APRIL 2002


From the President

During the past month I have been absent from Society duties due to work commitments and the requirement to spend several days in hospital for minor surgery. In my absence I am pleased to report that the Society’s activities and heavy work commitment continued on with “business as usual”. In particular. 1 thank Vice President Geoff Rawson and Secretary Owen Bevan for helping out with my duties at short notice. I am also aware that the guest speakers at the monthly meetings during my absence have been excellent and I have heard nothing but compliments. I am sorry that I was unable to attend the meetings, but I am pleased to report that I am now “back on track” and look forward to being at the May meeting.

Since my last report members may be aware that following the sad passing of Bob Potts, Owen Bevan volunteered to relinquish his position of Vice President of the Society and take on the arduous task of Secretary and Geoff Rawson willingly offered to fulfill the office of Vice President. The Executive Committee was unanimous in endorsing the changes and I take this opportunity to publicly thank both Geoff and Owen for taking on their new roles. This speaks highly to the depth and quality of the many members within the Society who willingly and unselfishly are prepared to serve the Society in its many and varied roles and duties.

Traditionally, April has always been a busy month for the Society. This year is no exception. By the time that this edition of the Hue & Cry is read the Police Anzac Service would have been held at Fort Largs. I know that the Service will once again be strongly supported by the Society’ and its members and provides us with an opportunity to recognise and honour those police officers who gave of their lives during times of world conflict. I thank Dorothy Pyatt for again volunteering to lay the wreath at the service on behalf of the Society. I am aware that Dorothy was also once again instrumental in providing much background information on deceased members for inclusion in the Anzac Service. Many thanks Dorothy. The other major event for April is Police Foundation Day. I am aware that much information has already been provided to members so I will not repeat that information in my report, other than to say, thanks to Bill Rojas, Bill Prior. Geoff Rawson and Dorothy Pyatt for their particular efforts in such duties as researching, planning and organising to ensure that the 28th April will again be a great success.

I am also aware that the Curator of the Northern Territory Police Museum and Historical Society, Ms Janell Cox, recently visited the Society. The visit was most worthwhile and beneficial to both societies, where a great working relationship was developed and a process developed for the exchange of information, relevant to both South Australia and the Northern Territory. Of particular significance, our Society is currently arranging to provide the NT Police Service and Historical Society’ with a copy of our historical database. Many thanks to the members and in particular Jim Sykes for working with and developing the liaison with Ms Cox and the NT Police.

Finally, I am aware that there have been some slight changes to the previously advertised schedule of speakers with our May meeting now being an historic film evening in place of a guest speaker. I look forward to joining you all at the May 3 meeting.

John White


ANZAC DAY MARCH April 25th 1979.
Mr Harold Salisbury — former South Australian Commissioner of  Police - front right with the President of the Naval Association on the left. Dorothy Pyatt in Middle background. —Photo taken in King William Street, Adelaide.

The Anzac Tradition
Voluntary Service Abroad .



We have now been in training about four months. The 2/27th Infantry Battalion which was formed at the same time as our Regiment is now on Embarkation Leave and we expect and hope to be going ditto at any time. The result is there is an air of excitement about everybody...
Some write letters. I start a diary. What really started me off was watching the fellows before lunch.
The Orderly Sergeant announced a muster parade for 3.15 this afternoon:
“EMBARKATION LEAVE” we all instantly surmise. It is astonishing how delighted and excited everyone is. I find it hard to believe that these fellows are going to war. Certainly they are not thinking of the war so much as of the excitement and the experiences that are co-incidental.
Really, I suppose we have all thought about it. I did most of my thinking before I joined up. I look at the chaps again. All or almost all are talking and there is an animation of the talk that is not quite natural. Everyone has an inclination to do something: clean boots and equipment; tip out kit bags; play quoits; write letters, etc. Everyone listens and loins in the talk.
I'm glad I'm in it. Ill chance the low spots for the high.
It turned out to be a “short arm” inspection (genital).

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The first attempt I made to keep a diary Lapsed when the excitement turned out to be the anticlimax it did. I let the diary go then until today — and Ill now let it speak for itself.



Reveille at 5 a.m. Returned blankets, plates etc. to Q Store first thing. 8.30 a.m. rang Vera and said Goodbye. 9 a.m. Parade.
All ready to move. Spent an hour cleaning up huts and camp; left It spotless. Battery left camp and marched to Oakbank; the 2/7th Field Regiment and the 2/48th Infantry Regiment left in two trains about 1.15 p.m. and arrived at Outer Harbour at about 3 p.m. Embarked immediately.
Am terribly disappointed with our quarters etc. Hammocks slung below the waterline and very, very crowded.
The Convoy from Outer Harbour to Fremantle consists of four ships carrying troops and an escorting cruiser said to be the HMAS Adelaide. We are on the Stratheden and pulled out at 7 a.m., Monday. A very quiet departure and nobody was allowed on the wharf: just as well perhaps. We spent the greater part of the day watching Kangaroo Island slip past; picking up our escort and joining the Convoy about 6.30 p.m.





