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Peter John Citizen CHILDERHOUSE

Peter John Citizen CHILDERHOUSE

AKA 

Late of 

 

NSW Police Training Centre – Redfern – Class #  086 

 

New South Wales Police Force

 

Regd. #  9906 

 

RankCommenced Training at Redfern Police Academy on Monday  ? ? ?

Probationary Constable- appointed 27 February 1961 ( aged 21 years, 8 months, 20 days )

Constable – appointed 27 February 1962

Constable 1st Class – appointed 27 February 1967  

Senior Constable – appointed 27 February 1971  

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 1 May 1977

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed 1 March 1984 

Sergeant 1st Class – appointed 18 August 1985

Inspector – appointed  29 August 1990

 

Final Rank =  Inspector 

 

Stations:  27 Feb 1961 -Trainee at Redfern Police Academy, 28 March 1961 – Waverly GDs ( 10 Division ),  3 May 1961 – Bondi GDs ( 10 Division ),  27 Sept 1962 Waverly Cyclist ( 10 Division ), 19 Jan 1968 – Maroubra ( 15 Division )( Licencing ), 17 March 1974 – Waverly ( 10 Division )( Licencing ), 22 May 1977 – Hurstville ( 31 Division )( Licencing Sgt ), 15 July 1984 – Balmain ( 8 Division )( Division Licencing Sgt ), 26 January 1986 – Legal Section – Licencing ( Legal Services ), 7 Sept. 1986 – ‘A’ District – Licencing, 26 June 1988 – State Intelligence Licensing – Retirement

 

  Service: From ? ? 1961? to 6 June 1994  = 33 years Service

 

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NASHOS

Service name:               Australian Army Reserves

Service number:           2770079  271922

Rank:                             Sergeant

Unit Name:                   2nd Infantry Battalion, 3rd Battalion NSW Royal Regiment,

Date of birth:

Place of birth:

Date of intake:             9 January 1958

Date of exit:                 25 July 1961

Total Days:

NS Training: ?

National Service:

Follow Up Training: ?

Basic Training: ?

Next of Kin: ?

Medals:                        Anniversary of National Service Medal 1951 – 1972,   Australian Defence Medal

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Retirement / Leaving age: = 54 years, 11 months, 30 days

Time in Retirement from Police: 27 years, 6 months, 17 days

 

Awards:  National Medal – granted 11 December 1980 ( Sgt 3/c )

1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 8 June 1988 ( SenSgt )

2nd Clasp to National Medal – granted 8 June 1988 ( SenSgt )

NSW Police Medal with 4th Clasp – granted 29 May 2008

National Police Service Medal – granted  3 September 2015

 

 Born:  Wednesday 7 June 1939 

Died on:  Thursday 23 December 2021

Age:  82 years, 6 months, 16 days

 

Cause:  Alzheimers disease

Event location:   ?

Event date:  ?

 

Funeral date:  Tuesday 11 January 2022 @ 10.30am 

Funeral location:  St Jude’s Anglican Church, Avoca St, Randwick, 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 2022 )

Peter John Childerhouse, Peter CHILDERHOUSE

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


 

FURTHER INFORMATION IS NEEDED ABOUT THIS PERSON, THEIR LIFE, THEIR CAREER AND THEIR DEATH.

PLEASE SEND PHOTOS AND INFORMATION TO Cal


 

May they forever Rest In Peace

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Nothing further, than what is recorded above, is known about this person at the time of publication and further information and photos would be appreciated.

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Unfortunately my computer system has become weak and can no longer stand the strain I place upon it.

In order to get my systems up and running again, I have invested $6k in a new computer system which is currently being built and I would expect that a lot of the notices I place on the system, will be devoid of a lot of information that I usually include; until my new system arrives and my databases and photos are transferred across.

This might not be completed until late February 2022.

 

Cal
8 Jan 2022


 

 

 




Terence William NEWMAN

Terence William NEWMAN

AKA  Terry 

Late of Mittagong, Southern Highlands, NSW

 

  • Terry passed away on 22 December 2020.  His funeral being held on 30 December 2020.
  • His wife, Dianne, who was also a resident of the same Nursing Home and also suffering from Alzeimers, passed away on the evening of 31 December 2020.  He may have died from a combination of Alzeimers and Heart Break.
  • Funeral details, for Dianne, are unknown at this time.

 

NSW Police Training Centre – Redfern – Class #  175

 

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  19896

 

RankCommenced Training at Redfern Academy on Monday 17 August 1981 ( aged 29 years, 0 months, 22 days )

Probationary Constable- appointed Friday  6 November 1981 ( Aged 29 years, 3 months, 11 days )

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed 6 November 1986  

Detective – appointed ? ? ? ( YES )

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? 

Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

 

Final Rank =  Sergeant 

 

Stations?, Cabramatta ( 34 Division ), ?, TRG Course 11 / 1983, Bathurst Riots – 1985, Bowral ( SenCon ), Campbelltown ( 35 Division ) – Retirement

 

Service:  From 17 August 1981   to   15 May 2009  =  27 years, 8 months, 28 days Service

Age at Retirement: 56 years, 9 months, 19 days

Time In Retirement:  11 years, 7 months, 7 days

 

Awards:  No Find on Australian Honours system

 

Born:  Saturday  26 July 1952

Died on:  Tuesday  22 December 2020 during the morning

Age:  68 years, 4 months, 26 days

Cause: Alzhiemers ?

