Joseph Hubert BUCK

Joseph Hubert BUCK


Late of 


NSW Police Training Centre – Redfern  / Police Training College – Penrith / Belmore Barracks  Class #  ? ? ? 


New South Wales Police Force

Uniform # 2832

Regd. #  30??  or 33??


Service:  From ? c March 1929 ?   to   ? ? post 1964?  = 35? years Service 


Rank:  Commenced Training at ? Police Academy on ? ? ?

Probationary Constable- appointed ? ? ? ( March 1929 ) aged 21 years

Constable – appointed ? ? ? ( 1929 )?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Detective – appointed ? ? ?  ( NO )

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? 

Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? ( N/A )

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 8 January 1943 ( aged 36 )

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed 21 December 1948

Sergeant 1st Class ( Passed his exam in August 1950 ) – appointed ? ? ? 

Inspector 3rd Class – appointed 3 December 1954

Inspector 2nd Class – appointed 18 April 1957 

Inspector 1st Class – appointed 24 June 1958 

Superintendent 3rd Class – appointed 4 October 1959

Superintendent 2nd Class – appointed 1 August 1960  

Superintendent 1st Class – appointed 28 April 1962

Assistant Commissioner – appointed 21 December 1964


Final Rank = Assistant Commissioner  


StationsJunee, Leeton ( Mounted Constable )( 25 October 1929 ), Tumut ( 1932 / March 1933 ), Broken Hill ( Nov 1933 ), Ivanhoe ( 23 Nov 1933 ), Broken Hill ( Foot Police )( 12 Feb 1934 / 24 Sept 1934 ), Residing in Pooncarie ( 11 Sept 1934 ), Tibooburra ( 1934 / 1938 ),

Joe arriving in Tibooburra in the Ford V8 Ute that became the first Travelling Police Station.
Joe arriving in Tibooburra in the Ford V8 Ute that became the first Travelling Police Station.

?White Cliffs ( Cst 1/c 1935 / 1936 / 1937 / 1942 )( Police District of Mitchell ),

Wilcannia ( Const. 1939 / 1941 / 1942 )( Police District of Mitchell ), Wilcannia ( Sgt )( 9 Jan 1943 / 1943 / 1945 ),

Temora ( 25 Sept 1945 / Nov 1945 / 21 Dec 1948 / 10 June 1949 ), Bathurst ( Sgt 2/c )( Jan 1949 / 14 Jul 1950 ), Casino ( Sgt )( 1951 / 1952 / 1 June 1954 ), Transfer to Darlinghurst pending ( 1 June 1954 ),

Casino Police Station ( 1956 )
Casino Police Station ( 1956 )

 ?, Bathurst ( Insp. 3/C )(29 March 1956 ), Bathurst ( Acting Superintendent – transferred from 25 February 1959 ),

Cancellation of the assignment of Supt. 2nd Class Joseph Herbert BUCK to the charge of the Northern Police Administrative District, with headquarters at Tamworth – from the date of relinquishing that charge ( Sept. 1961 ),

Country Superintendent ( 1960s ), Goulburn ( Supt ), Bourke St – Darlinghurst ( Superintendent )( 12 June 1964 ), Police Headquarters – Hunter St, Sydney ( Assistant Commissioner – 21 December 1964 )


Retirement / Leaving age: = ?

Time in Retirement from Police: ?


AwardsQueens’ Police Medal for Gallantry ( Imperial ) – granted 10 June 1961 ( Supt. 2/C ) Awarded Nov 1961

Life Membership Certificate – Temora Rugby League Football Club – Awarded 17 March 1949

First Life Membership of Casino Amateur Swimming Club – Awarded 1 June 1954


 Born:  Tuesday  19 March 1907, Forest Gate, London, England


” Possible ” Marriage:  NSW BDM 15152/1935 – Marriage to Eunice M. GILLES at Broken Hill, NSW

Eunice May Gilles Buck: B 1913 – D 1996 aged 83.  She was born in Broken Hill, NSW and is buried in Kempsey East Cemetery, Lawn Section, Row R.

Joseph Hubert BUCK died on 23 January 2003, aged 95, and is buried in Kempsey East Cemetery, ( 18 Naiooka St, Kempsey, NSW ) Lawn Section, Row R.

Died on:  Thursday  23 January 2003

Age: 95 years, 10 months, 14 days



Event location:   ?

Event date ?

Joseph Hubert BUCK, Joe BUCK, Eunice BUCK
Joseph Hubert BUCK, Joe BUCK, Eunice BUCK – Grave

Funeral date? ? ?

Funeral location? 

Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at: Kempsey East Cemetery, 18 Naiooka St, Kempsey, NSW

Grave:  Lawn Section, Row R with his wife Eunice May Gilles Buck who predeceased him in 1996, aged 83. 


Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?

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

Joseph Hubert BUCK, Joe BUCK, Assistant Commissioner BUCK, Constable BUCK


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





May they forever Rest In Peace




Australian Police YouTube Channel 


Joseph Hubert Buck was born in Forest Gate, London in 1907.
As a 15 year old, he immigrated alone to Australia in 1923.
In London, Joe’s family business was a bakery. According to his Father, Joe could not bake, as he tended to burn the cakes.
After one such burning, Joe describes his fathers response… “Dad gave me such a hiding that I threatened to go to Australia, and Dad was so angry he paid my passage”.
Joe’s journey to Australia brought him to the area we now know as the Central Darling Shire Council area including White Cliffs, Wilcannia, Ivanhoe and into Tibooburra and down the Kidman Way.
In those early years, Joe became an accomplished Bushman, he learnt many Rural Skills in the Sheep Industry. Of course, like all good Bushies, he knew how to ride a Horse.
It would appear that Joe became a popular Identity in the Far West.
Then, at the age of 21, Joe Buck joined the NSW Police Force as a Mounted Police Officer in 1929.
He ended up in Broken Hill to commence his career it would appear.
Because of Joe’s previous experiences out in the Never Never of the Far West, Joe was utilised by the Police to conduct Rural Patrols.
This duty was then re-imagined into a Travelling Police Station where Constable Joe Buck become Officer in charge of that vehicle.
The chosen vehicle was a Ford Utility Lorry and his Attachment was at White Cliffs and Wilcannia.
The vehicle was fitted with all the Administrative Books and Papers a Police Officer requires.
Remember back in those days, Property Owners and workers had to travel to Wilcannia and Broken Hill Police Stations, just to name a few, to update licenses.
So this new Travelling Police Station, with Constable Joe Buck behind the wheel, was responsible for the following (and more):
Conducting Marriage and Burial Services.
Gun and Dog Licence Renewals.
Clerk of Petty Sessions Duties. (Registering Births, Deaths and Marriages).
Constable Buck also attended the sick and injured.
Assisted the Midwifes.
Lent a hand in Shearing Sheds and Lambing Yards.
Entertained Farm Hands and Owners with Song and Music.
Constable Buck was rated one of the best bushman, trackers and horseman in the Far West.
His advice was sought on cattle and sheep by men reared on the land.
He knew the country better than those born there.
Constable Buck was also well known across the Tri-State boundaries.
Joe’s son Peter Buck, is now 80 years old himself. He has supplied Back to Barrier with more information about his Father. We are going to be in constant contact with Peter to have photos he has supplied digitised.
We will be reporting back on more of this great Police Officers career out in the Far West and on-wards.
Joe did retire with the rank of Assistant Commissioner and we want to delve into that part of his Career as well. But for this Post, we are going to take a look at his Travelling Police Station.
If you have any information on Joe’s Career, especially photos, we would love to see them.
Thanks all, B2B.

Back To Barrier

We have been speaking to Peter Buck and he informs us that when Joe Buck became a Police Officer, he was first Stationed at Junee, then transferred to Ivanhoe and onwards to Broken Hill.


Steve Bradshaw

I posted on another site about the yarn I heard about him after he dropped into Hurstville one day.
The story goes when he was at Ivanhoe visiting stations on horseback he got Lost.
So he caught a sheep, checked it’s earmark and compared to the Police issue leather ears, understood what station ( property ) he was on and continued on.
Anyone that doesn’t know leather ears, they were all the sheep earmarks in your area punched into a piece of leather shaped like a sheep’s ear and string on a piece of wire.



Murrumbidgee Irrigator (Leeton, NSW : 1915 – 1954),

Friday 25 October 1929, page 6




Vincent Andrew Dunn appeared before Mr. Parker, P.M., at the Leeton Court of Petty Sessions on Tuesday on a charge of using indecent language in a public place, and further, with having offered a bribe to Constable Walsh in an endeavor to induce him to depart from the course of duty.

On the first charge he was fined £3, in default 21 days hard labor, and for the attempted bribery, £5, or one month. Time was allowed to pay.

Giving evidence in the first charge Constable Walsh said that Dunn was speaking in a loud voice, his words being audible to a number of people amongst who were women. He told him several times to go away, before he eventually arrested him.

Dunn pleaded guilty to the language charge, the words complained of being shown him on a piece of paper — though he was not sure they were the exact words he used. The language arose out of a conversation with his step brother as a result of a motor collision.

Giving evidence on the bribery charge, Constable Walsh said he had Dunn under arrest for indecent language, and when near the old school grounds, defendant stopped and said to him ” you want to remember that I have a wife and family. Here is a pound note, let me go!” He then handed him the pound note ( produced ). Witness said to Dunn, ” no, I won’t let you go- This is bribery, and I am going to charge you.” He took Dunn to the Police Station and charged him. Defendant said in reply to the charge. ” I know nothing about it.” Witness communicated with Sergeant Thomson, who came over a little later. Dunn said to the Sergeant, ” what am I charged with?” The latter said ” Constable Walsh has already charged you.” Dunn said ” I am pleading guilty to nothing.” Sergeant Thomson said ” nobody is asking you to plead.’ Dunn said ” does the constable know the number of the pound note?’ Sergeant Thomson said ” this is the note the constable handed me, and I am going to give you the number of it.’ Dunn said to the sergeant as he was going out the door: ” You have me again. You have put it over this time, sergeant!”

To Mr. Atkins, who defended the accused witness said they were joined by Constable Buck on the way to the police station, but Dunn did not draw the latter’s attention to a pound note which he ( Constable Walsh ) had in his hand. Dunn did not speak to Constable Buck at all.

” Did it not strike you,” asked Mr. Atkins, ” that you needed some corroboration for your story?”

Witness. ” There was no-one else present when it took place.”

Mr. Atkins: You are quite confident in giving your evidence, and the defendant has no chance against you ?

Witness: I am giving my evidence in a truthful manner.

” Did it not strike you ” persisted Mr. Atkins, ” that as a conscientious

police officer, you should have obtained some corroboration?”

Witness: ” I don’t know.”

Mr. Atkins: Didn’t you have your opportunity in the presence of the sergeant to obtain a statement from Dunn?

Witness: He refused to make any statement.

In reply to Sergeant Thomson witness said he remembered Dunn saying after he was charged: ” does the constable know the number of the note?”

Sergeant Thomson gave evidence that when he went across to the station and saw Dunn he wanted to know with what he was charged, and he said ” Constable Walsh has already charged you. He said ” I want you to tell me.” He denied owning the note which Constable Walsh had, and which he was charged with offering as a bribe. He gave a copy of the number to defendant and another to Constable Walsh.

Mr. Atkins objected to this number being tendered as evidence.

The Magistrate said it was not very material, but he would uphold Mr. Atkins’ objection as it was not the proper way of taking a number.

Sergeant Thompson continuing his evidence said that Dunn remarked to him: ” You have got me again, sergeant. ” You are putting this over me.”

Mr. Atkins: Do you remember having a conversation with Dunn opposite my office in Wade Avenue?

Sergeant Thomson: Yes.

Mr. Atkins: Am I correct in saying that you intimated that you were going to get him one of these days?

Witness: No such thing.

Mr. Atkins: Didn’t you say to him, I missed you last time, but I’ll get you next time.

Witness: No such thing.

Mr: Atkins:, You knew when you were consulted by Constable Walsh that Dunn was denying the pound note?

Witness : I didn’t know anything of the kind.

Mr. Atkins: You did not attempt to get any corroboration of Constable Walsh‘s evidence here to-day?

Witness: When the man was charged it would not be fair to him to start a cross examination.

He denied that he did that in other cases. In further reply to Mr. Atkins, witness said that it did not strike him that he should get corroboration of Constable Walsh‘s bribery charge, because he believed the constable who was one of the most reliable officers he had ever came in contact with.

Witness added that he believed in fair play, and did not want to interfere with a man after he had been charged.

Dunn, who pleaded not guilty, entered the witness box and denied the statements of Constable Walsh, and said that he never gave the pound note which had been tendered as evidence — or any pound note.

Constable Walsh arrested him in the main street of Leeton, and when they got to the M.I.D. corner the former said to him, ” Who owns that lorry?” meaning one concerned in a slight collision.

He ( Dunn ) said ” I own it,’ and Constable Walsh said ” a mongrel b_____d like you couldn’t own it.” The constable also said ” you are a b_____d, Dunn, bred and born. You are a disgrace to the parents who reared you.”

Witness replied: ” I have to take it.”

When they came to the corner of the Court House, added Dunn, Constable Walsh had something in his hand — a note.

Just then a mounted policeman came up, and he drew the attention to the money in the constables hand.

He said ” I see nothing. ” In reply to Mr. Atkins Dunn, said he realised that he was on oath, but could swear positively that he never gave the Constable a pound.

When he called on the mounted constable to assist him and he refused, he never said any more.

