John Michael BRADSTREET

John Michael BRADSTREET 

AKA  ?
Late of  ?
NSW Penrith Police Academy Class #  ? ? ?
NSW Police Cadet # 0391
New South Wales Police Force
[alert_yellow]Regd. #  4812[/alert_yellow]
Rank: NSW Police Cadet – commenced Monday 1 March 1943
Joined the R.A.A.F. on 25 March 1944
Probationary Constable – appointed 19 November 1945
Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed 17 January 1966
Sergeant 1st Class – appointed 3 April 1969
Inspector 3rd Class – appointed 1 March 1974
Inspector 2nd Class – appointed 13 April 1976
Inspector 1st Class – appointed 16 November 1977
Senior Inspector – appointed 16 November 1977
Superintendent – appointed 14 November 1979
Final Rank = ?
Stations?, Manly ( Constable 1952 ),
ServiceFrom 1 March 1943  to  ? ? ?? years Service
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World War II
Australian Imperial Force:   Royal Australian Air Force
Regiment:                                  ?
Enlisted:                                    25 March 1944
Service #                                    444687
Rank:                                          Aircraftman 2
Embarkation:                           ?
Next of kin:                               Frederick BRADSTREET
Religion:                                     ?
Single / Married:                     ?
Returned to Australia:          ?
Date of Discharge:                  14 July 1944
Posting at Discharge:            6 Initial Training School
WWII Honours & Gallantry:   No
POW:                                               No
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Awards:   No find on It’s An Honour
Born:   Tuesday  30 June 1925 in Paterson, NSW
Died on:   Tuesday  14 March 1989
Age:  63
Cause:   ?
Event location:   ?
Event date:   ?
Funeral date:   Friday  17 March 1989
Funeral location:   ?
Wake location:  ?
Funeral Parlour:  ?
Buried at:   Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery, Hakea Ave, Davidson, NSW
Section: RC Lawn, Row: J, Plot: 83
GPS  Longitude: 151.199686 Latitude: -33.741006
 Memorial located at:   ?

 

John Michael BRADSTREET. Constable Bradstreet leaving the Liquor inquiry today. Wednesday 23 April 1952
Constable Bradstreet leaving the Liquor inquiry today. Wednesday 23 April 1952

 

John Michael BRADSTREET. In loving Memory of John Michael BRADSTREET. Passed away 14th March 1989. Aged 63 years. Beloved husband of Pat. Adored Dad of John, Carmel & Ann. I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.
Photo Credit: Vanessa Tyrrell

 

 

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Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 – 1954), Thursday 24 April 1952, page 5

 

LIQUOR LOADING WATCHED BY CONSTABLE

SYDNEY, Wednesday.- A police constable told the Liquor Royal Commission today he had seen beer loaded on a lorry from the cellar of the New Brighton Hotel, Manly.

Constable John Michael Bradstreet, of Manly police, said this had occurred on December 10 at 5.30 a.m. At the same hour, two days later, the lorry was standing outside the hotel again.

The lorry carried the name of West, of Botany. When Cyril Gardner Maloney, licensee of the New Brighton Hotel, was recalled to the witness box, he denied the constable’s allegations.

Maloney also denied being paid £250 in cash for beer by a Riverview cafe waiter. He said he had never seen the waiter.

The Riverview Cafe manager, Lars Egon Samuelson, was questioned on his allegations that in September or October last year he had bought 470 dozen bottles of beer from the New Brighton Hotel.

Samuelson said his books had shown 171 dozen bottles of beer a month under the name “Bert” and 193 dozen under the name of “Mac”.

A certain amount of this beer was accounted for by supplies from the Maitland and Morpeth Hotel. Sussex Street, and Bank Hotel, Newtown, while the remainder had been purchased and delivered to the Riverview Cafe by Victor Phillip Taffa, wine and spirit merchant, of Haberfield, a Mr. Patterson and a Mr. Jones.

When giving evidence before the Commission earlier this month, Ernest Alexander Ireland, managing director of the Riverview Cafe, said he had got beer from the Bank and Maitland and Morpeth Hotels. Samuelson yesterday told the Commission he had made two visits with Riverview employees to obtain bottled beer from the New Brighton Hotel, Manly. The last time was on the Friday before Six-Hour Day, he said.

Asked how he remembered that particular date, Samuelson said he thought it was discussed at the Riverview with one of the staff. He had not tried to get beer from other hotels when he ceased getting supplies from the New Brighton Hotel, Manly.

The Riverview now had 600 dozen bottles of beer in stock. It had come from sources he had disclosed.

He had paid 33/- a dozen to the New Brighton and 35/ a dozen for other black market beer.

Samuelson told Mr. J. W. Smyth, Q.C. ( for the U.L.V.A. ) he had been determined, when he first appeared before the Commission, to conceal where he had got beer, except from Cavill’s, the House of Hayes, Duke of Edinburgh and New Brighton Hotels.

Samuelson agreed with Mr. Smyth that he was determined for some reason to shelter somebody.

Mr. Smyth: There was no reason why you should commit perjury unless you were trying to shelter somebody?

Samuelson: No.

Samuelson said he had realised in the witness box that unless he gave the Commissioner some information he would go to gaol. He admitted that he had to “put someone in” or go to gaol.

Cyril Gardner Maloney, licensee of the New Brighton Hotel, Manly, said he could not understand Constable Bradstreet‘s evidence about beer leaving the hotel on December 10. Maloney said it definitely did not happen.

He said he did not know of any occasion which would involve his sending away large quantities of beer from the hotel. Empty boxes had been sent away.

Cecil Thomas Kinnear, of Sylvania, a waiter at Riverview Cafe, said about five or seven months ago he had picked up between 140 and 150 dozen bottles of beer in cases at the New Brighton and loaded it into two covered wagons. Two men named Sid Moore and Bert Lockwood had been with him.

The beer had been collected on Samuelson’s instructions.

Kinnear said that at the hotel he had told Maloney he was there to pick up liquor for the Riverview. Maloney had replied: ‘I think it’s all ready down below.’

The beer, which was packed in cases in the cellar, was carried to the street by two men.

Kinnear told the judge he paid between £240 and £250. The money, which was in £10 notes, had been counted in Maloney’s presence.

Mr. Justice Maxwell then ordered Maloney to come forward to the body of the court, and asked: “Is that the man ?”

Kinnear: Definitely, it’s the man who got the money.

Mr. Whitlam ( assisting the Commissioner ), then asked Maloney to give his version of the incident. Maloney, who told the judge he had had a good look at the witness, said he had never seen him before in his life.

Judge: You heard the details of his handing you £250 in notes. That did not happen ? Maloney: No.

When Herbert George Lockwood was brought into the court, Maloney said he had never seen him before.

Walter Taylor, secretary of Goulburn and District Trades and Labour Council, said Tooths and Toohey’s beer had not been available in Goulburn hotels for two years.

Mudgee beer could be bought for 4/_ a bottle and Springfield beer for 3/6 a bottle.

He had reported complaints of saloon and lounge bars being open while public bars were shut to the local licensing officer, Inspector Freeman.

However, the police officer had taken no notice.