Is known to have been suffering from Alzhiemers for the past few years and lately, Septicaemia.  His wife, Dianne, also resides at the same Nursing Home and is also a sufferer of Alzhiemers.

Event location:   ? Nursing Home

Event date ?

Terence William NEWMAN, Terry NEWMAN

Funeral date:  Wednesday  30 December 2020 @ 1.30pm 

Funeral location:  St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 2 Bendooly St, Bowral, NSW

All friends and former colleagues are invited to attend.

NO LIVE STREAMING

All persons attending are to be mindful on the current Government restrictions on gatherings in the venue and congregations outside the venue. Guidance given by Clergy, Funeral Directors, Venue staff or other persons controlling the service should be followed.

A streaming service may be provided and will be sent as a nemesis in the future.  

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

any Future Wake location??? 

any Future Wake date???

( 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: G. BEAVAN Funeral of Bowral, NSW 

Buried at: Cremated 

 

Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( November 2020 )

 

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


FURTHER INFORMATION IS NEEDED ABOUT THIS PERSON, THEIR LIFE, THEIR CAREER AND THEIR DEATH.

PLEASE SEND PHOTOS AND INFORMATION TO Cal


May they forever Rest In Peace

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Australian Police YouTube Channel 


 

Deepest condolences to their son, Wayne NEWMAN and family.

It is believed that Dianne wanted to be with Terry again.


 

Terry is known to have attended Primary School in the north Campbelltown area.

He was a footy player and cricket player and also enjoyed ferreting as a youngster around the Campbelltown hills.


 

NEWMAN
Terence William (Terry)

Passed away surrounded by family
22nd December, 2020.
Aged 68 years.

Beloved husband of Dianne.

Much loved father and father-in-law of Wayne & Janice, Russell, Todd & Daryle, Megan & Michael, James & Kristy.

Adored Poppy to all his grandchildren and great grandchildren

A Funeral Service and offering of prayers for Terry will be held at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Bendooley Street Bowral on Wednesday 30th December, 2020 commencing at 1.30pm.

A private cremation will follow.

TERENCE WILLIAM NEWMAN Death Notice – Sydney, New South Wales | Sydney Morning Herald


 

Class 175 - Sub Class ? - Redfern Police Academy - November 1981

 


 

Nothing further, than what is recorded above, is known about this man at the time of publication.

 

Cal
24 December 2020


 

 

 

 

 




John Wallace HITCHCOCK

John Wallace HITCHCOCK

AKA  Hitchy 

Late of Dapto, NSW 

Mrs Nancye Hitchcock ( nee Nancye HOURIGAN ) – believed to have really been melancholy about the loss of her long time husband, John, passed away, peacefully in her sleep, on the morning of 8 September 2020, aged 86 – five days after Johns Funeral.

NSW Police Training College – Penrith  Class #  017 –  030

NSW Police Cadet # 0848

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  7414

 

Rank:  Commenced Training as Police Cadet on 13 February 1950 ( aged 16 years & 5 months )

Probationary Constable- appointed  Saturday 13 September 1952 ( aged 19 years )

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Detective – appointed ? ? ? ( YES )

Senior Constable – appointed 13 September 1963  

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 10 August 1968

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed 30 September 1976

Sergeant 1st Class – appointed 23 April 1980

Final Rank =  Senior Sergeant

 

Stations?, Western District ( 1963 ), ?, ‘R’ District ( Newcastle area )( 1969 ), ?, Deniliquin ( Det Sgt ), Wollongong Police Station – GDs ( Sgt 1/c )( 1980s ), Pt Kembla ( Sgt 1/c )( OIC ) – Retirement

Service:  From 13 February 1950   to   24 September 1988  =  38 years, 6 months, 11 days Service

 

Awards:  National Medal – granted 21 August 1989 ( Former Det SenSgt )

Nothing further found on the Australian Honours system

 

Born:  Wednesday  13 September 1933 

Died on:  Saturday  29 August 2020 

Age:  86 years, 11 months, 17 days 

Cause:  Dementia – passed in his sleep after it progressed very quickly over the last few weeks 

Event location:   ?

Event date ?

 

Funeral date:  Friday  4 September 2020 @ 2pm

Funeral locationKembla Grange Golf Club, Princes Hwy, Kembla Grange, 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: H. Parsons, Wollongong, NSW  02 4228 9622

Buried at: Both Cremated.

Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( August 2020 )

John Wallace HITCHCOCK

 

JOHN is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * NOT JOB RELATED


FURTHER INFORMATION IS NEEDED ABOUT THIS PERSON, THEIR LIFE, THEIR CAREER AND THEIR DEATH.

PLEASE SEND PHOTOS AND INFORMATION TO Cal


May they forever Rest In Peace

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Australian Police YouTube Channel


John Hitchcock @ Hitchy

 

 

John Wallace HITCHCOCK AKA Hitchy

John Wallace HITCHCOCK AKA Hitchy

John Wallace HITCHCOCK AKA Hitchy

John Wallace HITCHCOCK AKA Hitchy

John Wallace HITCHCOCK AKA Hitchy

John Wallace HITCHCOCK AKA Hitchy & Nancye Hitchcock ( nee Nancye HOURIGAN )
John Wallace HITCHCOCK AKA Hitchy & Nancye Hitchcock ( nee Nancye HOURIGAN )

John Wallace HITCHCOCK AKA

John Wallace HITCHCOCK AKA Hitchy & Nancye Hitchcock ( nee Nancye HOURIGAN )
John Wallace HITCHCOCK AKA Hitchy & Nancye Hitchcock ( nee Nancye HOURIGAN )