To Sergeant Thomson, Dunn said that as far as he knew he had not spoken to Constable Walsh before in his life, and never heard him use language like that complained of.

Sergeant Thomson asked Dunn to explain why it was that every time he gave evidence against a constable he always alleged that they made use of filthy language.

Dunn said that he did not remember that he ever did.

” Let me refresh your memory, ” said Sergeant Thomson. ” You said that Constable Walsh used filthy language.”

Sergeant Thomson: ” You are not very friendly disposed towards the police are you?”

Defendant: ” I don’t think I’m too friendly with you.”

Sergeant Thomson: Never mind about me. I am no bad friend of yours. But the police in general, you have no time for them, have you?

Defendant: They are all the same to me. I have no ill feelings towards the police. I said you were against me.”

Sergeant Thomson : That is your superstition. Why did you say, he added, ” that I was trying to put it over you?”

Defendant: You told me before that you would get me.

Sergeant: Where?

Defendant: In front of Mr. Atkins’ office.

Sergeant: There was a man on the road, standing with you, why didn’t you get him as a witness?

Defendant did not reply.

Sergeant Thomson: How could I put it over you on the bribery charge when I was not there? When I came to let you out, you accused me of putting it over you. Did you make any complaint about Constable Walsh using filthy language? asked Sergeant Thomson.

Defendant: I was not game.

Sergeant: Do you want His Worship to believe that?

I do. It is true.

Defendant further admitted that he got the number of the note, but said nothing about it.

Joseph Hubert Buck ( a mounted constable stationed at Leeton ) denied that Dunn had called on him to witness that Constable Walsh had a pound note in his hand.

To Mr. Atkins, he said he never heard him saying anything.

Mr. Atkins asked for an acquittal on the grounds that there had been insufficient corroboration of bribery.

The Magistrate, however, in convicting, said that he accepted the evidence of the police.

It would not be possible to get corroboration, as these things did not happen when there were other people about.

He expressed the opinion that Dunn had gone out of his way to cast aspersions on an honorable body of men.

He had charged the police with using language unworthy of the force. He did not believe Dunn’s evidence.



Gundagai Independent (NSW : 1928 – 1954),

Thursday 16 June 1932, page 1




A SENSATIONAL story was unfolded at the Tumut Police court on Monday last, when two brothers were the main figures in an extraordinary case.

Edward John McInerney, 54 years, a retired farmer, of Tumut Plains was charged before Messrs. R. L. Blakeney and Thomas Wilkinson, J’s. P., that he at Tumut Plains, near Tumut, on the 13th June, 1932, did attempt to discharge a loaded gun at Frederick Denis McInerney, with intent to murder the said Frederick McInerney.

Sergeant ( 1st class ) Peter Stewart prosecuted.

Mr. McKenzie appeared for the defence.

After hearing evidence accused was committed for trial at the Gundagai Quarter Sessions on the 21st instant.

The evidence told of a brother’s quarrel, and such statements as,

“He aimed the gun at my head, and I heard the trigger click,” were made by one party.

Allan Royal Taylor, police constable, residing at Tumut, deposed : At 10a.m., 13th inst I was on duty in Wynyard-street, Tumut, and from something heard, in company with Constable Buck and Frederick McInerney, I proceeded to the residence of Jack McInerney, at Tumut Plains; this was the residence of the accused.

I followed Constable Buck into kitchen at the rear of the house where I saw Mrs. McInerney and the accused sitting there.

I heard Constable Buck say to accused I believe there has been a row out here this morning, what happened?

The accused said “Fred was trying to drive the cattle past the house, and I went out to stop him.


I heard Constable Buck say, “Was the gun loaded. He replied, “No.”

I then said to accused, ” Was there anybody else there?” He said, “Reg was about,” meaning Reg Barham. I said, “Where is he now?” His brother Frederick said, “He is down the paddock.” Fred McInerney was present the whole time. I said, “Can you get him?” He said, “He is coming.”

When he arrived, I said to him ( this was Reg Barham ), “Did you see what happened?” He said, “Yes.” I said, “Where were you?” He said, “I was a little way down the paddock.” I said, “What did happen?” He said, ”Fred was trying to drive the cattle past and Jack tried to stop him.’ He said he took a gun. I said, “Did you see him with the gun?” He said, “I saw him point it at him.” I said; “Did you hear it click?” He said, “No.” I said, “Was the gun loaded?” He said; “Yes.” I said, “What became of the cartridges?”

I produce the cartridges. ( Ex. A ).

I examined the cartridges and saw where one cap had been struck. The cartridges were fully loaded.

Constable Buck handed me a gun, which I now produce. ( Ex. B ).

I have had considerable experience with guns. I examined the nipple on the left hand side, and found that it had been recently struck by the hammer. The gun was in two pieces when I examined it. By means of the hammer striking the nipple it automatically discharges the cartridges. The accused was present during the whole of the conversation.

I can tell by the mark on the nipple that it had been recently struck by the hammer. The hammer strikes the nipple on the left hand side. This would have a tendency not to discharge the cartridge.

To Mr. McKenzie: When I handled the gun there was a lot of dirt on it. The hammers have got dirt and grass on them. The gun was in two pieces when I first saw it.

Joseph Hubert Buck, police constable, residing at Tumut, deposed: About 10 a.m. this day ( Monday ), I was interviewed by Mr. Fred McInerney, who told me something. Acting under instructions from Sergt. Stewart, and in company with Constable Taylor and Fred MçInerney I went to Tumut Plains and there saw the defendant. I said to him, “I believe there has been some trouble out here this morning.” Defendant replied, “Yes.” I said, “What happened?” Defendant said, “Fred was driving his cows past my house this morning and I went out to stop him.” I said, “What did you do?” He replied, “Fred picked up a stick and


I said, “What did you get it for.” He said, “I wanted to frighten him.” I said, “Was it loaded?” He replied, “No.”

Another man then came up. I said, “What is your name?” He replied, “Reg Barham.” I said, Do you work for Mr. Fred McInerney?” He replied, “Yes.” I said Did you see anything take place out here this morning?” He replied, Yes.” I said, “What happened?” He said, “I saw Fred McInerney driving his cows past Jack’s house.


He said Fred then dived at Jack’s legs, and they were struggling on the ground when he reached them. I took the shot gun from out of Jack’s hands and opened it and found two cartridges. I said to accused, “This is a very serious matter, if the shot gun had gone off your


I said, “What do you keep the shot gun for?” He replied, “Because if I had to go and get cartridges whilst the crows were outside, they would be gone by the time I had it loaded.’ I said, “In that case you must have known that the shot gun was loaded when you pointed it at your brother.” Accused replied, “If I had wanted to shoot my brother, I could have done so whilst he was coming up on me.’

I said, “According to your brothers statement, and the fact that the hammer had hit the cartridge in the shot gun, you did pull the trigger.” Defendant made no reply. I then said to Fred McInerney, “What do you want us to do in this matter?” He replied,


I cautioned defendant, and he made no reply.

He was then taken to the Tumut police station, where he was handed over to Sergt. Stewart.

To Mr. McKenzie: The gun was in two pieces when I saw it; the left hand nipple had been struck by the hammer. The nipple was out of the breach. I noticed quite a lot of dirt on the hammers. I also noticed that it was a pretty old gun.

To the Police: The nipple on the left hand barrel was out. If the nipple was struck by the hammer it would cause it to remain down.

To the Bench: I found the gun behind the door in the kitchen. It was standing in a dark corner.

To the Police: I examined the two cartridges ( produced Ex. A ). I found that the nipple of the gun had struck one cap, the cartridge had not exploded.

Frederick Denis McInerney, farmer, of Tumut Plains, deposed: The accused is my brother. He resides with my mother, about 150 yards from where I reside. About 9.30 a.m. this day ( Monday ), I was driving my milking cows past accused’s house. When about 20 yards from his house; accused came out with something in his hand. I told him to


and let me get my cows past. He then ran into my mother’s house, where he resides, and came out with an old double barrel shot gun. I ran up to him. I did not think is was loaded. I caught him by the legs. When I got about five yards from him


I then rushed and caught him by the legs, threw him on the ground, and I was holding him with one hand and trying to get the gun with the other hand. While I was struggling I opened the gun and saw a cartridge in the barrel closest to me. Reg Barham, a man working for me, ran up and took the gun from the two of us.

Accused called out to Barham, Bring that gun back.” My brother had previously objected to me driving the cows past the place. He has no authority to do so. The property where the cows go, is owned by me. I have not given my brother any occasion to assault me, and only disputes have been over financial business. not of great importance.

After he got up, he went inside and came out with something else in his hand. I was present when Constables Taylor and Buck visited the accused this morning ( Monday ). I was not present during the whole time they were there. I didn’t know where the gun was. The gun used, is the gun now produced. It has been in the home 40 or 50 years.

To the Bench; It is over a month ago since I had words with my brother, it was over money matters. I generally eat out a paddock with the cattle. It is over a month ago since accused objected to me taking the cattle past the house. When struggling with my brother. I opened the gun. I distinctly heard the gun click. Reg Barham broke the gun when he took it from us. I am not of a quarrelsome nature.

To Mr. McKenzie: I had a stick in my hand which I was driving the cows with. I am quite sure my brother hurried into the house — he ran in. He went quicker than a walk. When I was about 30 yards away I told him to clear out. When he came out with the gun I ran up towards him. I did not stop to say anything to him.

To the Police: When I told accused to clear out he was endeavouring to block the cows from passing.

To the Bench: I picked up the stick before I saw accused.

Reginald James Barham, dairy hand in the employ of Frederick Denis McInerney, residing at Tumut Plains, deposed: I was employed by Frederick Denis McInerney. This morning ( Monday ), I saw my employer driving cows away from the milking yards. He was taking them across the road towards a paddock he owns. I know the accused. He ( my employer ) had to pass accused’s home. Accused came out and tried to stop the cows. He was singing out to a dog. He was right in the front of the cows. I am not sure whether he had a stick. The cows ran back towards the milking yards. I saw Frederick McInerney run over towards accused. The accused ran into the house. Frederick McInerney sang out to me to bring the cows back again. He came down to help me drive the cows past the house. By that time the accused had come out of the house again,


in his arms. We were fairly close about 30 yards from accused. Jack pointed the gun at Fred. He pointed gun towards him, I am not sure if it was pointed at him. Fred ran through the water hole. Just as he got to accused he ducked. He was carrying a stick. He caught accused round the back of the knees and


I saw them fall. They were lying on the ground not struggling. I went up to them and got hold of the gun, and took it away from them. Fred McInerney said, “Take it home, Reg. Accused said, “Don’t take it home.” I opened the breech. The gun


I extracted the cartridges from the gun. I have examined the two cartridges. The gun produced is the gun they had. I broke the gun and threw it away. Accused came down and picked up the gun and took it into the house. I saw him. When accused and my employer got on their feet, my employer and myself went down to the cows. We made a second attempt to drive the cattle past and accused again came out of the house


We let the cows go and I went on with my work.

To the Bench: I am quite sure the gun was closed when I picked it up. I had the two cartridges in my possession until the police came out. I did not look at them. I just pulled them straight out of the gun and put them in my pocket. I did not start the cows from the yards. Fred McInerney had a stick when he started the cows the first time, but dropped it when he ran. I have never heard any disagreement between the brothers.

To Mr. MacKenzie: The water hole is practically mud, it is shallow. Fred McInerney had a stick in his hand at the time. To the Police: Accused was about ten yards from Fred McInerney when he pointed the gun at him. I saw him raise the gun and point it.

To the Bench: When accused and Fred McInerney were on the ground I did not hear anything. They were not struggling.

Accused was committed to stand his trail at the Gundagai Quarter Sessions on June 21st, 1932.



Tumut and Adelong Times (NSW : 1864 – 1867; 1899 – 1950),

Tuesday 12 July 1932, page 2


Constable Joe H. Buck, of Tumut, is away at Yass on a week’s leave.



Gundagai Independent (NSW : 1928 – 1954),

Monday 18 December 1933, page 2


Constable Joe Buck, from Ivanhoe, and now holidaying at Tumut, was admitted to the Tumut and District Hospital on Wednesday night, having developed a temperature and sore throat.



Gundagai Independent (NSW : 1928 – 1954),

Thursday 4 January 1934, page 4



Constable Joe Buck, who has been holidaying in Tumut for some weeks, returned to Ivanhoe on Friday.



Constable Joseph Hubert Buck to act as Assistant Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages for the District of Wilcannia, at Tibooburra, during the absence of Constable A. McAvoy, on leave,— from 30th April,


18 May 1934 – APPOINTMENTS. – Trove


Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001),

Friday 13 September 1935 (No.162), page 3640


(5882) Police Department,

Commissioner’s Office,

Sydney, 7th September, 1935.


BY virtue of an authority vested in me by an Order of His Excellency the Governor-in-Council, I have appointed the undermentioned member of the Police Force as Inspector of Slaughter-houses, and of cattle intended to be slaughtered:—

Constable Joseph Hubert Buck; Station— White Cliffs; Police District for which appointed— Mitchell.

N.B.— It is to be understood that the appointment of members of the Police Force as Inspectors of Slaughter houses will cease on their leaving the Service.

WM. J. MACKAY, Commissioner of Police.



Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001),

Friday 18 October 1935 (No.179), page 4141


(6700) Department of Labour and Industry,

Sydney, 18th October, 1935.


