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Late of Nowra

New South Wales Police Force – Public Servant

Regd. #  ?????????

Rank:  General Support Officer – Public Servant

Stations:  Wollongong Police Station

Post NSWPF Employment:  Flight Attendant – QANTAS

ServiceFrom  ? ? pre 1982?  to  ? ? ? ? years Service

Awards:   No find on It’s An Honour

Born:   18 December 1956

Died on:   Sunday  1 July 2018 in the early hours – whilst sleeping

Age:  61

Cause:   Cancer

Event location:  Home – where she was surrounded by love

Event date:  Sunday  1 July 2018

Funeral date:   Friday  6 July 2018 @ 2.30pn

Funeral location:   St Joseph’s Catholic Church, 50 Park Rd, Bulli

Wake:  Towradgi Beach Hotel, 170 Pioneer Rd, Towradgi

Funeral Parlour:  Hansen & Cole, Bulli – 4284 3103

Buried at:   ?TBA

 Memorial located at:   ?TBA

Michele Southam


 Funeral location



May they forever Rest In Peace

Dearly beloved mother of Olivia and Sean.

Loving daughter of Kathleen & Reginald Southam ( R.I.P. – NSWPF – SenSgt ).  Niece to Darrell Southam ( R.I.P. – NSWPF – Sgt )

Aged 61 Years

Always loved, ever remembered and forever in our hearts

Family and friends of Michele are invited to attend her funeral service to be held at St Joseph’s Catholic Church Bulli, 50 Park Road, Bulli on Friday 6th July, 2018 commencing at 2.30pm.

In Lieu of Flowers donations are invited to The McGrath Foundation & Breast Cancer Network Australia.

At Michele’s request, we ask you to wear a splash of colour to celebrate her wonderful personality and colourful life


Published by Illawarra Mercury on July 4, 2018


Early this morning the night sky gained one of its most brightest additions. Mum passed away, sleeping peacefully after a very brave fight.

Our hearts are broken at the universe’s need to take back someone so special but we are forever grateful for the small amount of time we had left to spend with her. There is no amount of time that would have ever been sufficient before we had to say goodbye, and the hole in our hearts that has been left behind will never be filled. No words can describe just what she meant to those who loved her and a life without her seems incomprehensible, but how lucky are we to have had such a beautiful person in our lives, one who lit up any room when she entered, knew all the right things to say and who always knew how to laugh at herself.

Today I lost my best friend, my mum and the other half of my heart, but I am forever thankful to whoever or whatever sent me to her, because there are very few people who have such the effect mum did, and I am truly proud to be her daughter.

Sean, Carly and myself are overwhelmed with the amount of love and support from every person we have spoken to, who’s visited and who sent their love over the last, very quick, few days. We tried so hard to get in contact with as many people as we could, but time kept moving and we just didn’t have the chance to get to everybody.

Details for Michele’s service will be sent out in the coming days – please contact us if you would like any further information. We will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

We love you mum and miss you terribly already.


Hello Everyone,
Below are the details for Mum’s service should you wish to attend.

At Michele’s request, we ask you to wear a splash of colour to celebrate mum’s vibrant personality and colourful life.

Friday 6th July 2:30pm St Joseph’s Catholic Church. 50 Park Road Bulli

Followed by a celebration of mum’s life at Towradgi Beach Hotel. 170 Pioneer Rd, Towradgi.

Please feel free to contact myself or any of the family should you want/need to. A notice will also be placed in the Illawarra Mercury.

Thank you for all of your love and support over the last few weeks and we look forward to celebrating just how wonderful a person mum is and was xx Olivia
Michele Southam-Byrnes



My memories of Michele:

When I, and other mates, transferred from Cabramatta / Fairfield to Wollongong G.D’s around 1982, Michele was a Public Servant working the front counter of the very old Wollongong Police Station in Church St, Wollongong.

We worked with Michele most shifts and she was a great girl and we were always laughing.

One shift that we were working with Michele, we had loaded a couple of her cigarettes with bits of a sparkler.

She finished her late shift and left to go home to Bulli where she was living with her parents, Kath & Reg, at Bulli Police Station residence.

Southam’s, at the time I lobbed up at Wollongong Police Station, were a local police identify.

Reg was a SenSgt at Bulli and, later, Wollongong whilst his brother, Darrell was a Senior Constable with the Police Prosecutors at Wollongong Police Station.  Both were lovely and likeable blokes.

On our next shift together Michele related a story about how she was driving north, along the Princes Hwy, North Wollongong, and decided to have a cigarette.

As she was driving, she lit her cigarette and was enjoying drawing back on the thick smoke entering her lungs ( as most of use smokers did back in those days ).

She said she was driving along and next thing, her cigarette started to sparkle and shoot sparks out everywhere and she nearly crossed to the wrong side of the road as she tried to comprehend what was happening before throwing the cigarette out the window in disbelief.

We all laughed at the way she described it and, to this day, I’m not sure whether we told her how it happened or not.

We used to have great times with practical jokes and the old telex confetti over the years.

Michele worked with us, at Wollongong, for many years before she finally pulled the pin and went onto other, and greater, things in her life.

The cigarette mischief was well over 30 years ago and I still laugh about it.

The next time I met up with Michele was at either Darrell’s funeral or her father, Reg’s funeral, and it was like yesterday.  She was a bit older but still the same Michele from back in 1982.

May you forever Rest In Peace mate.  Your smile and humour will always be remembered.



Greg Callander

Retired NSWPF

1975 – 2004




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