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James Keith Swanson BEAN

James Keith Swanson BEAN

aka  Keith, Duke

Husband to Mary SCHNEIDER OAM ( for 35 years ) and

Father to Melinda SCHNEIDER ( Country singer )

New South Wales Police Force

Penrith Police College Class # 026

Regd. # 6031

Rank:  Commenced Training at Penrith Police College on ? February or March 1948?

Probationary Constable – appointed 12 April 1948 ( aged 19 years, 7 months, 2 days )

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 12 March 1965

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed 19 May 1972

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

Does NOT appear in 1988 Stud Book

 

Final Rank:  Senior Sergeant

 

Stations:  Clarence St – Solo Bikes ( 1 Division ), Parramatta GDs ( 18 Division ), Auburn, Ashfield, Marrickville, Petersham ( early 1970’s )( 11 Division ), Redfern ( Stn Sgt )( 7 Division )( 5 years ), Burwood Police Boys Club ( Acting? Superintendent )( 5 years ), O.I.C. – Safety & Security ( Special Constables ) at Remington Building, Ferguson Centre – Parramatta

Service:  From  ? ? 1948?  to  12 April 1988 = 40 ( to the day ) Years Service

 

Awards:  National Medal – granted 3 September 1985 ( Sgt 1/c)

Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal – granted ? ? ?

National Police Service Medal – granted ? ? ?

 

Born:  Monday  10 September 1928

Died on:  Saturday  11 October 2003

Cause:  Cancer – ( Type ? )

Age:  75 years, 1 month, 1 day

Funeral date? October 2003

Funeral location:  Woronora Cemetery & Crematorium, Sutherland, NSW

Buried at:  Cremated

GraveAllambe Memorial Park, Broadbeach Rd, Nerang, ( Gold Coast ), Qld

Rose Garden # 17, 1130

GPS-27.9977056    153.3517222

SERGEANT KEITH BEAN - KISSING HIS DAUGHTER - MELINDA.
SERGEANT KEITH BEAN – KISSING HIS DAUGHTER – MELINDA.

 

James Keith Swanton BEAN, Sgt Keith BEAN

James Keith Swanton BEAN aka Keith BEAN, @ Duke, Husband to Mary SCHNEIDER OAM ( for 35 years ) and Father to Melinda SCHNEIDER ( Country singer )
James Keith Swanton BEAN aka  Keith, Duke Husband to Mary SCHNEIDER OAM ( for 35 years ) and Father to Melinda SCHNEIDER ( Country singer )

 

James Keith Swanton BEAN aka Keith BEAN, @ Duke, Husband to Mary SCHNEIDER OAM ( for 35 years ) and Father to Melinda SCHNEIDER ( Country singer ). Inscription:<br /> JAMES KEITH SWANSON BEAN<br /> ( Police Officer - 40 years )<br /> 10.9.1928 - 11.10.2003<br /> Beloved Husband, Father,<br /> Grandfather and Great Grandfather.<br /> " The Wind Beneath Our Wings "<br /> Your family and friends miss you so much.<br /> We'll meet again some day in ' your Blue Heaven '

Inscription:<br /> JAMES KEITH SWANSON BEAN<br /> ( Police Officer - 40 years )<br /> 10.9.1928 - 11.10.2003<br /> Beloved Husband, Father,<br /> Grandfather and Great Grandfather.<br /> " The Wind Beneath Our Wings "<br /> Your family and friends miss you so much.<br /> We'll meet again some day in ' your Blue Heaven '

KEITH is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * NOT JOB RELATED

 


 

Finding Melinda Schneider

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So just how is Melinda planning on touring with a 16 month-old and remaining sane? “I don’t know yet!” she exclaims. “We will probably just go out for weekends or for a few days at a time. Mark will come out with me and help out. It’s not going to be easy and I’m sure it will have its challenges. However Sully [Sullivan] loves new adventures, they [children] need such stimulation anyway. I’ll just take one day at a time.”

Listening to Melinda chatting about going on tour with her family reminded me that her own upbringing was not dissimilar. Melinda is the only child of yodelling great, Mary Schneider, and her policeman father, Keith Bean, was also from a musical family. Melinda spent many a night backstage whilst her mother performed, sometimes sleeping in her mother’s fur coat. I touch on this subject with Melinda and ask if having famous parents will impact the way she raises her son.

“It was interesting writing this show – when you have a child you look at your own upbringing – as much as your parents did the best they could you don’t want to make some of the same mistakes they made. It takes you a while to figure out who you are with famous parents. I recall Chaz Bono [offspring of Sonny and Cher Bono] saying that it’s difficult to know where you belong when your parents are famous. It’s not a normal family situation – the attention is on the parents the whole time rather than the children. I talk about that in the show.

“With Sully I want to keep a good balance of making sure he is number one focus and it’s not all about me – I want him to have a good sense of self. Growing up, my mum had taught me dancing, juggling, yodelling … and I didn’t really have a great interest in it myself. I want to see who he is – what’s in his heart. I’m fascinated to know who he is.”

Continuing on the subject, Melinda adds, “When I was three I recorded on Mum’s albums, I had a show by age of eight. People would come up to me after the show and say ‘You’re not as good as your mother’. That used to really upset me – no one wants to hear that. Growing up I was quite confused about what I wanted to do musically and what was my truth. I just didn’t know who I was.”