HIS Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, has been pleased to appoint the undermentioned members of the Police Force to be Inspectors to carry out the provisions of the Rural Workers’ Accommodation Act in the districts specified in connection with their respective names.



Constable 1st Class James Collins; Station.— Michelago; Police District— Queanbeyan.

Constable Joseph Hubert Buck; Station— White Cliffs; Police District— Mitchell.

Constable Ralph Moore Cravigan; Station— Bendemeer; Police District— Armidale.

Constable Matthew Colin Sullivan; Station— Marrar; Police District— Wagga.



Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954),

Thursday 17 October 1935, page 3


Suggestion For Broken Hill

A picturesque phase of police patrol will be introduced to the Broken Hill district if the suggestion of Superintendent Collings, who is staying at the Grand Hotel, is adopted.

Superintendent Collings is of the opinion that a travelling police station in the form of a motor lorry fitted with first aid and ambulance equipment, accommodation for prisoners, and any other equipment that could be of service in the pastoral country, would be a boon to pastoralists and residents of sparsely populated areas.

Two such travelling police stations have already proved their worth in the Riverina district, Superintendent Collings said.

Two specially chosen men would live on the lorry, and would have a roving commission. One of the men would be an experienced stockman, and the other an efficient policeman.

Their duty would be to patrol pastoral areas to detect breaches of the law and to render assistance to outback people generally.

Both men would be trained in first aid, and the lorry would be so fitted that it could be used, in cases of emergency for sickness or accident as an ambulance.

A chain stapled to the lorry with a handcuff on one end would facilitate the carrying of a prisoner. If it became necessary to carry more prisoners, they could be securely fastened by being handcuffed to the first prisoner.


The patrols in the Riverina were extremely popular with pastoralists, said Superintendent Collings, and pastoralists he had met in the Broken Hill district viewed the proposal favorably.

Stock thieves could be detected more easily, as the men in charge of the travelling station would not be fettered with office and routine duties as men at fixed stations were.

The only office work that they would be required to do would be the keeping of a log of their movements, petrol consumption, etc., and the making out of charges against any offenders they might bring to book.

It was impossible for men at present outback stations to give all the attention to their districts that was necessary.

They had relief inquiries to attend to, acted as the clerk of petty sessions and had numerous other duties which kept them indoors.

The present stations were built when horse mounted policemen were in vogue, and it was then a hard day’s ride from one station to another, ” Superintendent Collings said.

” The New South Wales Police Force is moving with the times, and such means are necessary if we are to keep abreast with the altered conditions.”



Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954),

Friday 11 March 1938, page 12


Services for Outback.


BROKEN HILL, Thursday.

Under a new plan introduced by the police, Constable Buck, of White Cliffs, will set out shortly for inland districts virtually as a travelling police station.

He will be vested with the same powers as a Clerk of Petty Sessions and in addition to registering dogs and granting travelling stock permits, he will also be empowered to perform marriages and register births and deaths.

He will be equipped with a buckboard fitted with every possible convenience and may be away from the centres of population for many days at a time.

Constable Buck will in fact bring police station, court-house and medical aid to the back door of the graziers of this widely-flung district. This will make it unnecessary for graziers and others to travel up to 100 miles to obtain licences and other services at a police station.

Although born in England, Constable Buck is a typical bushman and has had wide experience in the outback country. His outfit will include tanks to carry 30 gallons of petrol, two gallons of kerosene, 6½ gallons of oil and eight gallons of water.

He will also carry a first aid outfit in case of accidents and other emergencies.

Constable Buck has received a course of instruction in first aid and will be sent to Sydney later for a fresher course.



NSW Police - Travelling Police Stations - introduced in NSW in March 1935. They pitch their tents by the roadside Travelling Police Stations are the Department's latest innovations. Principally used for traffic patrols in the country, they are also effective in the suppression of crime. The crews camp on the road at night in snug little tents which are part of the gear carried in the trucks. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/247490574



Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954),

Tuesday 20 June 1939, page 1



Frederick Brown, of Nocatunga Station, was fined £5, with 8/- costs, by Mr. A. B. Collins, S.M., in the Police Court today for being in charge of 32 head of horses on the Tibooburra Road without a travelling stock permit.

The defendant was seen by Constable Buck, of the travelling police station.

Mr. Collins said that there was no excuse for the defendant as he was a recognised drover and should know the necessity for a permit.



Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954),

Wednesday 21 August 1940, page 1

Man Hunt Near Menindee


TELEPHONE conversations between local police officers and those concerned in the chase for Joseph Douglas Gerricke (40), who was shot near Wentworth on Sunday, have established that the dead man and the man reported as having been seen in Menindee District last week and at the week end are not identical.

Police officers and station owners are continuing the search for the second “strange” man.

Gerricke came, from South Australia, and had been chased by the South Australian police for a week. He wounded a railway ganger at McDonald’s Hill more than a week ago.

Last Thursday a report was received that a man, apparently demented, had been seen at Gum Lake siding on the Sydney line beyond Menindee, and about 122 miles from Broken Hill.

The man was described as being tall and dark with a black beard, and was stated to be armed with a rifle. This was similar to the description given of the maniac whom the South Australian police were chasing.

On Monday morning Mr. W. Waites, of Boola Boolka Station, in the Menindee district, reported that a man answering the description of the one seen at Gum Lake was sighted near Sayer’s Lake, about seven miles further on.

Constable Buck, of the “travelling police station,” and Sgt. Fardy, of Menindee, began the search at the week-end, and following the report from Wentworth considered it may be the same man. The description of Gerricke, however, is not the same.

Gerricke, who was shot, was 6ft in height, of very strong build, and had long brown hair and along dark beard. Round his waist was a cord sack tied with a piece of rope. This covered his badly torn trousers. In place of shoes, which had worn out, he had pieces of rubber tubing tied with wire.


Police officers at Wentworth stated that the two men could not possibly be identical as black trackers and South Australian police officers were on the trail of Gerricke all the time, and he could not have got so far away from them.

Since the man was seen at Sayer’s Lake on Sunday no further reports have been received of him, but station owners have been warned. They are co-operating with the police officers in the search.

The “travelling police station” is hot equipped with wireless, but has equipment which enables telephone contact to be made from any part of a telephone line. No reports have been received from the police since yesterday.



Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954),

Friday 23 August 1940, page 3



MORE than 47,000 miles were covered by Constable J. Buck, of the Travelling Police Station, during the first two years of the operation of this novel service to the people of the West Darling district.

He returned from Sydney about a month ago with a new utility which has already traversed more than 3000 miles in the district.

The new utility, like the old one, is fitted with special tanks for carrying water, extra petrol, etc., and has a complete first aid outfit, and carries all books usually attached to a New South Wales Police Station.

A portable transceiver set is to be installed in the new utility truck, and this will greatly assist the work of Constable Buck. It will be linked with the network of stations operating with the Flying Doctor Wireless Base at Round Hill.

Constable Buck patrols the areas between Menindee and Ivanhoe to Tilpa, and to the Queensland border in addition to spending much time in White Cliffs, Wilcannia, and other sections. He goes anywhere he is required in the district, and his duties include that of officiating at marriages.

Since the travelling police station scheme was introduced two years ago it has proved most beneficial and assisted police work in the district.

On his trip to Sydney to hand in the old vehicle, Constable Buck travelled via Cobar, Nyngan and Dubbo, and returned with the new outfit via Parkes, Hillston and Ivanhoe.


Constable Buck said that the only green feed seen on the trip was between Parkes and Orange where the wheat is coming up. Rain is badly needed in these parts as in other parts of the State.

There is evidence of scrub cutting between Euabalong and Hillston, but from there to Ivanhoe there is dry feed. Station owners, however, complained of a lack of tank water.

Constable Buck said that the position of the people right along the River Darling was acute. In some places the river was dry, and unless there were heavy rain’s in Queensland in the next few weeks there would be a serious position in the summer months.

It is possible to drive a car across the river bed between Cuthero and Whurlie Station‘s, whereas only a few weeks ago it was possible to cross the river only at the bridge at Menindee.

A somewhat similar position is being experienced in the Walgett district, where the Rivers Barwon and Namoi are very low and have practically ceased flowing.

Shearing has been in progress practically throughout the Western District. The prospects for the lambing season are not bright, and there are expected to be many deaths.

In some cases lambs only three months old have been shorn in an endeavor to save them.

It was pointed out that many graziers in the district are not complying with the regulations of the Rural Workers Accommodation Act, which requires owners or occupiers to notify the inspector for their district of their intention to crutch or shear seven days before starting the work. Failure to do so renders them liable to a penalty not exceeding £100.



Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954),

Tuesday 1 April 1941, page 1

Convent Bombarded By Nazi Bombs

” ON the first day of the blitz a plane crashed at our gates, and the convent caught fire from an incendiary embedded in the roof. Later an aerial torpedo buzzed over us and demolished houses at the bottom of the garden.” writes Mother Mary Peter, of the Ursuline Convent, Greenwich, London, to her brother, Constable J. H. BUCK, of the travelling police station.

” Another night we had a direct hit from a high explosive, which rendered one wing useless,” she continues, ” and about a month ago more incendiaries fell on us ( altogether we have had 15 ), but we put the fire out ourselves and there was very little damage.

” Still, in spite of everything, we are all very gay and bright, and no one has been hurt. Please God we shall remain so to the end, but we are longing and praying for a just and speedy peace.”

The courage of these nuns is apparent in their determination not to run away, hut to carry on where they are most needed.

” What fine work the Australians have been doing in Africa,” Mother Mary Peter writes. ” You meet all types in London nowadays, and it’s just grand to see them. By the way, don’t believe London is dust and ashes. It’s still going strong and has ‘stayed put.’

” Our school here is now in two sections -an evacuated half in Wales and the rest ( or rather the remnant of the rest ) here. When war was first declared the whole school went to the coast, but last June we were moved from there. The presence of some children in London has necessitated mistresses here, so most of the nuns have stayed at home, but four are with the secular mistresses and 150 children in Wales. We are longing for the reunion of the school, but that cannot be for the present. The children are admirable. They take the raids as a matter of course, hence lessons carry on as usual and good work is being accomplished.”



Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954),

Thursday 17 April 1941, page 1


After being fitted with a transceiver wireless set in Adelaide, the Travelling Police Station truck, in charge of Constable Buck, returned from Adelaide at the Week end and has resumed duty at Wilcannia.

Until authority is obtained from the P.M.G’s Department the equipment will not be used. It is expected that this authority will be obtained soon. ( this is to ‘licence’ the unit )

When in use the equipment will enable contact to be made with Constable Buck anywhere on his route in the outback.

Contact will be made with the Central Police Station through 8SK, the Round Hill Flying Doctor base.



Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954),

Saturday 15 November 1941, page 5

Travelling Police Station

There may be a change in the officer in charge of the travelling police station, which is at present in charger of Constable J. BUCK.

Constable Buck is at present visiting Broken Hill.

With him is Constable P. O. Blake, formerly of Camborah on the North Coast, and who will be engaged on duties with Constable Buck for the next three months.

The travelling police station is the only one of its kind in the Commonwealth and is the only similar service to be equipped with a wireless transceiving set.



Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954),

Tuesday 24 March 1942, page 1


A gas producer unit is to be fitted to the Travelling Police Station operated by Constable J. Buck from Wilcannia.

This will enable him to resume his normal patrols of the district.

Since October, when drastic petrol cuts were introduced, the use of the police truck, which is fitted with wireless, has been restricted to emergency trips and essential patrols only.

The Travelling Police Station covers many hundreds of miles each year and has provided people of the inland with the much needed service of police officer, registrar, inspector, and some of the many other official positions held by Constable Buck.



Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954),

Wednesday 6 May 1942, page 3

Constable Buck For Wilcannia

After four years in charge of the travelling police station, with headquarters at Wilcannia, Constable J Buck is to take charge of the Wilcannia Station. He will succeed Sgt. McEvoy, who has been transferred to Adelong.

Constable Blake is to take charge of the travelling police station. He has been with Constable Buck for several months.

The travelling police station, which was the first of its kind introduced in the State, is now fitted with a gas producer.

Constables Buck and Blake have just completed their first trip since the fitting of the unit.

The patrol took them a distance of 348 miles, and places visited included Ivanhoe, Moss Vale, Darnick railway siding, Eureka Well, and Palapah Station.



Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001),

Friday 9 October 1942 (No.136), page 2749

Department of Public Health, Sydney, 9th October, 1942.

IT is hereby notified for public information that the under mentioned person has been duly appointed by the Board of Health as Local Authority under section 17 (1) (b) of the Public Health Act, 1902:—

Constable Joseph Hubert Buck, Police District of Mitchell, station Wilcannia,— as from 18th. May, 1942.

(563) J. V. BOYLE, Secretary, Board of Health.



Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 – 1954),

Saturday 9 January 1943, page 4


There will be celebration in the far west of New South Wales when the word gets round that Joe Buck, of the Mounted Police, has been promoted sergeant.

In the opal mines of White Cliffs, the silver mines of Broken Hill, the shearing sheds of Wilcannia, Milparinka, and Tibooburra, and along the dusty, treeless roads, the name of Joe Buck is a household word.

Joe, who is aged 36, yesterday received special promotion from the rank of constable to sergeant for meritorious service.

His ” meritorious service ” is performed in the largest single police district in the State — possibly in the world.

It covers thousands of square miles.

With headquarters at Wilcannia, he covers his huge patrol in a truck which is a travelling police station.

Apart from keeping law and order in his big domain, Joe also officially:

Conducts marriage and burial services.

Distributes gun and dog licences.

