Hilary Joseph HANSEN

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 dateFriday 7 October 2022


Funeral date:  Friday 14 October 2022 @ 2pm

Funeral locationLester & Sons Funeral Directors, 359 Wantigong St, North Albury, NSW

Police Guard of Honour provided by Murray River Police District


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Hilary Joseph HANSEN, Hilary HANSEN, H

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





May they forever Rest In Peace




Australian Police YouTube Channel

Hilary Joseph HANSEN, Hilary HANSEN, H


Late of Watsons Bay
7 October, 2022
Aged 94 Years
At Jindera

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

To view a live stream of this service, please go to

Hilary HANSEN # 8767, Dennis DENTON # 9652, John RUMLEY # 9828




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.



17 October 2022