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Ron Hannah in 1900's uniform at the Police Academy Open Day
(Foundation Day) 28/4/2013.

Photo courtesy “The Sunday Mail” and James Levett (the photographer)

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Bill Prior

On April 28th 2013 we commemorated 175 years of policing in South Australia.  I had been writing and talking about the proposed events almost from the time I   commenced my term as President in February 2010.   I am now extremely pleased to report that the major commemorative events to celebrate our foundation, far  exceeded my expectations.

Our first event, the street march on Friday 26th April, was well reported by all main-stream television networks.  The weather was kind to us and the  public responded in a very positive way as the parade progressed along North Terrace, King William Street and finally into Angas Street.  It was pleasing to see so many volunteers participating.  The members who marched in the   various 'old style' uniforms looked fantastic and the vehicles  performed well.   It was also very satisfying to see the old 'Black Maria' on the streets again after having been housed in the garage for most of the past 20 years.

The Open Day, held at the New Academy on Sunday 28th April (Foundation Day) was also an excellent event.  The Special Projects Team from SAPOL did a marvellous job organising the event.  The highlight was the re-enactment of the swearing in of the original 20 police officers and the accompanying parade of police units through the ages on the parade ground.  I have received many very positive comments about the     presentation and compliment the organising committee on its efforts in researching and presenting such a wonderful performance.

For the first time, several of our volunteers participated in the National Volunteers Week Parade on Monday 13th May, from Torrens Parade Ground to Victoria Square.  It was a great opportunity to further publicise who we are, and to some degree what we do.  Thanks to all members who participated.

At the time of writing this report, we are yet to hold our Annual Museum Open day.  This event would     normally conclude a very busy schedule for our Volunteers, but we have many commitments in our diary for the coming months.  Many of these events are being conducted by the various SAPOL Local Service Areas as part of their commitment to commemorate our 175 years of policing.  Further, many of these events are in country areas.  While our regular volunteers have committed to these events, we would welcome assistance from any other members who would like to participate.  Please contact any member of the Executive Committee if you would like to offer your services.

Another topic that I have often discussed is the installation of air conditioners in the Museum.  You may   recall that we were successful with a grant application some two years ago, but have had to negotiate a     number of issues before installation could commence.  With extremely valuable support from SAPOL in the form of additional funding.  I am now very pleased to report that the installation process has been completed.

I look forward to your continued support during the remainder of our 175th commemorative year.




 Bill Prior.





Edwin Charles (Chas) HOPKINS, QPM passed away peacefully on May 11th 2013.
He was born at Burra on 5/7/1923 and joined SAPOL as a Junior Constable on 2/10/39 becoming at Police Constable in 1944.  He retired at the rank of Senior Chief Superintendent in 1983.  He was appointed a Life Member of the PHS due to his long years of support for the Society .  He is the author of the book “South Australian Police 1838-1992” published in 2005 and completed the much more comprehensive 2nd Edition 1838-2003 with Jim Sykes typing and editing.  He had a stellar career in SAPOL being remembered for his   involvement in the “Sundown Murders” and his nickname “Horatio”  as an   Inspector during the Vietnam Moratorium demonstrations when he was able to prevent a dangerous situation from getting out of hand between protesters and soldiers from Woodside in 1970. He was awarded the Queens Police Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1968 and was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct medal in 1966. At 6’5” tall he was an imposing figure.  Our sincere condolences to June and his family.

Colin Brian BEAMES      11/3/1926-17/4/2013.
Long serving Historical volunteer and much loved member, passed away on 17th April this year after a period of illness.  Our deepest respects to his beloved wife Joyce (who until recently was a busy PHS volunteer), and his family which included 7 Grandchildren and 2 Great-Grandchildren.
Colin joined the Police Force on the 12th January 1948 rising to the rank of Sergeant on 18/10/1965 before retiring  20/6/1986.  Colin and Joyce were regular volunteers who loved folding and packing the Hue and Cry for posting, preparing newspaper cuttings and many other odd jobs.   Colin was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct medal. Colin always had a joke and his cry of “hoo-roo” on leaving for the day will not be forgotten.  He will be missed by our volunteers and members.