John Wallace HITCHCOCK AKA Hitchy & Nancye Hitchcock ( nee Nancye HOURIGAN )
John Wallace HITCHCOCK AKA Hitchy & Nancye Hitchcock ( nee Nancye HOURIGAN )

John Wallace HITCHCOCK AKA Hitchy & Nancye Hitchcock ( nee Nancye HOURIGAN )
John Wallace HITCHCOCK AKA Hitchy & Nancye Hitchcock ( nee Nancye HOURIGAN )

 

John Wallace HITCHCOCK AKA Hitchy & Nancye Hitchcock ( nee Nancye HOURIGAN )
John Wallace HITCHCOCK AKA Hitchy & Nancye Hitchcock ( nee Nancye HOURIGAN )

John Wallace HITCHCOCK AKA Hitchy

 

WOLLONGONG DISTRICT POLICE RUGBY LEAGUE FOOTBALL TEAM - 1981 REAR: L - R: ALLAN PIRIE, JOHN HITCHCOCK, KEVIN VERDON, BOB LONGUE, BARRY ODMARK, PAT CARNEY, KEITH CALDWELL, GRAHAM THOMPSETT, TERY O'BRIEN, TONY CHAPLIN, PETER CARTER, KEN JEFFREY, NEIL PARSONS, PHIL RUSSELL, GAL CLEARY (COACH), DON JONES (TRAINER), RON JACKSON, STEVE FROST (SECRETARY) FRONT: L - R: BOB LEWIS, GRAHAM KING, STEVE BYRNES, DAVE ROUTLEDGE, STEVE TIER
WOLLONGONG DISTRICT POLICE RUGBY LEAGUE FOOTBALL TEAM – 1981
REAR: L – R:
ALLAN PIRIE, JOHN HITCHCOCK, KEVIN VERDON, BOB LONGUE, BARRY ODMARK, PAT CARNEY, KEITH CALDWELL, GRAHAM THOMPSETT, TERRY O’BRIEN, TONY CHAPLIN, PETER CARTER, KEN JEFFREY, NEIL PARSONS, PHIL RUSSELL, GAL CLEARY (COACH), DON JONES (TRAINER), RON JACKSON, STEVE FROST (SECRETARY)
FRONT: L – R:
BOB LEWIS, GRAHAM KING, STEVE BYRNES, DAVE ROUTLEDGE, STEVE TIER

 

WOLLONGONG DISTRICT POLICE RUBY LEAGUE FOOTBALL TEAM - 1980 REAR: L - R: TED BEAVER (TREASURER), JOHN GUEST, JOHN HITCHCOCK (MANAGER), STEVE BYRNES (SECRETARY), BRIAN WYVER, GRAHAM THOMPSETT, DENNIS CLARKE, PETER SKEENE, MAZ HERMANN, KEVIN SHEPSTONE, JOHN MAY, PHIL RUSSELL, BARRY FOORD, KEVIN GOLDSPINK (COACH), BARRIE KEENAHAN. SEATED: L - R: NEIL PARSONS, PAT DUNN, BOB LEWIS, BOB DALBY, BERNIE DOYLE, JOHN GOOD FRONT: L - R: PAT CARNEY, BOB LONGUE, PAUL JONES, DON JONES (TRAINER), TONY CHAPLIN, BARY ODMARK, IAN MOORE, BRIAN SMITH, LARRY BARBER, KEN JEFFERY
WOLLONGONG DISTRICT POLICE RUBY LEAGUE FOOTBALL TEAM – 1980
REAR: L – R:
TED BEAVER (TREASURER), JOHN GUEST, JOHN HITCHCOCK (MANAGER), STEVE BYRNES (SECRETARY), BRIAN WYVER, GRAHAM THOMPSETT, DENNIS CLARKE, PETER SKEENE, MAZ HERMANN, KEVIN SHEPSTONE, JOHN MAY, PHIL RUSSELL, BARRY FOORD, KEVIN GOLDSPINK (COACH), BARRIE KEENAHAN.
SEATED: L – R:
NEIL PARSONS, PAT DUNN, BOB LEWIS, BOB DALBY, BERNIE DOYLE, JOHN GOOD
FRONT: L – R:
PAT CARNEY, BOB LONGUE, PAUL JONES, DON JONES (TRAINER), TONY CHAPLIN, BARRY ODMARK, IAN MOORE, BRIAN SMITH, LARRY BARBER, KEN JEFFERY

 

WOLLONGONG DISTRICT POLICE RUBY LEAGUE FOOTBALL TEAM - 1979 REAR: L - R: SERGEANT JOHN HITCHCOCK (MANAGER), STEVE BYRNES (SECRETARY), MAZ HERRMANN, PAT DUNN, BRIAN SMITH, PAT CARNEY, DENNIS CLARKE, IAN MOORE, DON JONES (TRAINER) MIDDLE: L - R: ROD HENDERSON, BOB LEWIS, WAYNE COULEY (CAPTAIN - COACH), KEV SHEPSTONE, LARRY BARBER, WADE CHANDLER, JOHN BERNARDI FRONT: L - R: BOB CANTWELL, DAVE ROUTLEDGE, PHIL RUSSELL, GARY THOMPSON, KEN JEFFREY, BOB DALBY, SERGEANT FRANK GROGAN (CLUB PRESIDENT)
WOLLONGONG DISTRICT POLICE RUBY LEAGUE FOOTBALL TEAM – 1979
REAR: L – R:
SERGEANT JOHN HITCHCOCK (MANAGER), STEVE BYRNES (SECRETARY), MAZ HERMANN, PAT DUNN, BRIAN SMITH, PAT CARNEY, DENNIS CLARKE, IAN MOORE, DON JONES (TRAINER)
MIDDLE: L – R:
ROD HENDERSON, BOB LEWIS, WAYNE COULEY (CAPTAIN – COACH), KEV SHEPSTONE, LARRY BARBER, WADE CHANDLER, JOHN BERNARDI
FRONT: L – R:
BOB CANTWELL, DAVE ROUTLEDGE, PHIL RUSSELL, GARY THOMPSON, KEN JEFFREY, BOB DALBY, SERGEANT FRANK GROGAN (CLUB PRESIDENT)

