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John Edward AVERY


John Edward AVERY

AKA  ?

Late of  ?

Brother of Donald Lester AVERY, NSWPF 7893 ( R.I.P. )

 Police Training College – Penrith  Class #  029 – 039


NSW Police Cadet # 1016


New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  7975


Rank:  Commenced Training as Police Cadet on 30 July 1952 ( aged 16 years, 6 months, 8 days )

Probationary Constable- appointed Saturday 22 January 1955 ( aged 19 years )( most probably was ‘Sworn In’ on Monday 23 Jan 1955 due to his birthday being on the weekend. )

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Detective – appointed ? ? ? ( YES )

Senior Constable – appointed 22 January 1966

Does appear in the 1968 Stud Book

Does NOT appear in the 1969 Stud Book   

Final Rank =  Senior Constable


Stations: ?, Police Recruitment Office – Police HQ – College St Sydney ( 1954 ), ?, Bega ( Dets )( Aug 1965 ), South Coast District ( 1966 ) – Bega – Retirement / Resignation

Service:  From 30 July 1952   to   ? ? 1968?  =  16 years Service


Awards:  No Find on the Australian Honours system


Born:  Wednesday  22 January 1936

Died on:  Wednesday  18 March 2015

Age:  70 years, 1 month, 24 days

Cause:  Heart attack ( 5 previously over 25 years )

Event locationGosford Hospital, NSW

Event date:  admitted to Hospital on Tuesday  17 March 2015


Funeral date:  Thursday  26 March 2015

Funeral location:  Greenways Chapel & Memorial Gardens, 460 Avoca Dve, Green Point, NSW 


Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at: Cremated

Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?

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


John Edward AVERY

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



May they forever Rest In Peace

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John was working at the Police Recruitment Office, Police HQ in 1954 when his brother, Don Avery ( NSWPF # 7893 ), applied to join the NSWPF.

After transferring to, and working from, Bega Police Station, John left the employ of NSWPF ( Resigned / Retired ? ) and then became an Insurance Broker in late 1970s, or possibly early 1980s and later moved to Griffith, NSW.


Survived by his wife Noreen, and children Christoper, Alison, and Joanne, 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Noreen subsequently died in Griffith in June 2018.

Her memorial service was 13 June 2018 at Griffith Ex Servicemans Club following private cremation.





…The Eulogy for John Edward Avery…
Welcomed into the world on 22nd January, 1936, in Chatswood,
NSW, John Edward Avery was the youngest child born to Francis
Daniel and May Columbia Avery (nee Barnes). There was Joan,
Edna, Don, Frank and John and John is now survived by his brother,
Don. Their father’s occupation was given as a “coal
…A family friend, Alan Elworthy, to commence the Eulogy…
…Memories of John from his grandchildren…
John has had heart problems for many years. At the age of forty-
seven, he underwent quintuple by-pass surgery and then thirty years
later had a triple by-pass operation. John was one of those people
very attuned to his physical health and he managed his health
problems very well. His outlook was always positive, modest, stoical
and he never told anyone of any problems he had or suffered with.
Towards midday, on Tuesday, nine days ago, John realised that he
had a problem and so he called the ambulance to take him to the
Gosford District Hospital. Sadly, in spite of the best efforts of the
medicos, he was not able to recover and it was there at Gosford, John
Edward Avery, aged seventy-nine years, very suddenly and un-
expectedly departed this life on Wednesday, 18th March, 2015.
He will be very sadly missed by all those who knew and loved him. It
is a great debt we owe to men like John Avery for he was a man who
volunteered and was prepared to sacrifice his life in the military
services of this country. John also good and faithfully served the
citizens of NSW in the NSW Police Force for a period of sixteen years.



John was also one of those people who managed other people very well, for he was very, very organised with everybody and that included his family. It is his family who declare that John liked to do things his way.
Having said that though, John liked people, appreciated them and he was always quick to acknowledge those who had achieved something positive or good or performed admirably.
Those sorts of attributes are absolutely necessary to anyone with John’s aptitude for volunteering to do things for his fellow-man and society.
As an ex-president of two country Lions’ Clubs, a Life Member of the Sydney Adventist Hospital, a former Probus Club member, as well as being the current president of Terrigal Senior Citizens Association, John was always volunteering for something.
He was one of those people who was always busy, he could not sit still nor stop his mind from working, generally for the betterment of others.
John thought quietly and acted frankly, without fear or favour and, his penchant for organisation helped him to achieve what he wanted and better outcomes for the various organisations he supported. I am told that paperwork has been instituted more than twelve months ago, of which John was completely unaware, seeking to invest him with an Order of Australia Medal for his services to the community.
There is a saying, “we should build bridges, not barricades, stepping stones, not stumbling blocks.” John really did that and he didn’t do it in a serious or grim manner either.
He was known for his jokes or story-telling ability and John liked to laugh.
John also enjoyed travelling and, throughout his life, has been just about everywhere on this planet. More recently, he had discovered ocean cruising and had only returned from one such adventure, a couple of days before his passing. Above all else, the love of John’s life was his wife Noreen and he was a beloved husband of fifty-seven years, a much-loved and proud father of three, an adored and proud grandfather of five and great- grandfather of two, as well as a loved brother and a good friend.
His work here is now done.
May he rest in peace.


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