Maternity Allowances
Registrar of Old Age, Invalid and War pensions
Registrar of Shops
Receiver of Dog Scalps (Dingo Scalps)
Receiver of Permit Fees
Shearers Hut Accommodation Act Inspector
Sub-Protector of Aborigines
Visiting and Inquiring Officer for the Destitute Department”
In 1940, Brigadier General Sir Raymond Leane advised that the inquiries made by police on behalf of other Government Departments totalled 142,563 and took a total of 274,574 hours and 34 minutes to perform. Also in regards to Commonwealth Government Departments, a total of 25,152 inquiries were conducted.
Although numerous Commissioners’ of Police made requests to reduce work performed for other Government Departments, nothing eventuated and during the 1930’s and 1940’s the matter was not referred to, probably due to the economic problems of the Great Depression during the 1930’s and the Second World War during the 1940’s. However the workload continued to increase with further appointments including;
Agents of Government Labour Bureaux, Distributor of Government Rations to the Unemployed and Aborigines, Aliens Registration Officers, issuing permits relating to war time rationing, policing By-Laws enacted by City, Suburban and Country Local Government Instrumentalities and Supervisor of Totes at race and trotting meetings and 5 guards for the Radium Enrichment Plant at Thebarton.
After the war this snowballed with work for Motor Vehicles and Courts.
Police had the sole responsibility for driver testing, road worthiness of vehicles, supplying Prosecutors and Court Orderlies.
Further duties were allocated including examiners of taxi drivers’ licences, policing of City By-Laws, monitoring burglar alarms at Police Headquarters which were connected to business premises in the city area, manning the Department of Agriculture road block at Yamba (near Renmark).
In the Metropolitan area, city police were frequently required to provide armed escorts for the transfer of monies between banks.
Shortly after Brigadier J.G McKinna was appointed Commissioner in 1957, all extraneous duties were closely monitored and he made many recommendations to Government to reduce this workload, but it was not until the 1970s under Commissioner David Hunt that many changes occurred.
New Book ReleaseTo be launched at the September 2nd, 2011 meeting of the Police Historical Society, a fascinating 330 page reference and pictorial history book on South Australia Police transport from 1838 to 2011.
Titled ‘Police on the Move – An Amazing Journey of Horses to Horsepower’, it was specially written for SAPOL and the Police Historical Society by SAPHS member John White. The book covers all facets of police transport and contains over 400 black and white and 550 colour photographs of SAPOL police motorcycles, patrol cars, boats, aircraft and specialist vehicles, including a number of rare photographs and interesting insights into the development of SAPOL transport.
Very limited copies will only be available through the Police Historical Society. Members price $60.00 and non members $75.00 The book will not be available for general sale to the public.
Brigadier John McKinna
POLICE HEADQUARTERS THROUGH THE YEARS.
By Geoff Rawson.
As SAPOL moves to their new building in 100 Angas Street Adelaide this month we look at the history of the various buildings and locations used as Headquarters.
In the very early days the police “office” as reported in “The Register” 1/9/1838 “removed to the building sometime occupied as the Colonial Secretary’s Office and the Land Office” There is no indication as to where these buildings were at that time. In October 1840 a lock up house containing four strong cells was erected on the park lands in North Terrace West not far from Morphett Street.
Although there was a stockade (left-sketch by Gill) erected adjacent to the Torrens near Kintore Avenue for the Mounted Police and a building for the foot police adjacent to the current railway station, it appears that Supt. Inman and later Commissioner O’Halloran were using public offices.
Land was set aside for the building of a Police, Courts and Post Office on acre 237 on the corner of Franklin and King William Streets and in May 1848 a contract was let for the erection of a building which was not completed until February 1851. The view to the right is of the building from the Franklin Street entrance with hitching rails for horses at the front. Plans show that there was an office for the Commissioner of Police and a police office with cells at the rear of a courtyard. The building was shared by the Post Office and Courts and was later rebuilt as a General Post Office in 1866.
It is noted that “police authorities” were accommodated in rooms at the Native Location ( on the east side of Kintore Avenue later to become the Destitute Asylum.) It is assumed that this referred to the Police Commissioner and his support staff. By 1867 described as “a few rooms and some cells” located on town acre 408 King William Street south near the present Supreme Court. In October 1872 police were housed in the old GPO building on the West side of King William Street north of Franklin Street and immediately South of the present Criterion Hotel.