 

 


 

John Wallace HITCHCOCK. Despite the extremely short notice, I am extremely proud of the members of Lake Illawarra Police for arranging a Police Guard of Honour, for such a great man, at the conclusion of his funeral.
Despite the extremely short notice, I am extremely proud of the members of Lake Illawarra Police for arranging a Police Guard of Honour, for such a great man, at the conclusion of his funeral.     Cal.

 

 

John Wallace HITCHCOCK

 


 

John Wallace HITCHCOCK AKA Hitchy - NSWPF - Service History
Service History

 


 

 




Harry Desmond TUPMAN

 Harry Desmond TUPMAN  QPM

( late of Ashfield, NSW )

Husband to Yvonne TUPMAN, nee ROBERTSON, NSWPF Police Woman # ???

Father to Judge Robyn TUPMAN

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. # 5450

Rank:  Commenced Training at ? Academy on Monday 11 November 1946 ( aged 25 years, 9 months, 6 days )

Probationary Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Detective – appointed ? ? ? ( YES )

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed 1 April 1968

Sergeant 1st Class – appointed ? ? ?

Inspector 3rd Class – appointed 7 January 1976

 

Final Rank:  Detective Inspector – Retired

 

Stations?, 21 Division, Arson Squad, Special Crime Squad, Homicide Squad

 

ServiceFrom 11 November 1946  to  4 February 1981 = 34 years, 2 months, 24 days Service

Age at Retirement: 59 years, 11 months, 30 days

Years in Retirement:  34 years, 2 months, 3 days ( was Retired just about as long as he Served )

 

Awards:  Queen’s Police Medal ( QPM ) for Gallantry ( Imperial ) – granted 3 June 1978 ( Insp )

 

Born:  Saturday 5 February 1921

Died on:  Tuesday  7 April 2015

Cause:  Alzheimer’s disease

Age:  94 years, 2 months, 2 days

Death location:  Hospital

Harry Desmond TUPMAN, Harry TUPMAN
Harry Desmond TUPMAN QPM

Funeral date:  Monday  13 April 2015 @ 2pm

Funeral location:  Magnolia Chapel, Macquarie Park Crematorium, Plassey Road, NORTH RYDE

Buried at:  Cremated

 

HARRY is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * NOT JOB RELATED


 

 Location of Funeral

 


TUPMAN, Harry Desmond, QPM
Detective Inspector (Retired) NSW Police
05.02.1921 – 07.04.2015
Late of Ashfield

Loved husband of Yvonne for 65 years. Beloved father of Robyn and Lyn and father-in-law of Geoff Graham. Proud and treasured grandfather of Jessica, Paul, Emily, Aleisha and Tom and great grandfather to his namesake, Harry. Younger brother of Kath, Connie and Peggy (all deceased) and brother-in-law of Eric Robertson.

A gentleman and a man of integrity. He will be missed by his family and friends and will be remembered always.

Aged 94 years.

HARRY’S family and friends are warmly invited to attend a Celebration of his Life to be held Monday (April 13, 2015) in the Magnolia Chapel of the Macquarie Park Crematorium, Plassey Road, North Ryde to commence at 2pm.

TREVOR LEE & SON
FUNERAL DIRECTORS
Australian Owned
All Suburbs 9746 2949
F.D.A of N.S.W.

Published in The Sydney Morning Herald on Apr. 8, 2015

http://tributes.smh.com.au/obituaries/smh-au/obituary.aspx?n=harry-tupman&pid=174576391


National Advocate ( Bathurst )
Tuesday  25 April 1950                        page 1 of 4

MAN DECLARED HABITUAL CRIMINAL

Companion Warned

SYDNEY, Monday: Judge Lloyd in the Quarter Sessions today declared a 24-year-old shopbreaker an habitual criminal, and warned a younger man that he was heading for a similar punishment.

Norman Benaldo Brazemall ( 24 ) and Alwayn John Howard, ( 19 ), pleaded guilty to five shop robberies.

Judge Lloyd sentenced Brazemall to three years and declared him an habitual criminal. He sentenced Howard to two years.

Detective Harry Tupman, of 21 Division, said that both men had been released from gaol in February. They had almost immediately begun a series of robberies, using stolen motor cars.

Brazemall had had convictions since he was 15 and Howard’s convictions went back to 1947.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/161200306


The Sydney Morning Herald
Saturday  2 June 1951  page 36 of 36
TUPMAN (nee Robertson). — May 25, at Crown Street Hospital, to Yvonne and Harry — a daughter (Robyn).
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/18223470

The Australian Women’s Weekly
Wednesday  26 July 1972   page 6 of 104
By KAY KEAVNEY

The MYSTERY of MARY and EMMA GOFFMAN

Ben Goffman returned to his home at Mosman, N.S.W., from an average working day last summer. His wife and youngest daughter were not   there. They have never been seen since. Here are the clues in a tragic story for which the police ending is, temporarily, “missing, believed murdered”.

