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Robert John DINES


Robert John DINES

AKA  Bob DINES, Rob DINES, Dinesy 

Late of Shoalhaven Heads Formerly of Taree, Penshurst and Tahmoor, NSW


NSW Police Training Centre – Redfern –  Class #  Initially ‘may have’ been part of Class 044 as a Cadet and ended up in Class 058 who were Sworn In on 17 November 1958.


NSW Police Cadet # 1262


New South Wales Police Force


Cadet # 1262

Regd. #  9125

Uniform # 1248


Service:  From 3 January 1956   to   ? ? ? ? years Service 


Rank:  Commenced Training at Redfern Police Academy as a Police Cadet on Tuesday 3 January 1956 ( Aged 16 years, 2 days )

Probationary Constable- appointed 1 November 1958 ( aged *18 years, 10 months ) *Bob must have gained 2 months Seniority whilst training at the Academy – most probably through academic methods as “usually” people could NOT become a Sworn Policeman BEFORE their 19th birthday.  He ‘may have been officially a Sworn member but most probably wasn’t allowed onto the Streets until his 19th birthday ( I assume – Cal )

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed 1 November 1964  

Detective – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Constable – appointed 1 November 1968 

Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 1 April 1974

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 1st Class – appointed 31 March 1983

Inspector – appointed ? ? ? 

Chief Inspector – appointed ? ? ? 

Superintendent – appointed ? ? ? 

Chief Superintendent – appointed ? ? ?


Final Rank?

After Retirement, Bob owned a car wash for a number of years in Taree, NSW.

Stations?, Kogarah ( 1959 – 1961 )(Walked the beat (Beats #1 & 2 – from Kogarah to Carlton Rlwy Stn. to where there was a call box on the western side of the railway lines, then back to Kogarah, around the shops etc, and down the Princes Highway via Regent Street, etc. Did Station Reserve Constable duties, PD work on Car 23, etc.  ), Hurstville ( 31 Division ) ( Sgt )( 1985 ), Peakhurst, Kogarah, ?


Retirement / Leaving age: = ?

Time in Retirement from Police: ?


Awards:  Silver Jubilee Medal – granted 1 August 1977

National Medal – granted 22 August 1980 ( Sgt 3/c )

1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 15 May 1986 ( Sgt 1/c )

2nd Clasp to National Medal – granted 15 May 1986 ( Sgt 1/c )


 Born:   Monday  1 January 1940 

Died on:  Sunday 27 June 2021 @ 4.30pm with his youngest son, Stanley, by his side.

Age:  81 years, 5 months, 26 days 


Cause: Cancer – Prostate

Event location:  Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, Nowra, NSW 

Event date ? ? 2019


Funeral date:  Tuesday 6th July 2021 at 1pm 

Funeral location:  The Chapel, Shoalhaven Memorial Gardens, Worrigee Road, Worrigee, ( Nowra ) NSW 

( 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: Murphy’s Family Funerals, Nowra, NSW

Buried at: ?

Live Stream Link will become Live on the funeral date

Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: A Meeting room in Police Bank Head Office, Sydney, NSW 

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( July 2021 )


Robert John DINES, Robert DINES, Bob DINES, Cadet Bob DINES, Bob the Bus Driver
NSW Police Cadet Robert John DINES


Robert John DINES, Robert DINES, Bob DINES, Constable Bob DINES, Bob the Bus Driver
Constable Robert John DINES


Robert John DINES, Robert DINES, Bob DINES, Bob the Bus Driver,Sergeant Robert John DINES & Constable Cathy BARRETT ( background ) at a Hurstville Blue Light Disco in 1983.
Sergeant Robert John DINES & Constable Cathy BARRETT # 19154 Class # 167 ( background ) at a Hurstville Blue Light Disco in 1983.


Robert John DINES, Robert DINES, Bob DINES, Bob the Bus Driver
Robert John DINES AKA  Bob DINES

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





May they forever Rest In Peace 

Australian Police YouTube Channel 

Condolences to Bob’s family and friends.


Bob’s wife of 47 years, Helen ( who was head Matron at Taree Base Hospital ) predeceased him with Cancer in 2010.

Bob, some years later, met up again with a childhood sweetheart, Moira, and they married in 2013 and moved to Shoalhaven Heads ( South Coast ) where Bob was an active member in the local Men’s Shed and would help out the guys on the Wollondilly Historical Facebook page with his wealth of knowledge.

Bob is described as a good guy and a great boss who told me, in 2019, that he is ‘getting on a bit but enjoy a pretty good life despite the old bones and prostate cancer etc.