Taylor said he had heard of people obtaining bottled Tooths and Tooheys beer after hours. He had not reported this to local police because it would have been of no avail.

Taylor said a resolution making allegations against certain members of the police force had already been submitted to the Attorney-General.

Mr. Justice Maxwell said he would like inquiries made because of the suggestion that the police were lax in their duty.

The hearing was adjourned until 2 p.m. tomorrow.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/96511468

Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), Friday 29 November 1974 (No.143), page 4612

Department of the Attorney-General and of Justice

HIS Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, has pursuant to subsection (2a) of section 119 of the Liquor Act, 1912, approved of Inspectors Third Class John Michael Bradstreet and Andrew Gallagher being appointed to assist the Metropolitan Licensing Inspector in the exercise and discharge of his powers, authorities, duties and functions under that Act, as from 31st October, 1974.

J. C. MADDISON, Minister of Justice.

 

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/220175986/15192715




Brett Timothy HANDRAN

Brett Timothy HANDRAN

Late of Brisbane

Queensland Police Academy, Oxley

Queensland Police Force

Regd. #  6074

Rank: Commenced Training – 15 July 1985

Probationary Constable – appointed 17 January 1986

Constable – Plain Clothes ( unarmed at the time )

Stations: ?, Brisbane City, Roma, Warwick, Juvenile Aid Bureau ( JAB ) – death

ServiceFrom 15 July 1985  to  29 June 1989 = 3+ years Service

Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour

Born:  Sunday  17 April 1966

Died on:  Thursday  29 June 1989

Age:  23

Cause:  Shot – Murdered

Event location:  Carmichael Crt, Wynnum

Event date:  Thursday  29 June 1989

Funeral date:  Monday  3 July 1989 @ 10am

Funeral location:  Queensland Police Academy Chapel

Buried at:  Cremated

 Memorial located at:  Queensland Police Vessel ” Brett T. Handran “.  Brett T. Handran II ( 2009 ) at Brisbane Water Police

Brett Timothy HANDRAN

 

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Plain Clothes Constable Handran was fatally shot  by Tony Leif Dolerud at Wynnum, Brisbane on 29 June 1989 while attending a serious domestic dispute in company of his partner Plain Clothes Constable ( Stephen ) Clarey ( 24 ).

Dolerud had earlier stabbed his wife in an argument and, as a friend tried to take her to safety, armed himself with a high powered rifle and began firing indiscriminately into the street.

Plain Clothes Constable Handran was fatally shot as he alighted from the police vehicle outside the man’s unit. Constable Clarey was also shot as he took shelter behind the police vehicle.

Dolerud later took his own life ( suicide ) after killing his two-year-old daughter. Four others were wounded.

On Monday 3 July 1989 Brett Handran’s family were joined by a large contingent of his colleagues including senior officers of the New South Wales, Victorian and Australian Federal Police Forces.

The Service was conducted at the Queensland Police Academy Chapel with full police honours.

http://www.qldwaterpolice.com/Bio/Brett_T_Handran.html


Brett Timothy HANDRAN


 

Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995),

Tuesday 4 July 1989, page 5

 

Funeral for slain Qld policeman

BRISBANE: On the day that all the headlines were about the Fitzgerald report and its recommendations for massive changes to the Queensland police force, not many would have been thinking of Constable Brett Timothy Handran, 23, who was gunned down last Thursday when he went to investigate a domestic dispute.

His funeral was held an hour after the first embargoed copies of the Fitzgerald inquiry report were handed to state Cabinet and journalists yesterday.

More than 300 police and mourners attended the 10am service.

Constable Handran was shot through the heart at a block of welfare flats in the bayside suburb of Wynnum.

The man who shot him also killed a little girl and then himself.

Four people were injured, including another officer, Constable Stephen Clarey, 24.

The Minister for Police, Russell Cooper, told the congregation, “I express deep regret at the loss of a loved one and a fellow officer.”

Among the mourners were police representatives from NSW, Victoria and the ACT. The Queensland police contingent was headed by Acting Commissioner Ron Redmond.

Some officers at yesterday’s service could not hide their frustration over Constable Handran‘s death, at a time when police morale had taken a battering.

If only people could accept that we are proud of our job,” one officer said. “You get abused when you hand out a traffic ticket, but there are a lot a crazies running around and it’s the police who are expected to bring them in.”

Constable Handran, a single father, was attached to the Juvenile Aid Bureau. He and Constable Clarey were in Wynnum on another police matter and were the first to respond to the emergency call.

Last week, as police gathered up their equipment and prepared to leave the scene of the Wynnum shootings, one officer said, “Constable Handran will be buried on Monday, the same day the Fitzgerald report is released. Guess which story will get the biggest headlines?

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/122280579

 

Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995),

Friday 30 June 1989, page 2

 

Govt blamed for shooting

BRISBANE: The Queensland Government has been criticised for not providing police with bullet-proof vests following a shooting in suburban Wynnum yesterday in which three people were killed.

A two-year-old girl and an unarmed policeman were shot dead outside a flat in Carmichael Court by a man who later turned a rifle on himself and committed suicide.

Police said the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute.

The Opposition spokesman on police affairs, Terry MacKenroth, said every police car in the state should have at least two vests in it to protect officers called to emergency situations such as yesterday’s siege.

“Mr. Cooper, along with every other Ahern Government minister, including Deputy Premier Bill Gunn and the Premier himself, must take the blame for the death of a young police officer today,” he said.

Liberal leader Angus Innes said the Government had promised two years ago to provide police with bullet-proof vests.

He said that it was only in June this year that 1400 bullet-proof vests for police had been finally approved.

“Police know that they are more likely to be killed attending a domestic disturbance than in any other area of police work,” Mr Innes said. .

“The minister for Police, Russell Cooper, said last night that he had ordered a meeting today with Acting Police Commissioner Don Braithwaite to investigate the incident.

“Police said a man, a woman and two children had gone to the Wynnum flat, occupied by the woman’s former de-facto husband, to collect some of the woman’s property.

Police believe an argument started, which resulted in the woman being stabbed several times in the back, chest and arm.

As she fled with her male companion the man in the flat fired a rifle from an upstairs bedroom window, wounding the man in the back.

Police said as the couple drove to a nearby doctor’s surgery for help, a woman neighbour apparently attempted to carry the injured woman’s two-year-old daughter to safety.

The gunman fired another shot from the bedroom window, killing the girl and injuring the woman.

They said two plain-clothed officers from the Juvenile Aid Bureau who were in the area went to investigate.

The gunman then opened fire on the officers as they left their car and 23-year-old Constable Brett Timothy Handran was shot in the back and later died in hospital.

His partner, Constable Stephen Clarey, 24, suffered a bullet graze to the head and was not expected to be detained in hospital overnight.

The woman, her male companion and the female neighbour were also being treated in hospital.

A police spokesman said when the Tactical Response Unit arrived, they were told an eight month-old baby boy was still in the flat with the gunman.

They forced entry through the kitchen and rescued the baby, who was crawling on the floor.

About 45 minutes later police again entered the flat and found the gunman dead in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head.

