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Kelly Ann FOSTER

Kelly Ann FOSTER  VA

AKA Kel 

Late of  ?

 

NSW Police Training Centre – Goulburn –  Class #  310

 

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  46412

 

RankCommenced Training at Goulburn Police Academy on Monday 18 January 2010 ( doing 7 months, 9 days at the Academy )

Probationary Constable- appointed 27 August 2010

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Detective – appointed ? ? ? ( N/A )

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? 

Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Final Rank =  Senior Constable 

 

Retirement / Leaving age:?

 

Stations?, Lithgow – Death

Service:  From 18 January 2010   to   Saturday  2 January 2021  =  10 years, 11 months, 15 days Service

 

Awards:  No Find on Australian Honours system

 

Born? ? ?

Died on:  Saturday  2 January 2021

Age:  39

Cause:  Drowned – Off Duty – Rescue attempt in swift water

a Breast Cancer Survivor 

Event location:  Wollangambe Canyon at Mount Wilson, north of the Blue Mountains, NSW

Event date:  Saturday  2 January 2021 – Sunday  3 January 2021

 

Funeral date:   Thursday, 14 January 2021 at 12:30pm

Funeral location:    Hoskins Memorial Uniting Church, 43 Bridge St, Lithgow, NSW

( click here to see Cornona19 Virus Pandemic rules – this will be a limited numbers Funeral )

any Future Wake location:   TBA

any Future Wake date??? TBA

( Due to current Govt. restrictions on ‘Gatherings’ due to Corona19 Virus Pandemic, some families may wish to have a Memorial Service / Wake with friends and family at a later date )

 

Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at: ?

 

Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( January 2021 )

Kelly FOSTER: Police identified the 39-year-old woman as serving NSW Police officer, Senior Constable Kelly Foster. Credit: NSW Police
Police identified the 39-year-old woman as serving NSW Police officer, Senior Constable Kelly Foster. Credit: NSW Police

 

 KELLY is mentioned on the National Police Wall of Remembrance

KELLY IS mentioned on the Sydney Police Memorial Wall


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Kelly, prior to joining the ranks of NSWPF was a Teacher.


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Chifley Police District
January 2, 2022 9.03PM
Remembering one of our own – Senior Constable Kelly Ann Foster VA
At a special, private ceremony held today ( Sunday 2 January 2022 ) at Lithgow Police Station, close family and colleagues gathered as a mark of respect, to honour Senior Constable Foster VA, one year after her passing.
In memory of Kelly, Lithgow officers, Leading Senior Constable Michael Barr and Senior Constable Jim McMillan, along with members of Kelly’s family and other colleagues built a special memorial garden.
The memorial would not have been possible without the generosity of donations from the local community also.
The garden was unveiled today by Kelly’s parents Terry and Marilyn, her brother David and sister Leigh.
Lithgow Police, Chief Inspector Chris Sammut said, ” Today’s intimate ceremony between Kelly’s family and Lithgow police staff was beneficial as it formed part of the healing process for family and work colleagues.   The memorial wall and garden will be a lasting tribute to Kelly. It will ensure for decades to come that Kelly’s heroic story will never be forgotten by police and the community whom she so tirelessly served “
Senior Constable Kelly Ann Forster VA, tragically died while attempting to save the life of a fellow canyoner, Jennifer Qi, within the Wollangambe Canyon at Mt Wilson on 2 January 2021.
As a result of her brave actions, Senior Constable Foster was posthumously awarded the Commissioners Valour Award.
She’ll forever remain in our hearts and memories.
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Kelly FOSTER
NSW Police Wall of Remembrance, Sydney.

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NSW Police Wall of Remembrance, Sydney. NSW Police Commissioners Baton.

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NSW Police Wall of Remembrance, Sydney. NSW Police Commissioners Baton.

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Memorial Board Honouring Kelly Foster.

 

18 September 2021:
This morning, Senior Constable Kelly Foster‘s name was placed inside the Commissioner’s Baton, blessed, and carried to the NSW Police Wall of Remembrance.
In a normal year, the baton would be on the road by now, carried by a convoy of motorbike riders in the Wall to Wall – Ride for Remembrance, all travelling towards the National Police Memorial in Canberra with the express purpose of honouring and remembering fallen police mates.
The bikes remain silent today, but the moment loses none of its importance.
COVID has changed everything, but it will never diminish the memories of the fallen.
Kelly Foster‘s name will stay inside the baton until next year, when it will be carried by the Wall to Wall Riders to the Memorial.
We hope it will be the only name carried.
We remember, always.

21 January 2021
From all of us at Chifley Police District, we would like to thank the community for their love and support in relation to the untimely death of Senior Constable Kelly Foster.
As you can appreciate, we are expecting a significant gathering to bid her farewell, and with the current COVID restrictions, not everyone who would like to pay their respects in person will be able to do so.
We are urging members of the public not to attend the church; instead, please demonstrate your community spirit by forming a socially distanced line along either side of Bridge Street (between Mort and Short streets) from 1:30pm tomorrow (Thursday) to view the procession as it leaves the church.
On behalf of Kelly’s family and the broader NSW Police Force family, thank you for your ongoing support.

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ROAD CLOSURES FOR FUNERAL OF SENIOR CONSTABLE KELLY FOSTER-
THURSDAY 14/1/2021.
CHIFLEY PD
Police advise of a soft road closure of Bridge Street Lithgow at the intersection of Mort Street- the road will be closed all the way to the intersection of Short Street and includes closure of the Church St intersection with Bridge St. Residents will be able to enter and exit by advising Police at the traffic points. Road closed from 6 am until abut 4 pm. The funeral commences at 12.30 pm

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Senior Constable Kelly Foster, aged 39, died following a canyoning incident at Mount Wilson yesterday (Saturday 2 January 2021).

Snr Cst Foster attested on 27 August 2010, after which she commenced duties as a probationary constable at Newtown Local Area Command.

She was confirmed as a constable in May 2012.

In May 2014, Snr Cst Foster joined the State Crime Command working as an intel analyst until May 2020.

She was most recently working at Chifley Police District, stationed at Lithgow Police Station.

NSW Police Acting Commissioner Mal Lanyon has extended his condolences to the Foster family on behalf of the NSW Police Force.
“It’s a very sad time for the NSW Police Force and Kelly’s death is a loss to the whole community,” Acting Commissioner Lanyon said.
“To hear reports that Kelly was trying to help another woman when she died demonstrates her commitment to the community she served and the ability to put the needs of others before her own.
“Kelly was a highly regarded and dedicated officer who will be sorely missed by colleagues across the force.
“Her policing career was put on hold when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, however, her strength to survive this and return to work is another testament to her strength and resilience.
“Above all, Kelly was a kind and loving daughter, sister and partner.”

Snr Cst Foster’s family have requested privacy at this time.

