6′ 1.5″ tall, weighed 14 st. 2 lb, had hazel eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.
He was born in Croydon Park, NSW & Married on 23 October 1954.
He was previously employed at a Parcel Sorter – 2 weeks, Process Worker – 3 months, Fitter and Machinist 6.5 years.
He held the school Intermediate Certificate and held a Trade Certificate as Fitter & Machinist.
He failed his 1st attempt at the Cst 1/c course on 21 August 1956 but Passed on 24 June 1958 – which would explain his loss of 3 months Seniority.
He Passed his Sgt 3/c exam on 20 May 1965 and Passed his Sgt 1/c exam on 13 May 1975.
He was approved to Ride ( as a Solo Cyclist ) on 17 July 1952,
Approved ( O ) on 24 August 1953, ( I don’t know what the ‘O’ represents )
Approved S-hp on 10 August 1954 ( I don’t know what the ‘S-hp’ represents )
Approved to drive Departmental vehicles on 29 October 1958 and approved to drive General Duty utilities & light trucks on 29 January 1964.
He was approved as a High Speed Manual transmission driver on 23 May 1966.
At the time of publication, I have no further information – other than what is posted above.
25 June 2020
Email received from Jack’s daughter – Lynne on 30 June 2020.
I can’t help but be impressed with the respect you all have for each other even though dad retired around 36 years ago.
Inspector Scott Smith and six Police Officers from Mt Druitt took the time to attend the West Chapel at Pinegrove to honour dad and my mother Janet, Friday 26th June 2020. Family and friends were touched by the tribute and some footage and photos are available.
Dad was devoted to my mum (retired nurse/midwife) who had a stroke in 2010 that affected her right side and speech. Dad maintained the family home and spent every day (unless unwell) with mum. He decided in January this year to sell the home to spend more time with mum. He had a few health issues but was on the mend. He had a strength and determination you had to admire, no excuses.
He passed away peacefully in his sleep early in the morning on Sunday 21st June 2020 close to his loving wife of 65 years.
I have two photos that we used at the service of the graduation of the class of 1952. It was taken at the Penrith academy and they were found when preparing the Braidwood and Schofields properties for sale.
I will soon email them to you and Jody McLeod for your records.
I have another early picture of dad in what appears his motor cycle uniform. A few photos later in his career on his bike and in his uniform at Wagga Wagga with a departmental just before he retired on the 8th September 1984. There is a photo taken at his send off where he was presented with two plaques, one a hand made copper plaque and other memorabilia.
There are more photos and slides to go through and if I locate any that may be of interest to your group I will forward them to you.
I am custodian of his long service good conduct medal which was presented to him by Prime Minister Gough Whitlam who had gone out of his way to congratulate Dad and shake his hand.
I was not aware of his commendation through the fires and if it was written I hope I locate it as I still have some personal items to sift through.
I have his trade certificate, Discharge from the Police Force and other certificates and happy to share if it is of interest.
When stationed at Parramatta he assisted the army at Windsor through the catastrophic floods.
I recall some of his time at Liverpool Police Station through the mid to late 70s and I would often visit him there on my way home from work.
He was on duty at Liverpool ( Feb ) 1977 when the train derailed at Granville and Mum was a nurse at Fairfield where many of the casualties were taken. ( If Jack was stationed at Liverpool in Feb 1977 then his timeline of station attachments must be wrong. Cal )
Dad was proud of his years in the force and valued the mateship. He retired at 55 to spend time and travel around the state with mum in their van and later a Winnebago.
Our condolences on the loss of your father and I hope that you, and the family, gain strength from knowing that he wasn’t forgotten by those who knew him.
We look forward to attaching any, and all, the photos and video that you might like to share with us and any other memories that you may care to share.
Would also like to attach any funeral pamphlet that may have been made and a copy of his Service record and Eulogy.
Greg ‘Cal’ Callander
NSWPF # 17463
1975 – 2004
Late of ?
NSW Penrith Police College Class # “possibly” 005
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 5328
Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 29 July 1946
Claude Richardson attended every annual conference from 1952–1978. From 1952–1973 he was chairman of No 10 Branch (Paddington) and from 1973–1978 chairman of No 7 Branch (Redfern). From 1953–1978 he was a member of the Executive and treasurer from 1972–1978. With others, Claude was instrumental in establishing the Police Club which opened in 1962 and has written of his experience.