A man with a baby in his arms runs from the siege area.
A man with a baby in his arms runs from the siege area.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/122273297

HANDRAN, Brett Timothy.
29.06.89
“Did I tell you, you’re my hero?”
So long Mate, from a Queenslander who will always be proud of you and the Police Force.
Brett HANDRAN
In Memoriam
Published in The Courier-Mail on 29/06/2017
http://www.oliverose.com.au/notice/413122013/view
Brett Timothy HANDRAN (In Memoriam)
HANDRAN, Brett Timothy
17.04.66 - 29.06.89
A noble, warm hearted and loving Son and Brother of the P V Handran and Police Families. Brett lived and died
serving, trusting and caring for others.
Dearly loved by Yve, Paul, John and Clare.
http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/AUS-NEWSPAPER-EXTRACTS/2012-06/1341025080

 

Qld Police Vessel “BRETT T. HANDRAN” – Brisbane

“BRETT T. HANDRAN”

 

14.8 metre Norman R Wright and Sons fast patrol launch, triple diagonal planked hull with a dynel sheath. Powered by twin 420 hp Detroit 6v 92 series motors.

 

'BRETT T. HANDRAN II'
BRETT T. HANDRAN II

 

Brett T Handran II
Brett T Handran II

BRETT T. HANDRAN II – 2009

The Brisbane based ‘BRETT T. HANDRAN II‘ was delivered to the Queensland Police Service in March 2009.

Built at a cost of over $1m, and one of three similar vessels (‘W.CONROY V’, ‘LYLE M. HOEY IV’ ), the ‘BRETT T. HANDRAN II‘ was built by Austral at their Margate shipyard just south of Hobart, Tasmania.

The ‘BRETT T. HANDRAN II‘ is a 22 metre aluminium catamaran powered by two MTU Series 60 diesel engines, each rated at 499kw, with Twin Disc Quickshift MGX-51355C gearboxes driving two Bruntons five-bladed fixed pitch propellers giving a maximum speed of 26 knots (cruise speed 20 knots) and a maximum range of approximately 900 nautical miles.


 

 

FROM THE VAULT – Star of Courage: Constable Robert Rodgers

Constable Robert Jordan RODGERS SC
Constable Robert Jordan RODGERS SC

Robert Rodgers joined the Queensland Police as Constable number 5904 on 10 October 1986. He served at the following stations: City; Mooroka; Brisbane Mobile Patrols; Inala, Brisbane CIB and Wynnum and retired on 7 February 1990.

On 29 June 1989Constable Robert Rodgers and Senior Constable Peter Edwards of the Wynnum Police, were told to attend an incident at Carmichael Court where a man was going berserk with a gun and where several persons had been shot, including Plain Clothes Constable Brett Handran. Rodgers and Edwards arrived at Carmichael Court, alighted from the vehicle and took cover. Constable Rogers ascertained from local residents the approximate location of the gunman and learned that a child and woman had been shot.

Constable Rogers found a position of safety close to the gunman’s location and communicated with the man to negotiate access to the wounded people. Without thought for his own safety, Constable Rogers successfully removed the child and woman from harm’s way. Constable Rodgers was awarded the Star of Courage on 18 April, 1991 for displayed conspicuous courage.

 

The Star of Courage is awarded for acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril. It is the second highest Australian Bravery Decoration. Only four Queensland Police officers have been in receipt of the Star of Courage since the award was established in February 1975.

Australian Bravery Decorations date from the establishment of the Australian honours system in. The Group Bravery Citation was added in 1990. The decorations recognise acts of bravery by members of the community. There are four levels of decoration:
Cross of Valour (CV)
Star of Courage (SC)
Bravery Medal (BM)
Commendation for Brave Conduct

 

 

 


The book – BRAVE, written by Mark Whittaker and first published in 2011 by Pan MacMillan Australia P/L also goes into further detail about this event.

 


 

 




Leonard Roy KELLY

Leonard Roy KELLY

Queensland Police Force

Regd. #   ?

Rank:  Senior Constable – Retired

Stations?, Woolloongabba

ServiceFrom  ? ? ?  to  ? ? 1972 or 1973? = ? years Service ( Medically Discharged )

Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour

Born:  13 May 1940

Died on? ? 1989

Age?48 or 49

Cause:  Suicide

Funeral date?

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Leslie George ROBINSON

 Leslie George ROBINSON

aka  Les

New South Wales Police Force

Redfern Police Academy:  Class 2 of 1946

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Uniform #  147D

Rank:  Probationary Constable – appointed 21 January 1946

Inspector – appointed 14 June 1977

Senior Inspector –

Stations?, Albury until around 1958?  Lock Up Keeper at Walla Walla 1958 – 60?, Wagga Wagga,

Sydney area after passing Inspectors course / exam., Penrith – Jan 1975, Castle Hill, Liverpool. 

Superintendent at Metro Country Superintendents Office ( HQ ), Superintendent at Traffic Branch ( HQ ), College St, Sydney. 

Parramatta ( H District ) as Chief Superintendent in 1981, Penrith ( J District ) in 1986 – retirement

ServiceFrom  ? pre 21 January 1946  to  ? = 40 years Service

Awards:  National medal – granted 26 June 1983

Born:  1 April 1925 in Bemboka, NSW

Died on:  26 May 1989 at Westmead, NSW

Cause:  Heart attack

Age:  64

Funeral date?

Funeral location:  Police Funeral at Pinegrove Cemetery, NSW

Buried at:  Cremated at Pinegrove, NSW

 Memorial at:  Pinegrove Memorial Park,

Pinegrove Cemetery, Kington St, Minchinbury, NSW,

Peace Rose Gardens,  Granite Wall, Left 1,

Lat/Lng: –33.789330374912154, 150.8474147993362

Les ROBINSON - NSWPF

Les at Redfern Police Academy at the Passing Out Parade of his daughter, Deirdre WALPOLE nee Robinson on 13 January 198
Les at Redfern Police Academy at the Passing Out Parade of his daughter, Deirdre WALPOLE nee Robinson on 13 January 1984

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Leslie George ROBINSON - NSWPF - Died 26 May 1989 - Cremation plaque

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The Argues ( Melbourne Vic. )

Tuesday  13 April 1954     p6 of 24

‘ One jumped on my chest ‘

Police assaulted me, ‘ Albury man

tells Court

Albury, Monday  

AN Albury man, who today lost a Quarter Sessions appeal against convictions for resisting arrest and assaulting a constable, alleged that he was bashed by police.

James William Gehrig, 53, woodcutter, of Prune lane, Lavington, an Albury suburb, told the Court he was about to go to bed on October 17 when police arrived.

They said, ” you have been kicking up a bit of a disturbance and are drunk, ” he added.

Gehrig said he told them it was his brother who had caused the trouble.

The next he knew he was being hit on the head with a baton.

Gehrig said he fought off the constables and kicked one in the knee.

When he reached the police station, another constable punched him under the chin while he was still wearing handcuffs.

When the handcuffs were taken off, he was knocked to the ground, and ” they stuck the boot into me, ” Gehrig said. He had been kicked and punched almost senseless. One policeman had jumped on his chest.