Most people don’t realise that Melinda didn’t become a recording artist in her own right until her late 20’s. In fact, Melinda left school young and went and studied fashion. She remembers, “I had my own fashion label working out of Mum and Dad’s garage – I made stage costumes and all sorts for loads of people. Mum’s grandma was an amazing seamstress – perhaps that is where I got the talent from. It was funny, during my early 20s I would be in the garage running the business and always singing at top of my lungs to Top 40 hits and Michael Bolton songs. Mum used to come in and ask ‘Are you sure you don’t want to be a singer?!’ I think I was denying myself. Then I realised, deep down, I really did want to be a singer.”

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http://contentmagazine.com.au/2014/01/finding-melinda/


 

DAVE’S DIARY – 23/1/13 – PREVIEW OF EPISODE 7 – SERIES 19

Elizabeth collaborated with former Nu Country TV host and recording stage star Melinda Schneider, now 40, to write the title track of her fourth album Balls.

They both recorded their co-writes Some Times It Takes Balls To Be A Woman and Rest Your Weary Mind on recent albums.

Elizabeth and Melinda co-wrote more than a dozen songs including I Like Men in Trucks on Melinda’s fourth album Stronger.

Melinda also wrote songs about late father – Sgt Keith Bean – a policeman.

Keith and Tom didn’t meet at a still but Melinda’s mum – famed yodeller Mary Schneider – sang with Tom and Joyce backstage at the Grand Ole Opry during one of Cook’s many dates there.

http://www.nucountry.com.au/articles/diary/previews_2012_2013/series19/previewepisode7_series19.htm


Melinda Schneider – daughter of Keith Bean:

“I used to sing The Black Hills Of Dakota with my mum (yodelling icon Mary) and my Aunt Rita when I was a little girl,” Melinda revealed as she romped through one of many songs from 1953 movie Calamity Jane and its successors.

“We’d do the three-part harmony at family get-togethers.”

She accentuated the family flavour with a shout out to her duet partner at ground zero who responded with a yodel – her unique GPS beacon.

“I could never lose mum in the dark,” she joked.

Melinda also tickled the family tree when she revealed how her late sire – Sgt Keith Bean – greeted her decision to revert to her mama’s name after cruel Kogarah schoolyard taunts ranging from “string been to les been.”

“Dad said I was now a has-been,” she joked.

http://www.nucountry.com.au/articles/diary/august2011/300811_melindaschnieder_dorisreview.htm


 

Melinda Schneider long ago mastered cross genre pollination with music and dance.

But she made a huge leap to the mainstream with her writing, narrating and performing in this energised Doris Day tribute show.

And the dynamic diva also disproved the adage about dangers of working with animals.

Schneider’s rapport with her teenage Labrador-Kelpie crosses Rosie and Daisy was also a stroke of magic.

They were all ears and eyes when she serenaded them on the stage front couch with Your Eyes Don’t Lie.

It was fitting that she returned to the scene of the rhyme – Mike Walsh’s Melbourne mecca Her Majesty’s – to premiere her show.

Seven years ago in the Yarra city the seeds for the show were sown when the singer was a guest artist on a Doris tribute concert.

So it was no surprise there was a capacity crowd for the premiere of a fast paced trip through the back pages of the octogenarian Hollywood legend.

When Schneider bumped Canadian balladeer Michael Buble from ARIA chart tops with her 12-song disc Melinda Does Doris she was thawing out that metaphorical iceberg.

This time, in collaboration with co-writer David Mitchell, Melinda tapped a deep well.

“I used to sing The Black Hills Of Dakota with my mum (yodelling icon Mary) and my Aunt Rita when I was a little girl,” Melinda revealed as she romped through one of many songs from 1953 movie Calamity Jane and its successors.

“We’d do the three-part harmony at family get-togethers.”

She accentuated the family flavour with a shout out to her duet partner at ground zero who responded with a yodel – her unique GPS beacon.

“I could never lose mum in the dark,” she joked.

Melinda also tickled the family tree when she revealed how her late sire – Sgt Keith Bean – greeted her decision to revert to her mama’s name after cruel Kogarah schoolyard taunts ranging from “string been to les been.”

“Dad said I was now a has-been,” she joked.

This was a winner with the ageing audience, daubed with dowagers and duchesses from the demographic that 3AW and Magic leg-ropes to the wireless.

Despite the acrid aroma of mothballs from stoles and furs liberated from suburban closets (not those that once housed much younger opening night au pair boys) the wearers knew most of 26 songs from a Golden era when lyrics reigned supreme.

Just like roots country – the genre banished from commercial radio here.

Not for these Day devotees grunge or techno trash that energises ecstasy bunnies down on King, Queen and William Streets.

This was a gramophone-generated posse waltzing down memory lane to the refined refrains of his or her majesty’s voice.

You know the songs – Everybody Loves A Lover, Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps, Sentimental Journey, I’ll See You In My Dreams, Secret Love and Teacher’s Pet before the latter two became a trigger for the Victorian court name suppression industry.

Schneider, enhanced by her 14-piece orchestra, also revived romance in Love Somebody, Put Em In A Box, The Deadwood Stage and It’s Magic.

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21 Mar 2012 – Dave’s Diary – 30/8/11 – Melinda Does Doris – Trove