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If you see someone without a smile – give them one of yours

AKA Byrnesy

Late of  ? 


“possible” relation in ‘the job’:   ?

Brother of Maxwell Raymond BYRNES, NSWPF # 16118 ( RIP ) ( Aged 56 ) 


NSW Police Training Centre – Redfern –  ” possibly ” Started with Class # 094 – Finished with Class # 106 ( who were ‘Sworn In’ on Monday 4 April 1966 )


NSW Police Cadet # 1792


New South Wales Police Force


Regd. # 11787


Rank:  Commenced Training at Redfern Police Academy as a Police Cadet on Monday 29 October 1962 ( aged 15 years, 7 months, 7 days )

Probationary Constable- appointed 22 March 1966 ( aged 19 years, 0 months, 0 days )

Constable – appointed 22 March 1967

Constable 1st Class – appointed 22 March 1971

Detective – appointed 5 September 1975 ( YES )

Senior Constable – appointed 22 March 1975

Does NOT appear in the 1985 ‘ Stud Book ‘


Final Rank: = Detective Senior Constable


Stations:  Cadet: HQ – ( 20 Division ), ProCst:  Auburn ( late 1960s – early 1970s )( 9 Division )( in 1967 he was promoted to the rank of Corporal with the NASHOS and went to the War in Vietnam for 12 months ), Returned to Auburn on GDs for another two years,  Blacktown ( CIB )( 27 Division ), CIB Sydney ( 20 Division )( ? – 1980 ), Lecturer at Redfern Police Academy ( 1982 – 1984 )( Law & Procedure ) – Resigned 8 April 1984


Service: From 29 October 1962   to  8 April 1984  = 21 years, 5 months, 10 days Service


After leaving the employ of NSW Police Force & moving to Hervey Bay, Qld, Keith worked on a Milk Run working 7 days a week.

Keith and the family later moved to the Gold Coast, Qld.

Keith joined the Queensland Police Force where he was ‘Sworn In’ as a Constable in 1990 – Gold Coast GDs – Retiring, aged 60 ( 2007 ) = 17 years Service with QPol.




Service name:       Australian Regular Army ( National Service )

Service number 2788638

Rank:                     Corporal 1967  – Rifleman then Military Policeman

Unit Name:          2nd Recruit Training Battalion, 9 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, 1 Div. Provo Company, Australian Forces Vietnam Provo Company, Eastern Command Personnel Depot – Watsons Bay, NSW – Discharge.

Date of birth:

Place of birth:

Date of intake:   7 February 1968

Date of exit:       6 February 1970

Total Days:

NS Training: ?

National Service:  Vietnam – 12 months

Follow Up Training: ?

Basic Training: ?

Next of Kin: ?

Medals: Australian Active Service Medal – 1945 – 1975 – Clasp – Vietnam,

the Vietnam Medal,

the Australian Defence Medal,

the Anniversary of National Service Medal – 1951 – 1972,

the Vietnamese Campaign Medal,

the Return from Active Service Badge.


Police Awards:  National Medal – granted  23 October 1981 ( Det SenCon )

1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 30 July 1998 ( SenCon )

NSW Police Medal – with 2nd Clasp


Retirement / Leaving age: =  37 years, 0 months, 17 days ( NSWPF only )

Time in Retirement from Police:  38 years, 2 months, 9 days ( NSWPF only )

then joined QPol ( Queensland Police )


 Born:  Saturday 22 March 1947 in Penrith, NSW

Died on:  Friday 17 June 2022

Age:  75 years, 2 months, 26 days

Organ Donor:  Y / N / ?


Cause:  Cancer ( type ? )

Event location:  Newcastle, NSW 

Event date? ? ?


Funeral date:  Friday 24 June 2022 @ 2pm

Funeral location: James Murray Funeral Chapel, 44 Blackall St, Broadmeadow, NSW


No official police involvement at the funeral although the Honour Guard will comprise of Vietnam Veterans




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

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: ?

Buried at: ?


Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at?