Issues mining rights.

Is Clerk of Petty Sessions at various towns.

Registers births, marriages, and deaths.

Unofficially he:

Succors the sick and attends the injured.

Assists at midwifery.

Lends a hand in the shearing sheds and lambing yards.

Entertains work hands and station owners with song and music. ( He was a piano & drum player )

Special Constable Joe is rated one or the best bushmen, horsemen, and trackers of the Far West.

His advice is sought on cattle and sheep by men reared on the land.

He knows the country better than those born there, and he is known across the Queensland and South Australian borders as well as in New South Wales.

Yet Joe was born at Forest Gate, London, where his father was a pastry cook— ” the champion pastrycook of England, ” according to Joe.

He came to Australia at the age of 15 and wandered the Australian bush and plains until he joined the mounted police in 1929, at the age of 21.

The Commissioner of Police yesterday announced four other special promotions of constables to the rank of sergeant.

They are R. B. Blake, W. Allen, M. W. Chaseling, and Detective G. Jack.



Glen Innes Examiner (NSW : 1908 – 1954),

Saturday 9 January 1943, page 1


SYDNEY, Saturday.— Included in police promotions yesterday was the name of Joe Buck, of the mounted police, aged 36, with headquarters at Wilcannia, who was raised from the rank of constable to that of sergeant for meritorious service.

His single police district covers thousands of miles and in the Far West his name is a household word.



Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 – 1954),

Tuesday 12 January 1943, page 4


Sergeant Joe Buck, of the Mounted Police, who pioneered the first travelling police station in the north-west corner of N.S.W., came to Australia in 1923 because, as a boy in London, he burnt cakes.

He burnt the cakes in his father’s pastrycook bakery not far from where, almost 1000 years earlier, Alfred the Great was scolded for burning cakes.

” Dad gave me such a hiding that I threatened to go to Australia, and Dad was so angry he paid my passage. ” Sergeant Buck said yesterday.

Now 36, he was given special promotion from constable on Friday, for Meritorious service in the largest single police district in the State, and probably the world.

His travelling police station was a truck.

Covering more than 60,000 square miles, his district extended over the opal mines of White Cliffs, shearing sheds of Wilcannia, Milparinka and Tibooburra.

In addition to his police duties he held 23 official appointments, including authority to make wills and perform marriages.

He has married about a dozen couples, but never a white and a black.

After marrying one couple, he found the husband had filled in the form for his condition ( whether single or widowed ) as ” fine, ” and his bride’s as ” pregnant. ”

Sergeant Buck is on a month’s leave in Sydney for the first time since he joined the Mounted Police 14 years ago.

His wife, who helped him with the beginnings of the patrols outback, is with him.

Since last May the travelling police station has been in charge of Constable P. Blake.

Sergeant Buck will be in charge of the territory at Wilcannia, assisted by Constable Jack MacLean.

Sgt Joe BUCK, Joseph Hubert BUCK, Joseph BUCK
Sgt Joe BUCK



Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001),

Friday 19 February 1943 (No.23), page 342


(2416) Police Department, Commissioner’s Office,

Sydney, 12th February, 1943.



IN pursuance of the power vested in him as Local Authority under the Public Health Act, 1902, for the Police District of Mitchell, in the State of New South Wales, Joseph Hubert Buck, Sergeant of Police and Local Authority for the said Police District, hereby appoints Constable 1st Class Daniel John Haigh as Sanitary Inspector for the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of the Public Health Act at Silverton within the Police District of Mitchell, as on and from the 7th December, 1942.

WM. J, MACKAY, Commissioner of Police.



Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954),

Wednesday 8 March 1944, page 1

Wilcannia Still

Without Light And Water Supply

Wilcannia residents have been greatly inconvenienced following the recent fire which destroyed the town’s pumping and electricity plant. Citizens, however, are patient, realising that the Council is doing all possible to relieve the position. ”

This was stated today by Sgt. Joe Buck, officer in charge of the Wilcannia Police Station.

Police are preparing a report on the disastrous fire which destroyed the plants, comprising four engines, including two diesel engines. This machinery was housed in the one building.

The damage wa estimated at approximately £5000, but was covered by insurance.

The Council is making arrangements for a local pump to relieve the water position. Negotiations are also being continued for the restoration of the lighting services.

When the fire occurred the town was plunged into darkness and there is now a complete blackout except for the light given by the moon.

Emergency lighting for homes and business houses has been provided by kerosene lamps and candles.

On the day following the fire there was a brisk trade in kerosene lamps, glasses, kerosene, lamps wicks and candles.

Sgt. Buck, referring to conditions generally in the district, said that the recent rains had caused a big improvement. Another inch of rain would assure an excellent winter in the grazing areas.

In recent patrols through Myro Station and Monolon, Sgt Buck found these properties in good heart.

The river at Wilcannia is high, and is still rising. The weir is out of sight.



Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954),

Thursday 9 March 1944, page 1

Sgt. Joe Buck, of the Wilcannia police, left today on his return to his station. He was accompanied by Constable H. Blake, of the Travelling Police Station, who has been granted permission to join the RAAF. He is now awaiting his call up.



Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954),

Wednesday 15 March 1944, page 2


Local and district police are to be given a lecture at three sessions on how to rescue crews and passengers from crashed aircraft.

The lecturer is Constable First Class Hunter, of Bathurst, who is expected to arrive here this afternoon.

All district police have been instructed to attend.

Those due in include Constable Madden (Tibooburra), Sgt. Joe Buck, Constables Sawtell and Blake (Wilcannia), Sgt. Carey and Constable Beck (Menindee), and Constable D. Haigh (Silverton).



Western Herald (Bourke, NSW : 1887 – 1970),

Friday 7 September 1945, page 8

Tilpa News


The Tilpa Red Cross held their Victory Ball in the local hall on Saturday, August 25th. Although the weather had been doubtful causing the organisers some concern. Saturday broke fine and a big crowd was assured.

Visitors from Cobar, Bourke, Wilcannia and Wanaaring were noticed among the revellers and a Victory spirit seemed to be the order of the night. This was the first opportunity that the local people had of celebrating at least officially the victory over Japan and they certainly did it to some purpose.

Sergeant Joe Buck had offered to supply the music and he was as good as his word both he and his drummer Mr. Clark excelling themselves in their efforts. That this combination were appreciated was very much in evidence by the full dance floor all-night.

Mrs. Luffman, Mrs. Suttor and their helpers had the hall decorated in Red, white and blue with Victory Flags around the walls and the dance floor was in excellent condition.

The same ladies were in charge of the sit-down supper in a neighboring building and there were plenty of good things for all. On this occasion it was noticed that there were more young people from neighboring districts and the dancing was kept going with a good swing perhaps in some way due to a bit of competition among the lads. Although the older generation were not doing ” so hot on the dance floor, they seemed to be holding their own elsewhere voted it a good night.

This function was primarily arranged as a Victory celebration yet the money still came in and £84 was the financial result of the night’s effort.

The President and Committee once again extend to their staunch helpers and to all who attended their sincere thanks for their efforts in making this and other Tilpa functions the 100 percent success they have been.

Various Novelties through the night were disposed of as follows -Dinner -Mrs. Howchin; 1lb Tobacco, D. Brookman; Brandy, A. Gascoyne; 1/2lb Tobacco, Mrs. L. Suttor; Sweets, F. Martin.



Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954),

Monday 10 September 1945, page 3


A PUBLIC farewell was tendered to Sgt. J. Buck and Mrs. Buck at Wilcannia on Saturday night, there being an excellent gathering of residents of both the town and surrounding districts.

Indicative of the esteem in which Sgt. Buck is held in the district was the fact that some of those present had travelled 150 miles. Visitors were present from the White Cliffs district.

Sgt. Buck has been at Wilcannia for about 10 years and taken an active part in the town’s activities, especially on behalf of war and other charities.

The Mayor ( Ald J. Uhl ) presided and spoke of Sgt. Buck‘s organising ability and his work for the betterment of the town. He said he was behind every move made for improved conditions.

Father Jordan spoke of Sgt. and Mrs. Buck‘s activities in connection with church work, and also referred to his organising ability.

Dr. Bonar, on behalf of the Bowling Club, said that the work of Sergt. Buck was mainly responsible for bringing the club to a high plane.

Other speakers also eulogised the work of Sergt. and Mrs. Buck.

On behalf of the citizens, Mayor Uhl handed Sergt. Buck a travelling case and rug and Mrs. Buck a silver mounted tray.

Sergt. Buck responded for himself and wife.

Following the presentation, dancing was continued until about 1 a.m. Sunday.

Sgt. Buck and family will leave Wilcannia for Temora on September 25.



Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga, NSW : 1911 – 1954),

Thursday 29 April 1948, page 1


OF TEMORA GUARD’S Mystery death

Coroner’s Finding Expected Today

( From Our Special Reporter )

TEMORA, Wednesday:

A railway guard who collapsed at Temora railway station on March 1 and died the following morning, allegedly from arsenical poisoning, was happy and singing a short while before he became ill.

This was stated by witnesses at the inquest into the guard’s death, which opened at Temora today before a crowded courtroom.

The guard was Robert Sylvester Condron, aged 46, of 148 Hovell Street, Cootamundra.

Witnesses also stated that Condron was deeply religious. When he collapsed at Temora he called for a priest. One witness said that when he informed Condron’s wife in Cootamundra that he had been taken to Temora Hospital suffering from poisoning, she was shocked and upset.

The witness said that Mrs. Condron had stated that she gave her husband a dose of Bidomak in a small bottle to take with him when he left for Temora.

Evidence was given that a small bottle containing a few dregs of a dark fluid was found with Condron’s belongings at the Temora station after he had collapsed.

The Inquest was adjourned until 10 o’clock tomorrow morning, and a finding is expected tomorrow.

The inquest is being conducted by the Temora Coroner ( Mr. C. Wellingham ). Sgt. G. Lithgow, of Wagga, is appearing to assist the Coroner; Mr. E. J. Callan ( Kinsey and Callan, Cootamundra ) is appearing for the widow ( Mrs. Rita Marie Condron ); Mr. H. E. Hoare is appearing for S. O. Bielby, manufacturer and proprietor of Bidomak, and Mr. W. M. O’Neill, organiser, is appearing for the Australian Railways Union, of which Condron was a member.

The first witness was Robert John O’Shea, leading porter, of the Railway Hotel, Cootamundra, who said that at 5 p.m.. on March 1, 1948, he was in Hovell street, Cootamundra, and saw Condron. Condron was walking on the platform of the Cootamundra railway station carrying his tucker box.

O’Shea said a tucker box in court was similar to the one Condron was carrying.

A few minutes later, O’Shea said he saw Condron in the porters’ room having a cup of tea, Condron said he felt ” good ” and said he was going to Temora. Condron was drinking from a railway refreshment room cup. That was the last he saw of Condron.

John Austin Schofield, railway cleaner, of 72 Parker Street, Cootamundra, said that at 5 p.m. on March 1 he saw Condron on the platform at Cootamundra. Condron said he was working the same train as Schofield to Temora. Condron placed his tucker box in the guard’s van. The tucker box in court was similar to Condron’s, said Schofield.

Stop at Maemar

The train, which consisted of an engine and guard’s van, proceeded to Temora. At a stop at Maemar, Condron left the guard’s van. Condron, said Schofield, appeared to be in good health. He did not complain of illness. The whole of the time they were at Maemar, Condron was in his view, said Schofield. At the home signal box at Temora, Condron still appeared to be in good spirits. As Condron left the train, he said: ” Cheerio, I’ll see you later.”

Schofield said that no other stops were made. He did not see Condron again.

To Mr. Callan, Schofield said he did not think the train stopped at Stockinbingal.

Schofield said he did not know of a tank used to keep poison water for the destruction of weeds at Maemar. He did not know arsenic was used to poison weeds on the railway.

Condron was never out of his sight at Maemar, added Schofield. Geoffrey Joseph Rogers, a shunter, of 134 Temora Street, Cootamundra, was not present in court. The court was informed that he was on his honeymoon.

A statement made by Rogers, in which he told of having seen Condron with his tucker box at Cootamundra railway station on March 1, was read to the court.

Swept Guard’s Van

William Charles Williams, a junior porter, of 38 Victoria Parade, Cootamundra, told of having swept out Condron’s guard’s van. He did not see any utensils in the van. He said the tucker box in court was Condron’s. He saw it in the van. Condron appeared to be in normal health.

” Arsenic Used to Kill Weeds “

Shown a photograph of the carriage section of Condron’s guard’s van, Williams said he did not think it had contained a water bottle when he cleaned the van prior to Condron’s trip to Temora. The guard would not use the compartment.

To Mr. Callan, Williams said that Condron did not have a water bag with him on March 1.

Williams said there could have been some bottles in the guard’s section of the van. He said it was not Condron’s practice to carry a water bag.

Appeared Normal

Merton Henry Hutchinson, acting locomotive driver, of 41 Thompson Street, Cootamundra. said he was the driver of the train on which Condron travelled to Temora as guard. Condron appeared to be in normal health and spirits at Cootamundra. He did not complain of any illness. Condron did not have occasion to use his whistle during the trip to Temora.

Hutchinson said he did not know whether Condron was an impetuous man or a cool, slow moving man.

He ( witness ) knew that arsenic was used by the railways to kill weeds. It was possible that the arsenic mixture would be given to employees for the destruction of weeds, at their home.

