Kenneth William ROWLANDS

Kenneth William ROWLANDS

AKA Ken ROWLANDS, Rollo, Gunsingh ( after the race horse ), Flour Bag Head ( due to the light colour of his skin & hair ) 

Late of Northern Rivers area ( Lennox Heads ), NSW – formerly of Kingsgrove, NSW  


“possible” relation in ‘the job’:    ?


NSW Police Training Centre – Redfern  –  Class #  046 


New South Wales Police Force


Regd. #  8439 


Rank: Commenced Training at Redfern Police Academy on Monday 9 July 1956 ( aged 22 years, 10 months, 27 days )

Probationary Constable- appointed ? ? ? 

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Detective – appointed ? ? 1961

Senior Constable – appointed 9 August 1967

Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? ( N/A )

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 22 January 1973

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 1st Class – appointed 7 June 1982

Passed his Inspectors exam in 1974 but I have no information to confirm that he attained that rank.

Inspector ?


Final Rank: = Senior Sergeant 


Stations?, Belmore Police ‘Call Box’ at Belmore Railway Stn ( 1950s ), ?, Campsie, ?, Dapto ( 1965 ), Grafton ( 1966 – 1973 )( Det SenCon ), North Coast District ( 1968 ), Kingsgrove ( 1973 ), ?, ( 1974 he Passed the Inspectors Course aged 40 that being the youngest at the time ), Observation Squad with Bureau of Crime Intelligence ( BCI )( OIC )( June 1982 – 1988 ), Liverpool Transit Police ( 22 Division )( O.I.C. )( 1988 – Retirement )


Service: From 9 July 1956  to  24 March 1990  = 33 years, 8 months, 15 days Service


Retirement / Leaving age: = 56 years, 7 months, 12 days

Time in Retirement from Police: 32 years, 8 months, 13 days


Awards:  No Find on Australian Honour system


 Born:  Saturday 12 August 1933 in Crown St Womens Hospital, Paddington, NSW

Died on:  Wednesday 7 December 2022

Age:  89 years, 3 months, 25 days

Organ Donor:  No – Age prohibitive 



Event location:   ?

Event date ?


Funeral date:  Friday 16 December 2022 @ 2pm

Funeral location:  Guardian Funerals, Rainbow Ave, Ballina, NSW



( click here to see Cornona19 Virus Pandemic rules – this will be a limited numbers Funeral )

Wake location:  Ballina Rugby Union Club, Quays Reserve, Ballina, NSW 

any Future Wake date: after funeral service 

( 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: ?


Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at?

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( January 2023 )



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





May they forever Rest In Peace




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The funeral for former Grafton Ghosts football coach, Ken Rowlands, will be held at Ballina, Friday 16/12/2022 – 2pm.
Ken served with the NSW Police, stationed in Grafton 1966-1973 and he was a regular visitor to the Grafton July Racing Carnival for many years.
He is survived by wife Val ( Valda ), his children and their partners, Sue-Anne ( decd ), Rodney & Janet Rowlands, Julie & Michael Jameson, Carla (decd) and Andrew & Kassy Rowlands, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Former husband of Joan Jolley.




This Member also had a football career with Canterbury and the Newtown Jets.

He first started out with Randwick Rugby Union Club making First Grade in 1955 as a winger.

In 1958 he turned his hand to Rugby League playing for Canterbury Bankstown – Berrys.

Newtown Blue Bags in 1961 and played two seasons.

1963 he applied for, and obtained, the position of Captain / Coach with Dapto in the Illawarra Group League comp.

This Team made the Semi Finals in 1965 ( being the highest that Team has ever achieved ).

1968 – Grafton Ghosts at the Captain / Coach.


Ken Served his National Service ( NASHOS ) for the mandatory 18 months but I have no details of that Service other than his Service number may be A212745 as an Aircraftsman with the Air Force.

Dog rewarded for past tricks

A LOCAL Dog is proud to have received a reward for his past tricks.

A LOCAL Dog is proud to have received a reward for his past tricks.

This 73-year-old Dog once ran, passed a ball and tackled, too.

Ken Rowlands, from Lennox Head, is the former Canterbury Bankstown Rugby League Club player who on April 1 was one of about 200 past footballers given a medallion to mark their service to the team.

Ken played about 70 first-grade games for the Bulldogs from 1958 to 1961 ? but they were called the Berries back in those days.

He played in the centres and on the wing.

At the official function held before the Bulldogs’ game at Telstra Stadium, he was rubbing shoulders with rugby league greats Dr George Peponis, Steve Mortimer, Chris Anderson, Terry Lamb and Graeme Hughes.

“It was a wonderful day,” he said.

“It was like a reunion.”

Ken had just finished his probationary term in the NSW police force when he was approached by Ken ‘Tank’ Charlton to join the club.

He was 24 years old.

Ken was playing rugby union with Randwick at the time, and had taken up his first posting to the Belmore ‘call box’ located at the suburban railway station.

He made the switch to league and went on to play with the Berries and the Newtown Jets.

Meanwhile, Ken’s son, Andrew, is currently playing professional rugby union with the Basingstoke club in the United Kingdom.

Andrew is a former Ballina junior, and has been playing in the UK for the past two years.

Originally published as Dog rewarded for past tricks


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.



7 January 2023