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Prime Minister John Howard with Jordan Lees & Alysha Taylor

at the Wall of Remembrance Canberra 29th September, 2006


On Friday the 3rd of November Mr Gerry Dillon addressed the monthly meeting with his subject of Mining Lamps which proved to be very interesting.  Gerry brought along a collection of lamps some dating back to the 1800s & spoke about the type of primitive lamp first used in about 10000BC.  His talk was followed by questions from the audience of about 50 members.  Colin Beames conducted the raffle which raised $72.00.

December will be another busy month for the Society with our Christmas Party on Friday the 1st December which I understand is fully subscribed.  If, however, you have not sent in your reply & you would like to come, please contact either Tony Woodcock or Elees Pick at the Society on Thursday morning & we may be able to squeeze you in.
We have been fortunate in receiving several generous donations to the raffle & door prizes, both from outside business & Society members. Donations are still most welcome but we would like them before the

On Sunday the 10th December the SA Police Department will be conducting a Police Expo at the Academy Fort Largs and as usual we willl be involved.  This will require a lot of work for our volunteers and we will be looking for any members who would like to assist.  We will need to transport vehicles, artifacts; tables and chairs etc to the Fort on Saturday the 9th and will need volunteers to assist on the Saturday and the Monday to remove them.  Our exhibit will be within the old Fort itself, with the Black Maria outside the main gate.(Too tall to go through)  If you are able to assist on either the Saturday, Sunday or Monday please contact the Society via Fax, email or telephone message and we will give you further information.

On the following Sunday the 17th December we are planning a Heritage Day which will take the form of a picnic at the Academy.  There is a lovely lawn area with trees and BBQ which has been booked for the day.  We will be celebrating the 100th Birthday of the late John McKinna who was responsible for the Academy being established at the Fort.  Please bring your own picnic lunch and drinks or use the BBQ facilities and enjoy this social event.  The event will commence at 11-30am.

Our gratitude also goes to John Lockhead who has come to our rescue with the much needed bumper bars & grille for the FJ Holden.  John has also arranged for the chrome work to be completed at no cost to the society.

   Geoff Rawson .


President Geoff takes a well earned break.


By the late Jean Schmaal.

South Australian’s Police Force has a lively & colourful history, & among the many men who made it so virile & remarkable was James John Hall.
Hall joined the Metropolitan Police on 21 February, 1842, & later transferred to the Mounted Police where he was to leave his mark.
From time to time old records show the width of his activities & experiences. At one stage he was living with his family at the old Police Barracks on North Terrace, Adelaide & whilst there a son was born to him; a volley of guns was fired to mark the  occasion.

In 1853, Police  Commissioner   Tolmer, himself a man of action, wrote in his   report dated the 27 July, that the captain of the American ship “Mary Ann” had handed over ten pounds   reward for the apprehension of one of his crew. Sergeant Major Hall was to receive seven pounds of this reward for his great perseverance  & zeal during 7 succeeding days spent in tracing & subsequently effecting the  capture of the sailor referred to at Port  Elliot.
Then in 1855, the S.A. Government Gazette recorded the following General Order from Police Commissioner P. Egerton Warburton’s office:


General Order Police Commissioner’s    Office, April 20th, 1855.

The Commissioner has again the pleasure of
commending, in General Orders, the conduct
 of  individual members of the Force in the
performance of their Police duties.

The case of Charles Walker is probably  well known to every one now in the Police; but the Commissioner deems it more expedient to relate its more prominent points, because, he wished the  service performed in this particular instance to be so recorded that its details may be preserved as an example &encouragement to those who shall    hereafter join the Force.
Charles Walker was admitted into the Mounted  Police on the 5th January, 1855, & permitted to resign at his own request on the 31st March.
On the 3rd instant, it was reported that Walker had committed several forgeries &robberies in Adelaide, & that he had left the City in a tandem cart on the 1st.
This fugitive had about three days start, & his plan of escape, viz. - to procure fresh horses by representing himself as a Police Officer travelling on urgent Police duty, was so well laid, as to render it a work of no small difficulty to overtake him.
On the afternoon of the 3rd inst, Sergeant Major Hall, & Police Trooper Poynter, were  dispatched in  pursuit - these officers travelled a distance of about 360 miles in four days & a-half, tracking the culprit steadily from station to station, til they apprehended him on the morning of the 8th inst, at Jamieson’s station, in the Province of Victoria, where he was just on the point of obtaining a fresh horse by representing himself as a Police Officer in pursuit of a murderer.