A bloke who didn’t mind a drop of Traminer TR2.





Obituary of Robert John Dines

27th June 2021
Passed away peacefully at Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital
Late of Shoalhaven Heads Formerly of Taree, Penshurst and Tahmoor
Beloved husband of Moira, formerly married to Helen
Much loved father and father-in-law of Bradley & Melinda, Phillip, Stan & Kelly
Loved and respected by the Doosey family
Adored Pop to his 4 grandchildren Harrison, Connor, Kirralee and Blake
Loving brother, uncle, cousin, mentor and mate to many
‘Forever in our hearts’
Aged 81 years
Robert’s funeral service will be held in The Chapel, Shoalhaven Memorial Gardens, Worrigee Road, Worrigee on Tuesday 6th July at 1.00pm Relatives and friends are invited to attend Due to COVID regulations guests are required to wear masks and register via QR code at the venue The service will be live-streamed on the day and can be viewed via the link on this page Please leave messages and condolences for the family on the tribute wall


Police Bank posted a condolence
Friday, July 2, 2021
Bob was one of our original Directors and throughout his 25 years of service on the Board he contributed immensely to where we are today, so much so, one of our meeting rooms in our Head Office is named in his honour.
On behalf of Police Bank, please accept our deepest condolences for your loss.
Sincerely, The Directors, Management and Staff at Police Bank
Phil Posted Jul 2, 2021 at 12:58 AM
Thank you for your condolences, I am sure he would be proud to have a room named after him.
Phil Dines
Brad Dines uploaded photo(s)
Thursday, July 1, 2021
A poem written by Dad for his first Grandson Harrison
Annette lit a candle
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Sending my deepest condolences to you Moira and all the families during this very sad time.
Bob was truly a kindred soul who have touched many lives near and far with his admirable kindness and compassion.
He was a kind of friend who lived his life to the true meaning of friendship.
Forever in my heart.
Will miss you dearly Bob❣️
Brian Chapman posted a condolence
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Because of our friendship with Brad and Melinda Dines, we met Bob accidentally through FACEBOOK!
We did meet “face to face” finally and our friendship continued through frequent FB exchanges.
Some of my friends have also expressed their sadness as they are going to miss Bob on FB.
We surely are going to miss him very much.
Our sincere sympathy to Moira, Bob’s sons and their families, Bob’s extended families, his Police colleagues and many friends.
Bob has left a great many people whose lives he touched.
May He Rest in Peace
Kimberley Posted Jul 1, 2021 at 2:42 AM
Rip popy till we meet again
Rhonda Solomon lit a candle
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Sending loving thoughts to Moira and to Bob’s sons.
I first met Bob when he was first courting Moira early 60’s ago when Moira’s family lived next to mine.
A lovely fellow.
Condolences from the Cook family
James Whitfield lit a candle
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
RIP Bob.
Sympathy to Moira and families.
Love from Jim & Carole Whitfield.
Mick Wharton posted a condolence
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
I first worked with Bob in 1986 at 31 Division Hurstville Police Station after leaving the NSW Police Academy as a young Probationary Constable.
At the time Bob was my supervising Sergeant. He was an awesome guy and a very respected Officer.
He was firm and measured in his response.
He headed up the NSW Police Blue Light Discos in the Hurstville area which were very well received by the younger members of the community.
I’ve spoken to a number of Bob’ old work mates in the last couple of days and we are all saddened with his passing.
RIP Bob.
You will be missed.
Thank you for your service.
Jim McGregor uploaded photo(s)
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Jim McGregor lit a candle
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Remembering the good times.
Lost but never forgotten
Jim McGregor
Liza Grimson lit a candle
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Kelly posted a symbolic gesture
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Rest In Peace Bob (poppy / F.I.L) free from pain
“He can only be physically gone but never the life lived or the memories shared.
Have faith, be strong know you are all loved and cared for
May Bobs soul Rest In Peace”
Love Kelly, Kirralee, Chris Carole, Bob, Sharon, Robyn, Lauren, Emma Illingworth

Elaine Erskine lit a candle

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
I’m so sorry to hear of your passing, Bob.
You were a good man and lived according to your principles.
I’m proud to have known you and to be known affectionately as “Cuz.”
The family of Robert John Dines uploaded a photo
Tuesday, June 29, 2021


Over 50 years proudly serving the Police Family


Here is a brief history of the development of Police Bank.


Rapid Growth of Services
The Credit Union employed its first full time administration officers in 1970 to meet the growing demand for services. By late 1971, membership had reached 2,583 and deposits grew by over half a million dollars from the previous year. By 1972 the organisation was lending nearly $50,000 per month.

