Sending all my love to all the family. The memories we shared will never be forgotten. Will never forget the party at the West’s seeing him dressed up as a bikie with Leonie and how much he loved that Harley. I’ll always remember his gentleness and compassion. He was a very special and influential man. Thoughts are with you all and all the grandchildren.
3 hours ago
Knew Richard ( Dickie ) from the time he joined the Police Cadets in 1962. Great mates during those wonderful days. We rowed in the re formed Police rowing team together with the likes of Glen Deholm and Bob Worland.
Dick and I went to Adelaide together in early 1966 on a camping trip visiting a number of ‘old’ former cadets along the way at various Police Stations in regional NSW. Lost contact unfortunately when I went to the bush that same year.
RIP mate and condolences to all the Doust family.
Rod & Ruth Holmes nee Christian
10 hours ago
What a beautiful service for Richard. So pleased we could be part of it from the rolling hills of Dorrigo where he was born.
Richard’s Mum Glad Lawrence & my mother Ida Pullen, from Sydney went to Dorrigo in 1937 and met these two Dorrigo Dairy farmers. Glad married Albert Doust a 2nd cousin of my mothers. From that time our families have been close & would catch up at family gatherings over the years. It was great growing up with Richard, Margaret & Neroli in Dorrigo and more recently catching up with them at Nelson Bay at a fabulous dinner party with Geoff & Judy Washington in February. Our thoughts are with you all. A wonderful Celebration of Richard ‘s life.
Denis and Wendy Sharpe
11 hours ago
A beautiful life…how blessed are you all
David and Dianne Waterhouse
11 hours ago
Love and condolences to all the family. May Richard rest in peace
11 hours ago
That was a beautiful service to farewell Uncle Richie. Thank you for sharing. All my love to the family, especially Leonie, Margaret, Neroli, Penny, Elisa, Melinda and Andrew.
12 hours ago
Sending love to you all during this very difficult time.
Richard was such a lovely man, who will be sorely missed. Many happy memories of our families together. Thank you for being such a dear friend to my Mum and Dad. Such great times you had travelling the world together! Lots of love to you Leonie, Penny, Mel, Elissa, Andrew and all your families xxx
13 hours ago
So sad to hear of Richards passing. We spent many good times together on highway patrol duties at Bathurst in the 1960s. May god be with you and family on this sad occasion.
Vanessa and Mark Orton
14 hours ago
Much love and strength to all of Richard’s family today for what will be a wonderful celebration of his life. Take care of each other, finding peace in all of your memories.
a day ago
Rest In Peace dear friend. Sincere condolences to his family.
Our deepest condolences to his wife, Chris Lavers, and family.
Student missing off City Beach in Wollongong
A massive search-and-rescue operation has been launched after a Saudi Arabian student went missing during a late-night swim at City Beach in Wollongong.The University of Wollongong student was on a night out with friends to celebrate his 25th birthday when he and two others went for a swim at 2am today.Wollongong Police Inspector Mark Lavers said the friends entered the surf just south of the City Beach Function Centre and became caught in a rip.
March: Liberian refugee missing off City Beach Two managed to return to shore, however the 25-year-old was dragged south by the current. “The missing person was hit by a couple of heavy waves,” Insp Lavers said. His friends last saw him 30m offshore, opposite the WIN Entertainment Centre. Last month a 19-year-old Liberian refugee, Patrick Koffa, vanished at the same beach while swimming with friends at night. He was caught in a rip after entering the water about 9pm on March 8. His body was retrieved from the water a week later about 300m from where he was last seen. Today’s search resumed at 7am, although the continued rough conditions have complicated the search and delayed the arrival of the PolAir helicopter. Insp Lavers said a police motorbike would be brought in to scour the beaches while PolAir and the Water Police would search the ocean. “We are hoping the weather will clear because visibility is a bit ordinary because of the swell,” Insp Lavers said. The 25-year-old has been in Australia for six months and lives at the University of Wollongong’s International House. A group of about eight friends were keeping a vigil at the beach this morning.
A POLICEWOMAN was killed and her fiancé and colleague seriously hurt after a head-on collision yesterday – just 24 hours after the couple were engaged.
Wollongong Constable Elise Krejci and her partner Senior Constable Brett Wright were returning from a week-long family holiday with Officer Wright’s three children when the crash occurred at Cataract, south west of Sydney.
Colleagues of the couple were the first emergency workers at the scene after their car slammed into another vehicle in heavy rain about 1.30pm yesterday.