Walker was known to be well armed, & had proved that he was a man who could avail him well of any    advantage which chance might offer; yet he was  apprehended by Sergeant Major Hall without having the power to resist. This point should be specially noticed, because, to seize an armed & determined man without first being obliged either to receive his shot, or to shoot him, is the very perfection of skill in a Police Officer.
This case was one of peculiar importance to the  Police, for Walker may be supposed to have entered the Force as much with a view of measuring its efficiency to capture him, as of availing himself of the advantages his supposed connection with it would offer for his escape; his apprehension if a signal triumph, & the  Commissioner is convinced that every member of the Police shares the pride, which he personally feels, in   belonging to a Force that can, at a moment’s notice produce two men equal to such duties as those performed by Sergeant-Major Hall and Police Trooper Poynter.

Sergeant-Major Hall has risen to the highest  subordinate rank in the Police - a rank which might almost exempt him from active executive duties like these; yet he is ever present for every employment which presents more than ordinary difficulties; & it must be a source of gratification to those under him to feel that their respect & obedience are due not to the rank only, but also to the personal merits of their  Sergeant-Major.
The Commissioner desires to return his best thanks to Sergeant-Major Hall for the able manner in which he has performed a most arduous duty, & to express his sense of the credit which accrues to the whole Force through the Sergeant-Major’s exertions.
To Police Trooper Poynter the Commissioner’s thanks are also due for the efficient aid rendered to his superior officer in this case; his good service shall not be forgotten.

Commissioner of Police.

Then, in October, 1856, one reads:No. 92 General Order - P.C.O. October 3, 1856-
The Commissioner has great pleasure in publishing to the Police Force an extract from a letter from the  Superintendent of Police at Ballarat to the   address of the Chief Commissioner of Police, Melbourne.
Extract: “I have the honour to bring under your   favourable notice the conduct of Sergeant Major Hall in prosecuting the prisoners named in the margin [Fitzroy and Howard] on three separate charges, got his evidence so well together & worked the prosecution out that the first prisoner is sentenced to 12 years & the second to 13 years hard labour on the roads.

The case of Howard & Fitzroy was one of unusual difficulty, entailing long journeys, much expense &  calling for a great variety of evidence; the whole has been conducted by Sergeant Major Hall in a manner which reflects the highest credit upon himself & adds much to the well earned reputation of the South  Australian    Police.”
Sergeant Major Hall has at all times set an example which the non-commissioned officers & men may safely follow both as respects their general conduct & the performance of their duties, there are so many members of the Force whose only desire is to emulate as far as   opportune the efficiency of the Sergeant Major who has so often distinguished himself & for their sakes it becomes the Commissioners’ imperative duty to keep the Force free from men whose misconduct or negligent performance of duty detracts from the general credit which performance of duty detracts from the general credit which individual good services bring to the Force. This citation is called for by the fact that, whilst publishing this General Order, the Commissioner has been obliged to notice in a memo the careless irregularities of a Corporal & a Trooper.

Commissioner of Police.

By 1860 Hall was engaged in a very different field:

Police Commissioner’s Office, Adelaide
August 22, 1860.

The appointment of an officer in charge of the gold-fields at Echunga  having been established by Sergeant Searcy, or in his absence Troopers from Mt. Barker will visit the goldfields at irregular intervals of at least twice a month,, independently of the visits which will be made from H.Q. on the 1st and 2nd Thursdays of each Month for the purpose of issuing licences....Sergeant Major Hall will visit the Echunga goldfields for the purpose issuing licences as required by the regulations. He will be supplied on each occasion with a licence book signed by the Secretary of the Commissioner for Crown Lands to whom he will be accountable for such licences and for the amount of fees received for the same which he must pay over as early as possible after his return to town.