Kelly FOSTER - On top of Australia at Mt Kosciusko
Kelly FOSTER – On top of Australia at Mt Kosciusko

 

An international student, 24, was among a group swimming on inflatable lilos at the popular Wollangambe Canyon (pictured) when she was sucked into the whirlpool. Her body was recovered on Sunday, along with Senior Constable Foster's
An international student, 24, was among a group swimming on inflatable lilos at the popular Wollangambe Canyon (pictured) when she was sucked into the whirlpool. Her body was recovered on Sunday, along with Senior Constable Foster’s

 

The couple bonded over their mutual love of adventuring and regularly went camping, hiking and on mountain bike rides throughout Australia
The couple bonded over their mutual love of adventuring and regularly went camping, hiking and on mountain bike rides throughout Australia

 

Senior Constable Kelly Foster (left) drowned while trying to save an international student who became stuck in raging waters in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, on Saturday. Senior Constable Foster had trekked to the picturesque spot with her boyfriend Gavin Morom (right)
Senior Constable Kelly Foster (left) drowned while trying to save an international student who became stuck in raging waters in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, on Saturday. Senior Constable Foster had trekked to the picturesque spot with her boyfriend Gavin Morom (right)

 

Mr Morom (right) had posted about his trek with Senior Constable Foster (left) on adventurers social media app Strava on Saturday. The policewoman only recently returned to the job after overcoming breast cancer
Mr Morom (right) had posted about his trek with Senior Constable Foster (left) on adventurers social media app Strava on Saturday. The policewoman only recently returned to the job after overcoming breast cancer

 

Gavin & Kelly - Cedar Creek
Gavin & Kelly – Cedar Creek

 

Emergency services rushed to the scene after the alarm was raised about 2.30pm on Saturday, but poor weather conditions meant a search had to be called off about 6pm. When it resumed on Sunday the bodies of the two women were located by NSW Police divers
Emergency services rushed to the scene after the alarm was raised about 2.30pm on Saturday, but poor weather conditions meant a search had to be called off about 6pm. When it resumed on Sunday the bodies of the two women were located by NSW Police divers

 

Eight other members of the group who the international student was with were uninjured
Eight other members of the group who the international student was with were uninjured

 

It's believed both women were canyoning in water only that can only be reached after hours of hiking through rough terrain
It’s believed both women were canyoning in water only that can only be reached after hours of hiking through rough terrain


Missing canyoners found after sucked into whirlpool in Blue Mountains including NSW police officer

 

There has been a sad end in the search for two missing canyoners after they were sucked into a whirlpool in regional NSW.

The women had not been seen since disappearing beneath the water’s surface on Saturday in Wollangambe Canyon at Mount Wilson, north of the Blue Mountains.

But on Sunday, police divers joined the search and located two bodies around midday.

Police identified the 39-year-old woman as serving NSW Police officer, Senior Constable Kelly Foster, who has most recently been stationed at Lithgow Police Station.

The other woman is believed to be an international student, aged 24, from Chiswick.

She is yet to be formally identified and police are waiting for confirmation that family members are notified.

Witnesses told police the younger woman fell off her inflatable lilo and it was swept into the whirlpool.

Snr Cst Foster was also swept out when she tried to rescue her.

The other members of the group were uninjured.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Missing canyoners found after sucked into whirlpool in Blue Mountains including NSW police officer | 7NEWS.com.au


 

Port Hacking High School pays tribute to Senior Constable Kelly Foster

The Port Hacking High School community is saddened by the tragic news that former student, NSW Police Senior Constable Kelly Foster, who lost her life in a tragic canyoning accident over the weekend.

Senior Constable Foster, 39, died following a canyoning incident at Mount Wilson on Saturday.

“Kelly graduated in 1999 and according to her peers was very smart, kind, had an easy going nature and always put others before herself,” a statement on the Port Hacking High School Facebook site said today.

“We send our deepest condolences to Kelly’s family and friends at this time.”


 

 

 

 

 




Joshua PAROCI

Joshua PAROCI

AKA  Josh
Husband to Service NSW Police Force member
Late of  ?

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  ?????

Rank:  Detective Senior Constable

Stations?, State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad – Parramatta,  – Death

ServiceFrom  ? ? 2008 to  19 May 2018 10 years Service

Awards:   No find on It’s An Honour

Born:   ? ? 1987

Died on:   Saturday  19 May 2018

Age:  31

Cause:   Drowned

Event location:   Shotover River, Queenstown, New Zealand

Event type:  White water rafting accident

Event date:  Saturday  19 May 2018

Funeral date:   ? ? ?

Funeral location:   ?

Funeral Parlour:  ?

Buried at:   ?

 Memorial located at:   ?

Joshua Paroci

 

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RIP Detective Senior Constable Joshua Paroci,
Our respect and condolences from our families to yours. And the Thin Blue Line.
Thank you for your service Sir ????

The NSW Police Force regrets to inform the community of the death of a serving police officer in an accident in New Zealand.

Detective Senior Constable Joshua Paroci, aged 31, died following a rafting incident in Queenstown, New Zealand on Saturday (19 May 2018).

Det S/C Paroci joined the force in 2008 and was most recently working at the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad.

Commissioner Mick Fuller extended condolences to the Paroci family on behalf of the NSW Police Force.

“The hardest part of my job is when we lose one of our own and my thoughts are with Det S/C Paroci’s wife, who is also a police officer, family, friends and colleagues,” Commissioner Fuller said.

Det S/C Paroci was well respected by all those who knew him, and the police family will rally around his loved ones during this difficult time.

Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec, said Josh was a great man and an excellent detective, and will be sorely missed by the team.

“Professionally, Josh was a tireless worker; dedicated to investigating some of the most heinous crimes against children,” Det Supt Kerlatec said.

“His passion was justice for victims. Not only was he a police officer, he was completing a law degree, which he intended to use to create better outcomes for young victims.

Josh was inspirational, and everywhere he worked, he turned colleagues into mates; today, we mourn the loss of our good mate.”

Det S/C Paroci’s family have requested their privacy at this time.

New Zealand Police continue to make inquiries on behalf of the Coroner, and with the assistance of Maritime NZ, which is conducting its own investigation into what happened.

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Tributes flow for Australian policeman killed in rafting accident near Queenstown

Australian Joshua Paroci, pictured with his wife, who is also a police officer.
Australian Joshua Paroci, pictured with his wife, who is also a police officer.

The Australian man who died in a rafting incident near Queenstown was a detective senior constable with the New South Wales police force.

Joshua Paroci, 31, was one of a group of six Australians rafting on Saturday afternoon with Challenge Rafting on the Shotover River when they overturned near the Toilet Rapids.

Company spokeswoman Tsehai Tiffin said Paroci was being brought back from the far side of the river when he lost his grip on the rescue rope and was swept to the next rapid.

He was helped by a safety kayaker through another rapid and then to shore, but lost consciousness and could not be revived.

NSW police Commissioner Mick Fuller said Paroci would be missed.

“The hardest part of my job is when we lose one of our own and my thoughts are with Detective S/C Paroci’s wife, who is also a police officer, family, friends and colleagues,” he said in a statement.

Detective S/C Paroci was well respected by all those who knew him, and the police family will rally around his loved ones during this difficult time.”

It was the second death on the same section of the river within two months after guide Keith Haare, 62, also known as Chief, died from a medical event in late March.​

Tiffin said Challenge Rafting offered its “deepest sympathy to [Paroci‘s] family and friends”.

It was not unusual for rafts to overturn on grade four or five rivers, like the Shotover, Tiffin said. Customers were issued with equipment to help keep them warm and safe, including a wetsuit, neoprene jacket, booties, spray jacket, lifejacket and helmet.

Another member of the same group was injured and was flown to Lakes District Hospital for treatment. The rest of the group were flown out by helicopter and all flew back to Australia on Monday morning.

The weather was fine and sunny on Saturday and the river was at a medium to low flow at 16 cubic metres a second, well within standard operating parameters, Tiffin said.

Challenge Rafting worked closely with Queenstown Rafting, whose general manager, Luke Taylor, said he and his staff were devastated.

“Our hearts go out to our guests and the families of those involved in this. Both our companies wish to offer the group our sincere condolences and ongoing support,” he said.

Queenstown Rafting and Challenge Rafting have voluntarily suspended operations on the river until further notice.

NSW child abuse and sex crimes squad Commander, Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec described Paroci as a great man and an excellent detective, who would be sorely missed by the team.

“Professionally, Josh was a tireless worker; dedicated to investigating some of the most heinous crimes against children,” he said.

“His passion was justice for victims. Not only was he a police officer, he was completing a law degree, which he intended to use to create better outcomes for young victims.

“Josh was inspirational, and everywhere he worked, he turned colleagues into mates; today, we mourn the loss of our good mate.”