17 Nov.1940
Dave Morris SX3301, with
broil kit,  sets out.
At present we are heading west with Rottnest Island on our port side; it is a fine sunny day with smooth seas and there are planes flying all around us.. . After six days in port we pulled out of the wharf at 3 p.m. yesterday and anchored until 5.30 a.m. today waiting for our Escorts.
We had a wonderful reception in the west, beyond all expectations. There are about 12,000 troops in the Convoy we are told — Aussies and New Zealanders — and we’re unanimous in our opinion of the fine welcome and generosity of the people of the West.
Geof Webster (a Police mate of mine) and I saw just about everything there was to be seen either on foot or by car, and the total cost to each of us was less than £10, including refreshments . . . The attitude of everyone in the west was so free, generous.
  patriotic and friendly: they gave us that
  excited feeling that I always thought would
  be associated with a large number of troops
  leaving home for war.

The delay in port was due to the presence of an enemy warship about 700 miles off Fremantle All the warships from Fremantle have been out after her, with what results we donut know.
Two of them, the Perth and the Canberra, returned yesterday and we immediately pulled our. A couple of our planes have just shot past so close you could have hit them with a stone if you had one. They are evidently enjoying themselves and are flying up and down the line of ships waving. Splendid clean-cut models they are — the planes!
The first day at sea was smooth and hot and we all enjoyed it. The second day we were told to lash down anything that was movable as we were in for bad weather. And from soon after that, until we were around the corner Out of the Bight, all mv thoughts were concentrated on avoiding sickness. I managed it too — but came so close that it didn't matter.
The Lighthouse at Rottnest island is just barely visible now and i am having my last look at Australia, thinking the thoughts we all think on such occasions: Will we ever see it again?. What will happen between now and then? Attaboy!
Our ship is very much overloaded: there are about 3,000 troops on board and we are told it usually carries about 800 passengers. There's some overcrowding when it comes to the conveniences. . and we moan a bit when somebody expects to find everything. in “apple pie” order in our over-crowded sleeping quarters!
Really., though, we are not uncomfortable; the food is fair and considering the load. the Galley has to cook for they do remarkably well About on a level with the messing
 we had at Woodside. -
There is now always the chance of our ship getting in the war of something: since we met the Convoy outside South Australia we have had to carry lifebelts at all times.

Lucky for us we have a new type that is filled with capock instead of cork as in the older ones. We can make them double as cushions or pillows as occasion arises. The drawback is they are said to become water-logged after 8 hours in the sea — anyway, after 8 hours in the sea I don't suppose you would care if they DID become water­logged.
There’s quite a rough sea running (4p.m) but it isn’t tossing the ship about anything like as much as in the Bight. These waves are high but not long. They sometimes give the ship quite a roll from side to side but they can’t pitch her from end to end as those in the Bight did. They seemed to be about the length of the ship and her nose would be down in the valley between two waves and her stern on the crest of another. Then they would change places — and so would a good many other things, too. A lot of the fellows have been sick and are still sick — but I’m glad to say I am “Good-oh”.
As I look over the side to the rear I can see the Strathrnore very very close and every now and again she rolls from side to side in a most impressive manner. One can understand what writers mean when they speak of the “majesty” of these great ships:
no other word would quite describe the sight as they plough their way through everything.

Extract from the ‘War Diaries’ kept by TOM ROBERTS, Ex SA. Police Officer.


Continuing the Photographic History of the


by Bob Potts.


3. The picture (photograph taken late 1999) shows a wood and corrugated galvanized iron house situated at 10 Old Adelaide Road, Karoonda, and which was used as the Karoonda police station. Well known member of the South Australia Police, Eric Langdon (E.L) Bonython, later to become the Country Superintendent, was transferred from Bern to Karoonda as officer in charge with the rank of Mounted Constable on 28/8/1 926. In correspondence to the S.A. Police Historical Society he stated that on transfer from Berri to Karoonda he found that there were no quarters for a married man, and that he had to send his wife to Adelaide, while he boarded at Karoonda, 'under very trying circumstances.’

He further stated that ‘in desperation I bought a block of land and had a house of four rooms built on it. It was on the opposite of the railway line from the main part of the town’. As with the house previously built at Karoonda and occupied as the police station 1924-1926 by Mounted Constable F.F. Knight, it was most unusual for the S.A. Police Dept. to permit a Constable to build his own house in a country location. It probably indicated a somewhat parlous financial situation that the Police Dept. found at the time, especially in being able to provide premises in somewhat isolated locations in the state.