Early in 1861 near the town of Kapunda in South   Australia’s mid-north, Mrs. Mary Rainbird & her two children were brutally murdered by some of the aborigines still living in the district. Eventually 5 suspects were apprehended and taken to Adelaide by rail for trial “handcuffed and ironed” in the custody of Sergeant Major Hall, who lodged them safely in the gaol. [Four of these men were later hanged].
The South Australian Government Gazette of 14 June, 1861, carried the announcement of Hall’s promotion to be Inspector of the Foot Police:
“The Commissioner has much pleasure in announcing to the Police Force the promotion of Sergeant Major Hall to be Inspector of Foot Police, vice Reid, deceased. This promotion by His Excellency, the Governor-in-Chief, will bring practically under notice the value attached to the Commissioner to the long & active service of Inspector Hall.”

However, all was not well with Hall. Family history has it that he resigned early, in 1861, because of jealously within the Force. He bought land and retired to the little, peaceful town of Willunga. Though his   service to the Police Department had been long & active, the quiet backwaters of retirement were not to be long for the former inspector. He died in 1863, aged only 42, and was buried in Adelaide’s historic West Terrace cemetery.


Several of our members were presented with medals & awards on the 19th & 20th October,
and we extend our congratulations to all these members for a job well done. 

Shirley Hayward
30 year service award.
Bob & Gloria Job, Shirley Hayward,
Deputy Commissioner John White,
Val &  Beryl Harvey.  

Ret. Snr. Sgt. Bob Job
Service Medal with 30 year clasp.

Barry Lugg & Assistant
 Commisssioner Grant Stevens.
Claire Botroff & John White.
Robert Clyne & Grant Strevens.

Kathryn Finnigan & Grant Stevens.
Peter Wright & Grant Stevens.


The following article, which was first printed in the February 1971

  Police Journal comes to us from Member Stan Lockwood.


Yesterday & today.

On January 10th, 1938, the undermentioned persons chose the Police Force as a career.  The notification sent to Stan (lst Grade Sgt.) Lockwood is published for comparison with today’s conditions of entry into the service.

Serving Members 1971:   Messrs. E.J. Boylan, L.G. Dohne, R.P. Giles, A.A. Hallion, T.R. Howie, S.M. Jones, C.E. Lehmann, S.R. Lockwood, R.W. O’Brien, V.A. Semmler, R.H. Slee, E.A. Sparrow, A.G. Whitford.

Non Serving Members 1971:  Messrs. E.B. Barker, C.H. Breuer, G.W. Brideson, E.J. Canney, S.B. Edwards, S. Ferguson, R.S. Jenkinson, l.f. Kilgarif, H.C. Limbert, C.W. Migge, A.P. McLean, G.E. Ness, A.C. Spavin, A.R.J. Steer, E. Thomas, M.B. Thompson, W.T. Waudby, J.H.D. Wilson.

Deceased Members: Messrs. P.W. Barbary, C.L. Brebner, L.G. Minahan,  H.R. Pannell, B.D. Whitford.

Mr. Stanley R. Lockwood,

Ella Street,


Dear Sir,

I have to advise you that you have been approved for admission to the Police Service as a Junior Constable on probation from 10th January, 1938, at ₤70 per annum plus ₤17 per annum Uniform Allowance.  Will you please    report for duty at the Police Commissioner’s Office at 9.00 a.m. on Monday, 10th January, 1938.

The articles of kit shown on the enclosed typewritten list will be required by you at the Training School and you will have to provide these.

If you leave your kit at the Police Motor Garage before 9 am on Monday, 10th January 1938, this Department will arrange for it to be transported to the Training School.

The conditions upon which each youth is admitted to the Service is attached.

You will note specially that before you can be admitted as a member of the Police Force, you must qualify in all   Police subjects including Life Saving, First Aid to the injured, Morse Code, Education, Shorthand & typewriting.  The standard to be attained in Shorthand & typewriting is the Intermediate Commercial standard.

If you agree to the conditions of service as set out in the enclosed printed slip please sign the document at the foot & return it to me with an intimation that you will report for Duty on 10th January, 1938.

Yours faithfully,


Commissioner of Police.

Can you assist on the day—
Volunteers needed to man our displays
If you can help please leave a message on the
Historical Society Phone 8207 4099 
with your name & ‘phone no .& we will get back to you.


are once again hosting “Carols at the Academy” to be held at the   Police Academy, Strathfield Terrace, Taperoo on Friday 8th December commencing at 6.00 pm.

