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FOR 2008 .

New Executive for 2008

BACK ROW:  C/Supt. Paul Schramm, Bob. Boscence, Elees Pick, Allan Peters, Holger Kruse & Kevin Johnson.
: Kevin Beare, Geoff Rawson, Owen Bevan, Tony Woodcock (Absent C/Insp. Bill Prior)







Presented by President Geoff Rawson

SAPHS Annual General Meeting

Education Development Centre

Milner Street, Hindmarsh

Friday 1st February 2008


It is with much pleasure that I present the 30th Annual Report of the South Australian Police Historical Society for the year 2007-2008, my fourth annual report as President of the Society.

 This year’s Annual Report provides an overview of the many activities of the Society over the last 12 months and includes the ambitions for the future.

As in the past 30 years the strength of the Society has been in the enthusiasm, dedication and strong commitment by its members and in particular our volunteers without whom little could be achieved.  My special thanks goes to our strong and enterprising executive team, who have all made substantial contributions this year.

During the last 12 months our volunteers have risen to new challenges and workload.  The number of visitors to the Museum has increased dramatically during the last 12 months.  Special mention should be made to Elees Pick, Helen Ward, Kate Woodcock and Ros Kruse who baked approximately 1,300 scones. BBQ lunches on Sunday visits were frequently requested & thanks to the cooking abilities of Alf Jarvis, Peter Malpas, & Dave Aylett, with assistance from many other volunteers these have been a great success.  

Our volunteers were also extremely busy  with  functions  away  from our  base  including , Foundation Day, Police Expo,    Police and Fire Games, Police Anzac Day, Tyndale Christian  School, Sunnybrae Fair,  Freemasons Show and Shine, Tour Down Under, Police  Remembrance Day, several new Police Station openings & community Christmas Pageants.

Treasurer Tony will detail the funds received as a result of this outstanding work.

Vice President Kevin Beare and Holger Kruse have been slavishly working on special exhibits as well as assisting with tours and outside presentations.

We had a visit from the Channel 7 Postcards team who filmed many aspects of the museum and the vehicle gallery, which proved to be an excellent form of  advertising.

Both Allan Peters and Holger Kruse displayed their acting skills in supporting roles in the ABC production of “Wire through the heart”.

Our Web site has been enlarged to allow for future development and I thank Charlie Tredrea for his good work in maintaining the site.

The site has generated a great deal of interest with an amazing 11,546 hits from all over the world.

Bob Boscence is to be congratulated in obtaining a $3,000.00 grant for a special display case for medals in the museum. Tony Kaukas also  successfully lobbied for two grants - resulting in a new computer and printer with software. The project  involved evaluating a new data base and the other grant providing for an  assessment project. Tony went to Canberra for a special training session.

Dorothy  Pyatt  was awarded an OAM in  the Queens Birthday honors 2007, Shirley Hayward celebrated her 90th  birthday and our former  President & Vice Patron, Deputy Commissioner John White QPM  was transported to Football Park  for his retirement dinner in  the Chrysler Royal with our two BSA motorcycles as escort.

The new Deputy Commissioner Gary Burns became our new Vice Patron.

On a sadder note, we mourn the passing of the following members this year: Bob Dale, Leonard Coglan QPM, Patricia Testrow, Albert James Keough, Arthur (Bob) Calvesbert QPM, Ralph Thredgold, Vic Semmler, Don O’Doherty, Ern Sparrow, Peter Warman,  & John Phillips.

In November the contractors moved into the barracks, erecting fencing and scaffolding to facilitate renovation of the major heritage      buildings. This involved the removal of old paint from the exterior of each building and repainting doors, walls and windows.   This activity has heavily restricted access to our meeting room with no access to the museum until the end of  February, resulting in the cancellation of many tour bookings.   We can see the improvement  already on our main building as the scaffolding is coming down and bright white walls contrast with heritage red on the windows and doors.  This has been a serious setback for our museum team who cannot complete planned upgrades.  We will probably not be able to re-open our museum until March and may need to have a working bee.

Public Tours – It is hoped that once renovations are completed we will be able to resume this important facet of our activities.  These tours have proven to be a great public relations tool, presenting police history to young and old alike, raising the public profile of not only the Historical Society but SAPOL as well.

Bob Boscence has been very busy with tiding up the storage shed with additional shelving, sorting of exhibits and recording them on computer.  Thankfully he completed a listing of all exhibits in the museum, prior to renovation and we will re-examine that list when we get back into the  building.