As his father before him, he was a staunch unionist with a longstanding commitment to protecting the rights of workers.
He was sworn in on 29 July 1946 and retired on 28 January with the rank of sergeant 1st class.
Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001),
Friday 4 May 1973 (No.57), page 1599
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT, 1919
Municipality of Woollahra: Appointment of Deputy Member of Parking Advisory Committee
HIS Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council and in pursuance of section 270D of the Local Government Act, 1919, has been pleased to approve the appointment of Sergeant 3rd Class James William Byers, Police Department, vice Sergeant 2nd Class Claude Richardson, as deputy member of the Parking Advisory Committee for the Municipality of Woollahra, for a period expiring on 19th February, 1975. (P.A.C. 120, pt 2)
C. B. CUTLER,
Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government. Department of Local Government,
Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001),
Friday 7 April 1967 (No.36), page 1102
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT, 1919
Municipality of Waverley: Appointment of Members and Deputy Members of Parking Advisory Committee
HIS Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council and in pursuance of section 270d of the Local Government Act, 1919, has been pleased to approve of the appointment, as from 3rd April, 1967, of the following gentlemen as members and deputy members of the Parking Advisory Committee in respect of the Municipality of Waverley:
Frank Edmund Pogson, Esquire, Administrative Assistant, Department of Local Government (Chairman);
Sergeant 1st Class Aubrey Augustine Goodyer, Police Department;
Harold Alban Peach, Esquire, Department of Motor Transport;
Patrick Thomas Seery, Esquire, Department of Government Transport; and
Alderman Ernest Thomas Page, Waverley Municipal Council.
Sergeant 3rd Class Claude Richardson, Police Department; Frederick Sydney Bezer, Esquire, Department of Government Transport; and Alderman Joseph Einfeld, Waverley Municipal Council. (G. 67-687)
P. H. MORTON, Minister for Local Government. Department of Local Government,
The City Coroner, Mr. F. L. McNamara, was told yesterday that a man had lain for 30 to 45 minutes with a broken hipbone at the corner of Oxford and Moncur Streets, Waverley, while nine or 10 trams passed him.
Mr. McNamara found that the man, Arthur Reginald Townsend, of Nelson Street, Woollahra, had died accidentally at St. Vincent’s Hospital on February 26 from shock following an operation for a fractured femur, accidentally received when he fell from a moving tram on February 24.
He said: “I find it almost impossible to believe that no person saw the unfortunate deceased lying on the ground during the half to three quarters of an hour he must have been there.”
Constable Claude Richardson, of Paddington Police Station, said Townsend had told him he was getting off at Moncur Street and had one foot on the ground when the tram started off and he fell over.
Townsend had added: “The tram didn’t stop and I lay there while about nine or 10 trams went past before anybody came to my assistance.”
September 1955: Eileen Patrician WILSON, a Constable with the School Lecturing Section at Darlinghurst married Cecil Alfred Shaw, a Constable and member of 22 Division, Liverpool. They married at St. Patricks Catholic Church, Parramatta.
( Source: Liverpool Police History – 1788 – 2016 )
SHAW, Eileen Patricia ” Pat “
28/07/1930 – 19/07/2019
Aged 88 Years
Passed away peacefully in hospital surrounded by family.
Settled in Canley Vale home with beloved husband Cecil Ike (deceased).
Dearest sister to Josie (deceased).
Loving Mother of Wayne, Debbie, Lisa, Melinda, Nicole and Louise.
Mother-in-law to 3.
Proud Grandmother to 20 and
Great Grandmother to 7 with two little souls on the way.
In God s Loving Care
Relatives and friends of Pat are warmly invited to attend her funeral service that will be held at 1.30pm on Friday 26th July 2019, at St Matthew s Catholic Church, 12 Tebbutt Street Windsor.
Following the service, the cortege will proceed to the Garden Chapel of Castlebrook Crematorium, Windsor Road, Rouse Hill.
Hey Greg, just to let you know that mum passed away on Friday, at 22:10
Us 5 girls have been with her all day every day and all day with our children as well on Friday, as we knew time was growing shorter.
Mum was resting peacefully, probably hearing us all around her, chatter and recalling older days.
One grandson was reading out the crossword puzzle clues as we all tried to guess the answers.
It was, I suppose, an early birthday gathering for mum because she would have turned 89 next Sunday, July 28.