Constable Krejci, 31, died at the roadside, while Senior Constable Wright was released and airlifted to Wollongong Hospital in a serious condition with spinal injuries.
The three children – aged 7, 10 and 13 – escaped with minor injuries.
Grieving colleagues said today the couple had been engaged only two days ago and were due to return to work this morning.
Many of the couple’s workmates were unaware they were engaged until after the accident.
The death of the popular young officer has rocked the Wollongong command, where Constable Krejci’s sister, Anna, also works.
Inspector Mark Lavers said the couple had been on a week-long family holiday and were returning home when the crash occurred.
“They were engaged two days ago,” Insp. Lavers said.
“They got the ring in the safe (here at the police station).
“We will have to give it back to her sister today, I suppose, or her father.”
Insp. Lavers said colleagues were shattered by the death.
“She (Elise) is a lovely girl. She has been with us for three years since she was on probation,” he said.
“Her sister also works here.
“A lot of people had worked with her and a lot of people are upset.”
Insp. Lavers said the couple’s Holden Commodore hit a patch of water on the road and aqua-planed before slamming into the side of on oncoming Ford Fiesta on Picton Rd.
The male driver of the Ford, a 23-year-old Leumeah man, suffered hip, leg and facial injuries and was airlifted to Liverpool Hospital in a serious, but stable condition.
His female passenger was taken to St George Hospital in serious condition with multiple injuries. Insp. Lavers said highway patrol colleagues of the two officers were the first at the scene.
He praised the professionalism of officers, who immediately realised their colleagues were involved.
A police Chaplin and psychologist were counselling officers.
Police from the Southern Region Crash Investigation Unit attended the scene and inquiries into the cause of the collision were continuing.
Police have appealed for anyone with information about the incident who has not yet spoken to police to contact Wollongong Police on 4226 7899 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.
Police are searching for a 10-year-old Bellambi girl who went missing on Saturday from a house in Wollongong. Tia Marie Hammond was last seen playing with her 12-year-old brother in the front garden of a family friend’s house on Corrimal St.At about 8.30am, Tia’s mother looked out the window to check on the children but was told by her son that Tia had ridden off on her pushbike. The mother hoped Tia would return home but after she failed to do so yesterday, she contacted police, said Wollongong police duty officer Inspector Mark Lavers.
Insp Lavers said two young girls said they saw Tia and another woman getting into a taxi on her street – Waley Ave, Bellambi – between 7pm and 8.30pm on Saturday, but he said this sighting was unconfirmed.
“At this stage we are reviewing CCTV footage from the (Crown St) mall,” Insp Lavers said.
“It could have been that she has been caught on CCTV, and we will also check her usual hang-outs, particularly the (Wollongong) youth centre.
“Tia is described as being of Aboriginal appearance, 150cm tall with a solid build and wavy shoulder-length brown hair.
She was last seen wearing a blue adidas jacket with three white stripes down the front, black Nike shorts and black and white slip-on shoes.
Police are concerned for her welfare and urge anyone who has any information on Tia’s whereabouts to contact Wollongong police on 4226 7899 or CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.
A serial child rapist who went on the run yesterday just hours after being released from jail has been nabbed near a Wollongong beach, south of Sydney, by an off-duty policeman.
Raymond Barry Cornwall breached his strict bail conditions yesterday evening, just half an hour after parole officers left him at his approved accommodation.
The 52-year-old was released from Sydney’s Long Bay jail on appeal after serving a 14-year sentence for four sexual attacks on females aged between 13 and 23, who he held at knifepoint.
He was due to undergo a program for sex offenders in jail for eight months, but the Court of Appeal overturned that Supreme Court ruling yesterday.
An off-duty officer recognised Cornwall this morning while jogging at Stanwell Park Beach, in north Wollongong, and approached him.
He called police, who arrested the sex offender about 8:00am (AEDT).
Under his 26 release conditions, Cornwall had to be supervised by parole officers, inform them of his movements, be at his address between 9:00pm and 6:00am (AEDT), and wear an electronic monitor on his ankle.
But the anklet was not fitted with GPS monitoring, so authorities were unable to find him before he removed it.
He was also ordered to accept psychiatric treatment, including anti-libidinal medication, and avoid public places regularly frequented by children.
Inspector Mark Lavers says Cornwall poses a potential risk to the public due to his behaviour.
“He’d removed his anklet so he’s breached his home detention order so he was therefore wanted by us,” he said.
“He’ll be dealt with by probation and parole, and by investigating detectives from Parramatta”.
Cornwall had been on a series of interim detention orders since his sentence expired, while the New South Wales Government applied to have him kept in jail for another five years.
