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Hugh Robert Michael SWEENEY


Hugh Robert Michael SWEENEY


Formerly of Miller, Late of Bateau Bay ( Central Coast ), NSW  


relation in ‘the job’:  former Senior Constable Greg SWEENEY, NSWPF # ?????


NSW Police Training Centre – Redfern  –  Class #  085A


New South Wales Police Force


Regd. #  9839

Uniform # 1711 & 2860


Rank:  Commenced Training at Redfern Police Academy on Monday ? September 1960

Probationary Constable- appointed Monday 31 October 1960 ( aged 24 years, 9 months, 15 days ) 

Constable – appointed 1 December 1961 ( Loss of 1 month Seniority – failed Dictation )

Constable 1st Class – appointed 1 December 1966

Detective – appointed ? ? ? ( NO )

Senior Constable – appointed 1 December 1970

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


Final Rank: =  Senior Constable 


Stations:  After Redfern Academy he was stationed at Redfern GDs ( 7 Division )( 5 December 1960 – 12 March 1961 ), Randwick GDs ( 15 Division )( 13 March 1961 – 10 June 1962 ),

Police Telephone Communications Centre ( *Ph: 20966 )( 20 Division )( 11 June 1962 – 15 June 1967 ), Communications Branch ( 20 Division )( 15 June 1967 – 24 August 1969 ),

Liverpool GDs & Traffic Office ( 22 Division )( 25 August 1969 – 1 October 1977 ), Fairfield GDs ( 34 Division )( 2 October 1977 – 12 January 1980 ), Central GDs ( 1 Division )( 13 January 1980 – ? ),  Merrylands GDs ( 26 Division )( ?? January 1991 ) – Optional Retired

* ( 20966 used to be the NSW Wide Police Switchboard number – now replaced with 131 444 )


Service: From  ? September 1960   to   January 1991 ( Optional Retirement ) =  30 years Service


Retirement / Leaving age:?

Time in Retirement from Police?


Awards:  National Medal – granted 6 November 1980 ( SenCon )

1st Clasp to National Medal – granted  8 June 1988 ( SenCon )

2nd Clasp to National Medal – granted  8 June 1988 ( SenCon )


 Born:  Thursday 16 January 1936 in Scone, NSW

Died on:  Saturday 9 April 2022 during the night

Age:  86 years, 2 months, 24 days

Organ Donor:  Y / N / ?


Cause:  Cancer ( type ? )

Event location:   ? , Home with his wife by his side

Event date ?


Funeral date:  Wednesday 20 April 2022 @ 11am

Funeral location:  St Therese Catholic Church,  125 Cartwright Ave, Sadlier, NSW



( click here to see Cornona19 Virus Pandemic rules – this will be a limited numbers Funeral )

Wake location:  Liverpool Catholic Club

Wake date:  Wednesday 20 April 2022

( 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:  Max Perram’s Funeral Service, 143 George St, Liverpool, NSW  02 9602 6175

Buried at:  Liverpool Cemetery, MacLean St, Liverpool, NSW ( next to his mother – Linda Beatrice SWEENEY – D: 22-12-1971, Grave 1130 )

Location of Mick’s Grave:  Section Grave, Catholic 17, Grave 1131

Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at?

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( April 2022 )



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





May they forever Rest In Peace 

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Mr Hugh “Michael” Sweeney
16/1/1936 – 9/4/2022
Aged 86 Years
Late of Bateau Bay
Much loved and sadly missed by his wife Bernadette,
Loved father of Gregory, Therese, David, Michele, Paul,
Daniel & Ann-Maree and father in law to their partners
Loving Grandfather of Shane, Rachael & Mitchell,
Samantha & Georgia, Rodger, Luke and Joshua
Great Grandfather of 7.
Remembered with Love
Requiem Mass for the Repose of the Soul of Hugh will be celebrated on
Wednesday 20th April 2022 at St Therese Catholic Church, 125 Cartwright Avenue, Sadlier, commencing at 11.00am.
Followed by Interment at Liverpool Cemetery, Moore St, Liverpool.

Mick Sweeney, Hugh SWEENEY

Mick Sweeney, Hugh SWEENEY
Sgt ?, Senior Constable Mick SWEENEY, Sgt ?
Bernadette Sweeney & Mick Sweeney
Bernadette Sweeney & Mick Sweeney

Mick Sweeney, Hugh SWEENEY

Mick Sweeney, Hugh SWEENEY



Deepest condolences to Mick’s family, friends and colleagues.

I worked with Mick, on GDs, at Fairfield Police Station in the late 1970s – very early 1980s and remember his Raucous laugh.

He was a lot of fun to work with and just a funny bastard to be with and his ‘comb over’ his thinning hair – would never stay in place.