In 1891, police were housed in Town Acre 407, south eastern corner of King William Street and Angas street originally used from 1850 as the Supreme Court and used today as the Adelaide Magistrates Court. Known as No 1 Angas Street the site remained until the building of 1A Angas Street was built in the 1960s.
Above is a view of 1 Angas Street with our Vehicle shed on its original site before being moved to Thebarton. “The Advertiser” 4/12/1977 quotes from the late Paul McGuire’s book “Australian Journey” published 1939 “this police station as one of the most beautiful buildings in the continent” . It was considered as one of Australia’s few truly Greek Revival buildings. The letters to the editor at the time, question the changes made in 1997 to the new Magistrates Court which was described “as overwhelming the original building” and in another letter describing “the designer as the same person who designed the camel.”
In 1960 Commissioner J G McKinna committed a report on a proposal for a new Police Headquarters building in Angas Street next to the earlier building.
Approval was granted for a 9 story building which was in service by 1967.
Below—A view of the 1967 building with the earlier Police Headquarters as it was on the corner of King William and Angas Street. The Police Association is located to the rear in Carrington Street.
Below—The front entrance with the fish pond much loved by ducks who raised their young in this water feature.
This was a unique construction with each floor poured at ground
level and then jacked up to the correct floor level.
Two of these floors sagged during construction due to a faulty jack.
(Below—top floor sagging)
Below - The Adelaide Police Station was on the ground floor—a grand entrance (below) with the late Shirley Heyward behind the counter. Shirley was a Special Constable and past Police Historical Society member, who spent many years working behind this counter and training new constables.
Cells, Radio Room for the building and the move to Tara Hall and Flinders Street.
A special event will be held at the Police Club on Friday 23 September to celebrate the
50th Anniversary of the Police ClubWhen: Friday 23 September 2011, 11am til late
Where: The Police Club, 27 Carrington Street Adelaide
Cost: $10 for BBQ lunch, $5 for hot lamb and beef roasted rolls or prawn schaslicks from 4pm
Entertainment: DJ from 4pm Prizes and memorabilia:
Door prize drawn at 7pm, Police Club stubbie holders and bottles of wine available for purchase
COURSE 81—50th ANNIVERSARY.
Secretary Owen Bevan, Committee member Bob Boscence and past President Geoff Rawson, and the cake enjoyed by volunteers.
DATES TO REMEMBER!
Remembrance Day—Thursday 29th September 2011 at 10.00am at the Police Academy. This will be the last service to be held at this site as 2012 will be held in the new Academy
Thomas Shuldham O’Halloran, CMG
Major Thomas Shuldham O'Halloran, was a military man through and through, he was also South Australia’s first Police Commissioner, farmer, horse breeder, businessman and Member of the Legislative Council.
By Charlie Tredrea
(Continued from Winter edition.)
“The South Australian Advertiser” (Adelaide, SA : 1858-1889), Wednesday 17 August 1870, page 2.member of the old nominee Council, and continued in that position for eight years, till we obtained our first instalment of representative government. As a nominee Councillor Major O'Halloran deserved well of the people, being continually in opposition to some of the obnoxious measures of the Government, the most notable instance being upon the question of the royalties upon minerals, that the Government was endeavouring to impose.The Constitution of that day was beautifully simple.
Our obituary notice contains a record of the death of another old colonist—Major Thomas Shuldham O'Halloran, of Lizard Lodge, O'Halloran Hill—who died on 16th August. He was the second and eldest surviving son of Major-General Sir Joseph O'Halloran, G.C.B., Bengal Army. He was born at Berhatnpore, in the East Indies, on 25th October, 1797 ; was a cadet at the Royal Military College, Marlow, in 1808; appointed Ensign in the Royal West Middlesex Militia, 1809. In 1812, the College and students were removed from Marlow to Sandhurst. In 1813, he was gazetted an Ensign in the 17th Foot, and joined his regiment in 1814. Served with it during the whole of the Nepal War during the years 1814, '15, and '16. In 1817, received his Lieutenancy on 28th June, and served during the Deccan War (India) in 1817 and 1818. Was married on 1st August, 1821, to Miss Ann Goss, of Dawlish, who died in 1823, in Calcutta, leaving two children, of whom one died in India.