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



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





May they forever Rest In Peace 

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Jason Tuffley
My deepest sympathies to Lucy and family. Keith was a true gentleman and a wonderful man. He was a real character and made everyone laugh and feel special. I will always appreciate and remember his sage advice not only about policing but about life in general. He was a one of a kind and he will be deeply missed by many people.
Vale Byrnesy.
Tony Wheeler
Condolences to Lucy and all of of Keith’s family.
Keith and I met at the Qld Academy in 1990. I was about ten tears younger than Byrnesy, but he, Martin Cook and I were probably still senior to most of the other probationaries, so a bond developed between us.
(Bruce Willett will have memories of that I’m sure.)
As a live-in at the Academy, probably the highlight of most days was starting by sharing breakfast in the canteen with Byrnsey and Cooky. The “entertainment” was usually provided by Probationary Keith Byrnes.
As I’ve heard from Bruce today, and Liz, Keith was a story teller. Embellishment was sometimes apparent, but mostly it added to the mood and enjoyment of the story.
I only saw Keith once since Academy days. How I wish there were more times. Bruce, you did a great job. Have a good time up there in the big pub Byrnsey!
Maureen &Joe Fawcett
To Lucy and family Joe and I were so very sad to hear of Keith’s passing, he always had a smile and a laugh when we met him in the park at Evans Head what a joy it was to know both of you we never did finish that last game of euchre.
Last year nearly to the day we visited Keith at Fern Bay you had to go to your band that day what a great memory that will be for Joe and myself…Sending gods blessing you and your wider family.
Maureen and Joe
Betty Hooper
Sincerest condolences Lucy and family on the loss of your beloved Keith. Have fondest memories of him from Evans Head. He fought the fight bravely Now he can rest in peace
Les and Betty Hooper
Marg Wyllie, Susie, Tony, Chris and Families
Our heartfelt condolences to Lucy, Matt, Glenda and family.
Keith was very much loved by our family and we have many fond memories all together.
He will be missed by all ????
Kathryn and Paul Woods
Keith was a great neighbour and friend who always had time for a chat and a laugh. He called me (Kathryn) the sheriff of Dunkeith Av as I always kept an eye on him when Lucy was away!! His favourite quote was “Never buy a tool that your neighbour has”. 
A lovely person who will be sincerely missed.
Thinking of you all at this time.
Love Kathryn and Paul❤️
Arch and Judy
The world is a poorer place without Keith. A great bloke and a credit to his country.
Condolences to Lucy and Family.
Love Arch and Judy
Tammy Cain
Condolences to Lucy, Matthew, Glenda, George, Jerah & family.
Thinking of you all.
Love the Cain family
Rosie Foubister
Thanks mate for your friendship over the years – it was always appreciated.
You’re a true gentleman and the loveliest of men.
Condolences to you Lucy and your family, take care, and Rest in Peace now Keith.
Paul Glock
Thank you Byrnesy, for being a mate and a champion bloke.
Sincere condolences from my family to Lucy and family.
The world is now a lesser place.
RIP my friend.
Bruce Mohr
Keith and I worked together in the 1970’s we have shared a friendship since then – he will be long remembered – Deepest condolences Lucy and family – Keith, my friend rest in peace mate
Noela Chapman Hedberg
Thanks for your friendship my class mate from 1966. RIP.
Stuart Sandford
Keith was a true gentleman and one of those rare folk you came across that not only provided sage advice but he genuinely cared to listen to others about literally anything.
A kind hearted soul and a true friend and colleague.
RIP Keith and condolences to Lucy and family.
Paul Hudson
Thanks for your friendship Keith.
God Bless from an old class mate.
Joe Jaramazovic
Deepest condolences Lucy and family, was lucky enough to speak with KB one last time couple of weeks ago.
Such a real gentle man and very much missed.
Rest in Peace KB!
Sasha Finney
Byrnesy was a true gentleman and a special friend.
RIP and I will have a beer and a ciggie for you……………..
Helen and Bob Purvis
All our love to you and the family Lucy Our deepest sympathy at this time RIP Keith We have so many good memories of times on the Gold Coast
Stephen Pyne
Deepest condolences to Lucy and the family.
Keith was a great bloke and will be missed by all.
Rest In Peace my friend.
Jenny Guy & Colin Morley
Dear Lucy, Matt, Glenda, extended family & friends Thinking of you all today as you say farewell to Keith.
What a courageous battle he fought.
Hoping you find peace as Keith is now at rest.
Hold on to all your treasured memories
Kind Regards & Condolences
Love Jen & Col Villa 39
David Austin
A great loss to all.
A fine man and a great work colleague.
Have fond memories of working beside Keith through thick and thin and having a laugh and a beer.
Will be sorely missed.
Vale Keith
Lynne Rosengreen
Lucy, so sorry for your loss.
Keith was a great guy to work with at Surfers Paradise.
Good memories.
He will be missed.
Barbara Wrigley
My deepest sympathies to you Lucy, Glenda and Matthew.
Sorry I could not be there today to say farewell to Keith.
He will be sadly missed by all. ????
Tj Geoghegan
What a great man. He taught me so much about people, policing and, well, life really.
I loved having a beer with him and hearing about Diggers latest bird antics!
He always listened with genuine interest … and that cheeky wink fixed any problem!
He will always be remembered with the greatest fondness.
Sending loving thoughts and hugs to you Lucy.
Dear Lucy – Sending our love and hugs at this sad time.
Keep all those special memories of Keith close to your heart.
Love to you all
Dom, Jules, Katie and Em xx
Nev Hearn
Hi Lucy, Sorry for your loss.
Keith was such a great bloke, a pleasure to work with but more as a mate.
Sorry I couldn’t be there so please accept my deepest sympathies
Terry Willett
Lucy, Matt & Glenda, so sorry we cannot be with you to farewell KB.
Our love and deepest sympathy.
Tex, Cristina, and the boys.
Terry Ford and Susan Ford
One of lifes true gentleman.
Always had time for a chat and a laugh.
He will be missed.
Brad Miller
A good man Keith BYRNES.
Chapeau mate.
Ken Anderson
Keith was a true gentleman and a fine Police Officer who shone a positive light upon all those whose path he crossed.
He was a valued and respected mentor for all members of Class 188, NSW Police Academy, Redfern, 1982.
Sincere condolences to his family and friends on their sad loss.
Whilst Keith might now be gone, his light still glows brightly to all who knew him.
Justin Percival
Like me, Keith was fighting cancer. He gave me a lot of strength when we used to speak on the phone during my treatment.
He was a real old school bloke.
His word was his bond and he will be missed by me and many others.
RIP Keith
John Drummond.
Very sad to hear the passing of Keith, was a fine policeman at the old Auburn police Station – Rawson and Station roads, was spotless in his dress and excellent touch typist.
Was a family with his late brother Max and his father and The late Sergeant Mooney. O.I.C of the station.
Scott Kerrigan
So sorry to hear that Keith has passed away. Such great memories of him working at Surfers Paradise.
A rostered shift with Keith was one always to look forward to.
A great gentleman.
Condolences to Lucy and the family.
Colin McLEAN
Condolences from the McLEAN’s to Lucy and the family.
Working with Keith was one of my favourite memories of working at Surfers Paradise in the 1990’s.
Philip Hinshelwood
Deepest condolences to Lucy and family from Phil Hinshelwood and Family, and all from Class 188 of the New South Wales Police Academy Redfern (1982) ????.



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26 June 2022



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