‘ In hospital ‘

Dr. Felix Favaloro, Albury doctor, had treated him, and he had spent eight days in hospital.

Dr. Favaloro told the Court that when he examined Gehrig, he had a swollen face, blackened eyes, and numerous bruises on the back and shoulders, four broken ribs, and a probable contusion of the lung.

Constable Leslie George Robinson and Constable John Raymond Curtin denied that Gehrig had been punched or kicked inside 0r outside the police station.

Constable Robinson said Gehrig had kicked him in the face, chest, and stomach.

Gehrig’s ribs might have been broken when he fell on him during a scuffle, he said.

Judge Brennan reaffirmed the Court of Petty Sessions convictions on November 13 on charges of resisting arrest, assaulting Constable Robinson, and causing malicious damage to a pair of police trousers.

He varied the sentence 0n the assault charge from 12 months’ good behaviour bond to a 10/ fine. He confirmed fines on the other two charges of 10/ each.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/26602882

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Peter Allen FIGTREE

Peter Allen FIGTREE

AKA  ?
Late of ?
NSW Redfern Police Academy Class # 199B
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 21207
Rank:  Commenced Training – Monday  28 November 1983
Probationary Constable – appointed 24 February 1984
Constable – appointed 24 February 1985
Constable 1st Class – appointed  ? ? ?
Service:  From 28 November 1983 to 13 June 1989 = 5+ years Service
Stations?, Ballina HWP
Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour
Born:  Friday  23 October 1964
Died:  Tuesday  13 June 1989
Age:  24
Cause:  Motor vehicle accident – passenger – Urgent Duty – Pursuit of SMV
Wardell, NSW
Funeral date?
Funeral location?, Lismore
Grave location:  Buried at Lismore ( Goonellabah ) Lawn Cemetery –
Portion: G Section: 53 Lot: 41
Grave GPS:    Lat:  -28.8333333   Long: 153.3238888888889
28 50′ 00S / 153 19′ 26E

DOUBLE POLICE FATALITY

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SenCon Glenn Rampling ( 1989 )
SenCon Glenn Rampling ( 1989 )

Constable Peter Figtree ( 1989 )
Constable Peter Figtree ( 1989 )

About 11.25pm on 13 June, 1989 police in Byron Bay commenced a high speed pursuit of a panel van. The pursued vehicle drove south in the Coast Road, followed by the Byron Bay Police vehicle, and into Ballina. As both vehicles continued south through Ballina, a local Highway Patrol vehicle driven by Constable 1st Class Beaver, with Senior Constable Rampling and Constable 1st Class Figtree as passengers, joined the pursuit. More police vehicles arrived to assist as the pursuit continued through the township of Wardell. About five kilometres south of Wardell the Ballina Highway Patrol vehicle began to draw level with the offending vehicle. As it did so, the driver of the pursued vehicle drove across to the centre of the roadway and clipped the front of the Byron Bay Police car. As a result, the police vehicle veered across the road and skidded in loose gravel before colliding with a power pole.

 

All three police were trapped for some time in the badly damaged police car and when freed were conveyed by ambulance to the Lismore Base Hospital. Constable Beaver recovered from internal injuries received, however Constable Figtree died before he reached hospital and Senior Constable Rampling died a short time later.

 

 

Senior Constable Rampling was born in 1959 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 15 January, 1979. At the time of his death he was attached to the Ballina Detectives.

 

Constable Figtree was born in 1964 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 28 November, 1983. At the time of his death he was attached to the Ballina Highway Patrol.

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Peter Allen FIGTREE grave plaque
Peter Allen FIGTREE grave plaque

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Deadly toll

By Jonathan Pearlman
November 6, 2004

Alone in his patrol car, Chris Thornton had the police siren flashing as he chased a white sedan through Woy Woy.

Thornton, 35, a highway patrolman, had been in the force for 15 years. He was, his mother says, “the best driver I have ever seen”.

The reason for the chase that night in April 2002 is unknown. Both cars were seen travelling at high speed. Thornton was about 50 metres behind.

Meanwhile, Leonard Rowley, 56, an unlicensed driver, was driving to his local KFC to pick up dinner. He saw the first car flash past and judged – wrongly – that he had time to turn out in front of the patrol car. Thornton tried to avoid Rowley’s car but clipped the back, veered onto the wrong side of the road and hit a power pole.

Thornton died on the spot, which is marked by a permanent stainless-steel cross. Rowley later received a suspended two-year sentence.

“His life from the age of 12 was about helping people,” says Thornton’s mother, Freada Thornton. “He was in the surf club and he was there to rescue people and then he went into the force and he was doing the same thing.” His father, Barry Thornton, says: “He loved life. He had been in Gosford for 15 years and was so popular with the community there.”

Police pursuits are, says Barry, a necessary evil: “If they don’t catch the criminals there will be more deaths on the roads. The ones that they’re in pursuit of are the idiots that have done the wrong thing to start with.”

But pursuits have come at a cost to the NSW Police Department. Fifteen officers have died as a result of high-speed chases, beginning with the death of Constable George Boore in 1937.

Details provided by the NSW Police Association show a steady stream of fatalities involving cars and motorcycles. The full list of casualties is as follows:

April 2, 1937: Constable George Boore;

June 2, 1954: Constable Cecil Sewell;

November 14, 1958: Constable Brian Boaden;

December 23, 1958: Constable William Lord;

October 14, 1961: Constable James Kinnane;

September 7, 1963: Constable Colin Robb;

December 2, 1976: Constable Terry Moncur;

January 3, 1985: Constable Wayne Rixon;

July 25, 1985: Detective-Constable Steven Tier;

October 20, 1987: Constable Themelis Macarounas;

August 24, 1988: Constable Peter Carter;

June 13, 1989: Constable Peter Figtree;

June 14, 1989: Senior Constable Glenn Rampling;

January 14, 2001: Senior Constable James Affleck;

April 13, 2002: Senior Constable Christopher Thornton.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/Police-Pursuits/Deadly-toll/2004/11/05/1099547386960.html

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June 2019

Gezza J Kt Believe it or not, I was working the radio comms for this at Lismore station that night. Called the whole thing & did all the post crash co-ord. A horrible night shift with Sgt GJ Menzies, S/C Mark Burridge, Const’s Jordan, Gahan & Me.
*****
June 2019

30 year memorial – Senior Constable Glenn RamplingConstable First Class Peter Figtree – A memorial service will be held at the Ballina Surf Club, Lighthouse Parade, Ballina on Thursday, 13 June 2019 at 1000hr to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Senior Constable Glenn Donald Rampling and Constable 1st Class Peter Allen Figtree.

Senior Constable Rampling was tragically killed on duty on 14 June 1989 and Constable 1st Class Figtree was tragically killed on duty on 13 June 1989, both as a result of motor vehicle collision at Wardell, south of Ballina.

*****

 

Glenn Taylor

Attended this morning quite a moving 30 year memorial service for Glenn Rampling and Peter Figtree killed in a car chase near Ballina. May they rest in peace.