In allowing his appeal yesterday, the court said the judge failed to make a clear finding that a lighter, five-year supervision order would not provide adequate protection.
The court noted Cornwall had undergone sex offender courses in jail.
But the move was condemned by the New South Wales Opposition, which said the Government had not developed the appropriate criteria for courts to decide if sex offenders deserve extended detention periods.
Cornwall is due to face Wollongong Local Court later today.
NSW Police Commissioner Scipione has congratulated the off-duty officer, whose efforts he says were “outstanding”.
“It just shows that police never are really off-duty,” he said.
Probationary Constable- appointed 25 February 1963
Constable – appointed ? ? ?
Constable 1st Class – appointed 25 March 1968
Detective – appointed ? ? ?
Senior Constable – appointed 25 March 1972
Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed ? ? ?
Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed ? ? ?
Sergeant 1st Class – appointed 30 June 1987
Final Rank = Detective Senior Sergeant
Stations: ?, Major Crime Squad – South West & Campbelltown, ?, Internal Affairs – South West Region – Retirement
Service: From? pre Feb 1963? ? to18 July 1997 = ? years Service
Awards: National Medal – granted 20 January 1981 ( Det Sgt )
1st Claps to National Medal – granted 17 March 1989 ( Det SnrSgt )
Commended, together with Alfred ( Tom ) Rangott, SenCon L. J. Huntington, Cst F.K. Whitton & ProCst G.R. White, for good team work and tenacity during a high speed chase in the Liverpool area resulting in the arrest of an offender charged with Robbery Whilst Armed in July 1969.
Born: Sunday 28 August 1938
Died on: Wednesday 6 May 2020
Age: 81 years 8 months 8 days
Cause: Cancer – Leukemia
Event location: ?
Event date: ?
Funeral date: ? ? ? ( already held )
Funeral location: ? ( Due to current Govt. restrictions of 10 persons at a Funeral due to the Cornona19 Virus Pandemic – this will be a Private Funeral )
Future Wake location: ?TBA ( Due to current Govt. restrictions of 2 persons only at ‘Gatherings’, there won’t be an immediate Wake )
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: ?
Buried at: ?
Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?
Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( April 2020 )
DOGGY 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.
Doggy’s wife – Betty, passed away in March 2020 – also from Cancer.
They are survived by a Son and Daughter.
What a great and cranky man. Had the pleasure of working with him. In order to get him to go for a pistol shoot a friend and I had to take him and then suck up to the guys to let him have another go on the same day. Cranky as he was we could always break through that veneer and make him laugh. Great investigator with no patience for fools. May he Rest In Peace.
With all due respect. I knew George as a police prosecutor at Bankstown.
I also did a prang when he was off duty, riding his motorcycle home. He got injured when a driver failed to give way. Later that driver pleaded not guilty. Another top prosecutor Bob King ever alert noticed that the driver sat awkwardly in the witness box. It was revealed that he the driver was blind in his right eye. George was granted money in third party claim and set up his own hire car business.
Rest in peace mate.
RIP George, your battle with cancer is over. You & Barb fought the good fight. I first Met George when he was a Police prosecutor at Bidura Children’s Court. He was a tough but fair prosecutor & woe betide the unprepared Constable at a hearing. My wife & Barb later met through a TAFE course unrelated to the police force & became good friends. George was a pussy cat out of the job but was & remains a good friend.
Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), Saturday 23 July 1994, page 4
Man charged over missing teenager
SYDNEY: A man appeared in a Sydney court yesterday charged with sexual assault and kidnapping after police raided a property in Sydney’s west earlier in the day.
Police had found a 17 year-old girl who allegedly had been abducted as she walked home from school on Monday.
Vanna Chea, 23, of Hinchinbrook, was remanded m custody in Bankstown Local Court after being charged with kidnapping and four counts of sexual intercourse without consent.
He also was charged with breach of a personal violence order to stay away from the victim and her family, which was issued in Fairfield Court four weeks ago, on June 22.
The case was adjourned to Monday so a Cambodian interpreter could be found.
Police Prosecutor Sergeant George Kains said the sexual intercourse was alleged to have occurred between July 18 and yesterday.
Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), Friday 29 July 1988, page 4
Blood-stained clothes, rifle found near suspect’s house
SYDNEY: Blood-stained clothing and a sawn-off rifle were found near the house of a man charged with the murder of his flatmate, Burwood Local Court was told yesterday.
