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Arthur Stephen McKENNA

 Arthur Stephen McKENNA

New South Wales Police Force

Redfern Police Academy Class 083

Regd. # 9677

” Relatives ” in ” The Job ” = Grandfather – Timothy GLEESON Served in the Irish Constabulary

 

Rank: Commenced Training at Redfern Police Academy on Monday 30 May 1960 ( aged 19 years, 5 months, 18 days )

Probationary Constable – appointed 4 July 1960 ( aged 19 years, 6 months, 22 days )

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed 30 May 1966

Senior Constable – appointed 30 May 1970

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 6 September 1976

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed ???

 

Stations:  Darlinghurst ( 3 Division )( ProCst ), Goulburn, Queanbeyan, Regent St ( 2 Division )( 1960s ), Camperdown, Fairfield ( 34 Division )( GD’s )( Court Processing ), Cabramatta ( 34 Division ) – Retirement 

Was also a member of the NSW Police Choir

Unfortunately, Arthur ended his police career after returning from light duties following major abdominal surgery and an injury sustained when called out to a Yugoslav Wedding reception that went wrong and where Arthur was beaten and unable to return to duty. Several years later, he was boarded out as medically unfit for duty due to the injuries sustained from the beating – and moved to Manilla NSW and later to Tamworth NSW.

 

Service:  From Monday 30 May 1960  to 13 June 1987 = 27 years, 0 months, 14 days Service

Age at Retirement: 46 years, 6 months, 1 day

Time in Retirement:  17 years, 3 months, 21 days 

 

 

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Date of birth: 

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Date of intake:                1958

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Total Days:

NS Training: ?

National Service:           77 days of continuous training at Puckapunyal

Follow Up Training:     For the next two years, he undertook Citizen Military Force training doing weekend drills in the foothills of Canberra and Singleton. Whilst at Singleton, he received a letter to commence Police training in Goulburn. Approval to cease Citizen Military Force training was granted by the Army.

Basic Training: ?

Next of Kin: ?

Medals: None for display

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Police AwardsNational Medal – granted 15 September 1980 ( Sgt 3/c )

 

Born:  Thursday  12 December 1940 in Harden, NSW

Died on:  Monday  4 October 2004 in Tamworth Base Hospital, NSW

Cause:  Cancer

Age: 63 yrs  9 mths  22 days

 

Funeral date:  Thursday  7 October 2004

Funeral location:  St Nicholas Catholic Church, White St, Tamworth, NSW

Funeral Type:  Burial

 

Buried at:  Lincoln Grove Gardens, 1040 Gunnedah Rd, Tamworth, NSW

Grave Location:  FYP – 4 – A ( Family Plot )

GPS of Grave:  -31.075638   150.849480

 

ARTHUR is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance *NEED MORE INFO

 


 Funeral location:


 

Arthur, back in the late 1970’s, was working the caged trucks of Fairfield and Cabramatta Police Stations ( both 34 Division ).

No further details are known of his death.


 

Arthur Stephen McKenna (extract from his Eulogy – dictated by Arthur prior to his passing)

One day reading the Sydney Morning Herald during his lunch break, he noticed an advertisement calling for people to apply for the NSW Police Force and he sent in an application.

Prior to being accepted, Arthur was called up for National Service in 1958 and underwent his medical by Dr Rag Holmes at Yass. Arthur did 77 days of continuous training at Puckapunyal.

The following two years, he undertook Citizen Military Force training doing weekend drills in the foothills of Canberra and Singleton. Whilst at Singleton, he received a letter to commence Police training in Goulburn. Approval to cease Citizen Military Force training was granted by the Army and he started on Monday, 30th May 1960 in the NSW Police Force.

After five weeks training and on the 4 July 1960, Arthur was sworn in and did 12 months probationary training when he was 19½ years.

Stationed at Darlinghurst No.3 at Taylor Square, he lived in the area for 12 months and passed his final exams and became fully fledged. On the eve of this graduation, he polished his boots with such vigour that next morning he was shocked to discover that all the leather had lifted from his boots – but his graduation proved a happy day for Arthur and his parents.

He was then stationed at Goulburn and Queanbeyan. During 1967, Arthur had the distinction of opening the door of Parliament House for the President of the United States of America – Linden B Johnstone and Deputy Prime Minister Jack McKeon.

Arthur later returned to Sydney and worked in the mid 1960’s at Regent Street No.2 Division Camperdown. Arthur and another rookie constable were called to escort prisoners to Long Bay Goal from Central Court. After setting off, the rookie, who was driving, asked Arthur which way? How do I know said Arthur, I’m from the bush to which the rookie replied so am I! After several circuits of the city they stopped and asked a policeman for directions to Long Bay.

He meritoriously served the Government and the people of NSW as a member of the NSW Police Force registered No 9677 from 30 May 1960 to 13 June 1987 and was honourably discharged upon reaching the rank of 2nd Class Sergeant. He was also awarded the National Medal.

Arthur had a beautiful singing voice and he was a valued and proud member of the NSW Police Choir which gave him great pleasure.

Arthur later transferred to Fairfield No.34 Division and finally to Cabramatta. He loved to work in plain clothes in court processing with great friend, Joan Lockley and had more time to spend with his young children. Later, he decided to return to uniform and took up a posting at Cabramatta where he went back on the beat.

Unfortunately, Arthur ended his police career after returning from light duties following major abdominal surgery and an injury sustained when called out to a Yugoslav Wedding reception that went wrong and where Arthur was beaten and unable to return to duty. Several years later, he was boarded out as medically unfit for duty due to the injuries sustained from the beating – and moved to Manilla NSW and later to Tamworth NSW.

Arthur was an avid reader and claimed to travel the world by reading books. The last book, Arthur was reading was “To Protect and to Serve” which is not only the motto of the NSW Police Force but also mirrored his devotion to his family and friends.


 

Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995),

Thursday 11 March 1965, page 13

Queanbeyan Court:  Constable says loud record was obscene

 

The section of the Vagrants Act, 1902, relating to the maximum penalty for offensive behaviour was criticised by a magistrate at Queanbeyan

yesterday.

Mr. Hughes. S.M., said the maximum fine of £5 was inadequate for some types of offences.

He convicted Michael James Coffey, of H.M.A.S. Melbourne, of offensive behaviour in Queanbeyan on July 24 last year.

He fined Coffey £5 and said he regretted that it was not more.

The case was heard ex-parte.

Const. Arthur Stephen McKenna told Mr. Hughes that he heard loud music coming from the Coffee Bean restaurant in Cassidy’s Arcade, Queanbeyan, on the morning of July 24.

The music was coming from a record called Bawdy Songs Go to College. The track being played was Study of Anatomy.

In the restaurant a number of people, both male and female, were sitting around.

Const. McKenna said he told Coffey that in his opinion the record was obscene.

The song was being played very loudly and could be heard from Monaro Street, the main street of Queanbeyan,. Const. McKenna said.

After convicting Coffey, Mr. Hughes commended Const. McKenna on his action.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/131760338