 

Peter Allen FIGTREE
Photo by: Glenn Taylor

 

Peter Allen FIGTREE
Photo by: Glenn Taylor

 


 

Peter FIGTREE. Rear ( L - R ) C. HICKMAN, R.B. GIBBS, P.G. HANSEN, P.A. FIGTREE ( R.I.P. ), S.G. HAWES, I. HELDT, R.J. GREGORY, M. LANDRIGAN, A.F. LONGFront: P.M. KELLY, W. EYKMAN, W.B. GIBSON, K. KEEGAN, K.A. GUDGEON, S.A. HAYWOOD, C.W. GLYNN, M.S. LINGWOOD
Photo from: Geoff Lowe Peter FIGTREE back row, 4th from left. Redfern Police Academy Class 199B

 

Peter Allen FIGTREE
Photo by: Ken Medway

 


 

 

 

 




Colin Stanley WINCHESTER

Colin Stanley WINCHESTER  APM

Regd. #  157

Rank:  Assistant Police Commissioner

Stations: ACT Police

Australian Federal Police ( AFP )

ServiceFrom 19 March 1962   to  10 January 1989 = 27+ years Service

Awards: National Medal – granted 14 July 1977

Australian Police Medal ( APM ) – granted 26 January 1987

1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 8 June 1988

Born: 18 October 1933

Died on:  10 January 1989

Cause:  Shot – Murdered

Age: 55

Funeral date:

Funeral location:

Buried at:  ?

 

Colin Stanley WINCHESTER ACT / AFP Police Commissioner
Colin Stanley WINCHESTER
ACT / AFP Assistant Police Commissioner

Colin Stanley WINCHESTER ACT / AFP Police Commissioner
Colin Stanley WINCHESTER
ACT / AFP Assistant Police Commissioner

 

Touch plate at the National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra.
Touch plate at the National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra.

 

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Australian Federal Assistant Commissioner shot dead.
Colin Stanley Winchester APM, (18 October 1933 – 10 January 1989) was an Assistant Commissioner in the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

He was a baker’s son who’d worked in the mines at Captain’s Flat and a good-humoured larrikin.

Friends and work colleagues described him as being of great strength, courage, integrity and love, who was tough, hard-working, honest and compassionate.

Colin Winchester had been a police officer for 27 years, first in the Australian Capital Territory Police Force and then in the AFP.

On 10 January 1989, the Canberra suburb was particularly quiet, drowsing in the still, warm, evening air, ACT Policing Chief Police Officer Colin Winchester drove to his Deakin home.

At 9.15pm, as he stepped from his car Assistant Commissioner Winchester was dead, shot twice in the head at point blank range with a Ruger 10/22 .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle fitted with a silencer.

Colin Winchester’s death made headlines around the world and sparked one of the most complex criminal investigations in Australian history. It ran for more than five years.

There were many allegations of mafia involvement and that the Assistant Commissioner had been executed by the Mafia when it was revealed he’d been part of a controversial investigation targeting drug financiers and suppliers.

At a sting involved a marijuana plantation at Bungendore, a Mafia informant who told his bosses that Colin Winchester was corrupt. It was said that the police chief was shot because Mafia bosses Winchester was cleared when an independent auditor found that with no unexplained wealth to his name, it was unlikely that Colin Winchester had been on the take.

David Harold Eastman was convicted of Winchester’s murder on November 11, 1995, after a four year surveillance investigation.

Justice Ken Carruthers during his sentencing remarks said “the scientific aspect of the case resulted in

“one of the most skilled, sophisticated and determined forensic investigations in the history of Australia”.

Justice Carruthers sentenced Eastman to life imprisonment.

Winchester was Australia’s most senior police officer to have been killed.

http://alldownunder.com/aus/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=185

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COLIN Winchester, a former miner then 29, joined the ACT police force in 1962. Some of the ACT police were said to act like country cousins of Sydney police, and rather looked up to some of the more flashy, if dubious, detectives therein. It has been asserted that Winchester was corrupt, at least at any earlier period when he is said to have handled bribes relating to a Canberra illegal casino. However, an audit of his financial affairs after his murder revealed nothing untoward.

The ACT Police and Commonwealth Police were merged in 1979 to form the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Channel 10 reporter Christopher Masters says that factional infighting deriving from the original divisions remain, and have impeded the Winchester investigation.

http://www.canberracouriers.com.au/canberra-couriers-articles/1989/8/18/colin-winchester-and-the-calabrian-connection/

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Glenn Donald RAMPLING

Glenn Donald RAMPLING

AKA RAMPO
Late of ?
NSW Redfern Police Academy Class # 162
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. #  18596
Rank:  Commenced Training at the Academy – Monday  15 January 1979
Probationary Constable – appointed 2 April 1979
Senior Constable – appointed 2 May 1988
Service:  From 15 January 1979 to 13 June 1989 = 10+ years Service
Stations:  Mounted Police Unit, Brewarrina, Ballina Detectives
Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour
Born:  Saturday  5 September 1959
Died:  Wednesday  14 June 1989
Age:  29
Cause:  Motor vehicle accident – Passenger – Urgent Duty – Pursuit of SMV
Wardell, NSW
Funeral date?
Funeral location?, Ballina
Grave location:  East Ballina Cemetery
Plot:  RC C 5 Grave 15
GPS:  28*51’43″S / 153*35’28″E
-28.8619   153.5911

DOUBLE POLICE FATALITY

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SenCon Glenn Rampling ( 1989 )
SenCon Glenn Rampling ( 1989 )

Constable Peter Figtree ( 1989 )
Constable Peter Figtree ( 1989 )

About 11.25pm on 13 June, 1989 police in Byron Bay commenced a high speed pursuit of a panel van. The pursued vehicle drove south in the Coast Road, followed by the Byron Bay Police vehicle, and into Ballina. As both vehicles continued south through Ballina, a local Highway Patrol vehicle driven by Constable 1st Class P. Beaver ( # 20992 ), with Senior Constable Rampling and Constable 1st Class Figtree as passengers, joined the pursuit. More police vehicles arrived to assist as the pursuit continued through the township of Wardell. About five kilometres south of Wardell the Ballina Highway Patrol vehicle began to draw level with the offending vehicle. As it did so, the driver of the pursued vehicle drove across to the centre of the roadway and clipped the front of the Byron Bay Police car. As a result, the police vehicle veered across the road and skidded in loose gravel before colliding with a power pole.
All three police were trapped for some time in the badly damaged police car and when freed were conveyed by ambulance to the Lismore Base Hospital. Constable Beaver recovered from internal injuries received, however Constable Figtree died before he reached hospital and Senior Constable Rampling died a short time later.