William Nicholas Whitford, assistant station-master at Temora, said that on March 1 at 8.30 p.m. he spoke to Condron, who appeared to be in good spirits, and gave him instructions for his return journey. The return journey was due to commence at 10.40 p.m. There was a hut where he would go. It was equipped for guards to have their meals.

 ” Get a Doctor!”

Whitford said he saw Condron walking towards the hut. Later he again saw Condron taking the numbers of his train.

At 9.45 p.m. Condron came staggering up to the station master’s office. Condron said: ” Get a doctor and ambulance quickly.”

Whitford continued: ” I said ” What’s wrong?” Condron replied, ” I drank something. It must have been poisoned.”

” Condron staggered along the platform and again called out, ” Get a doctor, ambulance and a priest.”

Whitford said he phoned for the ambulance and then saw Condron lying on the platform, crying out. He appeared to be in great pain.

Whitford said a small glass flask in court was the one he saw handed to the doctor who attended Condron at the station.

Whitford said he believed Condron was a very devout Catholic.

Whitford told Mr. Callan that there was hot and cold water in the hut where the guard’s had meals. Condron was an active man.

Complained of Pain

Colin Ray Johns, porter, of Cootamundra Road, Temora, said he saw Condron at the meal hut at 9 p.m. He next saw Condron being placed in the ambulance half an hour later. He did not see anyone in the hut with Condron.

Henry Roy Roberts, relief assistant station-master, of Queen Street, Barmedman, said he was at Temora on March 1. He saw Condron when he arrived from Cootamundra. He was in a cheerful mood and was singing, said Roberts.

At 9.45 p.m. he was in the station-master’s office when Condron asked for a doctor and an ambulance. He followed Condron on to the platform and asked him why he wanted a doctor and ambulance. Condron replied that he had taken something, or had had a drink of something.

Condron was in pain and complained of pain and heat. He appeared very hot, said Roberts. Condron did not say what he had taken.

When asked by the doctor what he had taken, Condron said: ” A dose of Bidomak.”

Roberts said he searched the guard’s van but could find nothing belonging to Condron. In the meal hut he found Condron’s tucker box and gear on the table. The tucker box was open. Condron’s false teeth were cleaned near the tucker box.

” Dark Froth on Bottle “

His billy can was on the table with tea leaves in it, ready for tea to be made, said Roberts. His pannikin contained a bag of sugar. His plate with meat, covered in a bag, was also on the table. The position as he saw it, said Roberts, was normal for a man about to have a meal.

A small flask ( produced in court ) was in Condron’s tucker bag, said witness. It had a screw top and there was a dark froth round the edge of the bottle, as if it had recently been shaken. There were a few dregs of dark fluid in the bottle.

Roberts said it smelt like some patent medicine. He gave the flask to the ambulance driver, to be handed to the doctor. Roberts said he found no containers other than those that would be used by a normal man about to have a meal.

Roberts said he did not think there was a poison water tank at Temora.

Cross-examined by Mr. Callan, Roberts said a tank was not used for mixing poison at Temora. Poison was mixed at Temora at the trolley shed, which was out side the station yards. All mixing instruments were kept under lock.

( Continued on Page 2 )

TEMORA INQUEST ( Continued from Page 1 )

Roberts said that no poison had been used at Temora for 13 months. He had never seen fettlers dip buckets into tanks to get water for mixing poison. Condron did not say anything that would blame anyone else for poisoning him.

Frederick ( Fredick ) George Jordan, ganger, of 31 Warren Street, Cootamundra, said that Condron was the lessee of a railway paddock near his gangers’ shed. The shed was kept locked. The police had taken a sample of weed-killer from the shed.

Jordan told Mr. Callan that he did know some fettlers dipped buckets into the water tanks to get water to dilute poison.

Question of Faith

Norman William Starr, fireman, of 88 Murray Street, Cootamundra, said he had known Condron for several years. He was a hard-working, decent and truthful man. Condron was a devout Catholic. He had once expressed the opinion that religious faith was supreme over all things, and he was known to often quote the scriptures.

Starr told Mr. Callan that Condron was a cautious man.

Cross-examined by Mr. Callan. Starr said that Condron gave him the impression that he ( Condron ) believed that with Christian faith, a man could overcome anything that would kill an ordinary man.

Starr told Sergeant Lithgow that Condron did not give the impression that he world take poison to prove his argument.

At this stage, Whitford was recalled to the box. He said he had made an examination of the yard at the Temora railway station. There were no poison tanks at the yards. None had been removed since March 1 and there had been no poison at the yards for 13 months.

Jack Wilfred James Forrest, guard, of 123 Crowley Street, Temora, said he took over the train in place of Condron. He did not see anything in the van that could have contained water or any liquid.

Frederick Eugene Perrott, a per-way section light duty man, of Barmedman Road, Temora, said he came on duty on the morning of March 2. He did not see anything that could have contained liquid in the meal hut at Temora.

Interview With Wife

Constable Charles Francis Rains, of Cootamundra, said that at 11.15 p.m. on March 1, he went to Condron’s home and told his wife that her husband had taken ill. He told her the symptoms were those of poisoning. When told that her husband had said she had given him a dose of medicine before he left home, Mrs. Condron said: ” Yes, I gave him a dose of Bidomak.”

Constable Rains said he took possession of a bottle of Bidomak given him by Mrs. Condron.

Mrs. Condron said she gave her husband a dose before he left home and put another dose in a small flat bottle like a flask, to take with him.

Constable Rains said that every time he spoke to Condron over the period he had known him, Condron had been in a bad temper. He told Mr. Callan that Condron’s home had been burnt down in 1945. At the time of Condron’s death they were still living in sheds at the rear of the burnt home. Condron was building a new home at the time of his death.

When told of her husband’s condition, Mrs. Condron was shocked and concerned, said witness. She did not ask what kind of poisoning her husband was suffering from.

Post-Mortem Held

Senior Constable Walter Charles Rantlan, of Temora, said that at 11.30 p.m., on March 1 he saw a doctor, who handed him a bottle ( produced in court ).

Sergeant Joseph Hubert Buck, of Temora, said that at 11 a.m. on March 2, he was present at a post-mortem examination on Condron. The doctor had handed him several organs from Condron’s body. On March 4, he handed a number of exhibits in court to the Government Analyst in Sydney.

He produced the analyst’s certificates in relation to the articles. They included the small flask-like bottle, the bottle of Bidomak and the organs from Condron’s body.



West Wyalong Advocate (NSW : 1928 – 1954),

Monday 8 November 1948, page 2

Temora Taxi Driver s Death;

Verdict of Suicide Returned

A few hours before he committed suicide by taking cyanide poison, 48-years-old Temora taxi driver, Henry Murphy, was almost run down by a locomotive engine in the Temora shunting yards.

Henry Kenneth Adams, railway fireman, told the Temora Coroner ( Mr. C. Wellingham ) that he saw Murphy walking towards an engine he was shunting in the yards.

The Coroner returned a verdict of suicide by poisoning.

“I thought if I hadn’t pulled the engine up I might have hit him. Murphy was only seven yards away when he passed in front of the engine after it had stopped, Adams said.

Adams said it was about 9p.m.

on September 9 when he saw Murphy in the railway yards, where there were numerous wheat stacks. Murphy had hesitated two or three times before passing in front of the train said Adams.

Mr. Wellingham was inquiring into the death of Murphy, who was found dead in his room at the Federal Hotel, Temora, on September 10. ” There is no doubt, in my opinion that the death was made by Murphy to appear as a result of natural causes, making it one of the most involved inquests I have handled,” said Mr. Wellingham. ” Right up until the post mortem, it looked like heart failure and that was also the opinion of the Government Medical Officer ( Dr. Parry ),” said Mr. Wellingham.

Mr. Wellingham directed that ” the painstaking and untiring investigations by Det. Sgt H. J. Cloke, of Wagga, and Sgt. J. H. Buck, of Temora, be brought under the notice of the Commissioner of Police.”


He criticised a Temora woman Mrs. Sopphie Alma Brooks, who gave evidence at the inquest.

“Mrs. Brooks impressed me as a most unfavorable type of witness. I feel she could have told us a lot more than she did, said Mr. Wellingham.

Mrs. Brooks, of Camp Street, Temora, denied that Murphy had given her £470 during the nine months before his death, or that she had bought clothes and charged them up to Murphy’s account in Temora.

She said she was a married woman living apart from her husband, and had known Murphy for the past seven or eight years. About two years ago she went to work at the Trundle Hotel. After four or five months she got a letter from her sister, Mrs. Maquire, of Temora, saying that Murphy wanted to purchase a boarding house at Temora. She and her sister were to rent it at £2/10/0 a week.


At a later date she returned to Temora and went into the boarding house with her sister. After a week, she went to bank some money and spoke to Murphy. He told her that be had not let the boarding house to her, but had put her in it as a manageress.

After a discussion with a solicitor at which Murphy was present, she left the boarding house. Before she went into the boarding house. Murphy gave £40 to buy some linen and crockery. After that she did not see much of Murphy, and left Temora.

About 11 months ago she returned to Temora and lived with her sister.

On the night of his death, Murphy had driven her sister and herself down town in the taxi. Murphy mentioned he was going to Trundle the next day, said Mrs. Brooks.

Sgt. Buck ( assisting the coroner ) : Has Murphy given you any money besides that £40.


Sgt. Buck: ” Were you told of an allegation that Murphy had given you £470 over a period of nine months?— He definitely did not give it to me. There is no-truth in it.

Sgt. Buck ( to the coroner ): The allegation was put to her when interviewed by Sgt. Cloke.


To Mr. Farrell ( for Murphy’s relatives ), Mrs. Brooks denied she had ever charged any goods or clothing to Murphy’s account at any Store in town.

It was not true that she had charged certain frocks to Murphy during the period she was running the boarding house, she said.

The dead man’s widow Ethel Murphy, said she had been living apart from her husband for the past four and a half years.

Murphy had written to her saying that he was not feeling well and had also told her his heart was troubling him, said Mrs. Murphy.

The Temora Government Medical Officer Dr. B. K. Parry ) said that in his opinion Murphy had died from cyanide poisoning.

A resident at the Federal Hotel, Mrs. Margaret Saville Simpson, told the coroner how she found Murphy’s body lying on the bed.

” I was walking past Murphy’s room about 7 a.m. and through the open door I saw Murphy lying on the bed.

” About an hour later I again passed the room and Murphy was lying in the same position, with his right hand across his chest.

” I thought there was something wrong, and after sending for an employee of the hotel, we went in and found him apparently dead,” she said.


When he arrived at the hotel on the morning of September 10, Murphy was lying on the bed with the bedclothes pulled up around him and was wearing pyjamas, said Sgt. Joseph Hubert Buck, of the Temora police.

The G.M.O. ( Dr. E. K. Parry ) and Constable Pantlon were already in the room.

He saw constable Pantlon, pick up a headache powder wrapper and broken tumbler off the floor. On the dressing table was a pad containing a letter to a man named ” Cecil “, said Sgt. Buck. The letter had apparently been written on the night of Murphy’s death.

On September 13, he and Det-Sergeant Cloke had found a piece of white substance in a cardboard box in the room. It was later Identified as cyanide.

Sgt. Buck said that after a careful examination of the body, he could find no marks of violence.

There was no traces of cyanide in the headache powder wrapper which he had sent to the Government Analyst in Sydney, Det.-Sgt. Cloke told the coroner.

From inquiries he had made, be had ascertained that Murphy was worried before his death.

Although exhaustive inquiries had been made to trace the ” Cecil ” referred to in the letter, the only person he could trace of that name who knew the dead man had died some time ago, said Det.-Sgt. Cloke.

” From inquiries I have made, I am satisfied that Murphy took his own life. ” said Det-Sgt. Cloke. Cyanide was used extensively in the district for the destruction of mice in wheat stacks, he said.



Tumut and Adelong Times (NSW : 1864 – 1867; 1899 – 1950),

Tuesday 21 December 1948, page 2


Says the ” Temora Independent “:

” Temora will lose a good policeman and a fine citizen by the transfer of Sergt. J. H. Buck to Bathurst.

He expects to be taking his departure early in the New Year.

On Friday morning Sergt. Buck‘s promotion to Sergeant Second-Class was announced and word of his transfer to Bathurst came through on Friday evening.

He becomes one of the youngest second-class sergeants in the service, which he joined in March, 1929, and has received many well-deserved congratulations. ”

As Constable “Joe” Buck was stationed in Tumut for some years, his promotion is noted with interest.



Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954),

Monday 7 August 1950, page 7


Sergeant Joe Buck, of Bathurst, I formerly of Broken Hill and Wilcannia, has passed the examination for promotion to sergeant first class.

Constable W. Sowerby, formerly clerk in the inspector’s office at the Central Police Station, has passed the examination for promotion to sergeant third class.



Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 – 1954),

Tuesday 1 June 1954, page 8


CASINO, Monday.— Mr. Joe Buck has become the first life member of Casino Amateur Swimming Club.

This honour was conferred on Mr. Buck at tonight’s annual meeting, attended by 85 members.

Mr. Buck has been re-elected president, even though his transfer to officer-in-charge of police at Darlinghurst is pending.

He is the inaugural secretary of the swimming club, formed two years ago, and was elected president last year.

All the executive were returned unopposed. They are the secretary, Mr. W. H. Smith; treasurer, Mr. A. F. McDonald; patrons, Ald. R. W. Manyweathers, Sir Earle Page, M.H.R., Messrs. I. L. Robinson, M.L.A., A. E. Robinson, D. K. J. Kissane, and G. F. Thompson: vice-presidents, Messrs. J. Galbraith, E. E. Gray; handicapper. Mr. N. Balzer; race secretary, Mr. W. Cox; women’s captain, Miss H. Moller.

