Hilary Joseph HANSEN
AKA Hilary HANSEN, H
Late of Jindera, NSW – formerly of Watsons Bay, NSW
“I hope to see my Pilot face to face When I have crossed the bar.”
“possible” relation in ‘the job’: ?
NSW Police Training Centre – Redfern – Class # 0??
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 8767
Rank: Commenced Training at Redfern Police Academy on Monday 8 July 1957
Probationary Constable- appointed ? ? ?
Constable – appointed ? ? ?
Constable 1st Class – appointed 8 July 1963
Detective – appointed ? ? ? ( NO )
Senior Constable – appointed 1 July 1968
Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? ( N/A )
Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 27 June 1973 ( Seniority date = 22 June 1973 )
Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed ? ? ?
Sergeant 1st Class – appointed 21 March 1983
Final Rank: = Sergeant 1st Class
Stations: Waverley ( 10 Division GDs & Cyclist )( 1957 – July 1965 ), Water Police ( Sydney & Newcastle ) from 23 July 1965 – Retirement
Service: From 8 July 1957 to 1 April 1988 = 30 years, 8 months, 24 days Service
Retirement / Leaving age: = 59 years, 7 months, 27 days
Time in Retirement from Police: 34 years, 6 months, 6 days
Awards: No Find on Australian Honours system – however
Commissioner’s Commendation 1965 for “fighting the disastrous fires in the County of Cumberland”
Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal – granted 21 January 1980 m
Born: Saturday 5 August 1928
Died on: Friday 7 October 2022 in his sleep
Age: 94 years, 2 months, 2 days
Organ Donor: No – age prohibitive
Cause: Natural – Age
Event location: Home
Event date: Friday 7 October 2022
Funeral date: Friday 14 October 2022 @ 2pm
Funeral location: Lester & Sons Funeral Directors, 359 Wantigong St, North Albury, NSW
Police Guard of Honour provided by Murray River Police District
any Future Wake location: ??? TBA
any Future Wake date: ??? TBA
( Due to current Govt. restrictions on ‘Gatherings’ due to Corona19 Virus Pandemic, some families may wish to have a Memorial Service / Wake with friends and family at a later date )
Funeral Parlour: Lester & Sons Funeral Directors, 359 Wantigong St, North Albury, NSW
Buried at: ?
Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?
Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( October 2022 )
HILARY is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance *NEED MORE INFO
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May they forever Rest In Peace
Late of Watsons Bay
7 October, 2022
Aged 94 Years
Loved husband of Pat.
Father of Peter, Paul, Kathleen, Genevieve and Tim.
Grandfather of Alex, Samuel, Sam, Felicity, Stephanie, Thomas, Ian, Patrick, Bonnie, Harry, Ewin and Carl.
Great-Grandfather of Sean, Emily, Lachlan, Ethan, Heidi, Theo, Amelia, Elenore, Florence, Vincent and Clancy.
Requiescat in Pace
A family farewell was held in Albury
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Hilary was also an Honorary Life Member of the Sydney Heritage Fleet.
Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995),
Sunday 2 September 1984, page 3
Man charged after two drownings
SYDNEY: A man who hired out an allegedly unseaworthy boat to five men, two of whom drowned when it sank in 1982, has been charged over the incident.
Mr Rodney Ernest Frank Steventon, of Burwood, in Sydney, has been summonsed to appear in the St James Court of Petty Sessions on September 24.
At Glebe Coroner’s Court on Friday, an inquest into the deaths of the two men heard that Mr Steventon had been summonsed on a charge alleging that on or about July 24, 1982, he had sent the vessel Fortuna out in an unseaworthy condition, endangering the lives of the master and crew.
Coroner Margaret Sleeman found that the master, Mr Angikasi Tine, and engineer, Mr Souhial Shami, had drowned on September 9, 1982, when the Fortuna turned over and sank east of Port Stephens, north of Newcastle.
Sergeant Hilary Hansen of the water police said that the 15-metre diesel steel fishing boat had been owned by the Mutual Acceptance Corporation and leased by Mr Steventon.
The boat’s crank case had broken down a day after leaving Sydney for Fiji on July 24, 1982, and the vessel had been towed into Port Stephens.
It had set off for Fiji again on September 7, but had sunk in rough seas early on September 9.
A distress signal had been sent by the master and the engineer, but only the three other crew members had made it to a life raft, to be picked up by a Japanese freighter several hours later.
Sergeant Hansen said that the report of the Marine Operations Division included recommendations on shortcomings of the boat’s life raft, instability in the vessel and lack of survey certificates.
It had been suggested in the report that the matter be referred to a Court of Marine Inquiry.
Catholic Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1942 – 1954),
Thursday 26 March 1953, page 8
THE Papal Blessing was bestowed upon the marriage of Patricia Marie Cleary and Hilary Joseph Hansen, both of Vaucluse, which was solemnised recently at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Watson’s Bay.
Rev. Father . D. Hannan, P.P., officiated and the Nuptial Mass was celebrated by Rev. Dr. C. Duffy, who also read the Papal Blessing.
The bride, who is the younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Cleary, of Vaucluse, was attended by Patricia White and the groom’s cousin, Brenda Maher, as brides maids, and her nieces, Diana and Carol Doran, as junior bridesmaids.
The groom, who is the youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Hansen, of Narooma, was attended by his brother Mark, and Michael Duffy.
Reception for 70 guests was held at the Woollahra Golf House.
The honeymoon was spent at Narooma, where the groom spent his youth. Mr. and Mrs. Hansen have made their home at Strathfield.
Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 – 1954),
Sunday 8 February 1953, page 45
Patricia Cleary, of Vaucluse, was married yesterday at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Watsons Bay, to Hilary Hansen, youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. C. Hansen, of Narooma.
The bride, who is the younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Cleary, of Vaucluse. wore a gown of French chantilly lace.
Catholic Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1942 – 1954),
Thursday 9 August 1951, page 8
FAMILY party was recently held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Cleary, Vaucluse, in honor of the engagement of their younger daughter, Patricia, to Hilary Hansen, of Vaucluse, youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Hansen, of Narooma.
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.