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Lance Joseph MELINE


Lance Joseph MELINE

AKA  Lance MELINE   

* Nickname:  Trader Dan

Late of Helensburgh, NSW  


Relations in ‘the job’?

“possible” relation in ‘the job‘:    ?



Army Private – 2790918

1 ARU ( Australian Reinforcement Unit ) from 24 June 1969 – 16 July 1969

9 RAR ( Ninth Battalion Royal Australian Regiment ) from 17 July 1969 – 12 December 1969



New South Wales Police Force

Regd. # 14645


Redfern Police Academy Class # 127


Rank:  Commenced Training at Redfern Police Academy on Monday 17 May 1971 ( aged 22 years, 11 months, 0 days )

Probationary Constable – appointed 28 June 1971 ( aged 23 years, 0 months, 11 days )

Constable 1st Class – appointed 28 June 1976

Senior Constable – appointed ???


Final Rank:  Senior Constable


Stations?, Sutherland ( 24 Division ), Helensburgh ( 82 Division ) – Death


ServiceFrom 17 May 1971  to   8 April 1982 = 10 years, 10 months, 22 days Service


Awards:  Queen’s Scout Award – granted 1966 1st Leeton


Born:  Thursday 17 June 1948

Died:  Thursday 8 April 1982

Age:  33 years, 9 months, 22 days

Cause:  Depression – Suicide – Police revolver


Event location:  inside Helensburgh Police Station ( 82 Division )

Event Date:  Thursday 8 April 1982


Funeral date? April 1982

Funeral location:  Woronora Crematorium, Linden St, Sutherland, NSW

Buried at:  Cremated

Ashes:  Sydney War Cemetery, Memorial Ave, Rookwood

Memorial located at

Lance Joseph MELINE

Class 127 at Redfern Police Academy - 1971


Lance is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance BUT SHOULD BE


 37 years later ( 2019 ) and this man is still not recognised by the NSWPF – but WE – the people who Served in NSWPF, still Remember and Honour our Fallen

 A Senior Constable Lance Meline committed self harm with a police revolver at Helensburgh Police Station on the 8 April 1982.  He was apparently having trouble with hoodlums in the Helensburgh area too.




Army information


Surname Given Names Notice Type Date Type Age Other Details Publication Published
MELINE Lance Joseph Death notice 08APR1982 Death   late of Helensburgh Sydney Morning Herald 10APR1982  
MELINE Lance Joseph Death notice 08APR1982 Death   late of Helensburgh Illawarra Mercury 10APR1982  



Helensburgh Police Station



Lance was born to Daphne ELLIOT ( D: 1980 ) & Leslie MELINE ( D: about 1998 – ex Flight Engineer with RAAF – WWII )



It is believed that Sgt Keith Beacroft, OIC, found the deceased.



2 thoughts on “Lance Joseph MELINE

  • peter meline

    Lance was my Cousin,
    he was born to Daphne Elliot (died 1980) and Leslie Meline (died abt 1998)(ex Flight Engineer, RAAF WW2,)
    i am still in contact with his children,
    the circumstances of his death were complicated and still the source of deep grief in the family

    • Leslie CARTER

      I worked with Lance at Sutherland Police Stn around 1976, before he went to Helensburgh. As you say Peter, Lance had some complicated issues. I was on the HWP at Engadine on 8 April, day of Lance’s death. I attended there later in the day. Crime scene was there by then.

      RIP Lance.


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