When Mounted Constable Bonython transferred from Karoonda in 1931, the S.A. Police Dept. continued to rent Mr. Bonython’s house at Karoonda until a purpose-built police station was erected on the north-western corner of Peake Street and Bodey Street, Karoonda.

4. Built in 1938 this purpose-built police station on the north-western corner of Peake Street and Bodey Street, Karoonda was erected to a very successful standard police station design, repeated at 15 different locations in metropolitan Adelaide and country towns, during the l930’s. It continues to be used as the Karoonda police station in 2002 with only minor modifications, (mainly the addition of sleepout at the front). At the time of construction these buildings were quite advanced in design and construction, and have stood the test of time over more than 60 years. It was a great advance over the previous rented premises used over the years at Karoonda, and incorporated features including: entrance to quarters well separated from the police office, roof ventilators, small verandahs, window shades, three bedrooms, and an integral walk-in pantry.
Bob Potts



Extract from
The Courier
100 years ago
December 13, 1901


Richard William Kelcey, of Balhannah, charged with
being a pauper lunatic was, after examination by Dr
Corbin, ordered to be sent to the Asylum for the Insane.

Evidence was given showing that Kelcey left his home on Saturday morning about 2am without his boots and  hat. On Sunday the troopers from the surrounding townships, assisted by a black tracker, after a vigorous  search found the wanderer near Windmill Hill, between -   Mt Barker and Hahndorf.

R - K 
the Past?
with Mr Dates

the Past?
with Mr Dates
From "The Leader" - Thursday, January 21, 1937

From "The Leader" - Thursday, March 15, 1945
Adjourn the Court
    Till Coats are donned 

Angaston Court was adjourned three times by the
Bench on Monday, when the defendant in each of
the three cases appeared minus a coat. The Bench 
ordered that, in keeping with the dignity of the
Court, litigants must appear properly attired. The 
 morning was hot and sultry and the first defendant 
to appear minus a coat held up the business for 15
 minutes while he went down to Murray Street to get 
 the garment. In the second case, the litigant had his 
 coat in his car outside the courthouse and only a few 
 minutes were required. The third, however, was in 
a quandary, not having a coat with him. The de- 
 mands of decorum were met by borrowing a coat. 
 The examplary conduct of the Bench does, not 
 always serve as a guide for litigants, for in one case 
 on Monday the witness lolled easily against the 
 mantelpiece in the courtroom until he was sharply 
 called to order by the Clerk of the Court. Perhaps 
 one of the most distressing requirements of the law 
 occurred at Angaston Court about 13 years ago 
 when a case under the Licensing Act was being
 heard. M.C. Mullins duly produced the bottles of 
 beer seized by the Police - and stood them on the 
table in front of the Bench. The temperature was 
over the century and as the evidence was slowly 
 piled up, glances strayed to those bottles. Brows 
 were mopped, lips were licked and the law followed 
its course until Mr. Mullins, fine old Irishman, 
could stand the temptation no longer. “Yer honour! 
If the Court is satisfied these are the bottles, if the 
Court is satisfied they contain liquor - I would
suggest they be removed at once before some of us go
further into that evidence, "he said.  The Magistrate .
 immediately gave his consent. 

Get Jimmy James to track
Tanunda man lost in ranges
near Angaston

When search parties failed to locate Mr Richard
Hentsch, 73, of Tanunda, at the weekend, abo-
rigine tracker Jimmy James was brought up and
 led the way about the Ranges. He was hot on the
track when Mr Hentsch was found by Mr
Munchenberg, about 3 miles south of Angaston,
but Jimmy, now knowing this, led the party right to
the spot in the scrub and told them the man had
been found by a man wearing size 9 sandshoes. He
was correct.
Mr Hentach left his home at about 12.30 p.m. on
Friday and was last seen walking in direction of Mt.
Kitchener. As he failed to return, Sgt. W. White,
Tanunda, was informed and he organised the search
which was unsuccessful at nightfall. Messrs B.
Liersch and B. H. Teusner then motored to King-
ston (Murray) during the night to get Jimmy, arriv­-
ing back about 6.30 a.m. on Sunday. Jimmy fol­-
lowed the track over all sorts of ground and later
was given a pair of Mr Hentsch’s shoes. He lost the 
trail once or twice, then found it again where there
seemed to be nothing to guide him. The lost man
was evidently victim of a lapse of memory and was
weary and hungry when found. After a meal at Mr
W. Wait’s, the latter motored him to Tanunda.
Noticed in the search party were Sgt. White and 
Messrs E. Hage, C. Hueppauff, W. Kleemann, C. 
Bartsch, V. Walsh, 0. and Bert Liersch, L. Tepper, 
Pat and Benno Keil, E. and H. Keil, XV. and V.
Kohlhagen, E. XV. Noll, B. H. Teuan,~r, P. T
Falkenberg, H. E. Liersch, T. Nitschke and others.

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Police Historical Society Inc.,
Thebarton Police Barracks
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