In 1822 exchanged from the 17th to the 44th Regiment, which he joined in Calcutta in January, 1823. In 1824 was ordered with left wing of the 44th to Chittagong, where he arrived early in June, and was appointed Paymaster, Quartermaster, and Interpreter. On the 30th October was appointed Brigade-Major to Brigadier-General Duncan, C.B., who commanded the Sylket division of the army during the Burmese war, and served on his staff until his death in November, 1825. He received a medal for war service in India for Nepal and Ava. On 27th April, 1827, purchased his company in the 99th Regiment. Exchanged into the 56th Regiment in 1828. In 1829 exchanged into the 6th Regiment, and joined his father as A.D.C., at Sangur, in Central India. From June, 1830, to January, 1831, served as Deputy Assistant Quartermaster-General at Sangor. In 1834 married to Miss Jane Waring, of Newry. Retired on half-pay in October. In 1837 was placed on full-pay as Captain in the 97th Regiment. In that year was sent in command of two companies of his regiment and a troop of the 4th Dragoon Guards to quell the riots in Yorkshire.
In 1838 retired from the army by the sale of his commission; sailed for South Australia same year in the “Rajahsthan”, and landed at Glenelg on 21st November, 1839; settled with his family at O'Halloran Hill. On 2nd February was nominated a Justice of the Peace. In 1840 was gazetted Major-Commandant of the South Australian Militia on 26th February, and on 8th June as Commissioner of Police. It will be remembered by old colonists that in 1840, when the “Maria” was wrecked at Lacepede Bay (Kingston S.E.) and the crew were murdered by the aboriginals, Major O'Halloran went down to investigate the matter.
He was joined on the road by Mr. C. Bonney and another gentleman, who accompanied him unofficially. The result of the investigation was, that the Major hanged two or three of the natives. This proceeding was very severely condemned by a number of colonists, who made very strong representations upon the subject to both the local and home Governments.
The result, however, showed that whatever opinions might be entertained respecting the abstract propriety of the summary measures adopted by the gallant Major, they were in reality the wisest and most merciful for both races. No organised attack was ever afterwards made upon Europeans by the natives in that part of the colony. From Adelaide up the Coorong to beyond the Salt Creek, the aborigines were impressed with a sense of the irresistible power of the white man, and the certainty that acts of violence against him would meet with exemplary punishment.
On the 17th August of the same year he was sent in command of an expedition against the Milmanura (or Big Murray) Aborigines.
On the 21st April, 1841, he commanded an expedition against the River Murray and Rufus Aborigines. On the 31st May, he was again sent against the same tribes. On the 7th November he was in command of an expedition to Port Lincoln against the Battara Aborigines. On 12th April, 1843, he resigned his appointment as Commissioner of Police. While at the head of the police force he maintained it in a very high state of efficiency ; and, though a rigid disciplinarian, was much liked and highly respected by his subordinate officers and men, a number of whom are still in the colony, and still speak in the most eulogistic terms of their old commander.
On his retirement he was presented with a, silver snuffbox by the mounted force, and with an address from the officers and men of the foot police. On the 15th June, of the same year, he was nominated senior non-official
On many questions the Legislative Chamber was certain to be equally divided, the Governor and his three officials voting on one side, and the four non-officials on the other, and then Her Majesty's representative gave his casting vote, and the matter was settled. After this fashion the obnoxious royalties were about to become law, a division being called for ; but it required five members to make a quorum, and Major O'Halloran, Sir John Morphett, and the two other non-official nominees walking out, left the Government baffled and defeated.
Another great question in which the Major took a prominent part was that of State aid to religion, his vote and advocacy being used on the unpopular side. This cost him his election in 1851, when the mixed Constitution was proclaimed. He stood for his own district, Noarlunga, but, though personally held in the highest esteem by the electors, he was, after an earnest struggle, defeated by Mr. Wm. Peacock, a stranger to the district, by a majority of 42 votes. On the 17th July he was entertained at a public dinner by his supporters at Morphett Vale, and on the 29th at Willunga.