Audrey Jean CHOMEL        14/10/1921—30/4/2013.
Audrey joined SAPOL on 8/5/1956 as a Women Police Officer retiring  in 1982.  She has always been a long time supporter of the SA Police Historical Society and had a wonderful sense of humour.  She had a strong Christian faith and was involved with the Salvation Army where she became adept at playing the timbrel.
She gave 27 years of service to the community, particularly working amongst women young women heavily into criminal activity. She eventually returned to St Stephen’s where her grandfather was a foundation member, teaching Sunday School for about 30 years.  In her later years glaucoma affected her vision, but she would still drive faithfully to church, but avoid right hand turns. Sadly she was afflicted with Alzheimer’s in her later life and went into residential care facility of the Lutheran Home in 2009, and carers told of her cheerful nature and humble attitude. 

Peter Brian GILES    26/9/1953—25/4/2013.
Peter was taken in tragic circumstances and his loss was a shock to all members who knew him.  He was a gentleman and a dedicated police officer.  He was due to retire in October after his 60th birthday and had made plans for his retirement.  Peter was a 3rd generation police officer, who had worked with the Drug Squad and had been involved in the contingent that went to Darwin after Cyclone Tracy.  He was also co-author of the SA police handbook, which has become an essential reference book for young up and coming police officers.

Michael FITZPATRICK     13/2/1932—5/5/2013.
Michael joined SAPOL 23/7/1956 retiring 30/6/1992
He served at Glenelg, Traffic, Port Pirie, Transport, Advanced Driving Wing and Property Section. He received the National Medal in 1978. He has been a long time member of the Society.

POLICE ANZAC DAY—SUNDAY 21st April 2013 at the Police Academy.  Dorothy Pyatt OAM provided the historic address regarding  John Percy Raffen.  We thank Dorothy for her research and her speech is reproduced in this issue.

Killed in Action 30 December 1943 in Italy    

This is a day of special significance to us.  It is a day when we remember a young Adelaide Police Officer who both offered – and lost – his life in the service of our country.
His name was John Percy Raffen, known as Jack.  Born at Rose Park in 1920 he was one of three brothers.  When he was seventeen he joined the Police and did the usual training at Port Adelaide and Thebarton.  He gained experience in various sections, but when he was twenty he could no longer resist the call of his country at war.  In July 1940 he applied for and was granted leave to join the RAAF.
Training for the RAAF was in both Victoria and South Australia in many different aircraft.
In all areas of his life where his performance was under scrutiny the assessments were the same.  He was considered to be of very good conduct with a quiet personality.
With a steady rise in rank Jack was transferred to the Middle East and the Desert Campaign in North Africa until the triumph of the Allies brought the cessation of war there.
In November 1943 the field of battle moved across the Mediterranean to Italy.
By now Jack was a Flying Officer with many hours of operational sorties.  He was attached to Number 3 (Fighter) Squadron.  Their role was to support a section of the Canadian Infantry based on the East coast of Italy.
It was an area of intense activity.  Soon after arrival Jack’s aircraft was shot down but he was able to return to base.  Christmas Day 1943 was spent with his Squadron.  It was the Traditional Dinner where the officers served the other ranks amid the usual amusement.  Five days later a section of his Squadron was ordered to attack a particular target which was well behind enemy lines.
They flew in two lines of six Kitty Hawk aircraft with Jack leading one section.
They released their bomb loads on target.  The anti-aircraft return fire was intense.
Jack’s aircraft received a direct hit and started to burn almost immediately.  He was flying low and very fast, seemingly, to try to reach the coast.  The plane appeared to still be under control but received another hit.  His flying comrades saw Jack’s plane burst into flames and crash into a hill.  Jack was posted missing.  He was twenty three. About six months later when the war zone had moved to another area, Jack’s friends in the Squadron set out to drive to the scene of the crash and found the site.
Sometimes opposing enemies display a bitter kind of fellowship with an unexpected act of kindness.
Jack’s friends found that someone had constructed a rough wooden cross on the crash site.
On the cross, written in pencil were the words ‘Here lies an unknown English flyer’.

Jack’s friends added the words “Flying Officer Jack Raffen RAAF.  Killed in action December 30th 1943”.  They left the site undisturbed.

In due course after the war Jack’s remains were recovered and placed in Hallowed Ground at the Canadian War Cemetery nearby.  In later years Jack’s parents made their sorrowful journey to his last resting place.

This then was the South Australian Police Officer who we honour today.