Stewart Munro has been of great assistance answering telephones, organising the stationery & office equipment for the Society as well as keeping an eye on our downstairs record area and acting as our official Auditor.



Once again my thanks for the wonderful work carried out over the last year by our   researcher Allan Peters who has also been busy publishing several books.  The continuous stream of research requests has placed a heavy burden on Allan’s workload and he is to be congratulated for his efforts.



Kevin Johnson has led his team in the vehicle shed - the FJ Holden is now running and about to be registered with only small jobs remaining to be completed.  The Chrysler Royal was cause for concern during the year with mechanical problems and considerable efforts put in by our members.    The Bedford has also required a lot of work and all  volunteers involved are to be congratulated on their efforts, in particular Dave Rostan whose mechanical skills have helped keep all the vehicles in running order.

During the last year we received a former Highway patrol Commodore sedan, which has been returned to its original livery with candy stripes, radios etc proving to be exceedingly useful in towing the trailer and transporting  motorcycles to a variety of events.


Alan Hyson continues to work with various types of videos and film.  Helen Ward’s efforts in converting our videos to DVD, have been restricted by the limited access to our buildings.



Audrey Walker, Alf Jarvis & Peter Malpas’s outstanding efforts in this area have resulted in the easy access to these artifacts.



Bob Ward’s work with new artifacts  continues, entering them on the data base and filing them in appropriate locations



Audrey Walker, Alf Jarvis & Peter Malpas’s  outstanding efforts in this area have resulted in the easy access to these artifacts.



Congratulations to Holger Kruse with support from Allan Peters for work done this year which has  resulted in strong sales.  Holger has proved to be an excellent salesperson.



Dorothy Pyatt OAM, with the assistance of Audrey Wallace and Kate Woodcock, continues to lead the photographic unit.  A new scanner was purchased by the society which is capable of scanning negatives and slides.  Kate Woodcock has mastered this machine and has been busy scanning the large quantity of slides held by the society.



Isabel Brooks and Shirley Hayward continue their good work with the large number of press cuttings providing an excellent source of information for research.



Dave Aylett, with assistance from Jim Sykes, Colin & Joyce Beames, continues his untiring efforts in a difficult area.  We are slowly reducing the large number of uniforms to a more manageable level.



Work is proceeding on a new 5 year Future Directions plan.



Uniform  project -  This year it is hoped to start work on a preservation program in which the very best and most important uniforms will be selected and preserved  in special  boxes.  There will be considerable cost involved and it is hoped that we can obtain a special grant for this project.


Data Base – There is a current project to evaluate Mosaic software to better access our data.  We will continue to pursue SAPOL to  improve our technology in particular our email access. We are also working on a special piece of software for our Web Site which will provide a virtual tour of the  museum from anywhere in the world.


Vehicles – This year we hope to renovate the EJ Holden, donated in 2006. This project will have to be completed away from the Barracks and we will pursue various companies to assist us with completion.


Library – The books in the library are in need of re-organisation and we hope to start work this year.  This will involve updating the computer data base to show exactly where each particular book can be found.


Hue & Cry – We are still looking to outsource printing of our newsletter.


Statistics —During 2008 we will be maintaining more   comprehensive statistics concerning visitors to our Museum.


2008-2009 promises to be another very  challenging but exciting year for the Society.

Geoff Rawson



Once upon a time, in the far north, there was a certain Justice of the Peace, perhaps not as well educated as he may have been, but, for all that, wily in the ways of the world. On one occasion the local Constable brought a case of alleged larceny of a bottle of whisky before the local court: when the prisoner appeared and the charge was read,

His Honor asked; “Constable, how do you know this is a bottle of whisky?”

To which the long arm of the Law answered: “The bottle is labelled whisky’, and the defendant admits that it is whisky, Your Honor!”

“How do you know it is not weak tea? Came the question.

“No, it is definitely whisky.”

Then from His Honor, “But we must be quite sure,” and requesting that the bottle be produced, uncorked it and took a good, deep swig of the contents.

“Yes Constable, it is whisky all right. Fined £20/-/-” was the result.

In the mid-north of the State, not so very long ago, occurred, a happy example of camaraderie between mates.
Inspector X had phoned through to say that he would be inspecting Gladstone and Georgetown on a certain date, and that he would also have a uniform and kit inspection. In due course the Inspector arrived and carried out the first inspection at Gladstone, where two men were stationed.

