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Roderick Edward BARRY


Roderick Edward BARRY

AKA Rod BARRY, Rocket Rod   

Late of 

You can’t put brains in statues

NSW Police Training Centre – Redfern  –  Class #  131 or 132 


NSW Police Cadet #2643


New South Wales Police Force


Regd. # 15408  


Rank:  Commenced Training at Redfern Police Academy as a Police Cadet on Monday 23 November 1970 ( aged 17 years, 4 months, 7 days )

Probationary Constable- appointed 16 July 1972 ( aged 19 years, 0 months, 0 days )

Constable – appointed 16 July 1973

Constable 1st Class – appointed 16 July 1977  

Detective – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Constable – appointed 16 July 1981

Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 13 December 1987

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? ( YES )


Final Rank: =  Senior Sergeant 


Stations?, North Sydney ( 6 Division ), ?, Manly ( 14 Division ), ?, Chatswood ( 25 Division ),  ?, Mona Vale ( 29 Division ), ?, North Shore LAC – Retirement


Service: From 23 November 1970 to 7 February 2003 = 32 years, 2 months, 15 days Service


Retirement / Leaving age: = 49 years, 6 months, 22 days

Time in Retirement from Police: 19 years, 0 months, 10 days


Awards:  National Medal – granted 7 November 1988 ( SenCon )

1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 20 November 1998 ( SenSgt )


 Born: Thursday 16 July 1953 

Died on: Thursday 17 February 2022 

Age:  68 years, 7 months, 1 day 


Cause: Cancer ( type ? )

Event location:  Home 

Event date ?


Funeral date Friday 25 February 2022 @ 3pm

Funeral location: The Rose Chapel, Palmdale Lawn Cemetery & Memorial Park, Palmdale Rd, Palmdale, NSW  02 43621203

( 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: Cremated 


Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?

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


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





May they forever Rest In Peace 

Australian Police YouTube Channel 

Condolences to Rod’s wife of 37 years, Helen, family and friends.

Grahame White

Sad news about Rod. A great guy with a wicked sense of humour.
I remember when we first got the new leather front draw holsters and cuffs pouch on the wide belts. Rod was doing Rosters at the time and proudly strapped the new leather around his waist and proceeded to walk the halls of Manly Police Station with his cigs and lighter in the handcuff pouch and a banana in the holster.
Loved working with him.
He will be sadly missed.
RIP Rocket Rod Barry – from one of the Goslings.


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.





21 February 2022



2 thoughts on “Roderick Edward BARRY

  • Mark Messenger

    Worked many a night shift on the paddy wagon with Rod out of the old run down Manly Police Station, along with other legends Trevor Ross Otton, Paul Hughes and Tiger Prior.
    Great bloke to work with and on various weekends we enjoyed a beer on his Deltacraft Islander cruiser around Clontarf.
    Rest easy old mate gone too soon but your laugh and humour will never be forgotten.

    • Dad always spoke so fondly of you, I remember as a kid we did nippers down at curly together! He sure had a great sense of humour… and was the best person I know!


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