                        Lord God of Hosts             Be with us yet


                        Lest we Forget.                  Lest we Forget



By Dorothy Pyatt OAM

For sometime after the establishment of our Society in 1977 we had no particular place to store photos and artefacts.  I collared a small unoccupied room near my office at Adelaide CIB, Angas Street, and built some temporary shelving for the large photos.
Pat Minahan, a Police widow, helped me and was a very good worker.  We went to the CIB Office to work on Saturday afternoons.  The detectives said I was mad and they were probably right.  We swept everything off the O/C’s desk and worked there to catalogue the photos.  I received guidance in this field from the State Archivist.
Artefacts were found in a small locked room behind the Auditorium.  Instruction in the proper care of artefacts was given to me by experts who supplied me with a working kit.
The first attempt to assemble the Collection was to take all the cartons to be lodged upstairs at the Port Adelaide Police Station.  This proved unsatisfactory due to rain seeping in and lack of security.
Sometime later we were given two rooms of a four roomed building behind the Hindmarsh Police Station.  They were dirty and empty except for one table with three legs.  We sat on the floor and worked on the cartons.  Repeated requests for a table and chairs brought no result so, by close     messenger, I made an appeal to Commissioner Giles.  Back came the reply next day, “What do you want?”  A verbal request and within days the furniture was in place.
We gradually acquired more tables, chairs and cupboards, mostly by nefarious means.  A well placed spy in the Stores Section informed me when there was something suitable and I was able to arrange for it to fall off the back of a truck as it went past the Hindmarsh Police Station.  Shelving was required.  A lunch time prowl down in the basement at Angas Street revealed a great heap of metal shelving, all unwanted by the O/C Basement.  A couple of unfortunate uniform police were roped in to load it all on a buckboard and it sailed away to Hindmarsh.
We asked for some male assistance to assemble the shelving and took all the afternoon tea on the appointed Saturday.  One member came and stayed for twenty minutes.  Left alone and feeling   decidedly miffed at the lack of help we looked at this great heap of outsize Lego and decided to do the job ourselves, working on the dress-making principle that things that fit can be joined together.  With the huge frame assembled I gave a fair imitation of a hermit crab, shuffling across the floor with it on my back as Pat held it upright and we soon had it in place along one wall.  With all the shelving installed by about 5 p.m. we surveyed our work “Conquered!” I said triumphantly.  “And stonkered,” said Pat with feeling.  After that we called ourselves “The Pymin Construction Company”.
We commandeered the two extra rooms.  Nobody noticed.
In all these early years the work was done by women members.  We did all the lifting and shifting and heaving and hauling.
Barbara Allan joined us on her retirement in 1980 after thirty-three years as the Secretary to  Commissioners of Police.  Her meticulous and methodical work was invaluable in coping with the load of records.

Pat left after four years and shortly afterwards the Society was allotted the domestic quarters of   Hindmarsh Police Station.  There was an enormous kitchen.  Long untouched by a woman’s hand it had become very dirty.  Barbara and I cast our eyes over the floor.  Like a pair of Mrs Mopses we took half each.  It was a hands and knees job.  Mouse-holes I stuffed with Steelo Pads and hoped they wouldn’t get indigestion.  Cockroaches of elephantine proportions came out of their heritage listed homes and waved their feelers at us in a friendly fashion.

By 1986 came a move to the residence at North Adelaide Police Station.  More dirt, more cleaning, unblocking gutters and painting floors.  For Barbara and I it was déjà vu …….all over again.

Dorothy Pyatt


Photo no 12813– Dorothy Pyatt and Barbara Allan—Hindmarsh Police Station 16/4/1985.



PROUD OF WHO I AM.( Author unknown)

I fought a man who beat his wife
And won, but did no good;
She'd neither leave nor go to court,
But I never thought she would

A woman called, her little girl
Was lost, she'd run away.
I found her and I took her home,
But  I couldn't make her stay.

I stopped a man who'd take his life,
I took away his gun.
He swore he'd keep on trying,
Until the job was done.

I caught a man who raped a girl
I locked him up in jail
He'll see the judge tomorrow,
And then be out on bail.

I understand why you ask
Why I do the thing I do,
But there is no simple answer
That I can give to you.

For even if I risk my life
And know it is in vain,
The pride I feel in what l do
Makes me do it again and again.

And yet I take no umbrage
From judge or man
I reap great satisfaction
From helping when I can.

I'm well aware that it may not seem
quite this way to you,
But I know that I help someone
In most everything I do.
So I think of who, not what I am,
The next time that we meet
I am proud of who I am
I am the cop on your street.

175 SAPOL Anniversary March
Friday 26th April 2013.
( by Geoff Rawson)

On Thursday the 25th April 2013, I arrived home from an overseas jaunt at 10.00pm after a 12 hour flight from Dubai.  At 6.00am the following morning, I dragged myself out and dressed in a vintage uniform from the 1950s made my way to Thebarton Barracks to meet with the rest of the marchers and drivers.

