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Donald Alexander Shepherd ALCHIN


Donald Alexander Shepherd ALCHIN

AKA  Don

Late of 1 Dudley Ave, Roseville, NSW

NSW Redfern Police Academy Class #  ? ? ?

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  ‘Q‘ 8623

For the purposes of this website ‘Q‘ represents those Police joining between 1 March 1862 ( commencement of NSWPF ) – 23 February 1915 ( Commencement of NSWPF current numbering system )

Rank:  Commenced Training on ? ? ?

Probationary Constable- appointed 11 March 1907

Constable – appointed ? ? ? 

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Detective – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? 

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Sergeant 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Final RankDetective Sergeant

Stations?, C.I.B. – Surry Hills

Service:  From ? pre March 1907   to   31 May 1931 24+ years Service



Born:  Sunday  2 November 1879

Died onSunday  31 May 1931

Age:  51

Cause?, ” Long Illness ” ?

Event location:  Royal North Shore Hospital, NSW

Event date ?


Funeral dateMonday  1 June 1931 @ 2pm

Funeral location:  Christ Church, Lavender Bay, NSW

Funeral Parlour:  MOTOR FUNERALS LIMITED, 76 Walker-street, North Sydney.

Teles., X5227, M6277.


Buried atNorthern Suburbs Cemetery, Plassey Rd & Delhi Rd, Macquarie Park, NSW

 Grave location?


Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?

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


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



May they forever Rest In Peace



ALCHIN.—May 31, 1931, at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Donald Alexander Sheperd Alchin, beloved husband of Margaret and dear daddy of Bryan.

At rest.

ALCHIN. —The Relatives and Friends of Mrs. MARGARET ALCHIN and SON, BRYAN, of 1 Dudley-avenue, Roseville, are invited to attend the Funeral of her beloved HUSBAND and his FATHER, Donald Alexander Sheperd Alchin (late detective-sergeant); to leave Christ Church, Lavender Bay, THIS AFTERNOON, after a service commencing at 2 o’clock, for Church of England Cemetery, Northern Suburbs, per Motor Service.

Please leave floral tributes at Christ Church.


76 Walker-street,

North Sydney.

Teles., X5227, M6277.

[1-6-1931 SMH]



Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954),

Monday 1 June 1931, page 10


Detective-sergeant Donald Alchin died at the Royal North Shore Hospital yesterday at the age of 52 years.

Detective-sergeant Alchin Joined the police force in 1907, and served a short period in uniform before being transferred to the plainclothes branch, and then to the Criminal Investigation Branch.

He was very successful as a detective, and played a leading part in solving a number of crimes, most important, perhaps, being his work in securing the clue which led to the arrest of an Italian gang at the Commercial Banking Company’s branch in Castlereagh-street a few years ago.

The gang was arrested red-handed on the premises.

Detective Alchin is survived by Mrs. Alchin and a young son.

The Interment will take place in the Northern Suburbs Cemetery this afternoon, after a service at Christ Church. Lavender Bay, commencing at 2 o’clock.


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

Tuesday 2 June 1931, page 9


One hundred policemen in uniform marched at the head of the funeral of the late Detective-Sergeant Alchin, through the streets of North Sydney yesterday, the cortege being nearly half a mile long.

The pall-bearers were Detective-Sergeants Ryan, Eaton, Garlick, Regan, Mackie and Wilson, and others present included Superintendent Mackay, C.I.B., Inspectors Pattinson ( representing the Commissioner of Police ), Scott, Mortimer and Prior, and ex-Inspector Young.

Rev. Frank Cash held a short service in Christ Church, Lavender Bay, before the funeral moved off, and at the graveside, at Northern Suburbs Cemetery, the Masonic funeral service was conducted by Wor. Bro. W. Whitehead. W.M.. Lodge Glebe, assisted by Bros. G. S. Jackson. P.M.. F. H. Williams. P.M.. W. Kilner. S.M., and W. Andrews, treasurer.






Burrowa News (NSW : 1874 – 1951),

Friday 5 June 1931, page 1

Too Clever for ” The King “


Recognised as a man who knew more about foreign criminals and their methods than anyone in the Criminal Investigation Branch, the police force lost one of its cleverest detectives by the death, after a long illness, of Det-Sergeant Donald Alchin.

If ‘Don’ Alchin had done nothing else of note in a career of over twenty years, he would have been entitled to the great reputation he had in the C.I.B. for his work in the sensational arrest of Lucci ( ” The King ” ) and his famous gang of Italian cracksmen.

Australia has never known a gang so daring, so cunning, and so successful in their operations, as the Italian of whom Lucci, son of an Italian police chief, was leader.

Using giant cutters and tools which opened safes as if they had been made of tin, the gang brought off coup after coup, outwitting detectives at every turn. Det.Sergeant Alchin was the man who finally got on their tracks, and after weeks of relentless search finally ran them to earth.

It was Alchin who learnt of their plans to rob a Castlereagh Street bank, and he was the leader of a posse of detectives who arrested the gang at revolver-point just as they were about to set to work on a strong-room confining thousands of pounds.

Alchin brought to book many foreign criminals, mainly Italians, and was an expert on coining cases.

( The Police Band will be in attendance at the funeral which leaves his residence, Dudley Ave, Roseville, for the Northern Suburbs Cemetery this afternoon. )






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