Debbie and Louise had planned to stay the night… we all wanted to but that was impossible.
We all slowly left through the night, one by one, with plans to return in the morning, as mum’s breathing was steady.
She was given morphine every four hours to help her rest and breathe easily, which she was.
There was no change until the last person left, leaving Debbie and Louise to settle in for the night.
3 minutes later mum’s breathing began to slow down. Minutes later she quietly slipped away,
Debbie and Louise were by her side, gently talking to her, telling her to go to Dad as they held her hands.
They said she was very, very peaceful,.
I really believe that she was waiting for us to go so she could go with dad.
On Thursday I sat by her bedside and held her hand for 9 hours. Whispering to her come by letting her know that I was not going anywhere. We were all taking it in shifts.
Every time I went to pull my hand away, just to change position, she would squeeze my hand. She knew I was there and I am just so glad I was there.Greg, all the laughs you had with mum and dad through the years and when you were patrolling with Wayne, the whole Shaw household loved your presence… except for my dog.
Thank you for your kind words too.
You are right.
Mum has been without dad for so long now.
25 years in fact!
I imagine she has gone rushing back to dad’s arms….. free from her poor old body.
Cumberland Argus (Parramatta, NSW : 1950 – 1962),
Wednesday 28 September 1955, page 9
WEDDING OF POLICEMAN, POLICEWOMAN
Seventy yards of billowing tulle and exquisite Chantilly lace, worn over slipper satin, went into the beautiful bridal gown, which Eileen Patricia Wilson wore at her marriage to Cecil Alfred Shaw, in St, Patrick’s Catholic Church, Parramatta.
Both bride and groom are members of the N.S.W. Police Force.
Eileen, who is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Wilson, of Blaxcell Street, Granville, was attached to the school lecturing division, Bourke Street, Darlinghurst.
Cecil, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Shaw, is a member of No. 22 Division, Liverpool.
Eileen’s bridal gown, together with the maid’s frock, fashioned by her friend, Mrs. E. Hawke, of Granville, featured a lace-fitted bodice, long sleeves and a lace draped apron front, continued to the back and finishing with a bustle bow and two hemline tails. The tulle skirt was cut with an eight foot train. Her short, four-tiered veil was held by a crown of lily of-the-valley.
Large camellias, surrounded by white hyacinths, comprised the bridal bouquet.
Josephine Anne Wilson, her only attendant, wore a full-length frock of salmon flecked nylon, with a plain salmon nylon apron front and bustle bow. She wore a halo of tuber roses in her hair.
Best man was Bernard Russell Shaw, the groom’s brother.
One hundred guests were received at ” Westella, ” Auburn, Lilac Ballroom, by Mrs. Wilson, who chose a blue figured nylon frock, topped with a blue and white coat.
Mrs. Shaw chose a lemon romaine beaded frock and black accessories.
The bride changed for her Coolangatta honeymoon in to a champagne, sculptured nylon frock, over which she wore a powder-blue velvet coat and a small matching petal hat.
Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 28 October 1957
Constable 1st Class – appointed 28 October 1963
Senior Constable – appointed 1 July 1968
Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 1 October 1973
Final Rank = Sergeant
Stations: Wagga Wagga HWP ( 1959 – 1964 ), South Coast District, Pt Kembla HWP, Warilla HWP, Wollongong HWP ( 1964 – ), attended the 1st ever BAS Course in Melbourne in 19?? with Dick Brook, Les Austen, Bert Hammond & Max Ebrill., Wollongong BAS – ( Breath Analysis Section ), Pt Kembla GD’s ( 1975 or 76 )( Sgt 3/c ), Traffic Office – Warilla 1980 ( Sgt 2/C ) until having a heart attack & going out HOD in 1982 or 1984.
After HOD, worked at Bramble Armoured division as a Security Guard in 1988 for 15 years.
Service: From? ? pre Oct 1957?to? ? 1982 or 1984? = ? years Service
Awards: No find on It’s An Honour
Born: 13 August 1937 – Wollongong
Died on: Thursday 7 February 2019 during the a.m. in Thrroul
Cause: Natural causes – Old age
Event location: the Links Palliative Care, Wollongong
Victoria Police Academy squad 6 of 1999, graduated on 24 September 1999
Rank: Constable – sworn in and appointed on 22 September 1999
Senior Constable – appointed on 22 September 2003
Leading Senior Constable – appointed on 22 September 2011
Stations: Melbourne East, Essendon and Moonee Ponds in Melbourne, Victoria
Service: From 10th of May, 1999to 21st of March, 2018= 18years Service
Awards: Victoria Police Service Medal, 1st Clasp, 15 Years; National Medal, 15 Years
Born: 15 April 1975
Died on: 21 March 2018
Cause: complications caused by Adult Onset Stills Disease
Event location: ?