Police said they were investigating the cause of Saturday’s incident, and Maritime New Zealand was conducting a separate investigation.

An autopsy was expected to be carried out in Invercargill on Monday.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/104047806/one-dead-in-rafting-accident-near-queenstown?rm=m

 

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Friends pay tribute to Child Abuse Unit Detective Joshua Paroci

THE “larger than life” detective who drowned in a rafting accident in New Zealand was on a buck’s weekend with his colleague, who is due to marry next month.

Friends who worked with the Child Abuse Unit’s detective Senior Constable Joshua Paroci paid tribute to their colleague who pursued criminals with dogged determination.

The 31-year-old was due to return to work at Parramatta with his close friend, detective Senior Constable Robert Popovic, last week after they went to New Zealand four weeks before the wedding.

The two had trained together at the police academy in Goulburn and formed a tight bond. They were on the trip with three friends when tragedy struck.

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Grech, who was Sen-Constable Paroci’s team leader at Parramatta, said Sen-Constable Popovic had been left devastated by the accident that claimed his mate’s life when a raft overturned in rapids at Skippers Canyon, near Queenstown, on May 19.

Sen-Constable Paroci, who was married and the father of a four-year-old boy, was one of six Australians on the raft.

“He’s pretty shattered,’’ Sen-Sgt Grech said of Sen-Constable Popovic.

“He’s talking about not having the wedding.

“He’s very close to his friend. They were bosom buddies. It was a buck’s trip, so there was lots of planning involved. It’s the time of their life.”

He said Sen-Constable Paroci had been in the squad for 18 months and “made a lot of noise” until he saw justice prevail.

“He was big in stature and larger than life on the floor,’’ he said.

“It impacts the office really significantly.”

Squad commander detective Superin­tendent John Kerlatec also praised Sen-Constable Paroci.

“Josh was a tireless worker, dedicated to investigating some of the most heinous crimes against children,” he said. “Not only was he a police officer, he was completing a law degree, which he intended to use to create better outcomes for young victims.”

Maritime New Zealand and the coroner are investigating.

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/parramatta/friends-pay-tribute-to-child-abuse-unit-detective-joshua-paroci/news-story/d33605bf95b690f33de6df47498d84f9

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Australian police officer dies in rafting accident near Queenstown, New Zealand

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An Australian man who died during a rafting trip in New Zealand’s South Island has been identified as 31-year-old Joshua Paroci of New South Wales.

A New South Wales police officer, Detective Senior Constable Paroci was reportedly with five other Australians on the raft, operated by Challenge Rafting, which overturned on rapids on the Shotover River, north of Queenstown.

Police colleagues have described him as well respected and an excellent detective who would be sorely missed.

In a statement, the rafting company said the raft overturned about 3:45pm on Saturday near the Toilet Rapids at Skippers Canyon.

The company said the rafters followed standard rescue procedures when they were pitched into the water.

Detective Senior Constable Paroci lost his grip on the rescue rope as the raft was being towed to a bank and he was swept through another rapid.

Attempts by paramedics to resuscitate him on the shore failed.

Another member of the same group was injured and received treatment at a New Zealand hospital.

Queenstown Rafting general manager Luke Taylor said he and his staff were devastated by the incident.

“Our hearts go out to our guests and the families of those involved in this. Both our companies wish to offer the group our sincere condolences and ongoing support,” Mr Taylor said.

In a statement, NSW Police said Detective Senior Constable Paroci joined the force in 2008 and was a member of the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad.

His wife is also a police officer.

“Detective Senior Constable Paroci was well respected by all those who knew him and the police family will rally around his loved ones during this difficult time,” Commissioner Mick Fuller said.

Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec, the Commander of the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad, said the 31-year-old was “a tireless worker, dedicated to investigating some of the most heinous crimes against children”.

“His passion was justice for victims,” he said, adding that the young detective was completing a law degree which he had hoped to use to further help young victims.

“Josh was inspirational and everywhere he worked he turned colleagues into mates; today we mourn the loss of our good mate.”

Police said Detective Senior Constable Paroci’s family had asked for privacy at this time.

The rafting company voluntarily suspended operations until further notice, and Maritime New Zealand is investigating the incident.

New Zealand Police confirmed Detective Senior Constable Paroci’s death in a statement and offered “their condolences to Mr Paroci’s family and friends at this difficult time”.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was providing consular assistance.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-21/australian-man-dies-in-rafting-accident-near-queenstown/9782714
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Laurence ALPIN

Laurence or Lawrence ALPIN

Late of  ?

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  ????

Rank:  Constable

Stations: ?, Casino, Richmond Gap – Death

ServiceFrom  ? ? ?  to  17 February 1928 = ? years Service

Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour

Born? ? ? at Griffith, NSW

Died on:  Friday  17 February 1928

Age:  27

Cause:  Drowned

Event location:  Kyogle District, NSW

Event date:  Friday  17 February 1928

Funeral date:  Wednesday  22 February 1928 @ 11am

Funeral location?

Buried at?, Presbyterian portion, Casino Cemetery,

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Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 – 1947), Saturday 18 February 1928, page 9


A POLICEMAN DROWNED

SYDNEY, February 18.

Constable L. Alpin was drowned in Grady’s Creek, in the Kyogle district, through slipping off a log when crossing the creek.

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Kyogle Examiner (NSW : 1912; 1914 – 1915; 1917 – 1954), Friday 24 February 1928, page 2


Funeral of Constable Alpin.

The funeral of the late Constable Alpin, who met his death at Grady’s Creek on Friday last, was held on Wednesday, the remains being taken

to Casino for interment. The Rev. Rogers read the Presbyterian burial service. There was a large attendance of the public while representatives of the police also attended. Deceased’s three brothers arrived on Tuesday night.

The District Coroner ( Mr. W. Amess ) concluded the inquiry on Wednesday, when a verdict was recorded that death was due to injuries received while deceased was struggling in the water.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/234666404

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Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 – 1954), Thursday 23 February 1928, page 4


CONSTABLE ALPIN’S DEATH

KYOGLE, Wednesday.

At the inquiry into the death of Constable Laurence Alpin, held at the Court House to-day, the coroner

( Mr. William Amess) found that the constable died at Upper Grady’s Creek, near Kyogle, on 17th February from the effects of injuries accidentally

received on that day through falling into Grady’s Creek while it was in a state of flood and being struck by

obstacles in the creek.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/93663061

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The below article begs the question as to whether Constable Alpin was “On Duty” whilst assisting Constable Peterkin, and others, to remove the obstruction from the footbridge”     Cal

 

Kyogle Examiner (NSW : 1912; 1914 – 1915; 1917 – 1954), Tuesday 21 February 1928, page 2


Grady’s Creek Fatality.

DEATH OF CONSTABLE ALPIN.

The circumstances surrounding the death of Constable L. Alpin on Friday at Upper Grady’s Creek, were related by his confrere, Constable Peterkin, on arrival at Kyogle on Saturday afternoon. The lamentable tragedy cast a gloom over the railway settlement, where, although he had a difficult task as officer-in-charge, deceased exercised the duties of his position with tact and skill.

With Constable Peterkin and Mr. J. Doak and others, deceased was essaying to free the traffic log placed across the stream, of timber washed down by the flood. This log was used as a footbridge, and to make it safer for foot traffic a wire had been erected to serve as a handrail. Deceased and Constable Peterkin and Mr. Doak were standing on the log, and in freeing a heavy piece of timber the later swung round and hit the wire, pulling the posts to which it was secured out of the ground. Constable Alpine was plunged into the rapidly flowing stream; his companions more fortunately escaped. Deceased was a very powerful swimmer, and little anxiety was at first felt for his safety. He was seen to grasp a floating log upon which he floated until, apparently thinking he could make the shore, he released his support and struck out. The current, however, was too strong, and he was swept among a number of tea. trees.