In 1855 he opposed Mr. Reynolds for the Sturt, but was again unsuccessful. During the same year he was offered a nominee ship in the Council by Sir Richard MacDonnell, but declined. About the close of the previous year he was gazetted a, Lieutenant-Colonel of the Volunteer Military Force. When our present Constitution was granted, it was a general feeling that Major O'Halloran was a most proper candidate for the Legislative Council, and at the first election, in March, 1857, he was returned at the head of the poll against 27 candidates, the votes recorded for him amounting to 3,499.
In 1862 be resigned his commission as Justice of the Peace, in consequence of his strong disapproval of some of the magisterial appointments made by the Government. In 1863 he resigned his seat in the Legislative Council, having occupied it for six years. Since then he has lived in retirement, rarely taking part in public matters. Major O'Halloran was the principal founder and supporter of Christchurch, O'Halloran Hill; also one of the original Governors of St. Peter's Collegiate School. He leaves issue by his first marriage a daughter (Ann) married to Captain Disney Roebuck, late of the 23rd Fusileers.
By his second marriage he leaves three sons, Mr. Thomas O'Halloran, Manager of the National Bank, at Strathalbyn Mr. Henry O'Halloran, also in the Bank and Mr. George O'Halloran of the Land Office, who is at the present time suffering from ill-health and a daughter married to Mr. F. Wright, late General Manager of the National Bank. The deceased Major was in his 73rd year. The news of his death will be received with regret by many colonists, especially among the early settlers, who respected him as an upright and high-minded gentleman of the old school.
“Continued next issue”
HISTORIC HOMESTEAD BURNED!
The home of South Australia’s first Police Commissioner.
“The Advertiser”, Monday 22 August 1932, Page 8.
Some Of "Glenthorne
Timber Brought On “Buffalo”
MESS FURNITURE LOST
Glenthorne, a 40 years old homestead on the Government Remount Farm at O'Halloran Hill, was burnt early on Saturday morning. The only portion saved was the original part of the house, portion of which was brought to South Australia on the “Buffalo” in 1836. A special course, attended by about 50 members of the Staff Corps and Australian Instructional Corps, is in progress at O’Halloran Hill.
The old house was condemned for human habitation some years ago, and the members of the school were living in tents, but were using certain rooms in the house—known in military circles as "The Chateau"—as officers' and sergeants' messes. The alarm was given by one of the cooks about 5.35 a.m.
Everybody turned out, and a hose was turned on the flames, but they had too good a hold of the old timbers for water to be of any use. Furniture in the sergeants’ mess, on the ground floor, was saved, but the stairs were well alight when the alarm was given, and all the furniture from the Staff Corps mess at Keswick, which was on the upper floor, was lost.
The fire was not extinguished until 11 o'clock. The fire left the four walls standing. The portion saved was the one-storied north wing, built on a level with the old kitchen and cellars, which is Lizard Lodge, built by Major Thomas Shuldham O’Halloran, grandfather of Mr. T. S. O’Halloran, K.C., and Mrs. W. A. Ross. The furniture lost was valued at £200. The cause of the fire will be the subject of a departmental enquiry.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 7th 2011
Our Guest speaker will be Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti who is currently the Adelaide East LSA Commander. He went to Christchurch in the aftermath of the catastrophic February 2011 earthquake as a member of the Australian police support contingent and will talk to us about those events. His presentation will include audio-visual material of the memorial service attended by in excess of 80,000 people when held during those dramatic days.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4th 2011
Deputy Commissioner Gary Burns—his subject “Contemporary Policing in South Australia”
XMAS DINNER—POLICE CLUB –SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2011
(See insert enclosed for further details)
Fatal Accident on Main North East Road,
Some time in late 1971, after I had returned from Cyprus, I was riding my police motorcycle in the Kilburn area and I saw a female riding an unregistered off-road motorcycle along the footpath. I stopped her and spoke with her explaining that there was no third-party bodily injury insurance with an unregistered motorcycle. I also spoke to the owner of the motorcycle who was her husband and gave them a verbal caution in relation to the incident.
