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Brian William MacKINLAY


Brian William MacKINLAY 

Late of 177 Glenayl Ave, Bondi Beach, NSW

NSW Police Academy Class ‘possibly’ # 094

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  10569


Rank:  Probationary Constable – appointed 25 February 1963 ( aged 24 years, 2 months, 8 days )

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed 25 April 1968

Senior Constable – appointed 25 April 1972

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed  ? ? ? ( whilst at Bondi )


Final Rank = Sergeant


Stations?, Central – 1 Division, Green Valley – 22 Division ( 1968 ), Waverley, Vaucluse ( 1973 ), Pyrmont ( 1979 ), Bondi – Death


ServiceFrom  ? ? pre Jan 1963?  to  28 January 1981 = 18 years Service


Awards:   National Medal – granted 20 January 1981 ( Sgt 3/c )


Born:   Saturday  17 December 1938

Died on:   Wednesday  28 January 1981

Age:  42 years, 1 month, 11 days

Cause:   Cancer – Melanoma

Brian had his entire right leg amputated due to his Cancer.  The spreading of Melanoma ended his life.

He lived a further two years after the amputation and still remained working with NSWPF from Bondi Police Station.

Event location:  Hospital

Event date:   ?


Funeral date:   Friday 30 January 1981 @ 2pm

Funeral location:   St Anne’s Catholic Church, Mitchell St, Bondi Beach

Wake location:  ?

Funeral Parlour:  Allan Walsh P/Ltd, Chatswood, NSW 


Buried at:   Macquarie Park Cemetery, 199 Delhi Rd, North Ryde, NSW

Block 13, Grave 0697, MPC-RCLN-BL13-808-0697

 GPS:  -33.789775,  151.14275437


Memorial located at:   ?


MACKINLAY, Brian William January 28, 1981, at hospital, Sergeant N.S.W. Police, beloved son of Bill and Reta ( Temora ). father of Douglas, Kathy and Billy, brother of Leo ( Holbrook ), Mary Turner ( Kirribilli ), John ( Malaysia ), Gordon ( Rutherglen ) and Andrew Armstrong ( Gosford ) Aged 42 years. MACKINLAY, Requiem Mass for the respose of the soul of the late BRIAN WILLIAM MACKINLAY ( Sergeant N.S.W. Police ), will be celebrated in St. Anne's Catholic Church, Mitchell Street, Bondi Beach, tomorrow ( Friday, commencing at 2pm and afterwards at the Northern Suburbs Catholic Lawn Cemetery. No flowers by request, donations in lieu to the N.S.W. Cancer Research Foundation. ALLAN WALSH P/LTD CHATSWOOD 4198635


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


 Grave location:



May they forever Rest In Peace

One of two stories. I might leave Arthur ‘Neddie’ Smiths story for another time in the future…..a very long time in the future. Other story.

Fairly certain it was a Sunday night, and while having a game of snooker in the meal room at Pyrmont, with Brian MacKinlay, (RIP), a call was received.

Headed out with all lights off down to a back lane in Pyrmont. I am fairly certain it was Paternoster Row.

We pulled up and crept up to the house on the corner. We took little interest in the tailights disappearing in the distance. As we were about to kick the door in, an old woman opens it and says, “too bad boys, Mad Dog left here 30 seconds ago”.

Seems the tailights were that of the car which housed Russell ‘Mad dog‘ Cox, as he had been holed up in this particular house for 4 days before someone dobbed him in, and we were 30 seconds late in grabbing him.


4 thoughts on “Brian William MacKINLAY

  • Bill Mackinlay

    Brian William Mackinlay.
    Last address was 177 Glenayl Ave Bondi Beach, and was stationed at Bondi Police Station, where he was promoted to Sgt 3/c

    His date of death was 28th January 1981
    At Kirribilli Private Hospital.

    The cause of death was cancer. Which I still believe was a direct result of his Police duties.
    To answer Pam question below. Yes it was his whole right leg and it was the spreading melanoma that ended his life.
    He did live for 2 years after losing his leg, Despite this he remained in the Police Force until the day of death.

    • Hi Brian, Thank you for that additional information.
      Would you happen to have any good quality photos of Brian that you would like to share on his Memorial Post?



  • Pam Burroughs

    Brian MacKinlay was stationed at Vaucluse under Sgt.Jim Napier in 1973 as was my late husband Leslie Burroughs. I vaguely recall there was mention of melanoma and that he lost either a portion of his leg or his whole leg to the cancer. Sorry I cannot confirm these details as I don’t know if anyone else who was at Vaucluse is still alive or their whereaboujts.
    Pam Burroughs.


      It was his whole leg


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