Mr Martin Kluska, 27, of Dalton Street, Dubbo, in western NSW, was charged with the murder of Mr Bruce Mannion, 37, with whom he had lived for 10 weeks at Dubbo. Mr Mannion was reported missing last Wednesday by his parents.
Police Prosecutor Sergeant George Kains told the court that Mr Kluska had assumed the identity of Mr Mannion since his disappearance, using his car and withdrawing money from his bank account.
Sergeant Kains said blood stained clothing and a sawn-off .22 rifle were found in the garage of the Dalton Street house.
He said what appeared to be two bullet holes were found in Mr Mannion’s car which Mr Kluska had been driving.
Mr Kluska’s girlfriend told police that the defendant had scrubbed out the boot of the car and dumped property at Centennial Park, the
court was told.
Since Mr Mannion’s disappearance Mr Kluska had withdrawn $12,000 from Mr Mannion’s bank account and had spent four nights at the Boulevarde Hotel with two women.
Mr Kluska also had placed a $2000 deposit on a car and attempted to use Mr Mannion’s car as security to buy a motorbike.
He was arrested yesterday when attempting to collect the $2000 deposit from a car yard on Parramatta Road at Burwood.
Public Solicitor Ms Dorothy Hughes, in a bail application, said the defendant strongly denied the allegations and had not breached previous bail conditions.
The court was told that Mr Kluska was on parole until 1996 after serving sentences for previous convictions involving kidnapping and breaking and entering offences.
Magistrate Derrick Hand refused bail and remanded Mr Kluska in custody to appear in Burwood Court on August 4.
Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), Saturday 27 December 1986, page 6
Man killed mother: police
SYDNEY: A 22-year-old man who allegedly kicked and punched his mother to death was found asleep beside her body on Christmas morning, Waverley Local Court was told yesterday.
Mr Robert Craig Taylor, of Glebe, was charged with having murdered 45-year-old Mrs Barbara Taylor.
The prosecutor, Sergeant George Kains, said it was alleged that Mr Taylor had returned to the Glebe house with his girlfriend at 2.30am on Thursday after attending a Christmas party and attacked his mother after an argument with his girlfriend.
A Justice of the Peace, Mr Peter Scanlan, refused bail and adjourned the matter for mention to the Coroner’s Court on January 5.
It is with deep sadness that I advise Sergeant Second Class Bruce Earl Magee, Registered No. 12500, Class 110 passed away at 1.13am this morning at Bathurst Base Hospital. His family were with him and requested their thanks to all those that have passed on their thoughts in respect to Bruce.
There will be a private funeral, and there is to be a Memorial Service at a later date, that date will be advised when it is known.
I remember Bruce as a Detective Senior Constable at Fairfield ( 34 Division ) Police Station back around 1977 – 79.
He was a really nice and approachable bloke.
May you forever Rest In Peace Bruce.
5 March 2018
Former Detective Sergeant who has investigated and prosecuted the full spectrum of criminal offences over a distinguished career with the NSW Police. He has continued this work in the private sector, both as investigator and teacher. He has extensive experience of the Human Relations framework within Local Government where ongoing exposure to the area broadened his already extensive H.R knowledge and skills.
A tribute to a special friend Sergeant Bruce Magee
The generosity of ones wisdom, is a statement of kindness, never surpassed in the history of time. When one of patience and understanding, pauses to advise and direct young people, and point them in the right direction, its a true sign of humility and caring. Over the years this man has nurtured the careers of hundreds of young Police Officers, at the Goulburn Police Academy, and on behalf of these Police Officers, serving and retired, we say thank you for your interest, for your patience, and your guidance and your friendship and your knowledge; and for just being the man you are. Yes Bruce Magee, you have made a difference in the lives of many of these young Trainees at the Academy, always encouraging them daily to reach beyond their goals, and to strive to be respected, and to be a competent Police Officer, within your community. I thank you Sir, and salute you for your fine Service.
Bruce attending as a special guest at the Police Academy ten year reunion in 1994.
Bruce William TARRANT
Bruce William TARRANT
aka Tubby & Tarro
( late of Tanilba Bay, NSW )
New South Wales Police Force
NSW Police Redfern Academy Class # 109
Regd. # 12305
Rank: Commenced Training at Redfern Police Academy on Monday 31 October 1966 ( aged 23 years, 4 months, 9 days )
Probationary Constable – appointed 12 December 1966 ( aged 23 years, 5 months, 20 days )
Constable – appointed 12 December 1967
Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ?