Senior Constable Rampling was born in 1959 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 15 January, 1979. At the time of his death he was attached to the Ballina Detectives.
Constable Figtree was born in 1964 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 28 November, 1983. At the time of his death he was attached to the Ballina Highway Patrol.
Beyond CourageGlenn, whilst working with the Mounted Police Unit, would often work traffic duty on Anzac Pde, Kensington.  He is described as a Champion boxer ( Australian Police Boxing Champion ) & athlete, the funniest guy, a loyal mate & great husband & Dad.*****

Gezza J Kt Believe it or not, I was working the radio comms for this at Lismore station that night. Called the whole thing & did all the post crash co-ord. A horrible night shift with Sgt GJ Menzies, S/C Mark Burridge, Const’s Jordan, Gahan & Me.
*****

30 year memorial – Senior Constable Glenn RamplingConstable First Class Peter Figtree – A memorial service will be held at the Ballina Surf Club, Lighthouse Parade, Ballina on Thursday, 13 June 2019 at 1000hr to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Senior Constable Glenn Donald Rampling and Constable 1st Class Peter Allen Figtree.

Senior Constable Rampling was tragically killed on duty on 14 June 1989 and Constable 1st Class Figtree was tragically killed on duty on 13 June 1989, both as a result of motor vehicle collision at Wardell, south of Ballina.

*****

 

Glenn Taylor

Attended this morning quite a moving 30 year memorial service for Glenn Rampling and Peter Figtree killed in a car chase near Ballina. May they rest in peace.

 

Glenn Donald RAMPLING & Peter Allen FIGTREE
Photo by: Glenn Taylor

 

Glenn Donald RAMPLING & Peter Allen FIGTREE
Photo by: Glenn Taylor

 

Glenn Donald RAMPLING
Photo from: Beyond Courage

 

Glenn Donald RAMPLING
Photo: Ken Medway – 2014

 


 

Both Wayne Rixon and Glenn Rampling formed part of a 3 man team at the Mounties, going around mainly to country fairs performing vault tricks with the draft horse. Tragically both lost their lives in High Speed pursuits after leaving the Mounties for other duties. RIP, both were good men.

 


 

 




Allan Wayne McQUEEN

Allan Wayne McQUEEN SC, VA

New South Wales Police

Goulburn Police Academy Class 227

Probationary # 98444

Regd. #  23???

Rank:   Constable

Stations:  Sydney District Anti Theft Squad

Service:   From pre 26 June 1987  to  5 May 1989 = 1+ years Service

Awards:  Star of Courage ( SC ) ( Posthumously )

Commissioners Valour Award ( VA ) ( Posthumously )

Born: Friday  1 June 1962

Died On:  Friday  5 May 1989

Event:  Shot – wounded – Murdered

Event location:  Woolloomooloo

Event Date:  24 April 1989

Died:  5 May 1989 ( 9 days after event )

Cause:  Murdered – shot twice

Age:  26 yrs  11 mths  4 days

Funeral date:  9 May 1989

Funeral locationSt Mary’s Anglican Church

Buried at:  Cremated.  East Ballina Cemetery, McQueen Family Wall, Sec: Niche, Lot # 2

GPS: 28*51’47″S / 153*35’26″E

Memorial: 1/ Yurong Parkway, Phillip Park , Sydney, 2000

GPS:  Lat: -33.872583 / Long: 151.213778

2/ Sydney Police Centre, McQueen Room, 151 – 241 Goulburn Street, Surry Hills.

3/  Police Launch McQueen???.

Allan McQUEEN

Allan McQueen

Allan's touch plate was polished today, this 27th anniversary, 5 May 2016, by a mate, Craig Coleman, at the National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra.
Allan’s touch plate was polished today, this 27th anniversary, 5 May 2016, by a mate, Craig Coleman, at the National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra.

 

ALLAN IS mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance

On the morning of 24 April, 1989 Constable McQueen, Constable 1st Class Ross Judd and Probationary Constable Jason Donnelly were patrolling the Woolloomooloo area. All were members of the District Anti-Theft Squad. About 11.35am they saw the offender Porter, apparently attempting to break into a motor vehicle. While Constable Judd parked the police vehicle, Constables McQueen and Donnelly went to speak to the offender. As he was being detained, the offender produced a concealed weapon and shot Constable McQueen twice in the chest and Constable Donnelly in the abdomen. Both constables then chased the offender, who continued firing at them, until both collapsed from their wounds. Constable Ross Judd also pursued and fired at the offender before returning to assist his colleagues. He then carried both wounded constables to the police car and drove them to the Sydney Hospital.

Constable Donnelly was to recover from his wounds however Constable McQueen had sustained extensive internal injuries and died on 5 May, 1989. The offender was later arrested by Queensland Police.

The Canberra Times of 12 July, 1990 reported on the result of the trial of the offender.

CONVICTION IN POLICE DEATH
SYDNEY:John Albert Edward Porter has been found guilty of the murder last year of Sydney police constable Allan McQueen. A Supreme Court jury deliberated for nearly 10 hours before finding Porter, 28, guilty of shooting the policeman on April 24 last year. Porter was remanded in custody for sentencing on August 3. The jury also found Porter guilty on one count of shooting with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and three counts of shooting to avoid arrest. He was found not guilty on a sixth charge of attempting to murder Constable Jason Donnelly.

Justice Badgery-Parker had directed the jury to find Porter not guilty on the charge of attempting to murder Constable Donnelly. Porter had pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Friends and relatives of Constable McQueen sat comforting each other in the public gallery as the verdict was returned. Constable McQueen, 26, died in St Vincent’s Hospital nine days after the April 24 shooting.

The constable was born in 1962 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 27 June, 1987. At the time of his death he was attached to the Sydney District Anti-Theft Squad. He was posthumously awarded the Commissioner’s Medal for Valour and the Star of Courage.

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The Age 25 April 1989 p1 of 42
The Age      25 April 1989      p1 of 42


 

The Sydney Morning Herald 25 April 1989 p1 of 54
The Sydney Morning Herald      25 April 1989      p1 of 54


 

 The Sydney Morning Herald 26 April 1989 p5 of 62
The Sydney Morning Herald       26 April 1989      p5 of 62


 

The Sydney Morning Herald 27 April 1989 p2 of 119
The Sydney Morning Herald   27 April 1989   p2 of 119


 

 

The Sydney Morning Herald 30 April 1989 p2 of 109
The Sydney Morning Herald           30 April 1989       p2 of 109

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1301&dat=19890430&id=4DRWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0ecDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4933,9248506&hl=en


 

 

The Sydney Morning Herald 1 May 1989 p6 of 76
The Sydney Morning Herald      1 May 1989       p6 of 76


 

 

The Age 1 May 1989 p5 of 36
The Age      1 May 1989      p5 of 36


 

 

The Sydney Morning Herald 1 May 1989 p3 of 76
The Sydney Morning Herald     1 May 1989    p3 of 76


 

 

The Sydney Morning Herald 4 May 1989 p1 of 118

 

 

The Age 4 May 1989 p1 of 61
The Age       4 May 1989          p1 of 61


 

The Sydney Morning Herald 5 May 1989 p1 of 76
The Sydney Morning Herald     5 May 1989     p1 of 76


 

The Sydney Morning Herald 5 May 1989 p4 of 76
The Sydney Morning Herald      5 May 1989      p4 of 76


 

The Sydney Morning Herald 7 May 1989 p25 of 99
The Sydney Morning Herald     7 May 1989     p25 of 99


 

 

The Sydney Morning Herald 12 May 1989 p2 of 74                        The Sydney Morning Herald        12 May 1989     p2 of 74

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1301&dat=19890512&id=rDJWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nOcDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2205,1063653&hl=en


The Age 12 May 1989 p10 of 52
The Age            12 May 1989       p10 of 52


The Age 27 June 1989 P15 of 54
The Age               27 June 1989              P15 of 54


 

 

The Sydney Morning Herald 27 June 1989 p2 of 54
The Sydney Morning Herald 27 June 1989 p2 of 54


 

 

The Sydney Morning Herald 27 June 1989 p3 of 54
The Sydney Morning Herald                 27 June 1989                p3 of 54


 

 

The Sydney Morning Herald 19 July 1989 p6 of 72
The Sydney Morning Herald    19 July 1989    p6 of 72

 


NSW Police Academy, Goulburn HERO'S WALK
NSW Police Academy, Goulburn HERO’S WALK


Date: 24 August 1989. Memorial unveiled on corner of Haig Ave & Boomerang St, sydney.
Date: 24 August 1989. Memorial unveiled on corner of Haig Ave & Boomerang St, sydney.