Event date: ?
Funeral date: 9th of April 2018, 2pm
Funeral location: Good Shepherd Chapel at the Abbotsford Convent
Funeral Parlour: ?
Buried at: cremated, memorial to be confirmed
Memorial located at: ?
Family information: Loved Wife of Sean McConville
Mother to AJ and Milla
Daughter of Peter and Patricia King
Sister to Sharni and Adam
[alert_blue]DELVENE KING is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_blue] * NOT JOB RELATED
Leading Senior Constable Delvene King was stationed at Melbourne East, Essendon and Moonee Ponds in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia while serving for Victoria Police.
She has always dedicated her life to the community. Outside of policing, Del was also a former President of Rotary Club Flemington and managed several teams for Vic Synchro – Victorian Synchronised Ice Skating community.
“Rest now in eternal peace, freedom and happiness, free from all suffering and illness. You mean the world to so very many people beautiful lady, sending a world of love with you always Del.”
“The lives of so very many people near and far are so much richer for having had known loved or even met Del and her generosity still continues through her organ donations and Del will also continue to help others by way of important and much needed medical research.”
Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), Thursday 14 February 1974, page 10
Man had gun, police say
SYDNEY, Wednesday, –
A man involved in a ” violent incident ” at Kirribilli yesterday was charged in North Sydney Court today with possessing an unlicensed revolver and with two counts of housebreaking at Kirribilli.
He was Mr Leos Buschenhagen, 26, plumber, of Bondi.
One charge alleged that he had in his possession yesterday at Kirribilli a .45 calibre Webley revolver without holding a licence.
The others alleged that: At Kirribilli yesterday he broke and entered the dwelling house of Alan Marshall in Carrabella Street, and stole a TV set, a pair of binoculars, 107 LP records, a travelling case and 13 bottles of spirits.
At Kirribilli yesterday he broke and entered the dwelling house of Lurline Caffrey in Carrabella Street and stole a TV set, cassette recorder, transistor radio, record player, clock, 12 sets of records, a pair of sheets and a pillowcase.
Mr Buschenhagen was led into court in-handcuffs.
Mr Evans adjourned the matter to February 21 and refused bail.
Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), Wednesday 13 February 1974, page 7
Man shot by police to be charged
SYDNEY. Tuesday. – A 24-year-old man will be charged when he leaves hospital tomorrow after being shot by a policeman at Kirribilli today.
The man underwent surgery at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital tonight. A police constable required several stitches in a cut hand after the incident.
Constable J. Murray and Senior Constable B. E. Link were investigating an alleged break and enter in a block of flats in Kirribilli, when a man armed with a .38 pistol ran out and grappled with Constable Murray before forcing him to walk to where Constable Link had handcuffed his companion.
Detectives said the man forced Senior Constable Link to release the handcuffed man. Constable Murray tried to take the gun and cut his hand. The man carrying the gun was shot in the elbow as he and his companion ran off.
Another police officer found the men in a lavatory in a nearby apartment block.
North Sydney detectives charged a 24-year-old man tonight with escaping from lawful custody, having an unlicensed pistol, breaking, entering and stealing and three charges of aggravated assault.
Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Monday 1 June 1903, page 10
SMITH. — The Friends of the deceased Mr. RICHARD SMITH, late of Sergeant’s Point, Little River, Braidwood, are kindly invited to attend his Funeral; to move from Iona, Fernhill, Canterbury, THIS MONDAY, at 1.45, for the Ashfield Station, thence to the Necropolis.
Mrs. P. KIRBY and SON
113 Miller-street, N. Syd.
SMITH. — The Friends of Messrs. T. WILLIAM,
JOHN and CORNELIUS SMITH are kindly invited to attend the funeral of their dearly beloved FATHER, Richard Smith to move from Iona, Fern Hill Canterbury THIS MONDAY at 1 45 pm for Ashfield Station thence to the Necrópolis
Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 – 1907), Wednesday 10 June 1903, page 26
Lived 107 Years.