Mr. A. McGearey won a ballot to become club captain of the men, and the committee ( elected on a ballot ) comprises Messrs. D. Gooley, K. Gooley, N. Imeson, R. Imeson, J. McElligott, G. Naughton and C. O’Connor.



Joseph Hubert BUCK, Joe BUCK, Sir Eric Woodward
Joe BUCK received the Queen’s Medal for Distinguished and Meritorious Service from His Excellency, the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Eric Woodward. November, 1961.


Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001),

Friday 22 June 1962 (No.59), page 1799



THE Governor-in-Council has approved of the appointment of Superintendent 2nd Class Joseph Hubert Buck as a member of the Aborigines Welfare Board, vice Frederick Stanley Windsor, Deputy Commissioner of Police.

G A. KELLY, Chief Secretary.



Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001),

Friday 22 June 1962 (No.59), page 1799

Chief Secretary’s Department, Sydney, 22nd June, 1962.

BUSH FIRES ACT, 1949-1958


THE Governor-in-Council has approved of the appointment of Superintendent Joseph Hubert Buck as a member of the Bush Fire Committee, vice Mr. Frederick Stanley Windsor, resigned.




Western Herald (Bourke, NSW : 1887 – 1970),

Friday 5 June 1964, page 1



The marriage of Miss Gaenor Veronica DAVIS and Mr. Joseph Hubert BUCK will be celebrated at St Ignatius’ Church, Bourke, with Nuptial Mass, on Saturday, 6th June ( 1964 ), at 5.45 p.m.

A reception will follow at the Memorial Hall Supper Room.



It would ‘appear’, from the wording of the below article, that the name of Joseph Hubert BUCK was used by, both, father and son.

It is unknown ( by me – Cal ) as to whether Joseph Hubert BUCK ( Jnr ) was also a member of NSWPF.

On the grave stone of Eunice & Joseph ( Snr ), the childrens’ names are recorded as Joe, Terry, Peter ( living 2021 ), Denis, Margaret & Angela.

The Mentioned ‘ Joe ‘ is, no doubt Joseph Hubert BUCK Jnr.

Western Herald (Bourke, NSW : 1887 – 1970),

Friday 12 June 1964, page 1


Joseph Hubert BUCK Jnr


Photo by ” Speedex ”


Nuptial Mass was celebrated by Father F. Dunne at St. Ingatius’ Church, Bourke, on 6th June, after the wedding of Gaenor Veronica younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Davis, of ” Bendemeer , ” Bourke, to Joseph Hubert, eldest son of Superintendent and Mrs. Buck of Bourke Street, Darlinghurst.

Anas, sister of the bride, acted as bridesmaid and John Dwyer was best man.

” Ave Maria ” was rendered very sweetly by Miss Helen Ellicott and a guard-of-honour was formed by the Children of Mary.

The bride’s dress was of Peau De Soie with French beading and a long train. She carried a bouquet of white hyacinths and white gladioli roses with ivy trailers. Her veil was held in place by a Peau de soie headpiece.

The bridesmaid wore blue Thai silk and her bouquet was of white gladioli roses with ivy trails.

The bride’s mother wore a gold brocade frock and jacket with mink collar and brown accessories.

The bridegroom’s mother chose a blue embroided wool suit with beige accessories.

Floral decorations in the Church were arranged by the bride and Mrs. Jim O’Shannessy.

Immediately following the Church Service over 300 guests were welcomed at the Reception in the War Memorial Hall by Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Davis, Supt. and Mrs. Buck and the Bridal Party.

After all had partaken of the lavish banquet Mr. L. D. Davis; uncle of the bride, who acted as Chairman, opened the toast list by honouring ” Her ‘Majesty the Queen. ”

Other toasts honoured were: ” The Bride and Bridegroom,” proposed by Mr. Bob Ridge and replied to by the Bridegroom who then gave a toast to ” The Bridesmaid,” which was replied to by the best man; ” The Bride’s Parents ” was proposed by Mr. D. Swan and responded to by Mr. W. W. Davis; ” Parents of the Bridegroom” was in the hands of Mr. B. Doohan, to which Supt. Buck replied; ” The Press ” was given by Mr. L. Pearson, and responded to by Mr. L. Carmichael.

The final toast honouring ” The Chairman,” was proposed by Mr. R. Molony. In his response Mr. L. D. Davis thanked Mr. Nick Peters for his wonderful catering and Miss Colleen Moxey for her attractive decorating. The speaker said he was deputising for his brother, Kerry, who was ill in Sydney and had expressed his sorrow at not being present to see Gae and Joe married.

A large number of telegrams from relatives and friends unable to be present were read by the best man.

The three-tier wedding cake, iced in all white, held a prominent position on the bridal party table. During the proceedings it was cut by the bride and groom with due ceremony and handed around to guests by the bridesmaid.

Following the formal proceedings dancing began with the Bridal Waltz, with music supplied by the bridegroom’s father on the piano. The many admirers of the voice of Mr. John Dwyer were pleased to hear him sing.

The lovely array of gifts displayed at the reception hall would gladden the heart of any bride. We feel sure they will be a constant reminder to the happy couple of their wedding day.

For her going away outfit the bride wore a deep blue wool dress and jacket, with white accessories.

After the reception the happy couple left for a tour of the New South Wales Coast.

We join with the many friends of the newlyweds in wishing them all the best in their future life. They will reside in Wee Waa.


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Postmaster-General’s Department, NSW

Thursday  21 August 1952

Junior Postal Officer – Fourth Division:  Joseph Hubert Buck



Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995),

Tuesday 26 January 1965, page 15


Six Collector residents in re-enactment

Six residents from Collector will take part on February 1, in the re-enactment of the shooting of Constable Nelson at Collector.

They will be supported by four members of the Wild Colonial Days Society of Sydney. The society’s president, Mr. Edgar Penzig, will take the part of Constable Nelson.

The Collector residents are John Sheridan and Lindsay Poidevin who will play teamsters; Bernard Reardon, a prospector; John McInerney, the hotel licensee; Maurice Granger, farmhand; and Paul McInerney as Harry Nelson, who held the bushrangers’ horses.

Assistant Commissioner of Police J. H. Buck will be in the official party attending the re-enactment.

Commissioner Buck will be accompanied by his wife.

He is well known in the district. He relieved as superintendent in Goulburn several times a few years ago.



Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001),

Friday 5 May 1967 (No.46), page 1435


Chief Secretary’s Department, Sydney, 5th May, 1967.



THE Governor-in-Council has approved of the acceptance of the resignation tendered by Mr Joseph Hubert Buck of his position as a member of the Aborigines Welfare Board.

( A. 67 – 507 )

WAL. C FIFE, Acting Chief Secretary.



Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001),

Friday 5 May 1967 (No.46), page 1435


Chief Secretary’s Department, Sydney. 5th May, 1967.



THE Governor-in-Council has approved of the acceptance of the resignations tendered by Messrs Joseph Hubert Buck and Albert Mainerd of their positions as members of the Bush Fire Committee.

(A. 64-1,941)

WAL. C. FIFE, Acting Chief Secretary.



Joe Buck Series. Joe and his time at White Cliffs.

Joe Buck Series.
Joe and his time at White Cliffs.


Joe Buck Series. Joe and his time at White Cliffs.

Joe Buck Series.
Joe and his time at White Cliffs.


Joe Buck Series. Joe and his time at White Cliffs. White Cliffs Police Stn.

Joe Buck Series.
Joe and his time at White Cliffs.


Joe Buck Series. This photo is described "Sunburnt". Looks like Joe got a bit too much sun while in Tibooburra. Tibooburra Police Station residence.
Joe Buck Series.
This photo is described “Sunburnt”. Looks like Joe got a bit too much sun while in Tibooburra.


Joe Buck Series. This photo is described as being the Tibooburra Police Station early 1930's.
Joe Buck Series.
This photo is described as being the Tibooburra Police Station early 1930’s.



 Joe Buck Series. In other publications we have read, Joe was handy with music and could hold a tune. He was very well respected in every community he worked in... and the kids loved him too.
Joe Buck Series.
In other publications we have read, Joe was handy with music and could hold a tune. He was very well respected in every community he worked in… and the kids loved him too.

 Joe Buck Series. In other publications we have read, Joe was handy with music and could hold a tune. He was very well respected in every community he worked in... and the kids loved him too.
Joe Buck Series.
In other publications we have read, Joe was handy with music and could hold a tune. He was very well respected in every community he worked in… and the kids loved him too.

 Joe Buck Series. In other publications we have read, Joe was handy with music and could hold a tune. He was very well respected in every community he worked in... and the kids loved him too.
Joe Buck Series.
In other publications we have read, Joe was handy with music and could hold a tune. He was very well respected in every community he worked in… and the kids loved him too.




There are numerous other newspaper articles that mention Constable BUCK and / or the Travelling Police Station with Trove.


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


22 Sept. 2021




Clint Francis MILAZZO

Clint Francis MILAZZO


Late of Ambarvale, NSW 

Husband to Tanya MILAZZO ( a now Serving Member of NSWPF )


NSW Goulburn Police Academy Class #  NIL

New South Wales Police Force – Applicant

Regd. #  NIL 

Rank:  Police Applicant

Final Rank =  Police Applicant

Stations:  NIL

Service:  From 0 0 0   to   0 0 0 0 years Service

Awards:  Nil


Born:  Tuesday  21 November 1978

Died on:  Monday  3 March 2003

Age:  24 years,  10 months,  9 days

Cause:  Assault – Injuries sustained from:

Event location: outside Ettamogah Hotel, Kellicar Rd, Campbelltown, NSW

Event date:  Sunday  23 February 2003


Funeral date? March 2003

Funeral location?

Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at:  Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Camden Valley Way, Leppington, NSW

Grave GPS location:  -33.956797909865394, 150.83623992775154

Grave Location

Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?

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

Clint MILAZZO Inscription: MILAZZO, Clint Francis 21.11.1978 - 3.3.2003. Cherished husband of Tanya. Adored father to Harrison and Isobelle. Dearly beloved son of Frank and Jennifer. Treasured brother of Meredith. A special friend to all who knew him. You will forever be in our hearts.


Mr Milazzo with children Harrison and Isobelle
Mr Milazzo with children Harrison and Isobelle





May they forever Rest In Peace






Crime Stoppers NSW

???????? UNSOLVED CASE ????????

Clint Milazzo was assaulted outside the Ettamogah Hotel on Kellicar Road in Campbelltown on February 23, 2003.

Mr Milazzo, 24, was drinking with a friend and left the hotel at closing time. He and his friend were assaulted while standing in the undercover car park waiting for a taxi near the hotel.

According to investigators, Mr Milazzo was punched in the head, causing him to fall to the ground.

He suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at Liverpool Hospital where he underwent several operations.

His health continued to deteriorate and he died on March 3, 2003 from severe head injuries he suffered during the attack.

Mr Milazzo was an applicant to enter the NSW Police College in Goulburn shortly before his death. His widow is a NSW Police officer.

A coronial inquest in 2005 returned an open finding and recommended a $100,000 reward be offered to help police find the person or persons responsible for the attack on Mr Milazzo.

Mr Milazzo’s case is still under the responsibility of Campbelltown detectives, who have conducted extensive inquiries but have exhausted all leads.

If the case goes to the Unsolved Homicide Unit then it could be reopened in the future under the new framework.

Detective Superintendent Cook said the reviews would “strengthen relationships with victim families through regular and informed communication”.

“It also allows the Unsolved Homicide Unit to initiate re-investigations while all other cases continue to be reviewed,” he said.

“We are committed to ensuring the most effective and efficient allocation of resources in order to maximise our capability to provide justice for victims and answers to their families.”

Seventeen cases are already being investigated under the new framework. No further detail on the cases has been provided.

The Unsolved Homicide Unit was formed in 2004 to centralise the bulk of the state’s unsolved murders and unexplained disappearances.

The unit has seen 30 cases solved and five more are before the court.




Anybody who has any information about Mr Milazzo’s murder is urged to contact Campbelltown Police or report information using the methods shown below.

If you have any information about this case, please report online at www.nsw.crimestoppers.com.au or call us on 1800 333 000 (24/7).

You can remain confidential.



Do you have information that can help police with this case?

Any information you have about this is worth giving to police, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.

You can provide information to police via any of the methods below:

Any information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Your help may give police the clue they need to close this case and provide some comfort for the families of victims.

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  2. Identify yourself and indicate you have information about a crime and that you wish to claim a reward.
  3. You will then be put in contact with a police officer involved in the investigation of that case.



14 years on, police are still searching for Clint Milazzo’s murderer


FOURTEEN years after the killing of police recruit Clint Milazzo outside a Campbelltown pub, police have again appealed for help to find his murderer.

The 24-year-old had left Ettamogah Hotel, then at Macarthur Square, on February 23, 2003, when he was attacked while waiting for a taxi.

Mr Milazzo suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Liverpool Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit where he eventually died on March 3.

The Ambarvale man was an applicant to enter the NSW Police College in Goulburn shortly before his death.

Police are hoping a $100,000 reward will encourage witnesses of the incident to come forward.



Reward posted for police killer


POLICEWOMAN Tanya Milazzo is hoping a $100,000 reward will unlock critical information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of her husband‘s killer.