At this time Constable Peterkin, who had run across from the first crossing to the next, saw deceased struggling feebly as if he had been injured. The current was running so swiftly that although Constable Peterkin had only a hundred yards to run, from one crossing to another, deceased had disappeared by the time he reached the point.

The alarm was at once given, a crowd of helpers quickly explored the banks of the creek for deceased. Meantime camps farther down the creek had been advised of the happening by telephone and were asked to watch at the crossings.

Ultimately the body was found about three quarters of a mile down stream, pinned under a huge log. Only a hand was visible at the time, and this kept disappearing under the water.

It took fourteen men to remove the log before the body could be extricated.

Constable Peterkin and others then formed the opinion that deceased had not been drowned, and that he had received fatal injuries while being swept down the stream.

When the body was medically examined later at Kyogle the skull was found to be fractured. However, Mr. Harris ( ambulance officer stationed at Richmond Gap ) and other men with first aid certificates worked for two hours trying to restore animation, but without success.

The course of the stream in its higher reaches, is studded with rocks and huge boulders, while the flood also traversed thickly timbered country. Doubtless deceased collided with a stone or log and sustained the injury which was the immediate cause of death. On Saturday, a party was organised to bring the body to Kyogle. Stupendous difficulties faced the undertaking owing to the flooded creek.

The road, which crosses the stream 26 times in 13 miles, was impossible even if the creek was fordable. It was decided to carry deceased to Risk and from thence a vehicle could travel to Kyogle. The party set out at 11 o’clock on Saturday for its strenuous walk across the hills. At times hands had to be linked to climb precipitous slopes, while the men occasionally were waist deep in water. They eventually arrived at Risk at 4 p.m. utterly exhausted. The river was 4 feet over the bridge at Risk, and here again a human chain had to be formed to get the body across. With the stream running very swiftly it was a hazardous undertaking, but was accomplished without mishap. Mr. Moss ( driving one of Messrs. Green Bro’s. lorries ) transported the party to Wyangarie, where the river was crossed with the aid of the railway flying fox, and so on to Kyogle by car. Too much praise cannot be given those who participated in a dangerous and extremely arduous undertaking. Food for the party was provided at Hackett’s and King’s boarding houses between the Gap and Risk; Miss Hennessy, in charge of the telephone, did yeoman service, and was assisted by Mrs. Grieve, at the Risk end, in warning people along the route and asking for assistance when the grim task of transporting the body was commenced. The carrying party consisted of Messrs. Tom McManus, Stan Gibson, Mat Leo, Col. Keightley, M. Carlton, Bill Harding, Carl Farrawell, Arthur Fraser, Ted Turner, Alex Morad, W. McAlpine, J. O’Connor, snr., and jnr., Sam Zammett, Jack Heath, Jack Wilson, Dan Higgins, J. Borg, A. Howard, H. Thompson, — . Evans, Robert Hayden, Jim Morris, Alan Hobday, Ernest Green, J. Johns J. Burke, Barney Rolfe, Graham Bros., Gordon Graham, A. Archer, D. McLean, Jim Doak, Bob Hobday, R. Maslen, J. Grieve, with Constable Peterkin in charge.

The Coroner commenced an inquiry at the Court House yesterday morning, when the evidence of Constable Peterkin and Mr. C. Keightley, school teacher, Upper Grady’s Creek, who was an eye-witness of the occurrence was taken. Their statements were on the lines given above.

The late Constable Alpine was 27 years of age, and was a native of Griffith, where his people reside. He was an efficient and popular officer, and his untimely death is universally regretted.

The funeral will be held to-morrow at 11 a.m.

 




Christopher McKENNA

Christopher McKENNA

Late of  ?

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #   ????

Rank:  Constable

StationsSydney Water Police

ServiceFrom  ? ? ?  to  9 December 1848 = 6 years Service

Awards?

Born? ? 1826?

Died on:  Saturday  9 December 1848

Age:  about 22?

Cause:  Drowned off Police Schooner ‘ Satellite ‘

Event location:   South West shore of Bradley’s Head, Sydney Harbour

Event date:  Saturday  9 December 1848

Drowned body located on Sunday  10 December 1848

Funeral date? ? ?

Funeral locationDevonshire St Cemetery,  Roman Catholic Section  Row:  1889   Cemetery Plot U-P

Buried at?

 Memorial located at?

 

Three Constables of the Sydney Water Police drowned in this ‘on duty’ event on the 9 December 1848.

 

CHRISTOPHER is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance *BUT SHOULD BE

 


 

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Further follow up articles to include:
Death of Cst Hugh CRAILL – Sydney Water Police
Death of Cst ? VINCENT – Sydney Water Police

 


 

Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 – 1861),

Saturday 30 December 1848, page 2

LOSS OF THE GOVERNMENT SCHOONER ” SATELLITE. “

We regret to announce the loss of the police schooner Satellite, during the gale of Saturday night.

She had started in the forenoon on a pleasure-trip  down the harbour, having on board the Colonial Secretary, Captains Browne, Innes, and Batty, Mr. Mann, and several other gentlemen. On returning from the Heads, about dusk, having to beat up against a westerly wind, these gentlemen left her in the hands of the crew, three in number, and came up to Sydney in Captain Browne’s boat.

A few minutes before the gale commenced, the schooner was observed by some parties standing across from Bradley’s Head to Clarke’s Island, and it is supposed that almost instantly after she must have capsized and gone down, as no trace whatever can be found of her. The names of the unfortunate men who have thus met with a watery.grave are Crawell, McKenna, and Vincent.

The Water Police boats were all over the harbour on Sunday morning, and finding no vestige of the vessel, they commenced dragging for the bodies of Crawell and Vincent, that of McKenna having been found on the rocks near Bradley’s Head. The bodies of the other two had not been found.

The telegraph mast at Fort Phillip has also been carried away by the gale. The inconvenience to the public will be very considerable unless the Government speedily erect another.

By the assistance of two punts the Satellite was floated yesterday, and towed into Woolloomooloo Bay : From all the circumstances of this melancholy case, we think that a considerable degree of blame is attached to the parties who left the schooner in the hands of three men only, two of which were, we understand, totally unacquainted with the duties of a seaman ; more especially us, from the general appearance of the weather during the day, an experienced seaman like Captain Browne might reasonably have anticipated a storm about sun-down.

One of the bodies of the unfortunate men was found yesterday evening.

People’s Advocate, Dec 16.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/3713357


 

Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer (NSW : 1845 – 1860),

Saturday 23 December 1848, page 2

The Loss of the Satellite.

A most unjustifiable attack on the Colonial Secretary was given to the world, or, more correctly speaking, to that very circumscribed portion of it with which the “Atlas ” is connected, in the columns of that journal on Saturday last.

The penman of the vituperative article would appear to be either of very recent importation, and consequently incompetent to treat of the conduct of the local Government and its officers, or, ( which is equally creditable to his impertinence ) has taken no pains to arrive at the truth of the accusation so unblushingly levelled at a gentleman whose public and private career has till now escaped the foul mouthed abuse of the slanderer.

Our present purpose is merely to rebut the calumny, and, if possible, shame the calumniator by the simple declaration that Mr. Thomson did NOT form one of the party on board the ill-fated ” Satellite ” on the pleasure trip which resulted in so melancholy a loss of life.

With respect to the alleged mal-appropriation of the Water Police Schooner by her commander, in occasionally entertaining a party of friends on board, and indulging in a cruise about the harbour, we can see neither impropriety nor ” disgrace ” in so natural a proceeding. As well might the ” Atlas ” arraign every Post Captain in the British Navy, for, with few exceptions, our gallant tars do not scruple to appropriate H. M’s. boats to the occasional entertainment of their friends in harbour, and this without risk of rebuke from the Admiralty, or the censure of any, save, perhaps, that of some expuseyite canting print whose ruling principle, like that of the termagant on the eve of matrimony, is avowedly”,” to find fault where there is no occasion.”