STRANGERS have bought the house that Mary Goffman made.

Husband Ben used to say, in better times:  ” Look around. This house is Mary. ”

Last February 11, in broad daylight, with her little daughter Emma, Mary disappeared from the white house in the quiet suburban street on the north side of Sydney.

It may have been the scene of their murder.

On July 1 police informed Ben that the “grave fears” he had entertained from the first appeared to be justified.

Mary and Emma were almost certainly dead. So was their probable killer, Robert John Hynes.

Thin, dark, and bearded, with convictions for robbery while armed, Hynes died of injuries suffered in a car crash on June 20. while trying to evade police.

He had rented the car in the name of a Missing Person, Allan John McColm.

In the wreck, in a briefcase, police found a sawn-off rifle, and certain property of Allan McColm’s.  Later, after an anonymous tip, they found McColm’s body in bush at the side of the Mona Vale Road.  He had been shot through the head with a bullet from the same sawn-off rifle.

( During the long months of uncertainty, while Mary and Emma too were Missing Persons, Ben often said: ” There’s so much heavy bush on the north side. They could be dead in there, where nobody might ever find them. ” )

There were other alarming developments.

When Hynes was taken from the wreck, a telephone number was inked on his hand.

Police traced it to a housewife at North Curl Curl, also on the north side. She told a terrifying story.

On June 16 a man had telephoned in the name of a well-known carrying company. He was checking, he   said, that someone would be at home to help him with a heavy parcel.

The housewife was instantly suspicious. She was expecting no parcel, and said so.

But in due course the man appeared. He was thin, dark, and bearded.

The housewife let him leave the heavy parcel. But she resisted every pretext he gave to get inside the house.

That parcel contained sand. The man she has now identified as Robert John Hynes.

Her quick wits that day had probably saved her life.  But how often, the alarmed police wondered, had Hynes used this ploy and succeeded’?

In Hynes’ house at West Ryde, they found certain names and telephone numbers. Allan McColm’s was among them.

So, on a slip of paper, was B. C. Goffman’s.

The detectives called for the Missing Persons file on Mary and Emma.

What they read deepened their fears. On July 1 they cabled the English police to contact Ben.

By then, the house that Mary made had been sold to strangers. Over the months, Ben had found it increasingly unbearable to live there.

And besides, he needed money.

Since February, desperate to turn up information, he had spent hundreds of dollars on advertisements.

He had even employed a private detective.

And on that afternoon of February 11 when his loved ones disappeared, a “bearded man” had gone to his bank with two cheques signed by Mary.

They cleaned the Goffman’s joint account of all   $44.

Ben needed money badly.

Late in June, broken in heart and health, he went back to his native London.

Jane (9) and Sarah were soon to follow.

Teddy the dog, beloved of Mary, had been found a new home.

Mary’s elderly mother, pencil-thin from the months of anguish, still lived about 50 yards up the road from the white house.

But she too planned to leave Australia.

She had never believed for a moment that Mary had willingly left home and family.

But the news, when it came, nearly killed her.

In distant London, Ben reacted bitterly. From the first, he insisted, the police should have regarded the case as a homicide.

On July 3 he rang me.

I never met Mary or Emma, but I heard the story through a mutual friend.

Before he left, I spent weeks, off and on. with Ben, his friends, and family, probing what seemed a impenetrable mystery.

Now, with the link to the man Hynes, we knew at least part of the answer.

But Ben wanted us to publish this story. Some clue might emerge, some reader come up with information that would help solve the rest of the mystery.

Detectives in charge of the case concurred strongly.

Here. then, is what I learnt of the Goffmans, and the known events of that February day.

It was a golden Friday. Second daughter Sarah had just turned six and Mary ( the most devoted of mothers ) was planning a birthday party to be held the next day.

Youngest daughter Emma was small for her age – almost four. Ben describes her as ” build medium, eyes blue, straight hair, light-brown to honey-blonde; probably wearing a short-sleeved navy-blue dress; articulate, trained to quote her name, address, and telephone number. ”

Mary was 43. ” build slim, complexion tanned, height 5ft, 7in., hair brown and greying, speaking with an attractive Border lilt; probably wearing slacks, a yellow   knit top, a distinctive ring, and a man’s Omega calendar watch. ”

She and Ben had been married ten years. It was Mary’s first marriage, his second.

They met on a boat that brought them to Sydney, him from New Zealand, her from the United States. A telephonist, she had lived and worked in several countries since leaving Britain.

She passionately wanted children. In the ten years she had Jane, Sarah. Emma, and a miscarriage.

Friends and neighbors testify that the couple were unusually close. So does Mrs. White, Mary’s mother, who migrated to Australia to be near them.

Mary enjoyed home-making and was good at it, though she suffered at times from ” suburban ennui. ”

Ben handled all the business, including paying the bills and marketing in bulk.

Mary had a very real flair for interior decoration, and turning up bargains in antique shops.

With their own hands, she and Ben transformed the broken-down old house they were paying off at Mosman into a distinctive and charming home.

Dozens of books, records, photographic equipment, testified to the Goffmans’ catholic interests.