Clint Milazzo was celebrating his acceptance as a recruit to the NSW Police Academy when he was punched to the ground outside the Ettamogah Hotel in Campbelltown, on February 23, 2003. He suffered severe head injuries and died on March 3.

The 24-year-old father had been looking forward to his wife completing her police training and joining him in their chosen career.

“I know that there are people out there who know who was responsible for my husband’s death,” Picton-based Constable Milazzo said.

“They have the information we need to bring the killer to justice. It’s very frustrating because we know who did it, they know who did it, but they won’t come forward.

“Hopefully, the prospect of picking up $100,000 will end the stalemate in the investigation.”

Detective Sergeant Bob Morley said the police inquiry was focusing on a suspect whose role emerged during a 10-day coronial inquest last year.

“We hope the reward will loosen someone’s lips, especially among the associates and acquaintances of the person we are looking at,” Sergeant Morley said.

Posting the $100,000 reward, Police Minister Carl Scully said: “Campbelltown detectives have conducted extensive enquiries but have exhausted all leads.

“It’s hoped this reward may persuade somebody with knowledge of Clint’s murder to come forward and provide police with information that could lead to an arrest and conviction.

“His wife and two young children deserve to know who was responsible for Clint’s death, and see justice done.”

During their initial inquiries, police said the unprovoked attack was carried out by a male Caucasian 20 to 25 years old, about 178 centimetres tall, with short-cropped hair.

Anybody with any information about the Milazzo murder should contact Campbelltown Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.







Keith John WALLIS

Keith John WALLIS

AKA  ?

Late of Green Point, NSW

NSW Redfern Police Academy Class #  155

NSW Police Cadet # 3130

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  17652

Rank:  NSW Police Cadet – commenced  3 February 1975

Probationary Constable – appointed  11 July 1977

Constable – appointed  11 July 1978

Senior Constable – appointed  11 July 1986

Sergeant – appointed ? ? ?

Final Rank = ?

Stations?, Old Pymble Stn ( 1984 – 85 ),

Service:  From 3 February 1975  to ? ? ?? years Service

Awards:  National Medal – granted 28 April 1993 ( Sgt )

Born Monday  14 July 1958

Died on Thursday  6 February 2003

Age44 yrs 6 mths 23 days

Cause: ?

Event location: ?

Event date: ?

Funeral date: ? ? ?

Funeral location: ?

Wake location: ?

Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at: ?

Memorial located at: ?



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

Grave location: TBA



May they forever Rest In Peace


Nothing further is known about this man, his career or life at the time of publication.











wife of former member Clayton HEINZ # 15595
aka  Pam
Late of Mt Tamberine, Qld

Goulburn Academy Class 212

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  22217

Rank:  Probationary Constable – appointed 26 July 1985

Constable – appointed 26 July 1986

Constable 1st Class –

Acting Senior Constable at time of MVA – Discharged Medically – H.O.D.

Stations:  Drug Surveillance Unit, Task Force One – D.E.A. & Crime Commission ( early 1990’s ), Liverpool District Office, South West Metro Region Office, Drug Enforcement, Green Valley ( 22 Division ), Liverpool ( 22 Division ), Campbelltown ( 35 Division ) ( MVA – On Duty – 1993 )  – Discharged HOD on 16 June 1996

ServiceFrom  13 May 1985  to  16 June 1996 = 11+ years Service

Awards:   No find on It’s An Honour

Born:   Friday  22 March 1963

Died on:  Wednesday  3 September 2003

Age:  40 yrs  5 mths  18 days

Cause:   Asphyxiation – from a fall at home

Event location:  Home, Mt Tamberine, Qld

Event date:   Wednesday  3 September 2003

Funeral date:   Tuesday  9 September 2003

Funeral location:   Southport, Qld

Funeral Parlour: 

Buried at:   Cremated

Grave location:   Nil

Memorial located at:   Nil



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



May they forever Rest In Peace

Pam, as she was known, stepped into the Academy in May 1985 and was eventually stationed as those locations nominated above.
About 1992 she was working at Liverpool Detectives where she met Clayton HEINZ # 15595 whom she eventually married.
Whilst Pam was stationed at Campbelltown, ( about 1993 ) she was involved in an ‘on duty’ MVA which resulted in injuries.
Those injuries resulted in Pam using Morphine to quell the pain and it was Morphine that she became addicted to.
Unfortunately Pam didn’t stop at the use of Morphine and ventured onto stronger and illegal drugs which saw her spiral from the lovely woman she once was to the depths that illegal drugs take a person.
Pam exited NSWPF on a full Pension due to her HOD injuries and moved, with Clay, to Mt Tamberine, Qld.
Despite the love and assistance offered by those around her, Pam could not see the wrong that she was doing due to the fog of drugs.
On Wednesday  3 September 2003, Pam was at home at Mt. Tamberine, Qld, when she had a fall.  Due to the manner in which she fell, she asphyxiated.
An Inquest was held and toxicology found that the only drugs which Pam had within her system – were the ones that were currently prescribed to her.
May Pam forever Rest In Peace.



Late of  Fairlight

New South Wales Police Force


Regd. #  34897

Rank:  Probationary Constable – appointed 22 December 2002?

Stations: ?, City Central G.D’s ( 2001 – 2003 ) – Death

ServiceFrom  ? ? pre December 2002?  to  17 July 2003 = 7+ months Service

Awards:  Nil

Born? ? ?

Died on:  Thursday  17 July 2003

Age:  26

Cause:  Overdose – Heroin

Event location:  at his home – Fairlight

Event date:  Thursday  17 July 2003

Funeral date? ? ?

Funeral location?

Buried at?

 Memorial located at?



[alert_yellow]MATTHEW is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_yellow] *NEED MORE INFORMATION







May they forever Rest In Peace


Mysterious death sparks questions

By John Kidman and Sean Berry
August 3 2003
The Sun-Herald

A brief is being prepared for the coroner on the baffling overdose death of a young Sydney police officer, with detectives unable to discount the possibility he met with foul play.

The tragedy has also sparked a crisis of confidence within the force’s elite Special Crimes and Internal Affairs branch (SCIA), following claims that repeat warnings about the constable running off the rails were ignored.

City Central general duties officer Matthew Williams was found dead at his Fairlight home unit on the city’s northern beaches 17 days ago, The Sun-Herald has learned.

Sources close to the investigation say he was discovered by his flatmate – also a police officer – with two isolated needle marks in his arm and a used syringe beside his bed.

Suicide and misadventure have not been ruled out, but detectives are also said to be considering the extraordinary prospect that the 26-year-old policeman was deliberately injected with a lethal dose of heroin – known within the criminal fraternity as a “hot shot”.

Internal affairs and crime scene investigators are understood to have spent almost five hours combing the apartment without finding any further trace of the drugs that killed him or other incriminating evidence.

Williams was thought to have spent the night before he died drinking with workmates into the early hours of the morning.

“There was talk about him heading up to the [Kings] Cross afterwards,” one said on condition of anonymity. “But that’s the last anyone knows about what happened.”

On Friday, senior detectives from Manly, the nearest command to where Williams’s body was found, spent the morning speaking to his parents, Robert and Mary Williams, at their home in Sydney’s inner-west.

The couple is still too distraught to speak about the case.

A spokeswoman for NSW Police Commissioner Ken Moroney said on Friday he was unable to comment on the incident while it was before the coroner.

However, a Sun-Herald investigation has found that Williams had been the subject of a series of police intelligence reports alleging his involvement with party drugs and the inner-city club scene.

Last year, Mr Moroney announced plans to thwart corruption by profiling at-risk officers and intervening to save their careers before they did the wrong thing.

An ongoing audit of internal corruption complaints by SCIA has revealed that hundreds of complaints are not being acted upon.

In Williams’s case, at least one of his colleagues is alleged to have referred to his association with staff at the Cross’s notorious Stripperama, the same club where four off-duty police officers were savagely bashed in June.

Williams’s City Central colleagues spoke warmly of him yesterday.

“He was popular, really popular,” one told The Sun-Herald.




James Keith Swanson BEAN

James Keith Swanson BEAN

aka  Keith, Duke

Husband to Mary SCHNEIDER OAM ( for 35 years ) and

Father to Melinda SCHNEIDER ( Country singer )

New South Wales Police Force

Penrith Police College Class # 026

Regd. # 6031

Rank:  Commenced Training at Penrith Police College on ? February or March 1948?

Probationary Constable – appointed 12 April 1948 ( aged 19 years, 7 months, 2 days )

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 12 March 1965

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed 19 May 1972

Sergeant 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? ( YES )

Does NOT appear in 1988 Stud Book


Final Rank:  Senior Sergeant


Stations:  Clarence St – Solo Bikes ( 1 Division ), Parramatta GDs ( 18 Division ), Auburn, Ashfield, Marrickville, Petersham ( early 1970’s )( 11 Division ), Redfern ( Stn Sgt )( 7 Division )( 5 years ), Burwood Police Boys Club ( Acting? Superintendent )( 5 years ), O.I.C. – Safety & Security ( Special Constables ) at Remington Building, Ferguson Centre – Parramatta

Service:  From  ? ? 1948?  to  12 April 1988 = 40 ( to the day ) Years Service


Awards:  National Medal – granted 3 September 1985 ( Sgt 1/c)

Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal – granted ? ? ?

National Police Service Medal – granted ? ? ?


Born:  Monday  10 September 1928

Died on:  Saturday  11 October 2003

Cause:  Cancer – ( Type ? )

Age:  75 years, 1 month, 1 day

Funeral date? October 2003

Funeral location:  Woronora Cemetery & Crematorium, Sutherland, NSW

Buried at:  Cremated

GraveAllambe Memorial Park, Broadbeach Rd, Nerang, ( Gold Coast ), Qld

Rose Garden # 17, 1130

GPS-27.9977056    153.3517222



James Keith Swanton BEAN, Sgt Keith BEAN

James Keith Swanton BEAN aka Keith BEAN, @ Duke, Husband to Mary SCHNEIDER OAM ( for 35 years ) and Father to Melinda SCHNEIDER ( Country singer )
James Keith Swanton BEAN aka  Keith, Duke Husband to Mary SCHNEIDER OAM ( for 35 years ) and Father to Melinda SCHNEIDER ( Country singer )


James Keith Swanton BEAN aka Keith BEAN, @ Duke, Husband to Mary SCHNEIDER OAM ( for 35 years ) and Father to Melinda SCHNEIDER ( Country singer ). Inscription:<br /> JAMES KEITH SWANSON BEAN<br /> ( Police Officer - 40 years )<br /> 10.9.1928 - 11.10.2003<br /> Beloved Husband, Father,<br /> Grandfather and Great Grandfather.<br /> " The Wind Beneath Our Wings "<br /> Your family and friends miss you so much.<br /> We'll meet again some day in ' your Blue Heaven '

Inscription:<br /> JAMES KEITH SWANSON BEAN<br /> ( Police Officer - 40 years )<br /> 10.9.1928 - 11.10.2003<br /> Beloved Husband, Father,<br /> Grandfather and Great Grandfather.<br /> " The Wind Beneath Our Wings "<br /> Your family and friends miss you so much.<br /> We'll meet again some day in ' your Blue Heaven '

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



Finding Melinda Schneider


So just how is Melinda planning on touring with a 16 month-old and remaining sane? “I don’t know yet!” she exclaims. “We will probably just go out for weekends or for a few days at a time. Mark will come out with me and help out. It’s not going to be easy and I’m sure it will have its challenges. However Sully [Sullivan] loves new adventures, they [children] need such stimulation anyway. I’ll just take one day at a time.”

Listening to Melinda chatting about going on tour with her family reminded me that her own upbringing was not dissimilar. Melinda is the only child of yodelling great, Mary Schneider, and her policeman father, Keith Bean, was also from a musical family. Melinda spent many a night backstage whilst her mother performed, sometimes sleeping in her mother’s fur coat. I touch on this subject with Melinda and ask if having famous parents will impact the way she raises her son.

“It was interesting writing this show – when you have a child you look at your own upbringing – as much as your parents did the best they could you don’t want to make some of the same mistakes they made. It takes you a while to figure out who you are with famous parents. I recall Chaz Bono [offspring of Sonny and Cher Bono] saying that it’s difficult to know where you belong when your parents are famous. It’s not a normal family situation – the attention is on the parents the whole time rather than the children. I talk about that in the show.

“With Sully I want to keep a good balance of making sure he is number one focus and it’s not all about me – I want him to have a good sense of self. Growing up, my mum had taught me dancing, juggling, yodelling … and I didn’t really have a great interest in it myself. I want to see who he is – what’s in his heart. I’m fascinated to know who he is.”

Continuing on the subject, Melinda adds, “When I was three I recorded on Mum’s albums, I had a show by age of eight. People would come up to me after the show and say ‘You’re not as good as your mother’. That used to really upset me – no one wants to hear that. Growing up I was quite confused about what I wanted to do musically and what was my truth. I just didn’t know who I was.”

Most people don’t realise that Melinda didn’t become a recording artist in her own right until her late 20’s. In fact, Melinda left school young and went and studied fashion. She remembers, “I had my own fashion label working out of Mum and Dad’s garage – I made stage costumes and all sorts for loads of people. Mum’s grandma was an amazing seamstress – perhaps that is where I got the talent from. It was funny, during my early 20s I would be in the garage running the business and always singing at top of my lungs to Top 40 hits and Michael Bolton songs. Mum used to come in and ask ‘Are you sure you don’t want to be a singer?!’ I think I was denying myself. Then I realised, deep down, I really did want to be a singer.”





