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Maxwell Leslie LAUGHTON


Maxwell Leslie LAUGHTON   OAM

Late of  ?

Penrith Police Training College, High St, Penrith

New South Wales Police Force

[alert_yellow]Regd. #  6081[/alert_yellow]

Rank:  Probationary Constable – appointed 12 April 1948

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 19 May 1965

Sergeant 1st Class – 16 July 1975

Inspector 3rd Class – appointed ?

Stations?, Castle Hill O.I.C. ( 33 Division ),

ServiceFrom  ? ? pre April 1948?  to  ? ? 1988? =  40? years Service

Awards:   National Medal – granted 3 September 1985

Centenary Medal – granted 1 January 2001, For service to the community through the Penrith Paceway and the Show Society

Medal of the Order of Australia  ( OAM ) – granted 11 June 2012, For service to the community of Penrith and to the sport of harness racing

Born:   2 April 1929

Died on:   Wednesday  21 March 2018

Age:  88

Cause:   ?

Event location:   ?

Event date:   ?

Funeral date:   Wednesday  28 March 2018 @ 3pm

Funeral location:   North Chapel, Pinegrove Memorial Park, Great Western Hwy, Minchinbury

Funeral Parlour: 

Buried at:   ?

 Memorial located at:   ?

Max Laughton was the heart and soul of Penrith Paceway<br />
Max Laughton was the heart and soul of Penrith Paceway


Maxwell Leslie LAUGHTON OAM


[alert_yellow]MAX  is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_yellow]  *NEED MORE INFO


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May they forever Rest In Peace


Penrith Paceway legend Max Laughton passes away

Penrith harness racing icon Max Laughton has passed away.

Mr Laughton was one of the founding fathers of the Penrith Harness Racing Club in the mid-1960s and remained a mainstay of the club for more than half a century.

He is a Life Member and served as Chairman and President of the club.

Mr Laughton received a range of honours recognising his commitment to harness racing, Penrith and the wider community including the Centenary Medal in 2001 and Council’s Wall of Achievement. He was also honoured with an OAM.

He was involved in the establishment of the popular function centre at the Paceway as well as Club Paceway itself and reconstruction of the track.

It is set to be an emotional night at the Paceway this evening with its usual Thursday night meeting scheduled to get underway just after 6pm.

Mr Laughton became involved in harness racing when he was just 24-years-old.

“I was around 24 when I started training with Alf Phillis and we would go out to Penrith on my days off,” he told the Weekender in 2012.

Mr Laughton moved to Penrith in 1948 when he entered the Police Force and attended the Penrith Police Training College in High Street, Penrith.

In 1964, Mr Laughton founded the Penrith Harness Racing Club and became a foundation executive member.

Harness racing enthusiast Ross Hutchison said he was saddened to hear of Mr Laughton’s passing.

“The great man passed away last night,” he said.

“He was the best of bosses.”

Penrith Paceway legend Max Laughton passes away

Harness Media Centre

Vale: Max Laughton OAM

22 March 2018

Maxwell Leslie LAUGHTON OAM

THE harness racing fraternity is mourning the passing of legendary administrator Max Laughton OAM.Mr Laughton, a Penrith harness racing icon, passed away last night.

He was the longest-serving President at Penrith Paceway, serving on the Executive Committee since 1964 and had been President since 1988.

Amongst this, Mr Laughton worked in the New South Wales Police Force, starting his career in 1948 at Penrith and eventually became the Chief Police Inspector in 1984.

After 40 years of service in the Police Force, Mr Laughton was awarded a Merit of Services Award.

Retiring from the Police Force in 1988, Mr Laughton devoted all of his spare time to Penrith Paceway.

He originally obtained the ‘harness racing bug’ at the age of 24 when he began working horses with Alf Phillis.

Mr Laughton was a foundation member of the Penrith Harness Racing Club and in 1999 it was his decision to build the registered club.

As a mark of respect, drivers will wear black armbands at tonight’s race meeting at Penrith.

A funeral for Mr Laughton will be held next Wednesday, March 28, at Pinegrove in the North Chapel at 3pm which will be followed by a wake at Penrith Paceway.

Harness Racing New South Wales extends sincere condolences to Max’s beloved wife Lorna, his family and friends.

“Max was an admired administrator, a rock for the Penrith Club and will be sorely missed in all harness racing circles,” HRNSW chief executive John Dumesny.


Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by a Board of Directors and is independent of Government.


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Medal ( OAM ) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Mr Maxwell Leslie LAUGHTON, Penrith NSW 2750
For service to the community of Penrith, and to the sport of harness racing.
Chairman, Board of Directors, Penrith Agricultural, Horticultural and Industrial Society, since
1993; President, 1989-2012; Life Member.
Involved in the establishment of the function centre, reconstruction of the track and the
establishment of Club Paceway.
Committee Member, Penrith Show Society, since the 1950s.
Foundation Executive Member, Penrith Harness Racing Club, since 1964; Life Member.
Alternate Board Member, Harness Racing NSW.
Awards/recognition include:
Centenary Medal, 2001.
Wall of Achievement Award, for services to Penrith and its communities, 2001.

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