So did their friends, ranging (said one of them) “from professors to the man who runs a stall at the city markets; from quiet suburbanites to pot-party goers.”

Last year there was a minor burglary at the house and Mary was nervous. She never went out without double-locking doors and windows and fixing the fly screens.

Nor would she go out, even to garden, without wearing sunglasses.

All these facts have significance in the story.

Throughout, like a leit- motif, is a “bearded man.”

The first mention came from Mary herself, to Ben, her mother, and a woman neighbor, a week before she disappeared.

Ben’s car was advertised for sale. A bearded man (she said) called at the house to inspect it, presumably on foot.

Something about him Bearded man at Goffmans’ house frightened her. She described him to Ben, to her mother, and to a woman friend as “sick.”  He asked her to go with him in the car for a test drive. She refused. (She herself never drove.)

When she suggested he leave his briefcase with her as surety, he appeared to take umbrage and walked off.

( Says Detective-Sergeant Harry Tupman, now in charge of the case: “No wonder he took umbrage. That briefcase probably contained the sawn-off rifle.” )

That same night Ben sold the car to quite another buyer, later paying the cheque into the couple’s joint current account at a local bank.

It turned a deficit into a credit. On that Friday, February 11, the credit stood at exactly $744.

That morning, Ben testifies, all seemed normal when   he left for work. Mary was to deliver Teddy, their airedale, to a dog salon at the Spit for clipping and shampooing.

She and Emma did, around 9 a.m. The salon offered to ring when Teddy was finished.

Mary said not to bother, she’d call back before five.

Nothing in her manner caused remark.

A neighbor who spoke to her walking back found her “perfectly normal.”

The local milkman was waiting to collect his weekly money. He found her “her usual bright self.”

He thinks she was wearing dark jeans and a darkish top (but only a yellow-knit top appears to be missing).

Emma, he thinks, “wore a plain dark dress.”

Mary went into the house and got the money. The milkman gave her change and a receipt. He got into his van and drove away.

He estimates the time at 10.15 a.m.

And no one who knows Mary and Emma has seen them since, or at least has come forward to say so.

They were still (Ben says) in the house at 12.30. He rang from his city office, as he did at least once a day.

He said, “She sounded a bit sick, but she had a period, and both she and Emma had colds. Also we’d been out late the night before.

“She talked a bit about Sarah’s party, and at the end seemed quite bright and normal.”

Around 1.30, the elderly couple next door heard Emma coughing in the yard.

“Shortly after lunch” (the police were told later), a man claiming to be Ben rang the bank with a query about the state of the joint account.

About 2.20. Mary rang her mother.

Mrs. White’s last sight of her daughter had been late on the night before. The Goffmans had been to a dinner party, and the grandmother “baby-sat.” Mary and Teddy walked her home, as they always did, and at the gate Mary kissed her and said. “See you tomorrow. Mother.”

Her manner then was “normal.” Now it was markedly agitated.

She asked Mrs. White to pick up Jane and Sarah after school. This was by no means unusual. What followed was.

“She asked me to bring them hack to my place, instead of taking them home.”  said Mrs. White. “That had never happened before, never once.

“She asked me to keep them there till she called. I thought she must be preparing some surprise for Sarah’s   birthday next day.

“I said. “Yes, of course, dear. But what about Emma’?’

“For about a week, after being on the waiting list for months, Emma had been going to a nearby pre-school in the afternoons. I think Mary must have kept her home that day because of her cold.”

Mrs. White’s voice shook.  “Mary.” she went on, “said, in such a funny way. ‘I’ve got Emma.’ Got. She put an emphasis on ‘got.’

“I said, ‘Mary, are you all right’?’ and she said ‘Yes, Mother’ and hung up.”

And that was the last time anyone has heard Mary’s voice, or at least has come forward to say so.

“I nearly went down,” said Mrs. White. “Only 50 yards away. How I wish I had! But I was afraid she’d think me foolish.”

Some time around three, the elderly woman next door saw “a tall, thin man with a small beard” standing across the road from the Goffmans’, looking toward the house.

“He held a handkerchief up to his face,” she said. ” I watched him for some time. until he noticed me at the window. Then he turned on his heel and walked up the road.

“He made me so nervous I wore all my rings when I went shopping a bit later. On the way, I saw him walking back toward the Goffmans’. ”

There was no sign of him, and all seemed quiet, when she got home around 4.30.  At 4.55, just on closing time, a bearded man entered the Goffmans’ bank and presented two cheques.

Together they totalled $700. Both were signed “Mary C. Goffman.”

The signatures were unmistakably Mary’s. But she invariably added the words: “per B. C. and M. C. Goffman.”  They appeared on neither cheque.  ( Ben: “I’m positive she signed under duress, perhaps from a threat to Emma.  Mary wasn’t businesslike. I think she believed leaving off the extra words would invalidate the cheques.” )

Both cheques were apparently legal.  Even so, the teller referred them to a superior,  who referred them to the manager.  The manager came out and looked at the man. who seemed perfectly at ease.

The bank officers later described him to the police as: “about 30. 5ft. 10in., slim build, dark complexion, dark wavy hair, beard closely cropped, no moustache, dark glasses, well dressed in a dark suit.” ( They have since identified him as Robert John Hynes. )

When the manager saw no sign of Ben or Mary, he rang both the Goffman house and Ben’s office. Neither answered.

Meanwhile, the bank doors had been closed and locked. Still the bearded man seemed unperturbed.