Elizabeth collaborated with former Nu Country TV host and recording stage star Melinda Schneider, now 40, to write the title track of her fourth album Balls.

They both recorded their co-writes Some Times It Takes Balls To Be A Woman and Rest Your Weary Mind on recent albums.

Elizabeth and Melinda co-wrote more than a dozen songs including I Like Men in Trucks on Melinda’s fourth album Stronger.

Melinda also wrote songs about late father – Sgt Keith Bean – a policeman.

Keith and Tom didn’t meet at a still but Melinda’s mum – famed yodeller Mary Schneider – sang with Tom and Joyce backstage at the Grand Ole Opry during one of Cook’s many dates there.


Melinda Schneider – daughter of Keith Bean:

“I used to sing The Black Hills Of Dakota with my mum (yodelling icon Mary) and my Aunt Rita when I was a little girl,” Melinda revealed as she romped through one of many songs from 1953 movie Calamity Jane and its successors.

“We’d do the three-part harmony at family get-togethers.”

She accentuated the family flavour with a shout out to her duet partner at ground zero who responded with a yodel – her unique GPS beacon.

“I could never lose mum in the dark,” she joked.

Melinda also tickled the family tree when she revealed how her late sire – Sgt Keith Bean – greeted her decision to revert to her mama’s name after cruel Kogarah schoolyard taunts ranging from “string been to les been.”

“Dad said I was now a has-been,” she joked.



Melinda Schneider long ago mastered cross genre pollination with music and dance.

But she made a huge leap to the mainstream with her writing, narrating and performing in this energised Doris Day tribute show.

And the dynamic diva also disproved the adage about dangers of working with animals.

Schneider’s rapport with her teenage Labrador-Kelpie crosses Rosie and Daisy was also a stroke of magic.

They were all ears and eyes when she serenaded them on the stage front couch with Your Eyes Don’t Lie.

It was fitting that she returned to the scene of the rhyme – Mike Walsh’s Melbourne mecca Her Majesty’s – to premiere her show.

Seven years ago in the Yarra city the seeds for the show were sown when the singer was a guest artist on a Doris tribute concert.

So it was no surprise there was a capacity crowd for the premiere of a fast paced trip through the back pages of the octogenarian Hollywood legend.

When Schneider bumped Canadian balladeer Michael Buble from ARIA chart tops with her 12-song disc Melinda Does Doris she was thawing out that metaphorical iceberg.

This time, in collaboration with co-writer David Mitchell, Melinda tapped a deep well.

“I used to sing The Black Hills Of Dakota with my mum (yodelling icon Mary) and my Aunt Rita when I was a little girl,” Melinda revealed as she romped through one of many songs from 1953 movie Calamity Jane and its successors.

“We’d do the three-part harmony at family get-togethers.”

She accentuated the family flavour with a shout out to her duet partner at ground zero who responded with a yodel – her unique GPS beacon.

“I could never lose mum in the dark,” she joked.

Melinda also tickled the family tree when she revealed how her late sire – Sgt Keith Bean – greeted her decision to revert to her mama’s name after cruel Kogarah schoolyard taunts ranging from “string been to les been.”

“Dad said I was now a has-been,” she joked.

This was a winner with the ageing audience, daubed with dowagers and duchesses from the demographic that 3AW and Magic leg-ropes to the wireless.

Despite the acrid aroma of mothballs from stoles and furs liberated from suburban closets (not those that once housed much younger opening night au pair boys) the wearers knew most of 26 songs from a Golden era when lyrics reigned supreme.

Just like roots country – the genre banished from commercial radio here.

Not for these Day devotees grunge or techno trash that energises ecstasy bunnies down on King, Queen and William Streets.

This was a gramophone-generated posse waltzing down memory lane to the refined refrains of his or her majesty’s voice.

You know the songs – Everybody Loves A Lover, Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps, Sentimental Journey, I’ll See You In My Dreams, Secret Love and Teacher’s Pet before the latter two became a trigger for the Victorian court name suppression industry.

Schneider, enhanced by her 14-piece orchestra, also revived romance in Love Somebody, Put Em In A Box, The Deadwood Stage and It’s Magic.


21 Mar 2012 – Dave’s Diary – 30/8/11 – Melinda Does Doris – Trove






New South Wales Police Force

Senior Sergeant – Retired

Last stationed at Wollongong Police Station

Regd. #

Died 3 June 2003 in bed during the morning from the effects of cancer in Qld.


John was a nice, quiet decent bloke whom never had a single sick day in his entire police career.

May you forever Rest In Peace John.  You have done your time mate.


Darrell Edward Thomas SOUTHAM

Darrell Edward Thomas SOUTHAM

New South Wales Police Force

[alert_yellow]Regd. #   7603[/alert_yellow]

Rank:  Probationary Constable – appointed 10 August 1953

Senior Constable – appointed 10 August 1964

Sergeant 2/c – Retirement

Stations?, Gundagai – Lockup Keeper ( early 1960’s – 1968 ), Bulli, Wollongong, Wollongong Court Constable

ServiceFrom  ? ?pre August 1953   to  ? ? ? = ? years Service

Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour

Born:  22 March 1928

Died on:  9 March 2003

Age:  74


Funeral date? March 2003

Funeral location?

Buried at:  Wollongong Memorial Gardens, Berkeley Rd, Berkeley

Comp Wk A Plot 19

 Memorial at?


[alert_blue]DARRELL is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_blue] * NOT JOB RELATED






May they forever Rest In Peace



Darrell Southam from Wollongong past away 14 years ago today.
He was Respected by a lot in the Force of Wollongong and known by many other Stations around NSW.
He was one heck of a good man and Friend to many and to those who knew him well, would know he was an an old school Copper dealing with the changes that laid ahead in the Force.
At home he was a loud bugger that had to deal with 7 girls and 1 boy but dam he was a good Dad.
He was a man you could talk about anything with and he’d always have a huge bear hug for you when you needed one. A good friend to me and all my mates…
And then have a beer with you and later be laughing hard till you had tears rolling down your face.
I love you miss you DAD and think of you everyday xxx



APRIL 1988


Darrell Southam

?, Darrell Southam, Michele Southam, ?

Darrell Southam

Reg and Darrell SOUTHAM
Reg and Darrell SOUTHAM


Darrell Southam



Prior to Retirement, Darrell worked out of the Wollongong Police Station Prosecutors Office.

In those days, of the ” old ” Police station ( which was at the same location as the current station ) there were two buildings.  The Prosecutors building was on ground level next to the, then, main entry to the Court house – whereas the main Police station was below ground level as Church St sloped away.

The Prosecutors officer was on top of the Breath Analysis Room.  There was a wooden walkway from the Prosecutors door to the footpath and you would often find Darrell out there rolling a cigarette.

A bloody nice bloke.


May you forever Rest In Peace mate.




Patrick Leslie CARNEY

Patrick Leslie CARNEY

( late of the Gold Coast QLD & Waucope NSW )

aka  Pat, Coons

New South Wales Police Force – Resigned

Regd. # 17347

NSW Police Cadet # 3097

Rank:  NSW Police Cadet – commenced 3 February 1975

Probationary Constable – appointed  29 August 1976

Senior Constable – appointed  29 August 1985

Final Rank:  Senior Constable – Resigned

Stations:  Sutherland, Wollongong, Unanderra, P.S.U. – Wollongong

Service: 3 February 1975 to ? ? 1990 = 14+ years Service

Awards:  National Medal – granted 27 August 1992 ( Former SenCon )

Born:  Thursday  29 August 1957

Age:  46 yrs 2 mths 12 days

Died on:  Monday 10 November 2003

Cause:  Suicide – Hanging

Funeral date:   Monday 17 November 2003

Funeral location: Wauchope, NSW

Funeral location 2:  Gold Coast, Qld

Buried at:  Wauchope Cemetery, NSW

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


20 APRIL 1983


13 APRIL 1983


1985 or 1986, Surfers Paradise, Qld
1985 or 1986, Surfers Paradise, Qld


Darren STARLING, Pat COONEY ( RIP ), Gary THATCHER ( RIP ) at the home of John HITCHCOCK.<br /> This would have been a Police Footy BBQ.<br />
Darren STARLING, Pat COONEY ( RIP ), Gary THATCHER ( RIP ) at the home of John HITCHCOCK.
This would have been a Police Footy BBQ.

Pat was born and bred in Wauchope, NSW, and joined the New South Wales Police Force via the Police Cadet system, aged 16, and commenced at the Redfern Police Academy on the 3 February 1975 and was assigned Cadet # 3097.

After the Police Academy, Pat was stationed at various locations including Sutherland.  He was later transferred to Wollongong General Duties and also performed duties at Unanderra as part of the District Foot Patrol.

Pat was a funny bastard and always up for a practical joke.  He was also a great footballer, playing in the NSW Police Football competition and playing for Wollongong District.

He served his final years back at Wollongong in the Prisoner Security Unit ( PSU ) until his resignation in 1990.

Two funeral Services were held for Pat.  One in his old home town of Waucope, NSW, where he was laid to rest and the second was held on the Gold Coast where Pat resided.

Pat was born on the 29 August 1957.



Andrew Robert DAY

Andrew Robert DAY

aka  Andy

Son of Ernest Robert ‘Bob’ DAY # 4811 – deceased

New South Wales Police Force

[alert_yellow]Regd. #  19548[/alert_yellow]

Rank:  Probationary Constable – appointed 26 June 1981

Constable 1st Class – appointed 26 June 1986

Detective Inspector – death

Stations?, Balmain ( 8 Division ) – 1980’s, coordinator of the South East Asian Crime Squad at the State Crime Command – death

ServiceFrom  pre 26 June 1981  to  14 November 2003 = 22+ years Service

Awards: National Medal – granted 17 April 1997

Born:  1 March 1958

Died on:  14 November 2003

Cause:  lack of oxygen “due to displacement of oxygen supply” in Hospital.  Pneumonia

Death location:  Concord Hospital, Concord

Age: 46

Funeral date? ? ?

Funeral location:   ? 

Buried at?

Memorial location?

Andy at Redfern Police Academy on the day of his Passing Out Parade - 26 June 1981
Andy at Redfern Police Academy on the day of his Passing Out Parade – 26 June 1981

[alert_green]ANDY IS mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_green]

[alert_red]BUT despite being mentioned, there are no details as to the cause of his death[/alert_red]

From 15 October 2003 Detective Inspector Day and other members of the South East Asian Crime Squad were involved in archiving official documentation which was stored in a garage near their covert workplace.  The inspector subsequently took ill and was admitted to Concord Hospital, where he unfortunately passed away on the 14th November 2003.

The detective inspector was born in 1958 and was sworn in as a probationary constable on the 26 June 1981. At the time of his death he was the coordinator of the South East Asian Crime Squad at the State Crime Command.


Not only Andy was affected by ‘flu like’ symptoms whilst working out of these premises.  Several others took ill with severe flu like symptoms around the same time.


Detective Inspector Andy Day died on Concord Hospital floor

No comfort ... widow Jacqui Day, with her son Ben, will return to Concord Hospital for the first time since her husband was found dead on the floor. Picture: Tracee Lea
No comfort … widow Jacqui Day, with her son Ben, will return to Concord Hospital for the first time since her husband was found dead on the floor. Picture: Tracee Lea

CONCORD Hospital and a leading specialist have been secretly disciplined by the Health Care Complaints Commission after a patient was found dead on the floor in the middle of the night.

Widow Jacqui Day complained about the treatment of her husband Andy, a top undercover police officer, after an anonymous letter from nurses at the hospital said: “Mr Day should not have died.”

Detective Inspector Day, 45, was being treated for pneumonia and died when his oxygen tube fell out of its wall tap for the second time in six hours.

After an inquiry behind closed doors, the HCCC found that Concord, a major teaching hospital, had provided below standard care to Mr Day “in a number of respects”, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

The commission also found that Professor Matthew Peters, the head of respiratory medicine at the hospital, had “departed from the acceptable standard of care” in two areas.

He was referred to the Medical Board’s conduct committee for “counselling” for not transferring Mr Day to the intensive care unit and for failing to appropriately monitor his oxygen needs.

Mrs Day will today appear before the Government’s special commission of inquiry into the state’s ailing health system, sitting at Concord, to demand answers and ask why the complaints procedure is shrouded in such secrecy.

There was evidence before the HCCC from four medical experts that Mr Day should have been moved to intensive care.

Professor Peters told the inquiry there were no intensive care beds available and Mr Day did not want to be moved.

The commission’s report, obtained by The Daily Telegraph, said there had been at least one bed available on five of the eight days Mr Day was in hospital and there was no record in the medical notes of Mr Day’s comments.

“In 2008, you can’t leave your loved one in a public hospital on their own,” Mrs Day said yesterday, adding that all adverse HCCC findings should be made public.

“I still do not know how a 45-year-old man can be admitted to hospital and die on the floor in the middle of the night.”

It will be Mrs Day’s first visit to the hospital since her husband died at 3.30am on November 14, 2003, after eight days treatment. The HCCC took 18 months on its inquiry.

The anonymous letter from nurses was sent to the coroner who conducted a 2006 inquest into Mr Day’s death.

The cause of death was recorded as a lack of oxygen “due to displacement of oxygen supply”, however coroner John Abernethy found Mr Day’s condition was so serious he would have died even with different care.

HCCC executive officer Kim Swan said legislation limited what the commission could release to the public.

The Medical Board did not return calls. Professor Peters is overseas.