Senior Constable – appointed 12 December 1975
Final Rank: Senior Constable
Stations: North East District ( 1967 ), Newcastle, Carrington, HWP ( Cyclist ) at Scott St, Newcastle ( ? – June 1969 ), Gunnedah HWP – Cars – Sept 1972 – ), PCBC Gunnedah – ( Police Citizens Boys Club ), Lake Macquarie PCYC ( Police Citizens Young Club 1979 – ) – retirement
Service: Frompre 12 December 1966to? ? ? = ? years Service
Due to an accident he had while in the Highway Patrol, he was always on pain killers and for more than ten years he has been using morphine patches, the prolonged use of these medications had a detrimental effect on his health this, coupled with his lifestyle, contributed to his early death.
Bruce had been ill since around August 2015 and had a bleed on the brain and surgery in September 2015.
Unfortunately Tarro had a few setbacks since that time and needed 24/7 care and was placed into the Mayfield Aged Care & Wallsend Nursing Home.
May he forever Rest In Peace.
Some work ‘history’ of Tubby from Gunnedah:
His stint on the motorcycles ended in June 1969 in Newcastle, when a VW failed to give way to Bruce when he was dispatched to a bank hold-up (hoax). He spent four months in the Mater Hospital in Newcastle and returned to work full-time the following year in highway patrol cars.
He transferred to Gunnedah in September 1972 as the only Highway Patrol officer in the town, about a year later he transferred to the PCBC to become the assistant constable at the GunnedahPolice & Citizens Boys Club and shortly after he was made the Officer in charge.
He lobbied for a better site for a multi-functional club and plans were drawn up for the new PCYC on the Gunnedah Showground, before the building was finished Bruce was offered a transfer to Newcastle to build another club in the Lake Macquarie area.
In 1979 we returned to Newcastle and Bruce commenced the task of raising funds and planning the new club. This task was achieved with support from local businesses and a very strong committee and the new club was opened by the then Prime Minister the Honorable Bob Hawke AC on 1st October 1983.
Bruce continued to run the club until his retirement due continued complications from the motorcycle accident back in 1969.
Info: Mary Tarrant
A childhood friend of Bruce, comments: Although Bruce and I ( Anthony Stevens ) were never stationed together, we were both good childhood friends living in Whitegates, Wallsend and attended school together in Newcastle.
6 July 2020
Ronald John FOSTER
Ronald John FOSTER
aka Ron Foster
Redfern Police Academy Class # 063
New South Wales Police Force
Regd # 8235
Rank: Commenced Training at Redfern Police Academy on Monday 26 September 1955? ( 1 month, 12 days at the Academy )( aged 20 years, 7 months, 24 days )
Probationary Constable – appointed 7 November 1955 ( aged 20 years, 9 months, 5 days )
Constable – appointed ? ? ?
Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ?
Senior Constable – appointed 7 November 1966 ( South Coast District )
Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 1 March 1972
Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed 1 December 1978
Sergeant 1st Class – appointed 13 November 1981
Inspector – appointed 20 August 1986
Chief Inspector – appointed 13 July 1988 – retirement
Service: FromMonday 26 September 1955?to? ? ? = ?? years Service
Awards: No Find on It’s An Honour
Born: Saturday 2 February 1935
Died on: Tuesday 7 September 2004 – about 9pm
Cause of death: Illness – Leukaemia – Cancer
Age: 69 years, 6 months, 18 days
Location: at home surrounded by family
Funeral date: Saturday 11 September 2004
Funeral location: TBA
Buried at: TBA
Memorial location: TBA
RON is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance
* Need more info
Funeral location: TBA
Over the weeks leading up to Ron’s death, he sent out a message for all of his mates and friends to go and visit him at his home, with Audrey, at Albion Park.
Over the following weeks, many people turned up and had you not known that he was terminally ill with the Leukaemia, you just wouldn’t have thought he was sick. He was constantly talking and laughing with his friends, but sadly, the energy burned out a little too much and he became very week and eventually succumbed to the Leukaemia and left us in very quick time.
Ron was a truly lovely bloke and boss and was a pleasure to work with or for.
May the old boy be up there and forever Rest In Peace.
1968 – 1969
Parliament of NSW
Report of the Police Department
BRIEF FACTS OF ACTS OF BRAVERY BY POLICE
The facts, briefly, associated with acts of bravery performed by Police during the year 1967 are as set out hereunder.
8. On 27th March, 1967, Senior-Constable Ronald John Foster and Constable Robert Edgar Layton rescued three youths from a cliff face at Macquarie Pass and recovered the body of a fourth who had suffered fatal injuries in a fall from the cliff.