THE LATE MR. RICHARD SMITH.
Though so many people are living at the present time that it cannot be claimed that there is anything exceptionally remarkable about the mere fact that a man continues to exist, still the older we get the harder it is to keep going. When, therefore, a man reaches his hundredth year, the occurrence is an extremely rare one, as was demonstrated by the fact that the last census only resulted in the discovery of sixteen persons in all New South Wales whose ages exceeded 100. But even of centenarians only a very small percentage attain the great age of the late Mr. Richard Smith, who died on May 30 at Canterbury, as reported in last issue of the “Town and Country Journal,” aged 107 years.
Though, probably, the oldest man in New South Wales, Mr. Smith retained his faculties to an astonishing degree almost up to the time of his death. Some interesting personal details concerning the life of this veteran of veterans were afforded by Mr. J. R. Smith, of “Willathran,” Vernon-street, Woollahra, the deceased gentleman’s eldest son.
A native of Wiltshire, England, where he was born in 1796, he began life amid the surroundings of a farm, and his youth and early manhood were spent in agricultural pursuits. Many of his relatives, however, had joined the army, and he followed their example. That was upwards of
NINETY YEARS AGO.
He enlisted in the 50th Regiment, known as “The Blind Half-Hundred.”
The Late Mr. Richard Smith, aged 107 Years.
When he came to Australia as a member of the 12th Regiment, in 1835, he was approaching what is usually termed middle-age, and had fifteen years‘ military ‘service to his credit, though William IV. was still King of England, and the late Queen Victoria – then Princess Victoria – was still a girl of 16.
“Shortly after his arrival here,” said his son. “he was chosen for duty as one of the governor’s orderlies. In the course of a year or two he went over to the police service. The force at that time was very differently constituted to what is the case now, and it was under a commissioner. I remember that he has sometimes spoken of a terrible drought which occurred here in 1837, and at that time he was doing police duty on the Manning River.”
“For over 23 years, or right up till 1860, he remained connected with the police force,” said Mr. J. R. Smith, “at the end of which time he retired, being then 64 years of age. His retirement was not, however, due to his years, for he was still very vigorous. He merely left the police because he wished
TO OPEN A HOTEL,
notwithstanding the fact that if he had remained in the force another year or so, he would have been entitled to a pension of 8s 6d per day.”
“It’s a good thing for the country that he didn’t serve the other year,” said the reporter. “Let’s see – 8s 6d per day since 1861 – that means that he would have drawn something like £6000 or £7000 before he died,” .
“Yes,” said Mr. Smith, “I suppose so. But he was drawing another pension right up to the time of his death, for his fifteen years’ military service, performed before he joined the police at all.”
“He qualified for that 66 years ago, then?” said the reporter.
“Well, not exactly. You see he wasn’t eligible for it, under the regulations, until he was 66 years of age, and. as a matter of fact, he didn’t get it until at least fourteen years after that.”
Mr. Smith said that his late father, as was only to he expected, had a wonderful store of knowledge respecting incidents of the early days, and would frequently talk of his adventures with bushrangers and other lawless characters whom he encountered in the curse of his police duties.
“On one occasion he told me,” said he, “a party of police, of whom he was one, was out in pursuit of a gang, who had just previously
STUCK UP A POLICE MAGISTRATE
and others. The approach of the attacking party was at first unobserved, and one of the desperadoes was seen to be parading before the fire, greatly to the amusement of the others, in the magistrate’s frock coat, silk hat, and goggles, which had been stolen. Not obeying the order of their pursuers to surrender, one or two of the gang were shot, and the rest captured.”
“Another incident I remember him telling me about occurred, I believe, he said, somewhere up in the direction of Maitland. An old couple had a visitor – the man’s brother, just out from England – staying with them, and, while he was out strolling one day, half a dozen bushrangers surrounded the place. As they did so the brother returned, and the crowd, seizing him unaware, pushed him in front of them in a rush at the door, thinking that the man Inside would not shoot. He, however, unaware that his brother was there, fired, and shot him dead. This attack was thought at the time to have been the work of convicts, but the guilty ones, when caught, were discovered to have been free men.”
“On one occasion he was one of an escort, which brought down five prisoners from Goulburn bushrangers – who were afterwards hanged on Church Hill. One of the condemned men, after being pinioned, asked for, and was granted leave to examine and select which of the five ropes that had been provided he should be hanged with.