And this is where the plot thickens. It so happened that the man at Georgetown did not possess a pair of top-boots [old concertina type]. However, all was not lost, for it was arranged that the second man at  Gladstone would come to the aid of the party. Once his kit had been examined and found correct, he mounted the Departmental push-bike, raced down to the railway station, where the train was about to leave, and deposited a parcel addressed to the Police Station, Georgetown. With Gladstone inspection completed, a break was called for lunch and then the Inspector headed off for Georgetown by road.

Meanwhile, at Georgetown, the O/Cs young hopeful waited at the railway station for the train to arrive, and when it came in, collected the precious bundle and charged for home. By the time the Inspector arrived a full kit had been assembled, and all was well that ended well. Fortunately the Inspector did not notice that a size 8 boot fits not well a size 11 foot.

And to finish the present chronicle of events from the past, is the story, which a settler near Lake Alexandrina reported to the local Constable.

For some weeks an ancient aboriginal man, well-known to the farmer, had camped in his little humpy near the lake’s edge,doing a bit of fishing, duck-shooting and so on. Just on sundown there came a hullabaloo from the farmer’s henhouse and an inspection disclosed the old sable gentleman with one large black rooster in his hands.

“What goes on, Dick,” queried the land owner. “What are you doing with that rooster; don’t tell me I have caught you pinching him from me, after all the years I have known you.”

Full of dignity and hurt, the old chap drew himself up to his full height, rolled his dark eyes, and in his deep, soft voice, said “Boss, me pinch your rooster? No sir! That bird has been hanging around my camp for days now, and tonight I caught him getting into my tucker. I brought him back to this place and I’m putting him back on his perch.”


By Alan Peters

A driver was pulled over by a police officer for speeding. As the officer  was writing the ticket, she noticed several machetes in the car. "What are those for?" she asked suspiciously. "I'm a juggler," the man replied. "I use those in my act." "Well, show me," the officer requested.
So he got out the machetes and started juggling them, first three, then  more, finally seven at one time, overhand, underhand,  behind the back, putting on a dazzling show and amazing the officer.
 Another car passed by. The driver did a double take, and said, "My God.  I've got to give up drinking! Look at the test they're giving now."


In November, a patrol officer in San Antonio confiscated two live bombs and nonchalantly took them across town in his squad car to the drug   property room, having mistakenly identified them as elaborate marijuana bongs. Two weeks later,  police in Cedar Park (near Austin), responding to  a check-cashing store's report of a "pipe bomb," sent only an animal  control officer to the scene because the 911 operator had instead understood "python."


A police officer had a perfect hiding place for watching for speeders. But  one day, everyone was under the speed limit, the officer found the problem a 10 year old boy was standing on the side of the road with a huge hand  painted sign which said "RADAR TRAP AHEAD."
A little more investigative work led the officer to the boy's accomplice, another boy about 100 yard beyond the radar trap with a sign reading........

                                     "TIPS" - and a bucket at his feet, full of change.




On Thursday 31st January we visited the barracks and were given a “cooks tour” of the area by the site

As you can see work is progressing.

Painting is almost completed.

Doesn’t it look great!!

Work on all areas should be completed by mid February.

Then our hard work 

A working bee will certainly be necessary & we will
advise you further when more is known.


Friday 7th March, 2008, at 8.00 pm At Thebarton Barracks Meeting Room.

Supper & Raffle as usual.

SPEAKER:  C/Supt.  Paul Schramm.

SUBJECT:   The Snowtown Murders.

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With renovations continuing throughout the month of January, and limited access to the Barracks itself, we have been forced to take an extended Christmas Break.

Our vehicle team, however, has been busy with the Tour Down Under, attending each of the seven days & our thanks goes to Dave & Gay Aylett, Kevin Beare, Mark Dollman, Rex Greig, Dennis & Dot Irrgang, Kevin & Kay Johnson, Holger Kruse, Ernie McLeod, Peter Moller and  Dave Rostan  for flying the flag on behalf of the  society.

The Chrysler Royal was, unfortunately, in  the sick bay because of electrical problems.

The Commodore, however, took up the challenge and finished the tour in fine style.

An invitation has been issued to all motor cycle, scooter & moped riders to enter the Port Adelaide to Birdwood Motor Cycle Rally, an initiative of the  Freemason’s Foundation Centre for Men’s Health, supporting prostate cancer research.

The event has been organised by Life member Robert Clyne who recently mapped out the proposed route with assistance from former governor Sir Eric Neale and committee member  Kevin Johnson.