 

November 2013

Constable Allan Wayne McQueen

Constable Allan Wayne McQueen : November 2013
Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

Memorial erected in memory of Constable Allan James McQueen who was shot in the line of duty and died from his injuries on the 5th May 1989.

On the morning of 24 April 1989, Constable McQueen, Constable 1st Class Ross Judd (MV, BM ), and Probationary Constable Jason Donnelly (MV, BM ) were patrolling the Woolloomooloo area. All were members of the District Anti-Theft Squad. About 11.35am they saw the offender Porter apparently attempting to break into a motor vehicle. While Constable Judd parked the Police vehicle Constables McQueen and Donnelly went to speak to the offender. As he was being detained the offender produced a concealed weapon and shot Constable McQueen twice in the chest and Constable Donnelly in the abdomen. Both Constables then chased the offender who continued firing at them until both collapsed from their wounds. Constable Ross Judd also pursued and fired at the offender before returning to assist his colleagues. He then carried both wounded Constables to the Police car and drove them to the Sydney Hospital. Constable Donnelly was to recover from his wounds however Constable McQueen had sustained extensive internal injuries and died on 5 May 1989. The offender was later arrested by Queensland Police.

Front Inscription

IN MEMORY OF
CONSTABLE
ALLAN WAYNE McQUEEN S.C.,V.A.
AGED 26 YEARS

DIED 5TH MAY 1989 FROM
GUNSHOT WOUNDS RECEIVED
IN THE EXECUTION OF HIS
DUTY AT THIS LOCATION
ON THE 24TH APRIL 1989

Location

Address: Yurong Parkway, Phillip Park , Sydney, 2000
State: NSW
Area: AUS
GPS Coordinates: Lat: -33.872583
Long: 151.213778
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.

http://monumentaustralia.org.au/themes/people/crime/display/100949-constable-allan-wayne-mcqueen

 


 

 


 

The Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday, May 10, 1989

Moving tributes for police nice guy ‘Big Al”

By LINDSAY SIMPSON ” Chief Police Reporter As one of “Big Al’s” best mates read a moving eulogy, burly police officers, hats in hands, bowed their heads and cried. Big Al was Constable Allan Wayne McQueen, the well-mannered policeman from Kyogle who died in the line of duty, shot trying to apprehend a suspected car thief in Sydney.

Constable McQueen, who had been in the force two years, had been picked to work with the Anti-theft Squad a training ground for young officers on their way to becoming detectives. Big Al, who spent three years trying to become a police officer, was known by that name “not so much because of his height but because of his heart”, said Cheryl Coleman, whose husband had shared a house with Constable McQueen in Coffs Harbour.

As Senior Constable Steve Tedder, who gave one of the eulogies said, “Big Al had the basic love and desire to become a police officer”. In 1986, while running his own cleaning business in Coffs Harbour, he built his own house and several local police officers became his flatmates. At that stage he had five jobs and was studying at night for his HSC English in an attempt to become a police officer. About this time, before he was even in the force, he saved a man’s life. The man had quarrelled with his girlfriend outside a local night club and had head-butted a pane of glass. The glass had cut his throat and Al tore his shirt off and stemmed the flow of blood while waiting for the ambulance.

Big Al. who trained as a boxer and played Rugby League, was not always the muscle builder he was at the time he joined the force. His former Rugby League coach at Kyogle High School, Mr Stan McBride, said that in the 14-year-old competition he had been the second smallest kid in the group.

Ballina townspeople also came to the funeral service. One local, Mrs Val Studdert, said she had never met Allan McQueen but had come out of respect for what he had done. “If we don’t have law and order, we have nothing,” she said.

The pallbearers wore pistols. Perhaps that’s the way it has to be these days, but they touched the pretty white wooden church in the green countryside with vulgarity. They were big, strong young men and their bulky police uniforms made them bigger, so that when they came to the narrow church door carrying their mate’s coffin, they could barely squeeze through. In any case, the coffin seemed too narrow for a young man as big as Allan McQueen.

Nearly 300 police went to his funeral in Ballina yesterday along with his mother and father, Mr John and Mrs Shirley McQueen, and 300 family and friends. They spilled out of St Mary’s Anglican Church into a church hall, where the service was shown on video, and out of the hall on to the grass, where they listened through loudspeakers.

If we are to still violence, we must cherish life. Yesterday, 26-year-old Allan McQueen’s life was cherished. Today, others will cherish the life of 32-year-old David Gundy, the unarmed man killed in a police raid following Constable McQueen’s mortal wounding. Spring had sung in both men for only a while before life escaped them in violence. Senior Constable Graham White told the mourners that Allan McQueen had been a man of honour, love and integrity and a man whose word could be relied upon. He did not search for riches but for life itself, said Constable White. “Today he would be saying, ‘Let’s get on with it. Let’s not have all this fuss and bother’.”

Detective Senior Constable Steve Tedder said that the day McQueen received the letter of his acceptance into the force, “his face lit up as if Manhattan had lit up”.’ Constable Tedder lived with Constable McQueen in Manly and called his mate “Big Al”. “What a joy he was to live with,” he said. Constable McQueen had made more friends in 18 months in Manly than Constable Tedder had in 28 years.

Colleagues of slain policeman Allan McQueen weep as he is laid to rest in Ballina yesterday. One of his favourite expressions was: “Not a problem“. Another was: “I’m here for a good time, not a long time.” Constable Tedder said it was somehow appropriate that Allan McQueen began his long battle for life on April 24, the day before Anzac Day. That was the day Allan McQueen became a hero. Police Commissioner John Avery said Constable McQueen had exhibited the qualities of a police leader of the future. “His father said it was a waste of a fine young life, and I agree,” said the Commissioner. “His was an unforgettable example of courageous service that will enshrine his name in the annals of the history of NSW.” Mr Avery quoted Virgil: “Blessings on your young courage, boy, for that is the way to the stars.”

Outside the church, a senior policeman said: “There’s a finality to heroism.” Mr Athol McQueen, a cousin and the boxer who knocked down champion Joe Frazier in the 1964 Olympic Games, said: “I hope there are more young blokes around like him.”