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/59766042


 

Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 – 1893), Wednesday 20 December 1848, page 2

The water police schooner Satellite was, late on Saturday night, recovered, and has been towed into Neutral Bay, where she now lies. She was found with all her sails set, and not a rope misplaced. She has sustained no damage worth speaking of, or at all events, not beyond what a few pounds will cover.

The body of one of the two missing policemen, a man named Craill, was found on Friday night, at Potts’s Point, lying between two rocks. It was in a fearful state of decomposition, and could with difficulty be identified. An inquest was held on Saturday. The evidence adduced was precisely the same as that given at a former inquest held on the body of the man named McKenna, and a finding of death from accidental drowning was recorded.


Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 – 1893), Wednesday 20 December 1848, page 2

 THE “SATELLITE” — Early yesterday morning, two punts is attached to the dredging machine proceeded to the spot where the police schooner Satellite had been found, near Bradley’s Head, in thirteen fathoms of water, and by means of the ?, she was towed into shallow water near Garden Island.
The body of the water policeman Craill was found yesterday on Potts’ Point, and brought to the Water Police Office, on which was ? ? will be held this day. We are as ? to state that all expenses incurred in getting up the schooner, and giving her the necessary repairs, will be borne by the party who were pleasuring in her on the day of the unfortunate disaster occurred. – Dec 16.
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Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954),

Tuesday 19 December 1848, page 2

The police schooner Satellite having been towed into shallow water near Garden Island on Friday last, was yesterday morning got up, and the water being pumped out of her, she was towed into Hulk Bay, having sustained little or no damage.
The vessel when got up had every sail and rope set, which shows that she must have been beating up against a westerly wind, when the southerly squall caught her, and capsized her.

Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer (NSW : 1845 – 1860),

Saturday 16 December 1848, page 2

LOCAL INTELLIGENCE.

Loss OF THE WATER POLICE SCHOONER, “SATELLITE.” – On Saturday last, a select party of gentlemen, accepting the invitation of Captain Browne, proceeded down the harbour on a pleasure cruise in the Satellite.

On their return about 7 p m., towards Sydney, the wind which had been variable, and blowing in sudden gusts, veered ahead, on which the party determined on leaving the schooner, and pulling to the wharf in Captain Browne’s boat.

Previous to quitting the Satellite, positive instructions were given to the three men left on board, to take in the main-top-sail, but it would stem as though they had utterly mistaken the order, as the boat had not proceeded many hundred yards before they perceived the schooner’s top-gallant-sail hoisted, and all sail set. The boat, on nearing the shore, suddenly encountered a heavy squall, which nearly capsized her, and it is presumed that the Satellite must have been struck and overwhelmed by the same, as no tidings of the unfortunate vessel could he gleaned on the following morning.

On search being made, the body of McKenna, one of the crew, was discovered cast up on the rocks near Bradley’s Head ; the bodies of his shipmates, Crawell and Vincent, have not yet been recovered.

The Schooner was subsequently found sunk, in fourteen fathoms water, and immediate steps will be taken to raise her.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/59767379


Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer (NSW : 1845 – 1860),

Saturday 16 December 1848, page 2

COXSWAIN – We believe the Colonial Secretary did not form one of the party on board the Satellite schooner.

We shall be happy to refer J.A. to our Solicitor, should he require further explanation in the matter.

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Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List (NSW : 1844 – 1860), Saturday 16 December 1848, page 301

 We are sorry to have to announce the loss of the Police schooner Satellite, during the gale of Saturday night.
She had started in the forenoon on a pleasure trip down the harbour with the Colonial Treasurer, Captains Browne, Innes, and Batty, Mr. Mann, and others.
On returning from the heads, about dusk, having to beat up against a westerly wind, these gentlemen left her in the hands of the crew, three in number, and came up to Sydney in Captain Browne’s boat. A few minutes before the gale commenced the schooner was observed by some parties standing across from Bradley’s Head to Clarke’s Island, and it is supposed that almost instantly after she must have capsized and gone down, as she has since been found in that part of the harbour.
The names of the unfortunate men who have thus met with a watery grave, are Craill, McKenna, and Vincent.
The body of McKenna has been found on the rocks near Bradley’s Head, and that of Craill on Potts’s Point.
We are authorised to state that all expenses incurred in getting up the schooner, and giving her the necessary repairs, will be borne by the parties who were pleasuring in her on the day the unfortunate disaster occurred.
During the same gale a small coasting vessel of about ten tons, was driven ashore on the rocks near George’s Head, but fortunately no lives lest. The telegraph mast also at Fort Phillip, has been carried away by the violence of the gale.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/161167776
Inquest on the body of Hugh CRAILL, whose body was taken to the Water Police Office, was head at the Hooper’s the King’s Head, Lower George-street on Saturday  16 December 1848.
Accidental drowning
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/12907477

 

Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 – 1893), Saturday 16 December 1848, page 2

SYDNEY NEWS

( From our Correspondent )

Sydney, Thursday Evening.

THE WATER POLICE SCHOONER – No attempt could be made for the recovery of the Satellite yesterday, in consequence of the boisterous weather that prevailed.

The diving bell and the punts belonging to the dredge left Sydney before daylight this morning to make the attempt.

The bodies of the two other missing water police have not yet been recovered.

The government, I am informed, have resolved that as the boat at the time of the occurrence was out on a pleasure party, and not on ” duty “ the water police magistrate shall pay for her loss.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/707039

 

Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954),

Wednesday 13 December 1848, page 2

The police schooner Satellite, which has been dragged for during the last two days, was yesterday afternoon fell in with near Bradley’s Head, in between ten and twelve fathoms water. The steam dredge and diving bell were to proceed at daylight this morning for the purpose of recovering her. Neither of the bodies of the police constables Craill and Vincent had, up to yesterday evening, been found.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/12910815

 

Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954),

Tuesday 12 December 1848, page 2

INQUEST. – An inquest was held yesterday by Mr. Ryan Brenan, at O’Dowd’s, the Forbes’ Hotel, King and York streets, on view of the body of Christopher McKenna. then lying dead at the residence of his mother, in York-street. The deceased was one of the three Water Police constables who were on board the Government schooner Satellite, when she was lost in the harbour during the sudden squall of Saturday night.

Mr. T. H. B. Venour, clerk of the Water Police Court, deposed to the finding of the body of the deceased late on Sunday afternoon, lying on the rocks on the south-western side of Bradley’s Head.

Captain Browne, P.M., stated that on Saturday the schooner had been down the harbour, and on returning to Sydney, at about seven o’clock in the evening, when off Clarke’s Island, the wind falling light, he (Captain B ) with others quitted the vessel, leaving her in charge of the deceased and two others of the constabulary named Craill and Vincent.

On leaving the vessel a caution was given to these parties to mind the southerly wind and have their sails taken in. They were directed to work up to Sydney. Captain B. and his party then pulled up, but within the succeeding twenty minutes were caught by the squall, and from its violence experienced great difficulty in reaching Sydney.

Finding on yesterday (Sunday) morning that the schooner had not come up, he proceeded down the harbour, and found on the rocks near Bradley’s Head the Satellite‘s main hatch gratings, and a table which he ( Captain Browne ) knew to be aboard of her when he quitted her, as also a hat belonging to the deceased.

Every possible enquiry had been made respecting the schooner, but although it appears she was seen shortly previous to the coming of the squall, no person could be found who had seen her struck by it.

The deceased, who was about twenty-two years of age, had been four years in the service, and a high encomium on his conduct during that time was passed by Captain Browne.