On Friday the 25th January 64 members  attended at Hindmarsh for our Annual General Meeting.  I  congratulate all those who were able to attend as it shows fantastic  support for our  organisation. As I had been away in Townsville and had an unexpected trip to hospital, I was only able to return to Adelaide on Wednesday night but thankfully, Elees Pick had been busy with my Annual  Report refining and polishing it for me.  The report is featured in full in earlier pages of this issue.


It was pleasing to see C/Supt Paul Schramm attending the meeting. Due to re-organisation within SAPOL the  History  Section now comes under his direct control.


Tony Woodcock
presented his Annual Financial Report, which once again shows our healthy financial  position for the coming year. Stuart Munro is to be congratulated on the excellent job as auditor and was nominated for the position for the next financial year. 

The evening went very smoothly, all positions were declared vacant, and President (Rawson), Vice President (Beare) Secretary (Bevan) and Treasurer (Woodcock) were re-elected for the 2008-09 year. 


The following members were re-elected to  Committee

Bob Boscence, Kevin Johnson, Holger Kruse, Allan Peters, Elees Pick, with Bill Prior. elected to the remaining position. 

Former Committee member Bill Rojas  decided not to nominate because of business  commitments, but has    indicated that he will continue to support the  Society in  any way   necessary.  Our thanks go to Bill for his  untiring efforts over many  years,  his  energy and drive has been an  inspiration to us all.  

A well deserved  President’s Achievement Award for outstanding service was presented to our Honorary Historian Allan Peters, who has worked extremely hard over many years. Congratulations Allan on a job well done.


At the meeting I had the pleasure of announcing that we have our administration building back for normal use.  The  scaffolding and   fencing has been removed and apart from some minor jobs, the building is now complete and we are able to get back to normal   business.  The Museum will be a little longer but possibly within the next few weeks our museum committee will be able to commence preparing the museum for our first  visitors in April.  

This will require a lot of work and given that the building has been out of our hands since late    October 2007, we are months behind in re-furbishing.  We will be looking to have a working bee probably early in March.  

ur next meeting on Friday the 7th March, will be held in our meeting room and will feature Paul Schramm as the speaker, and his extremely interesting subject will be the Snowtown Murders.

look forward to seeing as many members and friends as possible for our first meeting of 2008 back in our meeting room.

Geoff Rawson


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As reported on the 9th January 1958

Police To Fly To N.T. Today on Murder.

Detectives will fly to the Northern Territory today to continue their enquiries into the triple murder near the deserted Sundown Station homestead in S.A.

The three victims were Mrs. Thyra Bowman, 46, her daughter Wendy 14, both of Glen Helen   Station, and Thomas Whelan, 22, of Unley Road, Unley Park.

They were found on December 13, shot and clubbed to death, under blankets and canvas, about 40 miles south of Kulgera station.  They had disappeared while driving their car from Alice Springs to Adelaide.  Detectives K,. Moran and C. Hopkins, of the Homicide Squad, who have been engaged on the case since the outset, are the officers who will leave by air this morning for Alice Springs.


Since their return to Adelaide before Christmas they have been conferring with the acting Chief of the CIB (Detective-Inspector G. Gully) on all the enquiries so far made.   Detectives Moran and Hopkins will be away for several weeks, during which time they will travel many miles by car over lonely outback country.
They are taking sleeping bags and tinned food, and will sleep and eat alongside their car when away from station homesteads.   The two detectives and other members of the homicide squad have spent the past two weeks sifting reports on the killings.

Personal articles and the victims’ car have been submitted to various Government Departments for scientific examinations.   It is understood these examinations have provided police with a line of enquiry which could narrow down the are of their investigations.  Other scientific enquiries are continuing and it will be some days before the results are known.

Inspector Gully emphasised yesterday that the free pardon offered with the ₤5,000 reward was not unusual.  It has been offered in all States, including SA, many times before in connection with serious crimes.   The free pardon had been recommended to be extended to anybody, other than the actual killer, who first gave information leading to the arrest and conviction of the  murderer or murderers.

Investigation of Sundown Murders.

Back L>R: 1.Charlie Hopkins, 2.Kev Moran, 3.Mohr (Def.Councel), 4.Gil Gully, 5.Bill McKinnon (NT), 6.Alf Horsnell, 7.Pat Grant (NT), 8.Ron Hughes (NT).
Seated L>R: 1.Jim Conmee (NT), 2.?, 3.Les Maddaford, 4.Eb Scarfe.   On Floor L>R: 1.Keith Lockwood, 2. Frank  O'Neill.


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