“I think,” said Mr. Smith, “that my father was the first policeman sent out to the gold fields. In 1851 he was sent to Major’s Creek, as the sergeant in charge of nine men. Sergeant’s Point, Little River
IN THE BRAIDWOOD DISTRICT
was called after him. He remained there until his retirement from the force, nine years later.”
“He and the late Inspector Hogg, of Braidwood, who died some years ago at a ripe old age. were close friends all their lives out here, they both enlisted in the army in England on the same day.”
“When did your father retire from active work?” asked the reporter.
“He remained at Braidwood as an hotelkeeper for about 16 years,” was the reply, “and then he removed to the Queanbeyan district, where he lived for from 12 to 15 years, afterwards removing to Sydney. While he was in the Queanbeyan district, he was still able, I believe, to do a day’s ploughing with almost any man, although he was between 80 and 90 years old – In fact, I have heard an offer made to match him to plough against anybody. He had learned all about farm work, as I said before, previous to joining the army, and had not forgotten it.”
In reply to questions, Mr. Smith said that his father, who had not married until what, in most people, would be termed “late in life” ( though with him it proved to be comparatively early ), had left surviving him six sons and one daughter. Three of the sons reside at present in Sydney, the other two, besides himself, being Messrs. Cornelius and William Smith, both of whom live at Fern Hill, Canterbury, where their aged father died.
There were 21 grandchildren of whose existence he was aware, though he could not quite say how many children his brothers and sister had as they were in other countries. He did not think there were any great-grandchildren. One of his own sons, Mr. Harry Smith, besides being a very successful swimmer, had twice been champion long-distance runner of New South Wales, and was chosen by Simonetti, the sculptor, as the model for the figures surrounding the statue of Governor Phillip.
“Were there any other instances of remarkable longevity in your father’s family?” Mr. Smith was asked.
“I can tell you very little about that,” was his answer; “though I know that when we last heard of one of his brothers, many years ago, he was 96 years of age. I don’t know at what age his father died.”
“Was there anything exceptional about your father’s mode of living? Was he a teetotaler, or a smoker, and did he have any peculiarities in his ideas as regards diet?”
“No; nothing very particular, except for the rather strange circumstances that he abjured tobacco and spirits.
WHEN HE WAS 100 YEARS OF AGE.
He had been an inveterate smoker all his life. In fact, I well remember, when I was a youth, that he would often get up two, or three times in the night to have a smoke; but, just about seven years ago, he threw his pipe away, gave away some tobacco he had, and he never smoked again.”
The reporter wondered how long the old man might have lived had he not given up his pipe.
“He had always been fond of a glass, too,” continued Mr. Smith, “but he gave up spirits at the same time, and never touched them afterwards.”
“As for his diet, he would eat anything. I never heard him complain of digestive troubles In my life, and it is, I think, a remarkable fact that after he died it was found that every tooth in his head was
he had not lost one. I have been fortunate in that respect too, up to the present; for I have not lost one of my teeth yet.”
“His eyesight was also excellent, right up to the time of his death. He never wore glasses, at any time.”
“Since removing from Queanbeyan to Sydney, some 12 or 14 years ago,” said Mr. Smith, in reply to another question, “my father has resided, at various times, at Church-street, Camperdown; at Ross-street, Forest Lodge ; at Parramatta-road ; at Balmain-road, Leichhardt; and at North Sydney and Greenwich. He only removed to Canterbury a few weeks before his death.”
“He was quite active up till about five years ago, and used to take upon himself all the care of my brothers’ horses and waggons, and they were doing a pretty extensive business, too. And, although he was not so active latterly, he retained his faculties surprisingly well.”
“Was he a big man?” the reporter Inquired.
“No; his height was only about 5ft 8in,” was the reply.
“There is one thing I may mention,” said Mr. Smith, in conclusion, “and that is, my father always went to bed very early, and was always a very early riser.”
The above story was basically reproduced on Saturday 6 June 1903 in the Braidwood Dispatch and Mining Journal but with the added text from the Editor B.D. about SMITH.
Braidwood Dispatch and Mining Journal (NSW : 1888 – 1954), Saturday 6 June 1903, page 2
Death of a Centenarian.
The above account does not agree in several particulars with what is known by several oil residents of the district regarding the Sergeant Smith after whom Sergeant’s Point, on the Mongarlowe River, was named.