Appointed Representatives
Bob Dines became Chairman in 1970 with Arthur Sharp taking on the General Manager role the following year, a position he would hold for over a decade. Ian Pettit, Terry Seery, John Gorman, Bob Page, Merv Taylor and Alan Dahl joined as Directors in the early to mid seventies. Alan Dahl was elected Chairman in 1975 with the auditing firm, Nicholls & Thomas (Kevin Thomas principal), appointed in the same year.

Around this time the Credit Union appointed Dennis Neate as a ‘Field & Promotions Officer'(the forerunner to our Business Development Officers of today) to increase awareness of Police Credit Union across the state.



FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Photos from the Leader’s archives

  • Murray Trembath


Blue Light Discos run by Hurstville police in 1983 proved a huge success both socially and financially.

Twelve discos run between May and December that year packed Hurstville Council’s Marana Auditorium and recorded a profit of nearly $20,000.

Teenagers under 18 paid $2 entry to the discos, which were alcohol-free and supervised by off-duty police.

​ “Blue Light Disco Committee treasurer, Sergeant Bob McCloskey, announced a profit of $19,774,” the Leader reported.

”The number of teenagers at the discos regularly exceeded 1200 and forced organisers to pre-sell all tickets and hold none at the door.

“Up to 15 police have donated their spare time to each disco to make sure the dances ran smoothly.

“The discos were so successful that smoking could be banned without fear of numbers falling”.

More than $13,000 from the disco proceeds was donated to St George Hospital for new equipment.

Police Commissioner Cec Abbott attended the final disco of the year to present a cheque to hospital chairman Joe Orr.

A donation was also made to help buy a new bus for the Sunnyhurst special school at Penshurst.

The first Blue Light Disco was held in Victoria and the movement spread throughout Australia and across the globe.


Bob’s Memories of living at Tahmoor, NSW

Dated 19 years to the day.

Robert John DINES, Bob DINES, Tahmoor

Robert John DINES, Bob DINES, Tahmoor

Robert John DINES, Bob DINES, Tahmoor

Robert John DINES, Bob DINES, Tahmoor

Bob DINE's first home in Tahmoor, NSW
Bob DINE’s first home in Tahmoor, NSW


Bob DINE's 2nd house in Tahmoor, NSW
Bob DINE’s 2nd house in Tahmoor, NSW


Bob Dines on parade on ANZAC day in Picton
Bob Dines on parade on ANZAC day in Picton





Photo taken at Govt. House, Escort receives thanks from King Karl Gustav of Sweden. Bob Dines in civvies on the end. 06 Apr 1982 was when King Karl Gustaf of Sweden ended his official visit to Sydney – probably the very last for which I wrote the Operation Orders. The photo was taken at Government house where the King had expressed his wish to personally thank the M/C escort squad before leaving for the airport. I didn’t normally get involved in this phase of such visits, but I was included as the “back room boy” who “looked after him,.” not just the usual flock of dignitaries and higher officials. My previous message gives the location.






Nothing further, than what is recorded above, is known about this person at the time of publication and further information and photos would be appreciated.


4 July 2021




3 thoughts on “Robert John DINES

  • Michelle Hamling

    I’m so sad & sorry to hear of the passing of Bob Dines.
    I knew Bob through his work a a Venturer Leader in 1983 through my then boyfriend Bruce Edwards & Bob’s son Brad who I last saw in Mt Isa in 1988-89.
    I now know Bob worked at Kogarah Police station & possibly knew my parents but their both gone now so I’ll never know but I hope they did cos Bob was friendly & caring to all he met.
    My thoughts are with his family & friends at this time.
    Michelle Hamling

  • Mick Newall (R/N 21663 retired HOD).

    I had the privilege of knowing Sgt. 1/C Dines through my first posting 31 Div (1984 – 1987). A gentleman and shining example.

  • I am so saddened by the news of dear Bob Dines’ passing .
    Bob was a beautiful soul who went above and beyond with all our special needs kids in Taree. He loved them all and they loved him.
    Bob the Bus driver was so much more, surrogate pop and life long friend, he attended many birthday parties and awards ceremonies.
    I will miss you Bob and I hope with all my heart you run into Jack.
    I am happy, however you got to spend your final years with Moira, it was heartwarming to hear you telling me how happy you were.
    Although I have not met Moira I’m sending her my love and hope she takes comfort in knowing how happy she made you.
    You will always have a place in my heart. ❤️❤️❤️❤️


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