The Society had been busy with the Black Maria, which was taken to Kintore Avenue with a pair of magnificent white horses, thanks to Leon Mead. President Bill Prior, suitably attired in the         uniform of the time, and all of our vehicles including motor cycles, were taken to the old barracks with drivers and uniforms suited to the period.

I was not going to miss such a wonderful opportunity to march behind the Police Band probably for the last time, (given my advancing years), the last opportunity being 25 years ago for the 150th Anniversary and being reasonable to assume that I would not be present for the 200th. All the volunteers involved, seemed to feel the same way as I.

 It was with immense pride that we lined up, the Mounted Operations Unit with 4 horses in full regalia, the Band, a section of Police Officers wearing the latest uniforms, then our historical unit, led by Bob Bosence (Garibaldi Jacket), with Holger Kruse who travelled from Mildura for the occasion, (wearing the uniform of the 1850s), Ken McLean (1980s uniform) Rob McClory (1940s 1st tunic), Bob Job (1960s first shirt), Max Slee (1985 uniform), Spud Murphy (2000 uniform), Barbara Parfitt (1974 Women Police original skirt, hand bag and blue uniform) and Alisha Grocke (SAPOL 1980s Dark Blue Dress).

Following the marching group was the Black Maria, driven by Leon Mead (1880s with Pith Helmet, President Bill Prior (riding Shotgun 1880s with Pith Helmet), Ben Jansen as Guard (1880s with Pith Helmet, then the FJ Holden, driven by Max Griffiths (1955 uniform) and Owen Bevan , Chrysler Royal driven by John White (1960s uniform), Holden HZ driven by Phil Butterworth (1979 uniform), Valiant driven by Ron Monck (1980s uniform), Holden VN Commodore driven by Vice President Kevin Beare, A64 BSA Motor Cycle ridden by Deke Sekella, A10 BSA Motor Cycle ridden by Ernie McLeod, 1974 Honda Motor Cycle ridden by Secretary Kevin Johnson and a 1981 Honda Motor Cycle ridden by Dennis Irrgang all riders in their traditional traffic uniforms.

The public support was pleasing with people lining North Terrace and King William Street, clapping and cheering as we made our way to Angas Street, the end of the journey, giving the salute to Commissioner Gary Burns at headquarters, and crossing Pulteney Street to dismiss, feeling quite warm but happy in the heavy older uniform.

The proud group of marchers in front of the horse drawn Black Maria, with Bob Bosence (leader) Rob McClory (right marker) Holger Kruse, Geoff Rawson, Bob Job, Max Slee, Spud Murphy, Alisha Grocke and Barbara Parfitt. The Black Maria with Leon Mead and Bill Prior to the rear.

       Geraldine White, James Creighton,
      Ron Hanna and Paul Maschgan



                  We Welcome you …….

Thebarton Barracks meeting room first Friday of the month at 7.30 p.m.

JULY 5th  2013 :    Speaker Annie Payne—(Oral History)    Runs a business called 'History from the Heart'
                                                that deals with gathering, organising and preserving stories.

AUGUST 2nd 2013: Speaker Greg Goudie (DOME)  (Don't Overlook Mature Employees)
                                                Will talk about 'DOME' and issues facing mature age persons in finding employment.

SEPTEMBER 6th, 2013: Speaker Trevor Haskell ( Retired Police Association. )
                                                     Will be speaking about the Retired Police Officer Association.

SEPTEMBER 27th (FRIDAY) 2013:  Police Remembrance Day—Police Academy.


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In 1838 the infant British colony of South Australia suffered its first crime wave. Twenty-one year old Henry Inman, a decorated cavalry officer, was appointed to create and command a police force, bringing law and order to the fragile settlement.  This biography on Inman – the first published – therefore narrates the genesis of the South Australia Police.   Inman zealously     established the rule of law at the fragile frontiers of colonial settlement, pursuing murderers and  bushrangers, one of whom he captured at Inman Valley, which is named after him.   Financial management – a lifelong weakness – then caused his dismissal.   Taking on overlanding livestock inn 1841, he was almost fatally speared.  He then  unintentionally provoked lethal hostilities with Aboriginals at the Rufus River, resulting in his financial ruin.   To        support his growing family he taught mathematics in Sydney before returning to England in 1848 to join the rural clergy.   Now, following  comprehensive research, this chronicle reveals his remarkable life and exploits.

A$25 plus A$10 postage/packaging  This month only!