The bank felt obliged to honor the cheques, for $50 and $650. When they paid over the cash, it left $44 in the joint account.

The bearded man asked to be let out by the back door, which led into a Mosman car park.

The bank officers are said to have watched him, intending to note his car number.

But he walked calmly out of the car park and was lost to sight.

Ben Goffman takes up the story: “After work I’d been to the markets to buy vegetables, as I always did on a Friday night.  “I drove up about ten to six in the new car, expecting to find the whole family, including Teddy, at home.

“But the bedroom blinds were drawn and all the windows shut.  “I pressed the front-door bell and it didn’t work. So I got out my key. The door opened right away, which meant it wasn’t double locked. That wasn’t like Mary, if she were going out.

“As soon as I got inside I saw why the bell hadn’t worked. The plastic casing and two of the batteries were lying on the floor, along with some of Emma’s toys.  “The receipt for the milk money and some change were still on the hall table.

All this seemed strange.  “Beside them on the table were her sunglasses.  “I went through to the kitchen and tried the back door. It was locked, but not chained, again not like Mary since the burglary.

” The vitamiser was on the sink, with the remains of some milk in it. It was new, and Mary was fanatical about washing it right after use. Alongside was an empty yoghurt carton. She’d often give Emma milkshake with yoghurt for lunch.

“The kitchen window was shut but not locked, and the flyscreen not replaced properly.  “And the whole knife drawer from the cupboard under the sink was missing.

“Later I found it on the bed in the spare bedroom off the kitchen.

” I couldn’t understand any of it. I thought perhaps they’d all gone down to the dog salon, and drove there via the park.

” The salon had closed at five. When Mary hadn’t turned up as promised, they’d left Teddy at the adjoining vet’s.

” Then I tried Mary’s mother’s, and found Jane and Sarah there, and heard about Mary’s phone call.

” Even then I was puzzled rather than scared. I had no reason to suspect anything sinister. Mother and I took the girls home, thinking it would soon be Emma’s bed time.”

By 8.15, after vainly checking with various friends, Ben was ringing the police, while his closest friend, Ron Poison, tried the hospitals.

The police came, and that night two more names were added to the bulging files of Missing Persons.

” I don’t know what I thought.” Ben said. ” That she’d had some sort of breakdown, all sorts of things. But a breakdown between breakfast and lunchtime? I didn’t know then about the cheques and the bearded man.”

Next morning, late, he rang nine little girls, to cancel Sarah’s birthday party.

He and Mrs. White, Ben said, searched the house to see what was missing.

” She seemed to have gone just in old slacks and the yellow top, and Emma in the thin navy-blue dress. So far as we could see, she had no purse, no bag, nothing warm for Emma, and was without any sunglasses.”

Mrs. White discovered that one of a pair of highly distinctive large sheets was missing. They were a gift from Mary’s brother in the United States, and would certainly be rare in Australia.

The sheet was a tan color, with a pattern of white flowers on a black grid,   labelled “Vera Collection by Burlington.”

Also missing were the scissors Mary kept in the kitchen.  (A large pair of scissors was found in Hynes’ home, identified as Mary’s by Mrs. White. There was also a broken pair of sunglasses.)

A joint savings-account book containing $600 (held by Mary for her mother) was safely hidden.   But the chequebook was missing.

That was what sent Ben to the bank on Monday morning, to be told about the two signed cheques and the bearded man.

Ben said, “From that moment, I was sure Mary and Emma had come to harm.”

In those days before either of us had heard of Robert John Hynes, many things   puzzled me.

If Mary had the wit to leave off the extra words, why not sign even more incorrectly, to alert the bank?

“I think she tried to.” Ben said. “The cheque immediately preceding those two has never been presented. She could have used it first that day, signing it incorrectly.

“But there were several things in the house signed “Mary C. Goffman.’ The man could have checked with them, and forced her to tear the cheque up.

“So leaving off the initials was the best she could do.”

How did he get the two away, in broad daylight, and without an outcry?

“Mary would do anything,” Ben said, “if he threatened Emma. Or perhaps they were dead when he took them out.”

Always Ben came back to the “bearded man”, who called about the car, and frightened Mary.

At first, the man was to inspect the car at night, when Ben was home.

“Then he rang back and cancelled, ‘because he had to work back at a Parramatta pharmacy’, and arranged to go out to the house when I wasn’t there.

“Afterwards my friends and I, then the private detective, combed Parramatta but we never found that man.”

Ben’s life over those months was torture.

It happened when he was especially tired, closest to breakdown. Very soon he would think: Not Mary. Mary wouldn’t have just run away, deserting Jane and Sarah too, putting him and her mother on this rack, causing Teddy to fret. Not Mary.

Had she broken down? Were she and Emma wandering about in God knew what condition?

One witness thought so. After reading a newspaper story, she identified them as a lost-looking, dirty woman and child she had seen wandering about at Circular Quay.

Ben felt the descriptions didn’t fit. But for a long time afterward, he haunted the Quay.  Deep down, though, he knew the truth from that first moment in the bank, when he heard about the bearded man.

His last words to me before he left were: “That man killed them, and hid them somewhere in the bush.”

Now Ben and the police appeal for aid.

If you observed anything on that February day, or before, or since, which might   be of assistance, please contact your local police or the   Sydney C.I.B. (Tel. 20966).

Det.-Sgt. Tupman: ” Someone may have seen Hynes acting in unusual or suspicious circumstances. He may have used his own car or a stolen one.