The deceased and the other men, at the time the schooner was left in their charge, were perfectly sober.

The jury returned a finding of accidental death by drowning.

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Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954),

Monday 11 December 1848, page 2

We are sorry to have to announce the loss of the Police schooner Satellite, during the gale of Saturday night.

She had started in the forenoon on a pleasure trip down the harbour with the Colonial Secretary, Captains Browne, Innes, and Batty, Mr Mann, and others.

On returning from the heads, about dusk, having to beat up against a westerly wind, these gentlemen left her in the hands of the crew, three in number, and came up to Sydney in Captain Browne’s boat.

A few minutes before the gale commenced the schooner was observed by some parties standing across from Bradley’s Head to Clarke’s Island, and it is supposed that almost instantly after she must have capsized and gone down, as no trace whatever can be found of her. The names of the unfortunate men who have thus met with a watery grave, are Crawell, McKenna, and Vincent.

The Water Police boats were all over the harbour yesterday morning, and finding no vestige of the vessel, they commenced dragging for the bodies of Crawell and Vincent, that of McKenna having been found on the rocks near Bradley’s Head.

During the same gale a small coasting vessel of about ten tons, was driven ashore on the rocks near George’s Head, but fortunately no lives lost.

The telegraph mast also at Fort Phillip, has been carried away by the violence of the gale. It is to be hoped the government will lose no time in repairing this latter damage, as the loss will be a great inconvenience to the public.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/12913509




Alexander J. MUIR

Alexander J. MUIR

aka  Alex

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #   ?

Rank:  Inspector – death

Stations?, Katoomba, Lismore, Wagga Wagga, ( Regent St – 2 Division ) – death

ServiceFrom  ? ? ?  to  ? August 1939 = ? years Service

Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour

Born? ? ?

Died on:  Sunday  13 August 1939

Age:  59

Event location:  Entrance to Brisbane Water, Hawkesbury River, Woy Woy

Cause:  Drowning

Funeral date:  Tuesday  15 August 1939

Funeral location:  St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, Macquarie St, Sydney

Buried at:  Cremated at the Eastern Suburbs Crematorium, and interred at Rookwood cemetery ( other articles mention the ashes being interred at Botany Cemetery )

 Memorial at?

 

the Sydney Morning Herald Wed 16 August 1939 p18Mounted and foot police led the funeral cortege of Inspector A. C. Muir, who was bured with full police honours at the Eastern Suburbs crematorium yesterday. Inspector Muir was drowned in Brisbane Water on Sunday.
the Sydney Morning Herald Wed 16 August 1939 p18 Mounted and foot police led the funeral cortege of Inspector A. C. Muir, who was buried with full police honours at the Eastern Suburbs crematorium yesterday. Inspector Muir was drowned in Brisbane Water on Sunday.

 

 

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Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Wednesday 16 August 1939, page 16


FUNERAL OF INSPECTOR MUIR.

The late Inspector A J Muir who was to have taken up duty at Regent Street Police Station but who was drowned at Brisbane Waters near Woy Woy on Sunday while fishing, was given a police funeral yesterday.

After a service at St Stephens Church Macquarie Street which was attended by the Commissioner of Police, Mr W. J. McKay, and most of the police officers stationed in Sydney, the cortege moved to the Eastern Suburbs Crematorium.

Headed by the police band, mounted police and the police motor cycle squad about 80 members of all ranks marched with the cortege from the church to Stanley Street.

Many residents of Katoomba, where the late Inspector Muir was for many years in charge of the police station came to Sydney to attend the funeral.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/rendition/nla.news-article17605957.txt

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Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 – 1954), Wednesday 16 August 1939, page 8


MANY AT FUNERAL OF INSPECTOR

SYDNEY. Tuesday.

Policemen from many country centres attended the funeral today of the late Inspector Alexander Muir, who was drowned at Gosford last Sunday.

The cortege, headed by a police band, passed in dignified procession through the city streets, and was followed by many civilians anxious to pay their respects to a well-known police identity.

The Commissioner of Police (Mr. McKay) and the assistant Metropolitan Superintendent (Mr. Collings) were members of the funeral cortege.

CHURCH SERVICE

The Rev. A. J. Parker, formerly of Lismore, and a lifelong friend of the deceased, who officiated at the church service at St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, paid a high tribute to the qualities and character of the late Inspector Muir.

He was a man who was always willing to give a helping hand to those in need,” declared the Rev. Parker.

Inspector Muir was a church elder at Lismore for a considerable time.

The remains were cremated at the Eastern Suburbs Crematorium, and interred at Rookwood cemetery.

The chief mourners were his widow, Mrs. Madge Muir, son, Alister, and daughters, Mrs. Ruth Campbell and Misses Jean and Biddie Muir, daughters.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/rendition/nla.news-article98583912.txt

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Richmond River Herald and Northern Districts Advertiser (NSW : 1886 – 1942), Friday 18 August 1939, page 2


Police Inspector Muir, 59, who was drowned when a 16ft. launch overturned at the entrance to Brisbane Water on Sunday night, was formerly stationed at Lismore, and was on two months’ leave when the tragic occurrence took place. The widow, one son and three daughters survive.

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Narandera Argus and Riverina Advertiser (NSW : 1893 – 1953), Friday 18 August 1939, page 2


INSPECTOR MUIR DROWNED

Police Inspector Muir, who had only left Wagga on Friday last, was drowned, and two companions, Archibald C. Fowler, of Katoomba, and Leslie Roy Whatley, of Woy Woy, were rescued after a sixteen foot launch had overturned on the bar at the entrance to Brisbane Water early on Sunday night.

The party had been on a fishing excursion and rough weather caused the launch to capsize. The men clung to the overturned launch, but Inspector Muir was washed upwards of 100 yards away by a strong current.

Inspector Muir, who was on two months’ leave, was staying at Ettalong before beginning duty in Sydney. He had been transferred from Wagga, where be bad been a very popular officer.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/rendition/nla.news-article130470876.txt

 

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Northern Herald (Cairns, Qld. : 1913 – 1939), Saturday 19 August 1939, page 35


TRAGEDY ON BAR.

FATAL FISHING TRIP. SYDNEY, August 14.

Inspector Muir, of Regent-street Station, was drowned in Brisbane Water when a 16ft launch capsized in the heavy surf on Sunday. Muir was spending a holiday at Woy Woy, and, with two other men, Leslie Whaley and A. Fowler, spent the day fishing.

They were returning to Woy Woy and while crossing the sand bar were caught in a heavy swell. The surf broke over the boat and while the men were bailing out a wave overturned the boat. Whaley and Fowler clung to the upturned boat, but Muir decided to try to swim ashore, using the pine flooring board to assist him, but an hour later the plight of Whaley and Fowler was noticed and a ferry picked them up.

Muir was found 100 yards from the overturned launch unconscious. Attempts to restore animation were unsuccessful.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/rendition/nla.news-article150817186.txt

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Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW : 1890 – 1954), Monday 14 August 1939, page 1


DROWNED

Police Inspector SYDNEY, Monday

Police Inspector Muir was drowned at Woy Woy during the week end. He was spending a short holiday in that neighborhood before taking up an important position at Regent Street Station, Sydney.

Deceased formerly had control of Katoomba, Lismore and Wagga districts. He left Wagga last week for his new position in Sydney.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/rendition/nla.news-article162221989.txt

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Robert S. DAVIS

Robert S. DAVIS

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. # ?

Rank:  Constable

Stations?, Lock Up Keeper at Wingham

Service:  From  to  Monday 21 January 1867

Awards?

Born?

Died on?

Cause:  Drowned

Event location:  Manning River

Body found:  Wednesday  23 January 1867

Age:  32

Funeral date?

Funeral location?

Buried at?


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Constable Robert DAVIS
Drowned
Wingham
21 January, 1867

This recently unearthed police death on duty is now the subject of research. The following newspaper articles tell part of the constable’s story.