Later, in early 1972, when I was in the Accident Investigation Squad (A.I.S.) I attended a fatal accident on the Main Northeast Road near Windsor Gardens with my then A.I.S. partner.
The accident was at an intersection which was controlled by traffic lights, and the traffic lights were on red for the traffic travelling along the Main North East Road, and green for the cross traffic.
The driver of a car which had been crossing Main Northeast Road on the green light had been hit by a vehicle which was travelling south west along Main North East Road towards the city at a very high-speed, the driver of the vehicle crossing with the green was killed.
The car which was travelling on the green was ‘T’ boned on the right hand side, so the driver took most of the impact.
The car which went against the red light was travelling at about 60 to 70 mph at the time of impact.
After the impact the car which was travelling towards the city rolled over and came to rest some distance down the road, we arrested the driver of that car and charged him with causing the death of the other driver etc.
It turned out that the driver who was killed was the father of the husband of the girl that I had spoken to previously in relation to riding the unregistered motorbike, and I had to advise them of the death of this person and have them identify him at the mortuary.
The person that we charged with cause death was given bail.
Shortly after, possibly a couple of weeks later, I was riding my private motorcycle northeast along the Main North East Road approaching that same intersection where the fatal accident had occurred but in the opposite direction (from the City heading out), I was in the left side traffic lane, there was a slow moving Valiant sedan travelling in the right side lane I went to pass this Valiant on its left and as I did so the car swerved hard left across towards me, I braked and avoided a collision, and the Valiant went back to the right lane again. I again came up to pass it on the left and as I did so it swerved hard left across again. I avoided another collision by braking.
The Valiant stopped at the stop line at the intersection where the fatal accident had occurred and I pulled up on my motorcycle on the right-hand side of the car. I looked at the driver and I saw that it was the same person who had been driving the car which had killed the man at the intersection a short time before, I pushed my visor up and I spoke with him.
Delivery of the new BSA A65 Thunderbolts at Thebarton Police Barracks. Circa 1972.
He was looking at me with a grin on his face, like a smirk, I said to him “do you know who I am”?
The smirk vanished, and he said “Yes”. I told him to stop his vehicle on the opposite side of the intersection which he did.
I spoke with him and asked him what he thought he was doing pulling across into my lane as I was passing him on the left. He told me that he hated motorcyclists and he was trying to knock me off the bike and kill me.
I arrested him and charged him with attempted murder which was apparently attached to the previous charges of cause death etc in relation to the accident.
I did not have to attend court in that matter so I presume that he entered a plea of guilty, I never saw him again.
I don’t know the result of either court case.
As told by an ex traffic member who wishes to remain anonymous
THE PASSING OF THOMAS (TOM) ROBERT HOWIE QPMWe were saddened by the recent passing of Mr. Thomas Robert Howie QPM who was a member of the SA Police Historical Society over the years. A large congregation of family and friends including Society representatives, together with many former colleagues attended his funeral service where they paid their final respects to a man of real stature and who was universally respected.
Born in 1919, Tom, as he was affectionately known, spent time with the Royal Australian Navy during his early adulthood and his lifetime career was spent serving with the South Australia Police which he did with great pride and considerable distinction.
He joined the service in 1938 and retired in 1980 at the rank of Assistant Commissioner. In the intervening 42 years he served in Adelaide, Bordertown, Elliston, (where he indulged one of his foremost passions of fishing), Redhill, Mt. Pleasant, Recruiting Sergeant, Adelaide Metropolitan Patrols, Traffic Division, a time as Senior staff officer for SAPOL, Crime Director, then to his final appointment as Assistant Commissioner, Operations which position embraced the entire range of uniform operations throughout the State at that time. Across the course of these years, not surprisingly, he moved steadily through the ranks from Junior Constable to his last appointment, serving at senior executive and command level.
At his farewell service, members of his family spoke in glowing terms for Mr. Howie as a husband, father and grandfather who was both loving and much loved and is remembered with great affection and respect. His friends and colleagues remember him in similar terms as a man of complete integrity, who always conducted himself with dignity. He treated all with whom he knew and worked with consideration and sincerity. His last few years were spent in seriously declining health during which time he dealt with those circumstances with the same strength and good humour which characterised his time among us.