” Particularly contact us if you were ever approached, either by telephone or in person, in a similar manner to the North Curl Curl housewife.

“Someone may have seen the missing sheet from the Goffman home, or Mary’s distinctive ring.

” Any information, however slight, may help us to break this case, and who knows how many others? ”

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The Canberra Times
Tuesday  5 December 1972    page 7 of 24

Missing woman believed murdered

SYDNEY, Monday. – A missing Sydney woman and her three year-old daughter are believed to have been murdered by a man killed in a car accident while being pursued by police on June 16 this year, police said today.

The Senior City Coroner, Mr K. M. Waller, SM, today opened a magisterial inquiry into the disappearance of Mrs Mary Crozier Goffman, 43, and her daughter Emma, of Mosman, on February 11.

Detective Sergeant Harry Desmond Tupman, of the Special Crime Squad, told the Coroner he believed that Mrs Goffman and her daughter had been killed by Mr Robert John Hynes.

He said Mr Hynes had been involved in a car accident on June 16 after being pursued by police and had died as a result of his injuries on June 19 in the Royal North Shore Hospital.

Sergeant Tupman said police inquiries had shown that on February 11, two cheques for $50 and $650 had been drawn from the Goffman’s joint account by a man who had later been identified as Mr Hynes by bank officials from a photograph.

The manager of the Mosman branch of the Commercial Bank of Sydney, Mr Henry John Barnard, told the court he had tried to ring Mrs Goffman at work but had been unsuccessful in contacting them.

Mr Barnard said he had initialled the cheques and the money, in $10 notes had been handed to the man.

He said the amount of the cheques, the fact that they were to be presented in cash and that it was not Mr Goffman accepting the money, had worried him.

However, the man’s actions had not revealed any fear and he bad not acted suspiciously.

“I felt at that point that I was satisfied it was all right”, he said.

The hearing was adjourned.

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The Canberra Times

Wednesday  6 December 1972     page 3 of 36

Finding of murder

SYDNEY, Tuesday. – A coroner acting as a Justice of the Peace found today that Mrs Mary Crazier Gofman, 43, and her daughter Emma, of Mosman, died on February 11 this year at the hands of a person since deceased.

The Senior City Coroner, Mr Wallen, SM, said, “But as to the manner and cause of death and place, the evidence does not enable me to say. I further   find that although no bodies have been found I am   satisfied death actually took place”.

He said he was satisfied that they had been killed by Mr Robert John Hynes who, he had been told at an earlier inquiry, had died in Royal North Shore Hospital on June 19 after a car accident while being pursued by police.

 

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The Canberra Times

Tuesday  9 July 1972     page 10 of 18

Identified

SYDNEY, Monday. —

Police positively identified today two skeletons found at Ingleside on Friday as Mrs Mary Goffman, 43, and her daughter, Emma, 3.

At a coroner’s inquiry on December 5, 1972, Mr K. M. Walker, SM, found the mother and daughter had been murdered by Robert John Hynes, 34, who died in a car accident while being chased by police on June 19, 1972.

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 The Canberra Times

Friday  21 January 1977        page 1 of 24

 

Sailor, 19, charged over Nowra fire

A junior sailor had been charged by the Navy yesterday afternoon with a number of serious offences in relation to the fire at the Nowra naval air station on December 4, the Minister for Defence, Mr Killen, said in a statement yesterday.

Able Seaman G. J. Trent, 19, of the base, was charged after lengthy questioning at the base yesterday.

A spokesman for Mr Killen said that the man had been charged under the Naval Discipline Act, but no further details of the charges were available yet. He is in naval custody.

12 aircraft

Investigations into the fire, which damaged or destroyed 12 Grumman Tracker aircraft and a hangar, have been in progress since the fire.

Mr Killen said that the investigation had been greatly assisted by the NSW Police Arson Squad, led by Detective Inspector Harry Tupman, Common wealth Police and Navy officers had also inquired.

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‘Relentless’ Harry Tupman – ‘the detective’s detective’ – dies at 94

LEGENDARY detective Harry Tupman, whose arrests included prison escapee and killer Ronald Ryan, passed away yesterday aged 94.

 

 

LEGENDARY detective Harry Tupman, whose arrests included prison escapee and killer Ronald Ryan, died yesterday aged 94.

Mr Tupman, the first head of the state’s homicide squad when it was formed in 1977, was known as the “detective’s detective” in the days before CCTV, DNA, the internet and mobile phones made the job easier.

Among his high-profile cases was the tracking down and arrest of Ryan, who had shot and killed a prison officer during an escape from Melbourne’s Pentridge Prison in 1965. Ryan was caught while visiting a woman in Sydney in a car with a boot full of loaded firearms and became the last man to be hanged in Australia.

In 1960, the former detective inspector Tupman solved the kidnapping and murder of eight-year-old Graeme Thorne, whose father had won $£100,000 on the Opera House lottery, the equivalent of more than $5 million in today’s money. The killer, Stephen Bradley, was tracked down after he fled to Sri Lanka and was extradited to Australia.

Mr Tupman was guest of honour at a recent reunion of the elite homicide squad when those who had worked with him as young officers spoke of him as a “super sleuth”, a “relentless hunter” and a meticulous professional. Mr Tupman said at the time that technology would never replace the key to being a good detective, which was to be a good listener.

Mr Tupman had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and died in hospital, leaving his wife Yvonne, 94, their daughters Robyn Tupman — a NSW District Court judge — Lyn Bardetta, five grandchildren and a great-grandson.

 

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