The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser 31 January, 1867:

Robert Davis, police constable and lock-up keeper at Wingham, while out collecting the electoral roll, was drowned in the Manning, near Wingham, on the 21st January. He was seen riding near the river on that day, and was not seen afterwards alive; but no one appears to have seen him crossing the river. Not returning home in the evening, his wife sent out messengers in search of him. Next day his horse was found near the river, and it was then surmised that he had been drowned. The police and others dragged the river, and found the body a short distance above the crossing place. ‘The deceased has left a wife and several children unprovided for; the inhabitants of the locality are raising subscriptions for them.”

 

The Empire – 31 January 1867:

“A sad affair, which cost the life of a very decent man, occurred at Wingham on Monday last. It seems that Robert Davis, who was one of the police-constables, and lockup-keeper at Wingham, was recently appointed to assist in collecting the electoral roll of the Manning, and that in the discharge of his duty he crossed over to the Bight on Monday last. He was absent but a very short time when he was seen returning home but he failed to arrive. His wife, alarmed as the evening wore on at his non-appearance, sent out messengers in search of her missing husband, but it was only on the following morning that certain tidings were heard of him. Then the horse on which he had been mounted was found riderless in a paddock on the opposite side of the river; the saddle – covered with mud, and one of the stirrups missing. It was then conjectured that he must have been drowned, and the river was dragged for the body. It was found on Wednesday; and after a magisterial inquiry, all that remained of poor Davis was buried on the same day. How he became unhorsed will probably never be known; and the matter is all the more mysterious from the fact that he knew the ford well, had crossed it before on the same day, and was riding an animal to which he had been accustomed. The man thus lost in the discharge of his duty has left a wife and a number of small children. He had resided in the district several years, and was universally regarded as a sober, unassuming, kind hearted, and efficient public servant. Great sympathy is felt for his wife, who is said to be near her confinement. – Manning River News.”

 

 

The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser 9 February, 1867:

“The ‘Manning River News’ of 26th says:—Robert Davis, who was one of the police constables and the lock-up keeper at Wingham, was recently appointed to assist collecting the electoral roll of the Manning, and in the discharge of his duty he crossed over to the Bight on Monday last. Subsequently his horse was found, on the opposite side of the river, the saddle being covered with mud and one of the stirrups missing. A search resulted in the discovery of Davis’s body in the river. He had been drowned by some mischance in crossing the ford. He leaves a wife and number of small children.”
At the time of his death the constable was aged 32 years and was stationed at Wingham, where he was the lockup keeper.

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Surname Given Names Notice Type Date Type Age Other Details Publication Published
DAVIS Robert S Death notice 21JAN1867 Death 32 at Wingham, Manning River Sydney Morning Herald 07MAR1867
DAVIS Robert S Death notice 21JAN1867 Death 32 at Wingham, Manning River Sydney Morning Herald 23MAR1867
DAVIS Robert S Death notice 21JAN1867 Death 32 late of Wingham, Manning River The Empire 08MAR1867

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Clarence and Richmond Examiner & New England Advertiser ( NSW )    Tuesday  12 February 1867    page 3 of 8

A police constable named Robert Davis stationed at Wingham, on the Manning River, was drowned on Monday, when attempting to ford the Bight. He was assisting to collect the names for the electoral roll. He was a man much respected in the district, and has left a widow and a number of small children.

 

FATAL ACCIDENT AT THE MANNING RIVER. – A sad affair, which cost the life of a very decent man, occurred at Wingham, on Monday, 21st instant. It seems that Robert Davis, lock up keeper at Wingham, was collecting the electoral roll of the Manning, and that in the discharge of his duty he crossed over to the Bight on Monday last. He was absent but a very short time when he was seen returning home – but did not arrive. His wife, alarmed as the evening wore on at his non-appearance, sent out messengers in search of her missing husband, but it was only on the following morning that certain tidings were heard of him. Then, the horse on which he had been mounted was found riderless in a paddock on the opposite side of the river the saddle was covered with mud, and one of the stirrups missing. It was conjectured that he must have been drowned and the river was dragged for the body. It was found on Wednesday ; and after a magisterial inquiry, was buried on the same day. How he became unhorsed will probably never   be known, and the matter is all the more mysterious from the fact that he knew the ford well and had crossed it before on the same day, and was riding an animal to which he had been accustomed. The man thus lost in the discharge of his duty has left a wife and a number of small children – News

 

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Empire  ( Sydney )                           Friday  8 March 1867                     page 1 of 8

DEATHS.

DAVIS — On the 21st January, at Wingham, Manning River, constable Robert S. Davis, aged 32 years.

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http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/166802297 – same wording as above.  Sydney Mail    Saturday  9 March 1867  page 9 of 12

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/13140774  – same wording as above.  The Sydney Morning Herald   Saturday  23 March 1867  page 7 of 16

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William H. PEARCE

William H. PEARCE

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. # ?

Rank:  Constable

Stations:  Scone, Coopernook, Merriwa

ServiceFrom  to  13 December 1898 = ? years Service

Awards?

Born:  about 1863

Died on:  Tuesday  13 December 1898

Cause:  Drowned

Age:  35

Funeral date:  Wednesday  14 December 1898

Funeral location?

Buried at:

Memorial location:  ?

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Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Wednesday 13 December 1899, page 1


In Memoriam.

PEARCE.—- In fond and loving memory of my beloved husband, Constable W. H. Pearce, who was accidentally drowned at Merriwa, December 13th, 1898. Inserted by his loving wife and children.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/rendition/nla.news-article14219630.txt

 

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William H. PEARCE

Constable
Drowned
Merriwa
13 December, 1898

The constable was drowned in the Merriwa River, Merriwa after he had jumped into the river to rescue a drowning boy named Thomas Baker. The boy was also drowned.

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The Maitland Daily Mercury of 14 December, 1898 went into a little more depth.

Sad Drowning Fatality. “
A GALLANT POLICEMAN’S DEATH – MOURNFUL OCCURRENCE AT MERRIWA,

Merriwa, Wednesday – A sad drowning fatality occurred here yesterday evening. Constable W. H. Pearce was returning to town on horseback and after crossing Merriwa Bridge his attention was directed to a boy drowning in the river.

Pearce immediately dismounted and jumped into the river without undressing and attempted to rescue the boy, but being a bad swimmer both were, drowned.

The bodies were recovered after being about an hour under water. The funerals will take place this afternoon, also the magisterial inquiry.

Constable Pearce leaves a wife and six children. The boy was a son of Mr. A. W. Baker, custodian of the School of Arts. “

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The Goulburn Evening Post of 15 December, 1898 carried the following very brief account.

Double Drowning Fatality. – A Brave Man Lost.
MERRIWA, Tuesday – Constable Pearce and a boy named Thomas Baker were drowned in Merriwa River this evening. Pearce jumped into the river to rescue the boy. Both bodies were recovered.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/98676053

At the time of his death the constable was stationed at Merriwa.

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Scone Advocate (NSW : 1887 – 1954), Friday 16 December 1898, page 2


Constable Pearce Drowned.

BRAVE ATTEMPT TO RESCUE A BOY. BOTH HAVE A WATERY GRAVE.

A sad drowning fatality occurred at Merriwa on Tuesday evening. Constable W. H. Pearce was returning to town on horseback and after crossing Merriwa Bridge his attention was directed to a boy drawing in the river. Pearce immediately dismounted and jumped into the river without undressing and attempted to rescue the boy, but being a bad swimmer both were drowned.

The bodies were recovered after being about an hour under water. Countable Pearce leaves a wife and six children.. The boy was a son of Mr. A. G. Baker, custodian of the School of Arts at Merriwa.

