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November/December is a very busy period for the Society with Christmas pageants at Norwood, Glenelg and Noarlunga and other outings for our vehicles.  This year we had a very spectacular display at Norwood and Glenelg with 5 motorcycles, the Chrysler and the Prison Van.  Thanks to all those involved.


The donation of a 1963 Holden sedan by Sheila Lane was a boost and another project for next year.  This vehicle has been in a garage for about 30 years, and after a battery was fitted, the motor eventually coughed back to life and was driven for a short distance.  Everything seems to be in fairly good order, however the body needs a re-duco and it is intended to paint the vehicle powder blue after the FJ is completed.


The museum volunteers have done a wonderful job with a lot of planning and work and have started on part of the last gallery where a radio display and a crime scene will be established. 


Our Christmas dinner was a fantastic success, thanks to the many workers involved.  As the event was catered, there was less to do this year than last and hopefully everyone who attended had a good time.  Father Christmas attended, but this time Dorothy was firmly handcuffed to a chair to avoid a repeat of last year. The two dads from the police band provided the entertainment, which suited the occasion.


Our next meeting will be our AGM on Friday the 4th February 2006.  If you are interested in being involved in the executive committee please complete your nomination as soon as possible.


On behalf of the society I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy new year. 

   Geoff Rawson


Barry Presgreave                           Stuart Frazer

Robert Broadbent                           Bronwyn Killmier.

We Welcome you …….

 Women police in South Australia
Celebrating 90 years

Compiled by Editor Elees Pick  

This is the final chapter in this series on women police on 15th December we will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Women Police.  We have come a long way since then & we now pay tribute to
Women Police both past & present who continue to break new grounds in all areas of policing, carrying on the traditions set down in those very early days.

In March 1974 the Women Police Branch was disbanded & the women took up their new position within the department.

The first women to achieve commissioned rank were

Fay Leditschke


Kathryn Finnigan

With Madeliene Glynn appointed Assistant Commissioner
on the 19th February, 2002.  

Women Police have continued to branch out into the Department. With a much wider scope than that of their predecessors, they have been able to make valuable contributions in the sections & positions of their choice.

As follows is an article from the register 19th, april, 1915. 

Successful Trial in Adelaide.

One wonders if a preface such as “Sgt. Eileen McIntosh Reports” will appear on at least some of the police documents of the future.  How the people of a century or even half a century ago, would have laughed the idea to scorn; but times have changed & there are signs that in the no distant future Adelaide will actually have police in petticoats.  One can almost hear the laughter of the sceptics & the objections raised to combat the scheme, for there is not a reform that does not march forward to the accompaniment of the jeers & sneers of the crowd.

Not Too Masculine

Everybody of course admires the tactful & efficient “Bobby”, but he himself will admit that there are spheres of activity into which his protean talents cannot successfully carry him.  One officer spoken to recently on the subject between the intervals of holding up traffic desired to know what a woman would be like ‘running in a stiff ‘or dealing with ‘roughs’ in the West End, & in doing so voiced the erroneous opinions of quite a number of people.  Nobody ever dreamed that women should, or could, oust the burly “limbs of the law” from their legitimate spheres of action.  But, as an aid to the male force as a section that would do special work on special lines not now followed at all, as unobtrusive, sympathetic units, working hard, but rarely seen, the officers themselves will admit women police might have wide scope.  The trouble is that the woman officer of the future is very often depicted as of the type:-

Who has fixed her vengeful optic on he trembling tyrant, Man,
And has sworn to quit the bondage of the washtub & the pan;
Who has sworn to crush the despot & to puff his best cigar,
Sworn to spout from many a pulpit & to practice at the bar;
Sworn to clip her flowing ringlets, whether auburn, black or brown,
And to raise upon her upper lip a tiny crop of down.

Nothing of the sort. The most successful officers of the new police section will be most womanly.

