Wilfred TUNSTALL – QGM
( Husband to Dawn Frances TUNSTALL nee HAWKINS ) R.I.P.
New South Wales Police Force
Joined NSW Police Force via NSW Police Cadet system on 5 January 1959
Cadet # 1481
Regd. # 9862
Rank: Cadet – 5 January 1959
Probationary Constable – 9 February 1961
Sergeant 3rd Class – 3 April 1977
Detective Sergeant – Retirement ? / Resignation ?
Stations: ?, Central ( 1 Division ) 1970’s, Special Bomb Squad ( 1980’s ), Penrith ( 1982 )
Service: From 5 January 1959 to ? ? 1991 = 33+ years Service
Awards: Queen’s Gallantry Medal QGM – granted 1 October 1976 ( apprehend an armed man )
National Medal – granted 6 November 1980
Born: 9 February 1942
Died on: Friday 8 January 2016
Funeral date: Wednesday 20 January 2016 @ 1pm
Funeral location: North Chapel, Pinegrove Crematorium, Kington Street, MINCHINBURY
Wake: Wake to be held at the Waratah Room, Rooty Hill RSL, Sherbrooke Street, Rooty Hill, from 2.30pm. All welcome.
Buried at: Cremated
Memorial at: ?
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May you forever Rest In Peace.
09.02.1942 – 08.01.2016
Loving husband of Maureen. Beloved father and father-in-law of Andrew & Cheresa and Matthew & Kirstie. Loving and adored grandfather of Sean, Holly, Breanna, Harvey and Amber.
Decorated Police Officer of 33 years service in the NSW Police Force
Bill’s family and friends are warmly invited to attend a Celebration of his Life to be held in the North Chapel of Pinegrove Crematorium, Kington Street, Minchinbury on WEDNESDAY (January 20, 2016) commencing at 1 pm.
The Age 13 June 1974 p 28 of 36
The Canberra Times ( ACT ) Tuesday 13 May 1975 p1 of 18
Man shot dead in Sydney siege
SYDNEY, Monday. — Police used tear gas to force a man from a Sydney house today and shot him dead as he ran out firing a high powered rifle.
The man, 55, had held police at bay in the house in Glanville *( possibly Granville ) for nearly three hours.
He wounded a policeman ( Wilfred TUNSTALL ) in the arm before he was shot dead.
Another policeman suffered from gas inhalation when two cannisters of gas were lobbed into the house.
Earlier witnesses reported that a woman *( Nadia Wehbe ) staggered out of the house wounded and collapsed in the gutter. A man who went to her aid was ordered away.
The woman and the policemen are in a satisfactory condition.
The Canberra Times ( ACT ) Thursday 15 May 1975 p3 of 26
SYDNEY, Wednesday. — Detective Bill Tunstall, who was shot in the arm during a two-hour siege at a Western Suburbs house on Monday afternoon, has left hospital. The condition of Mrs Nadia Wehbe, 40, who was hit in the right shoulder and later underwent emergency surgery, is satisfactory.
The Canberra Times ( ACT ) Wednesday 31 December 1980 p3 of 20
New code name for bomber sought
SYDNEY: Sydney police have appealed to the Woolworths bomber to give them a new code name to avoid confusion with hoax callers.
Many of the hoax callers have used the bombers code name – “Mr Dunmore” – since it was published in a Sydney newspaper on Monday.
Police said yesterday that they believed the bomber has not made contact with Woolworths for at least 48 hours.
“Even though his code name has been revealed there are many many other ways he could establish that he is the real bomber when he makes contact with Woolworths again”, a detective said.
“It is his turn to make a move now – although we are still following several leads which might prove fruitful”.
Woolworths received more than 20 hoax bomb threats against its Sydney stores yesterday, despite a police warning that hoaxers could be sent to jail.
The threats were mostly against suburban stores but the main city store, which was the scene of the Christmas Eve blast, was evacuated for more than an hour while police carried out a search after a threat.
Heavy city traffic was slowed to a crawl as police blocked part of George and Park Streets and diverted traffic around the area.
Detective Sergeant W. Tunstall, of the special bomb squad, said any person caught making hoax threats would be charged with creating a public mischief.
“This is a very serious charge carrying a penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine”, he said.
The bomb hoaxes have fully extended police manpower.
Police estimated that more than 200 uniformed police have been taken from other duties to patrol Woolworths stores and carry out the searches after many of the threats.
“It is most frustrating”, they said. “Every hoax has to be checked out thoroughly and in many of the cases the stores have to be evacuated of staff and customers causing great inconvenience”, they said.
The Acting NSW Minister for Police, Mr Hills, said yesterday that no stone would be left unturned by police to bring those responsible for the Woolworths bombings and extortion demands to justice.
The total resources of the police force would continue to be available to protect the public and employees of the company from those responsible.
A special task force was working around the clock on the case.
A 19-year-old man was arrested yesterday at Ringwood, Melbourne, after a hoax call to a Woolworths store, police said last night.
They said that the man was arrested after increased activity by Telecom to help catch hoax callers. He is due to appear in court today charged with making a menacing phone call and a false report to police.
The Canberra Times ( ACT ) Tuesday 3 February 1981 p1 of 22
Woolworth-bombings charges later, court told
NOWRA: A man who appeared in Nowra Court yesterday would be charged later as the principal in connection with the Woolworths bombings, police told the court yesterday.