May you Forever Rest In Peace old mate.


Cal ” Uncle Charlie ”


Mick was one of the first Life Members inducted into 22 Division ( Liverpool ) Police Rugby League. He loved his Police footy and was happy to hear about your success before his passing.  Go the Bulls.

Greg Sweeney.


Prior to joining the NSWPF, Mick was employed at a Pastry cook for 7 years, 2 months and a Confectioner for 8 months and was a fully qualified pastry cook.

Although he was widely known as Mick – his Christian name was actually Hugh ( and it is Hugh SWEENEY that he went by on his application to join the NSWPF ).

He was described as 5′ 11″ tall, weighing 12 stone, with Hazel eyes, Fair complexion & Fair hair ( I wonder if it was as thin back in 1960 ? ).

He was Married at the time.

He obtained, at completion of Training Class 85A, a mark of 54%.

He could type, on the 15 June 1961, 20 W.P.M.

He completed the three day course in Civil Defence in January 1962.


In June, 1973, SenCon Mick Sweeney was attending a motor vehicle accident on the Camden Valley Way, Leppington, near the Leppington Lawn Cemetery, at night and in a dark patch or roadway, when he was struck by a passing vehicle.

At the time, Camden Valley Way was a sealed roadway with gravel edges, one lane each way and very poorly lit – and similar to an outback country road.

The impact caused him to be thrown a fair distance through the air, landing on the roadway in his head.

Mick received serious head and other body injuries which were life threatening at the time.

He was hospitalised at Liverpool for 10 days before a miraculous recovery and he then returned to work.

He Retired in 1991 whilst attached to Merrylands Police Station.


In March 1974, SenCon Mick Sweeney and Cst Peter Gould ( # 15542 ), attended a factory at Green Valley and removed a 4 foot red belly black snake.

The Constables managed to get the snake into a cardboard box and conveyed the confined snake back to Liverpool Police Station.

There, the snake escaped from the box, causing staff to head for higher ground.

Some jumped onto tables, chairs and counters to escape the snake.

It then took a brace and courageous Senior Constable Roger BERGAMIN ( #10682 ) to capture the slim 4 foot snake with a stick and return it to the box and seal it.

I can imagine the raucous laughing going on.

Police Telephone Communications Centre – Police HQ – 20966







Liverpool ( NSW ) Police Time Line ( 1788 – 2016 ) by Ret DetInsp Joe Stanioch. ( # 14194 )



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.



13 April 2022



2 thoughts on “Hugh Robert Michael SWEENEY

  • It is with sadness that we read of the passing of Hugh Robert Michael Sweeney and we express our deepest sympathies to the Sweeney family on their loss.
    Having worked at two separate Stations, No’s 22 and 1 Divisions with ‘Mick’ I found him to be a man of many characters sometimes gentle and unassuming at other times loud and boisterous and the life of the party but always with a smile, a sweep back of his hair, a grin followed by a laugh.
    Mick was a sportsman through and through and his love of football and golf were well known. He was a staunch and enthusiastic member of the Cabramatta-Fairfield Social Golf Club made up of serving and retired Police and many civilian Friends.
    It was accepted that Mick always teed off in the first group and it was not hard to follow his game as his group progressed around the course as he could be heard from any part thereof should he hit a great drive, chip in from off the green or sink a long putt. Off course these ‘great shots’ were also discussed again at the 19th with many a laugh.
    Mick was always quick of wit and being in his company was entertainment in itself as he told stories of his heroic deeds. I remember one such ‘heroic deed’ while stationed at 22 Division we got a call that a man was barricaded in a house with a firearm.
    On arrival the man was indeed barricaded but he was in a room only and was refusing to come out. While standing at the door asking him to come out and listening for his response strange noises were heard and it was obvious the only way to get him out was to go in.
    A call for assistance to forcible open the door was met with stony silence from others but Mick stepped up to the plate and between the two of us we broke to door down or rather broke the door in half because the man had placed a very heavy chest of drawers behind the door.
    Unfortunately, it was too late as the man had shot himself and passed away in the Ambulance taking him to hospital.
    Why is this incident so clear in mind years later? Well Mick had that part of the door with the door knob which he twisted to open and I had the side with the hinges. It took a couple of weeks for me to recover from the very painful and damaged shoulder.
    I am sure that Mick’s ‘heroic deeds’ will be further discussed at the Wake among his many friends from his Police Service days and civilian life.
    RIP Hugh Robert Michael Sweeney a real Aussie larrikin!

    Brian Gray and Kevin Cosgrove

  • I am honoured to have known Mick. He worked with my dad Robert Rice at Liverpool Police..RIP


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