The evening includes FREE children’s amusements & Police Car rides for children, FREE pre-concert entertainment, including the Ticklish Allsorts & very special guest including a green  dinosaur, & FREE  on site parking.  The evening will conclude at approximately 10.00 pm with a pyrotechnics finale.

The Carols will feature the world renowned Band of the South  Australian Police joined by the Police Credit Union Choir.

This year, St. Vincent DePaul and Variety Club of SA are once again joining SAPOL in re-introducing the “Bring a can for Christmas”  concept. We are encouraging all patrons who attend to “Bring a Can”  to donate to the needy.

Full catering will be available with all proceed supporting the Variety Club of South Australia.  Candles are sold with proceeds supporting Safer Communities (Safety House) & sales of glow sticks   supports Blue Light to operate a camp for disadvantaged children.

The Carols at the Academy team encourage all patrons to bring a rug or deck chair as a perfect way to sit back & enjoy the entertainment.

For further information please contact Senior Constable Jo-Anne Fisher on  8207 4414  or 0401 714 643


Letters to the Editor.

   Re: Overland Corner Police Station.

I was most interested to read the article concerning the Overland Police Station published in the Hue & Cry dated May 2006.
The Mr. Trigg of Port Elliot (with one ‘t’ please) was my Great Uncle Samuel Trigg.  I have his Day Book which contains some rather sketchy but interesting items:

Friday June 1st 1877:  To Overland Corner with Mr. T.A. Abbott to inspect the site of the Police Station.

Saturday June 2nd:      Arrived at O’C set up building etc.
18th August:               W. Dent (a workman) started for O’C  per Steamer Amphibious.  Other workmen travelled 20th  
                                  –25 August. Several days were spent setting up their camp & cutting wood & carting stone &
                                  digging the Lime Kiln.

30th– 31st August:      2 days blasting rock with dynamite &  carting timber & stone for  Lime Kiln.

Monday 3rd September: Building commenced G. Coote, mason.
Wednesday 17th:           Day spent making a coffin for Mrs. Napper.
Thursday 18th:              Conducted Mrs. Napper’s Funeral.

And so the entries continued:

They all had a half-day holiday to celebrate the birthday of the Prince of Wales on Friday 9th November.
About that time they started carting stone, sand & water to the Telegraph Station where they worked for 28 days
At the same time the work at the Police Station continued.
The men worked on the Blanchetown Police Station for 18 days.

The return trip was aboard the Lady Daly to Port Elliot where they arrived on Saturday
22nd December, 1877.

Unfortunately Samuel Trigg was drowned in Horseshoe Bay Port Elliot in 1887 leaving a wife & nine children.
Lorraine Pomery
Port Elliot

Samuel’s Day Book certainly shows how versatile the early Policemen had to be.      Ed.


           Graham & Kerry Sanders.


                We Welcome you …….


1st December 2006 at 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm.


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By Allan L. Peters

Late on Saturday evening November 11, 1905, Mr. J. R. Fowler, whose residence was situated on Osmond terrace, Norwood, was advised by a servant that she had heard sounds in the back yard as if someone was prowling about. Mr. Fowler searched the yard but was unable to find signs of an intruder. He therefore dismissed the incident from his mind.
The next morning however, the Fowler family’s coachman, John Barrington, found a dirty brown terai hat in the yard, and on examining the sharp, scalloped top edge of the iron fence he found the first, and part of the second joint of a human finger, with the nail still attached. The circumstances seemed to indicate that a would be intruder bent on entering the property had been startled by the large          Newfoundland dog that was tethered in the yard, and in hurriedly surmounting the fence was caught by the finger, which was then severed as he leapt to the ground.
Constable Taylor called at the Fowler residence and after interviewing those concerned took possession of the severed digit. This was later shown to Dr. Ramsay Smith who was unable to say definitely which particular finger of a hand it had served but said that judging by its size it could well have been the thumb of a boy.
Police Inspector Burchell then had the finger placed in a bottle of spirits to preserve it for future evidence.
On Tuesday morning, November 14, Detective O’Sullivan interviewed a man named Bernard McSwigan. McSwigan who had his left hand heavily bandaged, stated that he had lost the first joint of the little finger of his left hand on Saturday night but could not say how it had happened.
On Monday morning McSwigan went to the Adelaide Hospital where the remaining portion of the second joint was surgically removed. On Tuesday when he returned to the hospital to have the wound redressed the detective had been waiting for him.
McSwigan who was a forty-nine year old single man, was a bootmaker by trade, and had a police record, having been charged several times with drunkenness, and once for using indecent language.
When shown the terai hat found in Mr. Fowler’s yard, McSwigan immediately identified it as his, but said that he could not explain how he lost the hat, or the top of his finger. He said that he had been drinking with a man named Hunt on Saturday afternoon, between them they had consumed three bottles of wine, and he had later had a couple of glasses of beer at the Old Colonist Hotel at Norwood. He said that he left the hotel at about 10.30 p.m. but was unable to give an account of his subsequent actions, and did not knowingly miss his hat or his finger until the following morning.

