Sidney Bruce COUSENS
New South Wales Police Force – Retired
Joined NSW Police Force via NSW Police Cadet system on 16 September 1957
Cadet # 1390
Regd. # 9629
Rank: Police Cadet – started 16 September 1957
Probationary Constable – appointed 16 May 1960
Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 19 February 1976
Stations: ?, Police Prosecutor – Inverell / Moree Court circuit during 1970’s, Police Prosecutor at Blacktown, Commander ( O.I.C. ) – St Marys
Service: From 16 September 1957 to ? = ? years Service
Awards: National Medal – granted 15 September 1980
1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 22 September 1987
2nd Clasp to National Medal – granted 2 December 1995
Born: 16 May 1941
Died on: 27 January 2014
Funeral date: 30 January 2014 @ 1.30pm
Funeral location: Our Lady of the Way Church, Troy Street, EMU PLAINS
Bruce passed away on 27/01/2014 and his funeral is proposed to be held at 1.30pm on Thursday 30th Instant at Our Lady of the Way Church, Troy Street, EMU PLAINS.
Bruce was a Police Prosecutor on the Inverell / Moree Court circuit during the 1970’s immediately prior to Win Probert taking over. He was also a Police Prosecutor in the Blacktown area and a Commander at St. Marys Police Station.
Bruce had “an acid tongue both towards the unwary defence and the unprepared Police informant.
In the 1968 Electoral Roll he was living at 12 Gordon St, Inverell.
In the 1972 Electoral Roll he was living at 3 George St, Inverell.
In the 1977 Electoral Roll he was living at 23 Gordon St, Inverell
As I write,
Bruce Cousens is doing it tough in a care facility in Sydney.
Bruce Cousens was the single most important person in the establishment of the Inverell Rugby Club. His family came to Inverell in the middle of the ‘60’s and Maureen and Nigel (‘the Colt’) lived in various places around town as Bruce became a very effective Crown Prosecutor, locking up evil doers and advising and correcting many others including some rugby players.
Bruce became President of the newly reformed Inverell Rugby Union Club and, with the help of many others, began a building process both on and off the field to make Rugby a part of life in the town. With many years, executives, working bees, raffles, bus trips and wins and losses I believe that aim has been achieved.
He became Zone President during very successful Central North years, and was elected for many years to Country Rugby Union and thus Australian Rugby Union. He subsequently travelled to South Africa prior to the 1987 World Cup in Sydney where he was appointed in charge of Security for that event.
A very capable sportsman himself, he lost most of the sight in one eye from a ‘bouncer’ while playing A Grade cricket on Varley Oval. His personal rugby career included playing for Drummoyne in Sydney, Inverell when it was part of New England, and a few games when the Highlanders moved to Central Northern competition. Bruce also played Tennis and was an exceptional Squash player, although he didn’t look like one. Ask Stew Campbell, Barry Ridde or John Enchelmaier who played successively after he gave them 8 points start and the serve – just for an 18 gallon keg which was a week’s wages in those days.
Bruce was and is a n all – round ‘A grade’ bloke and I’m sure the club and all who know him wish him all the very best in a tough time.
(Postscript; Sadly, Sidney Bruce Cousens passed away on 27/01/2014