In the first place the Sergeant Smith who came here at the breaking out of the goldfields, and who was a contemporary of the later Inspector Hogg, of Braidwood, was a much younger man than the Mr Richard Smith above referred to and died we believe, several years since.
The Sergeant Smith of Mongarlowe never kept a public house in Braidwood.
Another Smith, the late Mr Edward Smith, who died some years ago, leaving a large family well known in Braidwood, Mr A. Smith, of this town, being one of the sons, also the late Mr. S. Smith, kept a public house here for a short time some forty years since, but of course it cannot be him.
However, we are not disposed to be too critical as to his identity or at all desirous of disclaiming as one of our old identities one who has lived to such a good round age.
It is certainly very singular that the deceased’s eldest son should err so much in his recollection of his father’s history, but all the same, there is a mistake somewhere. — Ed. B.D.
Braidwood Dispatch and Mining Journal (NSW : 1888 – 1954), Wednesday 10 June 1903, page 2
The Death of Mr. SMITH. –
With reference to the death of Mr. Richard Smith, of Canterbury, near Sydney, at the age of 107 years, reported in your last issue, the ‘old hands‘ We quite endorse your remarks that he was not the Sergeant Smith who formerly occupied a position in the district, Mr W. B. Bruce, who knew the Sergeant Smith with whom Mr. Richard Smith is evidently confounded intimately, informs us that the former gentleman was drowned in the Moruya river some years ago.
Braidwood Dispatch and Mining Journal (NSW : 1888 – 1954), Saturday 20 June 1903, page 2
The Late Sergeant Smith.—
In a letter in another column Mr Hennessy sets the matter at rest about which some doubts have been expressed as to the late Mr. Richard Smith who died at Camperdown, near Sydney, at the age of 107 being identical with the Police Sergeant of that name after whom Sergeant’s Point at Little River was named.
Other persons in the district besides the writer referred to have informed us that they knew the deceased when he was stationed at Little River and held the rank of Sergeant, and when he afterwards kept the public house there under the sign of the Rising Sun, which it still bears.
Mr. J, D. Cargill, of Budawang, was one of those who knew him well in 1859. This was after be had retired from the police, when he must have been over 60 years of age. He afterwards with his family removed to Budawang, where he took a farm and resided for ten years, his wife dying while he was there, she being buried in the Church of England Cemetery as her tombstone at the present time testifies.
He afterwards with his three sons moved to Rob Roy station in the Queanbeyan district, and some years later they went to Canterbury where the old gentlemen died.
Mr. R. Geelao, who was then in the police, also knew him well at Little River, as did Mr Peter Wedd, of Durran Durra, and other old residents.
The Sergeant Smith referred to by Mr. Bruce as having been drowned some time since in the Moruya River was the officer in charge at Nelligen for several years, who on his retirement from the police went to live at Moruya.
Braidwood Dispatch and Mining Journal (NSW : 1888 – 1954), Saturday 20 June 1903, page 2
[ To the Editor of the Dispatch.]
Sir, — In your issue of June 6th you express a doubt that the late Sergeant Smith who recently died at the ripe age of 107 was ever stationed at Little River. Your Araluen correspondent follows on in the same strain. I think I can supply you with a few facts that will remove all doubts as to the Sergeant Smith alluded to being in charge of the police station at Little River.
I think it was late in 1856 I went with a- party of men to a rush that had taken place at Little River some time previous to that date. We found on arrival at Sergeant’s Point the late D. Barrett, who died some time since in the Braidwood Hospital, keeping an hotel.
Opposite the pub, was a store kept by E. McEvoy, brother-in-law to Barrett. Lower down on the river bank was another store, kept by the late W. J. Bennison. Pat. Bollard also kept a butcher’s shop on the Point.
Sergeant Smith was the officer in charge of the police station. Under Smith was a trooper named Charlie Walmsley, who, I believe, some time after rose to the rank of sergeant and was for some time in charge of the police station at Araluen.
One member of our party was a young man named Lane, a native of Windsor. Lane‘s father had been a member of the N.S.W. Mounted Police for a great number of years, and had only retired from active service just about the time young Lane started for the diggings.
Judge of young Lane‘s surprise when he met Sergeant Smith at Little River, for he knew the sergeant to be a staunch friend of his father’s, for they bad been comrades in many a fierce encounter with blacks and bushrangers, and it is more than probable that when the bushranger dressed up in the police magistrate’s rig-out, was creating some amusement for his companions in crime.