Tom received wonderful support and companionship from his wife, Kathleen, widely known and admired among both the police and the wider South Australian community and a good friend to many. We extend to her and the entire family our sincere condolences.
Peter Leonard WRIGHT
Peter will be remembered by many members as a fun loving and loyal officer. He was an excellent carpenter/joiner and was a strong supporter of the Society. He was a community volunteer to many organisations giving his time freely for this purpose.
Our condolences to his family.
John Trevor COOK
John joined SA Police on 7th September 1959 and retired on 30th June 1998. He spent most of his police career in Traffic sections. Our condolences to his family
On Thursday the 9th June, Commissioner Hyde visited the Society’s Thursday Group, joining us for morning tea. He took the opportunity to visit the Dorothy Pyatt Gallery to inspect the new Wall of Remembrance compiled by Kevin Beare. He was very impressed by what he saw and praised Kevin for his hard work. The display consists of photos of police officers who were killed on duty and it is hoped to improve the display with a computer audio visual display at a later date.
Right- Kate Woodcock and Helen Ward serving morning tea and coffee.
Left-Members enjoying the special morning tea.
Below—Kevin Beare with students from Highgate Primary School, holding their attention with his drug display.
The visit was organised by Danny O’Mahony at lower left with some of the students and their teacher. The students were very attentive and polite and enjoyed their visit.
Visit by Mr Brian FRANCISBrian and his wife recently visited the Society to see how his portrait of Governor Hindmarsh was displayed.
THE ARTIST WHO PAINTED OUR PORTRAIT OF GOVERNOR JOHN HINDMARSH
(NOW LOCATED IN THE DOROTHY PYATT GALLERY.)
The painting was presented to the South Australia Police Force for Police Week on the 28th April 1989 by Mr Alan Adcock, Chairman of the Hindmarsh Adelaide Building Society.
Background to painting.
Sir John Hindmarsh was born in 1782 and died in 1860. He entered the Royal Navy in 1793 and saw service at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, and went on to have a distinguished career until the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815.
He married Susannah Wilson Edmeades in 1809 and they had three daughters and a son.
In May 1835, following a meeting with Colonel Charles Napier, who had just resigned from the Governorship of the new South Australian Colony after one week, Hindmarsh applied to the Colonial Office for the position of Governor of South Australia. With a recommendation from Lord Glenelg, Hindmarsh was appointed to this position in August 1835; he received his commission as Governor and Commander-in– Chief of the Province of South Australia on 14th July 1836.
Hindmarsh, with his family, the resident Commissioner J.H.Fisher, 20 Royal Marines and 160 emigrants left England in the “Buffalo”. He came ashore on 28 December 1836 and under the Old Gum Tree read the Proclamation, proclaiming South Australia as a Province,
The Royal Marines who accompanied Hindmarsh were the first law enforcement officers in the new Province of South Australia.
Hindmarsh was recalled in February 1838, but before he left he established a civilian police force consisting of 10 Mounted and 10 Foot police to police the entire colony.
The Historical Society is in need of a volunteer with “Auto-Electrician” experience to assist in the vehicle Museum with a few small electrical wiring tasks on restored historic vehicles. If members know of a suitable person who can assist please contact:- Kevin Johnson on 0412459252.
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Left—President Bill Prior presenting a surprised Tony Woodcock with a Westpac Treasurers’ Award at the July monthly meeting.
Below– Barry Blundell was presented with an appreciation certificate as our speaker for the night of our Friday meeting by our secretary Owen Bevan.
Left—On Tuesday the 12th July Geoff Rawson, Bob Boscence, Kevin Beare and Ray Freak assisted with a tour by Eureka Tours. Bob with some of the members in the Badge Room.
Right -Also with the group was Frank Caspers who did the calligraphy for the vellum tribute to the re-enactment of the Darwin to Adelaide camel trek
Left—President Bill Prior with Churchill Fellows on Sunday the 17th July with a Museum tour and Devonshire tea.
Di Lugg and Barry Blundell with the last of the 600 archive boxes returned from storage.
Right– Some of the archive boxes in the compactus storage ready for sorting.
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