Residents of Scone and district learn with deep sorrow of the sad, though brave end of Constable Pearce, who was stationed here a few years ago.

It is surprising that a man so smart in other respects should be unable to swim from a small pond such as this must have been. Possibly the brave constable got fastened in some way while under the water.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/rendition/nla.news-article156266015.txt

 

 

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The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser.

Tuesday  20 December 1898      page 2 of 4

Double Drowning Fatality.— The sad news reached Yass on Tuesday afternoon that Mr. William Pearce, brother of Mr. E. Pearce of Yass, was drowned at Merriwa that day. It appeals that Mr. Pearce, who was a mounted constable, was returning home from day duty and was crossing the bridge at Merriwa when he saw a boy named Thomas Baker drowning in the river. Pearce jumped off his horse and plunged     into the water with his clothes on. The boy appears to have got hold of Pearce, with the result that the unfortunate man who was doing a brave act was drowned. Mr. Pearce, who was a native of Yass, was 35 years of age, and leaves a wife and six children. Great regret was expressed in Yass when the news was received, as Pearce was a very popular and well behaved young man. Deceased is a brother of Mr. A. G. Pearce, of Adelong, who was formerly in the employ of Mr. Newman, of Tumut, and was bandmaster of the Tumut band.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/122743356

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Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of New South Wales (Taree, NSW : 1898 – 1954), Wednesday 21 December 1898, page 2


Drowning Fatality at Merriwa,

DEATH OF CONSTABLE PEARCE.

A sad drowning fatality occurred at Merriwa on Tuesday evening, the 13th instant. Constable W. H. Pearce was returning to town on horseback, and after crossing Merriwa Bridge his attention was directed to a boy drowning in the river.

Pearce immediately dismounted, and jumped into the river without undressing, and attempted to rescue the boy, but being a bad swimmer both were drowned. The bodies were recovered after being about an hour under water.

The funerals took place the following afternoon, also the magisterial inquiry.

Constable Pearce leaves a wife and six children.

The boy was a son of Mr. A. W. Baker, custodian of the School of Arts.

[ Constable Pearce will be remembered as having been stationed for some time at Coopernook, in this district, where he made many friends. — Ed. ]

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/rendition/nla.news-article171612457.txt

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Maitland Weekly Mercury (NSW : 1894 – 1931), Saturday 28 March 1896, page 10


Singleton District Court and Quarter Sessions.

The above Court was opened at the Courthouse at ten on Saturday morning before Judge Backhouse. Mr. H. J. Leary, District Court Register, who present. Mr. A. K. Watt was the only member of the bar present. The solicitors in attendance were — Messrs. R. W. Thompson, H. V. Howe, W. W. Robinson, A. B. Shaw, and E. P. Richards.

 

BREAKING AND ENTERING.

William Frost (17) and Joseph Harris (16) were charged with breaking and entering, on the 12th February, the house of Joseph Heath, at Merriwa. Both accused pleaded guilty. Constable W. H. Pearce, stationed at Merriwa, stated they were swagmen and strangers in his district.

In answer to his Honor, Frost said his people were living in Sydney, and Harris said he lived in Newcastle. His Honor ordered Senior-Sergeant Moylan to procure from the accused the address of their relations, and telegraph to them to find out anything connected with them, and then remanded the accused for sentence until next day. In answer to his Honor both the accused said they had given wrong names. Accused Frost said his proper name was William Fury, and Harris that his right name was Walter Hay. His Honor told Fury that from enquiries made he found that he had been convicted of larceny in 1887, and received four days in the lockup. It appeared from that that he was now 17 ; he had started his defalcations rather early. But, however, he would treat them both as being young, and sentence them each to four months’ hard labour in Maitland Gaol.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/rendition/nla.news-article132401406.txt

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Steve WOODS

Steve ‘ Splinter ‘ WOODS

New South Wales Police Force

Rank: Sergeant ?

Regd. # 18000’s ?

Stations: Forensic Services Group, Fingerprints, Parramatta

Illness – Suicide – drowning at Kyeemagh, near Sydney airport.

Born: ?

Died: ?  between 1999 – 2001 before Fingerprints moved from

Fergusson Centre to HQ, Charles St, Parramatta.

Funeral details: ?

Info from Charlie Dag. on 24 November 2014

 

[alert_red]Steve is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_red]

FURTHER INFORMATION NEEDED.

 

 




Alfred Essex BALDOCK

Alfred Essex BALDOCK

New South Wales Police Force

Chief Constable

Stations:  Norfolk Island

Born:  1821

Died  12 April 1848

27 old

Funeral  13 April 1848

Norfolk Island cemetery

Kingston, Norfolk Island

 

Alfred Essex BALDOCK - grave stone - Norfolk Island
Alfred Essex BALDOCK – grave stone – Norfolk Island

INSCRIPTION:

Sacred to the memory of Alfred Essex BALDOCK late Chief Constable of the Island. who was unfortunately drowned by the upsetting of a boat in crossing the bar on the 12th April 1848 aged 27.

Therefore be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh  Matt. XXIV II.

” ‘Tis His Supreme prerogative  Our subject kings to reign.  ‘Tis just that He should rule the world  Who does the world sustain.

 

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MURDER MYSTERY

 http://diane-adventurebeforedementia.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/murder-mystery.html
Way back in 2002 we went on a holiday to Norfolk Island. I can’t believe that was ten years ago. How time flies when you get old. Anyway back to the story.
Norfolk Island is a small island in the Pacific Ocean between Australia and New Zealand. It has a very colourful history. It was colonised by the British as part of Australia in 1788. It served as a penal colony for the worst convicts until 1794. From 1856 it was settled by free settlers and in1901 it became a territory of Australia and it still is today. It is also a tax haven. Today the island’s primary economic activity is tourism due to its historical buildings and colourful history including the Pitcairn Islanders and the Mutiny on the Bounty. So we did our bit for their economy and joined in the many tourist activities that they provide. (photos have been scanned from photo album)

One of the activities was a Murder Mystery Dinner, where you become a character in a murder mystery  story. You have to ask questions of the other characters and try to find out who is the murderer. At this party the murder mystery was based on a true event that happened in Norfolk Island’s past. We were given a booklet that gave us some background information on the characters and the crime. We had to dress up as the character we were given.

I was the Commandant’s wife and Bill was the Chief Constable, Alfred Baldock. He was detested by most on the island, he was a former convict but now mistreated the rest of the unfortunates. He was a homosexual which was against the law then. As you can tell we had loads of fun trying to find out which one of us was the murderer.
The next day we went exploring and visited the Norfolk Island Cemetery and Bill  found the grave stone of his character Alfred Essex Baldcock.
Alfred Essex Baldock late Chief Constable of the island, who was unfortunately drowned by the upsetting of a boat in crossing the bar on 12 th April 1848 aged 27. (click on pic to enlarge). The right hand pic is from the web and the headstone has been restored and so have many of the others. This cemetery dates back to 1825 but there is evidence of earlier burial grounds on the island.
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Alfred Essex BALDOCK - the Fatal Shore
Alfred Essex BALDOCK – the Fatal Shore

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Paul KENNEDY

Senior Constable Paul KENNEDY

Registered No. 21051

NSW Police Force

Died Thursday 4 October 2001

 

Senior Constable Paul KENNEDY - taken in 1985
Senior Constable Paul KENNEDY – taken in 1985

Senior Constable Paul Kennedy, aged 51, died whilst on holidays at Scotts Head, NSW, on Thursday 4 October, 2001, as a result of a heart attack & drowning in the surf.

Paul had been performing General Duties at the Wollongong ( NSW ) Local Area Command prior to his death.

 

His funeral Service was held at Parson’s Funeral Parlours, 278 Princes Hwy, Bulli, at 10am on Wednesday 10 October which was followed by a private cremation service at the Wollongong Crematorium.