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Doc” O’Doherty. Jean Hayton.

& Claude Jones.

These esteemed members recently passed away.
Our sincere condolences to their
respective families.


October has been an exceptionally busy month for many of our volunteers with a variety
of events, both internal & at outside venues:

We had a visit from the children of the Williamstown Primary School.  After spending the night at the Old
Adelaide Gaol they toured the Museum & Stables & viewed some of our video collection.

The Military History Society, of which our own Dorothy Pyatt is a member,  also visited us on the evening of the 13th October.  These gentlemen  thoroughly enjoyed the evening assisted by Bob
Boscence & Holger Kruse.

Sunnybrae Farm: on Sunday  22.10.06,Organised by the Enfield &    District Historical Society.

A fine sunny day where approximately 2,500—3000 people attended.  Our Society was represented by Kevin Beare,
Bob Boscence, Mark & Marty Dollman, Kevin Johnson, Holger Kruse, Ernie McLeod, Allan Peters & Brenton
Sullivan.  Although our Location was regrettably away from the main pedestrian flow, due to a marvelous team
effort, merchandise to the value of $282.40 was sold, resulting in a nett profit of $169.41
A special thank you to Ernie McLeod who worked tirelessly all day handing out hundreds of our Museum Brochures.   He reported excellent feed back.
Bellevue Heights Primary School:   Children’s Safety celebration.   Over 600 school children were present at this event, where once again the Chrysler Royal & the Suzuki outfit were on show.  In her vote of thanks one teacher said “this is great we have All Police Officers & Television Stars”

They will be wanting
appearance fees next!!




Opening of the new Gawler Police Station.
On Friday 27th October several of our members attended the Official Opening by Commissioner Mal Hyde &  Minister for Police Paul Holloway.  We were fortunate that the rain held off for the ceremony.  The old station has been demolished with only the stables remaining.  Once again our collection of Vintage Police Vehicles was on display & members were treated to a delicious lunch. 




Old Stables


Society Heritage Day

On Sunday 17th December we are holding a Society Heritage Day at the Police Academy, Fort Largs.  We will be
celebrating   t he 100th Anniversary of the late John McKinna’s birth & the outstanding contribution he  made to the
establishment of the Academy & the improved training facilities that are now enjoyed.

We have booked the lawn area between  the old gymnasium & the classrooms.  Bring a rug, some chairs & a Picnic Lunch  (barbecue area available) & join us in commemorating this very special occasion. 


An elderly Florida lady did her shopping &, on returning to her car, found four young males in the act of leaving with her vehicle.  She dropped her shopping bags & drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at the top of her voice.  “I have a gun, & I know how to use it” Get out of the Car ….!! The four men didn’t wait for a second
Invitation.  They got out & ran like mad.  The lady, somewhat shaken then proceeded to load her bags into the back of the car & got into the driver’s seat.  She was so shaken she  could not get her key into the ignition.  She tried & tried, & then it dawned on her why.
A few minutes later she found her own car parked four or five spaces further down.  She loaded her bags into her car & drove to the police station.  The sergeant to whom she told the story couldn’t stop laughing.  He pointed to the other end of the counter, where  four pale men were reporting a car jacking by a mad elderly woman.  Described as white, less than five feet tall, wearing a bun in her hair, & carrying a large handgun!


If your’re going to have a Senior Moment,
make it a memorable one!

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