Success in Adelaide

It may not be generally known that women police have been engaged in Adelaide quite recently as an experiment.  Enquiries among those interested in the plan revealed that success had attended the departure.  Of course the general public did not know this; but a certain section of the community – the park lounging section – learnt this to their cost.  For three months two capable women officers patrolled the parks & streets at night & endeavoured to check the wayward tendencies of lads & lasses to whom it might with reason be said “Does your mother know you're out? They brought no cases to the Police Courts, they prosecuted nobody & yet, it is stated, they did a vast amount of good.  Each morning they brought in reports of the previous night's work, & if it were found necessary to follow up the information that had been gained – to inform a mother that her daughter was not on the right track, or a youth that he had better seek pastimes elsewhere – that was done, & in most cases excellent results followed.  Girls who loitered about the streets at night were taken home & warned of the dangers they were running, & advice was given to heedless youngsters who knew no better than to lounge about the city at all hours.   A worker who was in close touch with this activity considered that if it could be continued the streets of Adelaide would show an appreciable difference within a very short time.  Even the knowledge, in fact, that such a corps was out & about would have a wonderful effect upon those it was desired to reach.  It has often been urged that a woman engaged in this work would receive a very bad time from some of the characters whom she might meet; but, although these special officers mentioned found themselves in some situations which demanded extreme tact, not once were they subjected to annoyance.

Need for Tact

Of course there would be (so people interested in the matter urge) the need for great tact in dealing with the subject. The women to undertake the business should be specially selected by those who have been in close touch with such work, & they should be placed under a special sympathetic “head”, who has had experience of the needs of the “service”. To place the women officers under the same control as the men would, in the opinion of those spoken to, be a mistake.  The new Department would be one doing its work quietly, apart from the ordinary police.  In many cases the result of the endeavours would not come within the range of the public eye through the medium of the Court, but would only be seen in the reports of the officers to their superiors.  That they are women who could perform police duties in this direction there can be no doubt.  The fact that they have done so speaks for itself.  Of course the numbers of such competent officers must be small.  The salary could not necessarily be more than that of the “Bobbies” but people who know are convinced, on the knowledge of first hand facts, that women of the right type could be found, & if tactfully handled by a sympathetic chief, kept in the force.  There are arguments against the suggestion, but it will be interesting to watch developments.  Adelaide has led in many reforms; will it do so in this?


        To Walk A Fair Beat- Patricia Higgs & Christine Bettess Reprinted 2005
        Greater Than Their Knowing – A glimpse of South Australian Women 1836-1986
        Quadrant Autumn 1959
         Everybody's Friend – Edith S. Abbott 1939



Bar divider

Brian (Salty) Glenie

Passed away November 2005

Esteemed Member of the Historical Society

(An article that first appeared in the Hue Cry in 1990)

By the late Ernest Kirk

When as Juniors we arrived at the Port Depot we found Probationary Constable Ted Figg was going to attend  to our culinary wants.  We had in fact supplanted a small group of Mounted Constables now shifted to Thebarton Barracks.  Among them


Mick O’Connell                                    Bill Giffen.                               & One Water Constable Bacon who remained for a while in residence.

So Ted, instead of cooking for a few, was cooking for us 31 & 3 instructors.

Story was that Ted had not been able to pass his examination from probation.  Instead of being dismissed he had been kept on as cook.  No complaints about his cooking, but the language he used all the time he was with us would raise more than the hair on your head.

We had not long been in training when a terrible tragedy hit the headlines.  A woodcutter at Mylor had killed his family of five or six with his chopper, ridden off on a bike & done himself in out in the scrub.  He was Ted Figg’s brother.

We banded together & decided not to broach this dreadful subject in Ted’s hearing.  We need not have been so circumspect.  We went into breakfast to find Ted waiting at the servery.  He immediately quoth “what do you think that silly *****ng brother of mine done.  Killed his wife & kids with my best compa*****ngtition  axe.  He then rod off on my *****ng racing bike & killed his stupid*****ng self”.

We commiserated.

Ted was able to communicate the most outrageous lies as though they were gospel truths, so finally at some time about 1935 the Department waved him goodbye & cooks were selected from our own ranks.  I was third in the line.

Ted obtained a position with the Metropolitan Tramways Trust on the Glenelg route.

At one of our Troop reunion dinners, probably about 1959 Ted appeared as our guest.  Of course he was a lot older & wearied, but his language was as uninhibited as of yore.

We were unable to find a photograph of Probationary Constable Ted Figg but did come across several photos of Ted Figg of the canine variety who was also, as you can see, quite a character & perhaps named in deference to the original Ted Figg.     


This little gem comes from our friends At the Western Australia Police Historical Society




Kevin Beare, Mark & Marty Dollman,  Rex Greig,
Dennis & Dot Irrgang, Holger Kruse, Ernie McLeod,
Peter Moeller, Eleese Pick, Geoff Rawson, Dave Rostan, Chris Veling.

The “HUE & CRY” is
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South Australian
  Police Historical Society Inc.,
Thebarton Police Barracks
C/- G.P.O. Box 1539 
Adelaide 5001
S.A. 5083



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