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SUNDAY 28th APRIL 2013.
The Police Academy was the location for SAPOL’S 175 anniversary celebration this year as an open day providing public access to the new Academy.  All major sections of  SAPOL had provision for a display in various classrooms as well as vehicle displays outside.  Our Society had an excellent display thanks to the work by many volunteers on the previous day.  On the day, about 30 volunteers attended and worked very hard to make the day a success.  President Bill Prior took the role of Governor in a re-enactment ceremony for the swearing in of 10 mounted and 10 foot police and the public enjoyed various displays, including the use of a Helicopter with STAR group officer   repelling to the ground, Dog Operations with 2 German Shepherds apprehending a very serious villain, one of the two dogs appeared not to want to let go.  Packing up was done with little ceremony and many hands made light work with our vehicle packed in about 30 minutes.

Historical vehicle display.

Happy volunteers looking after the very successful memorabilia sales—
Jeanette McLean, Bethany Boettcher, Kate Woodcock and Jan Coventry

FJ Holden above left beautifully prepared by Max Griffiths,  

President Bill Prior and Owen Bevan

Portion of the vehicle display outside.

Owen Bevan, Vice President Kevin Beare OAM, and Geoff Rawson.

Frenzied activity preparing the display for the public.


Thanks to the efforts of artists Helen Carman and Linda Wyatt pictured, the painting is now hanging in the foyer of our meeting room at Thebarton Barracks.  Kevin Johnson was aware of the abilities of the ladies who have been involved in art work in the Adelaide Hills area and they supplied there time to work on the painting.  The painting depicts two mounted officers in front of a cell block.


March 1st 2013
Speaker MICK STANDING (Retired Detective Sergeant)
Mick proved to be a very entertaining speaker with his stories about his CIB experiences in Port Augusta and beyond.  He told many of his   experiences, some very funny and others serious.  The well known  acquisition of furniture and equipment, well practised within SAPOL was the only way he was able to set up a new CIB office at Cooper Pedy.  Mick was thanked for his talk and presented with a Certificate of  Appreciation and a book by President Bill Prior which was followed by applause from the appreciative members present. 

April 5th 2013
This meeting was a trip to the new Traffic Education Centre,      Thebarton Barracks (at right) where Senior Constable 1st Class Rob Grinter gave an informative talk covering road rules, formidable accident statistics and entertaining video clips.  He provided those     present with copies of the National Road Rules refresher leaflet and a guide to child restraint laws.  President Bill Prior thanked Rob for his time and presentation

May 3rd 2013
Anne Lucas—Walking the Atakama Desert.
Anne presented a very interesting talk about her amazing experience walking the Atakama Desert in Chile.  She completed the very      demanding walk for Parkinson’s SA Inc charity, as her father had been a sufferer , and she managed to raise nearly $15,000.  President Bill Prior presented her with a Collectors Bear in Police Period    Costume and a book and she received applause from the audience.

Mick Standing


Caravan Show 2013

The above photo is a large group of vintage caravans escorted to the Wayville Show grounds on the 22nd March 2013 for the Caravan Show.  Ernie McLeod and Geoff Rawson with the Chrysler Royal led the parade from West Beach and made a grand sight as the lengthy parade travelled via Anzac Highway to the show grounds, with onlookers and surprised motorists amazed at the sight. 

Power of the Past—Sunday 3rd March 2013 (left)
The Mount Barker Oval was the site of the parade of vehicles which included our Chrysler Royal, VN Commodore, Honda Solo and BSA Solo.  Thanks to Kevin Johnson, Di Lugg, Ernie McLeod, Dennis Irrgang and Rosco Edwards for their work representing us on the day.


Vintage Japanese Motorcycle National Rally was held at the Warland Reserve Victor Harbor on Saturday 16th March 2013. We were represented by Ron Monck , Di Lugg, Kevin Johnson, Dennis Irrgang, Rosco Edwards and Ernie McLeod with the Chrysler Royal, 81 Honda Solo, 74 Honda Solo, Suzuki Solo and Suzuki Outfit.  (right)

Ernie McLeod, Robyn Crameri, Bill Prior, Di Lugg, Jeanette McLean and Kevin Johnson attended the Volunteer Parade on Monday the 13th May 2013.



The Police Historical Society have a number of items for sale including Books, Ties, Collector Teddy bear in period uniform and a Collection of SA Police Cap Badges.  Please see what books are on offer and the monthly special, on-line.     Keep checking as new items will be added soon.

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  Police Historical Society Inc.,
Thebarton Police Barracks
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