” The police band played a funeral march for their colleague, past Sunnyhaven Flats. The open-faced country folk let the tears run down their cheeks. As the cortege passed a place called Camelot, on the way to the Lismore Crematorium and another place called Goonellabah, an old woman stood at the roadside and said : “Poor little fellow.” At the crematorium flowers spelled out the letters NSWP -New South Wales Police on the hillside.

A young policeman picked up a rose and handed it to a young woman. , ‘ Mr John McQueen wipes away a tear as he stands with his wife Shirley at their son’s funeral.

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/123586879/


 

NSW Police Service Annual report 1989 / 1990
NSW Police Service Annual report 1989 / 1990

https://www.opengov.nsw.gov.au/viewer/e97f9949de7fce571e09f3baa392f1a4.pdf


 

 

 

 

 

 




John Irving BURGESS

John Irving BURGESS

New South Wales Police Force

Goulburn Police Academy Class # 216

Regd. # 22455

Rank: Commenced Training – 28 October 1985

Probationary Constable – appointed 17 January 1986

Constable – appointed 17 January 1987

Final Rank: Constable

 

ServiceFrom 28 October 1985 to 29 April 1989 = 3+ years Service

Stations? ,Balmain ( 8 Division ) – death

Awards? nil find on It’s An Honour

Born:  Monday  25 April 1960

Event date:  Thursday  27 April 1989

Event location:  Booth St & Jonston St, Annandale, NSW

Event type: Motor Vehicle Accident – Driver – Caged vehicle – Urgent Duty ( Passenger: Cst Andrew Mortimer )

Died:  Saturday  29 April 1989

Age:  29 yrs  4 days  ( 4 days into his 29th year )

Funeral date?

Funeral location:  Woronora Cemetery, Sutherland

Buried at:  Cremated;

Ashes – Wall of Memories, Panel 30, GG, 0256

Constable John Irving BURGESS

John Irving BURGESS
John Irving BURGESS

Constable John Irving BURGESS - Touch plate at National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra.
Constable John Irving BURGESS – Touch plate at National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra.

JOHN IS mentioned on the National Police Wall of Remembrance but the DATE is INCORRECT

Should read 29 April 1989

About 2.25am on 27 April, 1989 Constable Burgess was driving a caged police vehicle in Booth Street, Annandale. Constable Andrew Mortimer was observer in the vehicle and they were responding to an urgent call for assistance from Gaming Squad police. At the intersection of Johnston Street, the police vehicle collided with a semi trailer and deflected onto a power pole. As a result of the accident Constable Andrew Mortimer suffered fractures to his ribs and jaw, and Constable Burgess suffered severe head and internal injuries. Constable Burgess died two days later ( on the 29 April ) at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital when life support systems were turned off.

 

The constable was born in 1960 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 28 October, 1985. At the time of his death he was stationed at Balmain.


 

The Canberra Times

Monday  1 May 1989   page 3 of 36

 

Policeman dies

SYDNEY: A policeman who received severe injuries in a collision involving a police paddy wagon last Thursday died late on Saturday.

Constable John Burgess, 29, received head and chest injuries in the accident between the paddy wagon and a refrigeration truck at Annandale in Sydney’s inner-west, shortly before 2am.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/122258616


 

Further reading:  https://www.australianpolice.com.au/woronora-cemetery-wall-of-remembrance/

 

Location of collision


 

 

Adam Plummer is with Ron Page and 5 others.

April 30

Yesterday I attended Balmain Town Hall for the 30-year memorial service of the tragic death of Constable John Burgess on the 27 April 1989 whom died whilst on duty responding to an urgent call for assistance from Gaming Squad Police.

At the intersection of Johnston Street, Annandale the police vehicle he was driving collided with a semi-trailer and deflected onto a power pole. As a result of the accident Constable Andrew Mortimer suffered fractures to his ribs and jaw, and Constable Burgess suffered severe head and internal injuries. Constable Burgess died about twelve hours later at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

John was one of life’s true gentlemen and one of the nicest blokes I ever had the privilege of knowing. He was an excellent Police Officer, compassionate, empathetic and always willing to help. I’m proud to have called him a mate.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen my old 8 Division buddies and whilst under sad circumstances it was great to see Paul Winfield, Don Stuart, Sean Hampstead and Ron Page and share a few laughs about our time working together in the late ‘80’s.

It was also great to see Deputy Commissioner Dave Hudson, a friend who gave a very moving and emotional speech about his friendship with John and how missed he is. It was refreshing to hear such a senior officer in the NSW Police share such personal reflections about a fellow officer.

It was a tragic time for Policing back then as a week earlier we also lost Constable Alan McQueen fatally shot whilst on duty. We have lost many other Officers before and after that time confirming how dangerous a job it is.

Whilst I was only in the Police from ‘85-‘90 I still feel a part of the thin blue line brotherhood and yesterday confirmed how friendships forged 30 years ago endure the test of time.

RIP John Burgess. ❤️

John Irving BURGESS

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Andrew James MURRAY

Andrew James MURRAY 

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #   ?

Rank:  Constable 1st Class

Stations?, Tabulam – Death

ServiceFrom  20 July 1981  to  23 March 1989 = 7+ years Service

Awards: Commissioners Valour Award ( posthumously )

No find on It’s An Honour

Born? ? 1962

Died on:  Thursday  23 March 1989

Age:  26

Cause:  Drowned during an Off Duty rescue attempt

Event location:  Tallows Beach, Byron Bay, NSW

Funeral date?

Funeral location?

Buried at:  St Finbarr’s Catholic Church, Byron Bay, NSW

 Memorial at?

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May they forever Rest In Peace

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On 23 March, 1989 Constable Murray and his family were holidaying at Byron Bay. About 3.05pm on that day they were at Tallows Beach when the constable saw a young woman in distress in the water. He then took his surf ski and paddled out through a rough, two metre swell to assist. The girl’s boyfriend at this time also entered the water and managed to help her to safety. Constable Murray had at this time unfortunately been tipped off his surf ski and was seen with an arm raised, indicating that he was having difficulties. He was again spotted a short time later floating about fifty metres out, on the surface. Despite an extensive search the constable was not seen again. It is thought that he may have been struck on the head by the ski when tipped off it, or perhaps injured when dumped in the heavy seas.

 

The constable was born in 1962 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 20 July, 1981. At the time of his death he was stationed at Tabulam.

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Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), Sunday 26 March 1989, page 2


Police scale down sea search

SYDNEY: Police and rescue workers scaled down the search yesterday for Andrew James Murray, 26, a young police man who disappeared in rough surf on Thursday at Byron Bay, on the Far North Coast.

Off-duty Constable Murray, of Tabulam police station, was swept out to sea after going to the rescue of a swimmer in trouble about 3pm.

Constable Murray paddled over to the distressed swimmer but was knocked off his surf ski by a wave.

He was caught in a strong rip and dragged out to sea.

The swimmer managed to struggle back to shore and alerted emergency services.

A police spokeswoman said today that there was little hope of finding the constable alive and the search was being scaled down.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/rendition/nla.news-article120918741.txt

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