Lane‘s father was one of the approaching body of police that put an end to the fun.
Like Sergeant Smith‘s son, Lane tells of encounters with bushrangers that he had heard from his father’s lips.
One encounter of which he has heard his father speak was with the notorious Jack Donoghoe, whose heroic fight single handed with the police was celebrated in song.
When deserted by his four companions Donoghoe took up a position under cover and awaited the attack, the police bever fashion separated and sought shelter also, both parties blazed away for some time without drawing blood.
Amongst the troopers engaged in the affray was a young recruit anxious to get his name up, the young trooper fired rapidly and bad fired all his ammunition, with the exception of one charge, when loading his pistol with the last charge, he called out to his nearest companion that he was about to fire the last shot, having exhausted his stock of ammunition.
Just then Donoghoe, trying to get a view of the enemy, exposed his head. The young trooper fired, and the bullet crashed through the bushranger’s brain.
In a future communication later on I will detail the circumstances under which Donoghoe was driven into the bush to take up arms against law and order.
I dare say, I saw Sergeant Smith, three or four times every week for 12 months. I never spoke to the old man, I, at that time, being a boy entering my teens.
Nothing further can be found about this man, or his Service, other than documented below.
18 May 2017
***Further information will be forthcoming from his daughter. ****
Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), Monday 3 October 1966, page 1
Identi-kit picture of youth
Police constructed this Indenti-kit picture from descriptions of the boy said to have been seen in the area where Alan Redston was killed. The picture was issued to newspapers and television stations yesterday.
Police searching for the killer of six-year old Alan Geoffrey Redston issued yesterday an Identi-kit drawing of a youth wanted for questioning.
The identi-kit picture was shown on television yesterday and will continue to be shown during the week. The description was broadcast also.
The description of the youth, as given by police, is 13 to 15 years of age, about 5ft 6in tall, with blond hair which possibly falls over his forehead when untidy. He may have a scar over his left eye.
A statement issued by Canberra police said, “It is believed this person can assist inquiries and resides in or frequents the Woden Valley area.
“When last seen in the Curtin dump area on Monday, September 26, after school hours, he was described as wearing a white pullover or T-shirt with blue jeans and riding a bicycle which had a spade attached to it”.
Police see boys
Yesterday two boys whom police believe might identify this youth were interviewed in Canberra by Senior Constable John Schmidt of the modus operandi section, CIB, Sydney.
Constable Schmidt flew to Canberra for the day to help compile a composite picture of the youth from descriptions.
He said the identi-kit had been used successfully by NSW police investigating crimes. It contained 525 slides, and was capable of producing 62 billion variations of the human face.
The body of Alan Redston was found, bound and wrapped in a house coat and in pieces of felt, in the bed of Yarralumla Creek at Curtin on Wednesday morning. An autopsy showed he had died of strangulation caused by a rope looped around his neck and tied lo another rope binding his hands and feet.
Detective Constable B. W. Baulman, of Canberra, one of the 12 detectives on the case, said yesterday police had discontinued inquiries in the northern suburb of Hackett after questioning several boys.
Investigations in that area had failed to produce any new information.
Police have been working 18 hours a day interviewing children and householders. They have called at homes, and have stopped boys in the street in the Woden Valley seeking information. They attended Alan Redston’s funeral at the Methodist National Memorial Church, Forrest, on Saturday afternoon with several boys.
Cherished father of David, Ian & Tara (both dec) and Michelle.
Treasured grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many.
John’s family and friends are warmly welcome to attend his Funeral Service to be held in the Chapel of Greenway Memorial Gardens, 460 Avoca Drive, Green Point on MONDAY (March 27th, 2017) commencing at 10.00 am.
In lieu of flowers a donation to Lung Foundation Australia would be appreciated.
May 12, 2017
We just heard the sad news of John’s passing and wish to send our condolences to Michelle and boys, and David.We spent many happy hours with John and Helen while the children were growing up, always an open home where there was always a welcome.Thinking of you all
Maureen, Shauna and Michael.
SYDNEY: Detective Sergeant John Henry Walton, 37, was killed and Detective Senior Constable John O’Hagan, 33, was seriously injured when a police car driven by Detective O’Hagan ran into a horse-float in Epping early yesterday.