Police said that the charges would relate to placing explosives at the stores in Warilla, Maitland and Sydney Town Hall.
The allegations were made by the police prosecutor, Sergeant Ken Earl, as he put questions to Detective-Sergeant W. Tunstall, of the CIB.
Before the court was Mr Larry Burton Danielson, 48, a club entertainer, of Huskisson, a small town near Nowra.
Mr Danielson already faces charges of having conspired with Mr Gregory McHardie and others to demand money with menaces and with having attempted to steal $1 million, the property of Woolworths.
Mr Danielson entered no plea yesterday before Mr Butler, SM. He was remanded in custody to appear in Sydney Central Court on Monday.
Opposing bail, Sergeant Earl said Mr Danielson had used the name Bradford to commit false pretences in the 1960s.
Sergeant Tunstall agreed with Sergeant Earl that Mr Danielson had changed his name to what it was now by deed poll.
Sergeant Earl said, “He will be charged as the principal in relation to the bombings in Warilla, Maitland and Town Hall.
“The charges relate to placing explosives and charges.
“Serious damage was caused to the store at Warilla, the Maitland store was destroyed, and five people were slightly injured in the explosion at Town Hall”, he said.
Sergeant Tunstall agreed with Sergeant Earl that it had been only the wide investigation by the CIB which had prevented detectives from presenting the explosives charges yesterday.
Sergeant Earl said the police had “a very strong case against the defendant”; “strong charges” would be laid against the defendant on Monday.
Mr Danielson’s lawyer, Mr David Crampton, applying for bail, said Mr Danielson was a single man who owned property at Huskisson, where he had an equity of $12,000 to $14,000.
The three times Mr Danielson had been interviewed he had denied the offences laid against him.
Despite the fact the first time Mr Danielson had been spoken to was 10 days before his arrest, he had made no effort to leave the area.
Mr Crampton said Mr Danielson did not have a current passport although he had come from New Zealand originally.
The Canberra Times ( ACT ) Thursday 23 April 1981 p10 of 22
Charged man said ‘You’re kidding’,
SYDNEY: An entertainer told a detective, “You’re kidding”, when informed he would be charged over the Woolworths extortion attempt, Central Court was told yesterday.
Detective-Sergeant Wilfred Tunstall said this was the reaction of Mr Larry Burton Danielson, 48, of Huskisson, who, with Mr Gregory Norman McHardie, was appearing before Mr Webb, SM, charged with conspiring to demand money with menaces and by force between July 1 last year and January 13, 1981.
Each is also charged with attempting to steal $500,000 in cash, 22 diamonds and 10 50-ounce gold bars, the property of Woolworths, on January 13. Mr Danielson is further charged with breaking into Pro Diving Services at Huskisson on October 15, 1980, and January 13, 1981.
No plea has been entered.
Sergeant Tunstall said he had interviewed Mr Danielson at Nowra police station on January 29. He had also played tapes of two telephone calls made to Woolworths employees by an
“1 told him he would be charged in relation to these matters”, Sergeant Tunstall said. “He said, ‘You’re kidding’ “.
Earlier, evidence was given that on January 17 Mr Danielson had bought a diver’s oxygen tank from a shop at Rushcutter Bay, Sydney. That night the shop had been broken into and other diving equipment stolen.
Mr Christopher Charles Benning, diving instructor, of Manly Vale, said he had locked the shop when he left it at 10.30pm. After the robbery, diving gear and a diver’s propulsion unit had been missing.
Mr Benning said a propulsion unit produced in court was of the same colour and type as the one stolen.
Mr John Pritchard, for Mr Danielson, objected when the police prosecutor, Sergeant Garry Wells, tried to tender the propulsion unit as an exhibit. He said there was nothing to connect his client with the unit.
Sergeant Wells said the unit had been found in Sydney Harbour about a mile from where a diver, alleged to be Mr McHardie, had tried to collect a bag of extortion money from under a wharf at Taronga Park.
Mr Webb said he would admit the exhibit, but was doubtful about its value. He adjourned the case until 10am today.
The Canberra Times ( ACT ) Tuesday 18 May 1982 p3 of 20
Escaper, store bomb link SYDNEY: Police are “keeping an open mind” on the possibility of a link between convicted Woolworths bomber Mr Graham McHardie and an explosion at the Woolworths variety store at Liverpool early yesterday.
Detective Superintendent Noel Morey, of the Sydney CIB, confirmed that two sticks of gelignite had exploded, causing damage estimated at about $10,000.
Police intensified their search for Mr McHardie, 28, who escaped from Parramatta jail last month during his trial for the extortion bombings of three Woolworths stores in 1980. The police believe Mr McHardie or some of his associates could be responsible for yesterday’s explosion.
They also have not ruled out the possibility that the explosion was intended as revenge. “We are keeping an open mind,” a police spokesman said.
Detectives from the Special Breaking Squad, which investigated the 1980 bombings, spent several hours in the store yesterday, with members of the Police Scientific Squad, after it was found that the explosion was similar to previous Woolworths explosions.
Police said last night that the explosion had been caused by two sticks of gelignite which blew a hole three metres by one metre in the roof of the store about 4.40am. It also blew a hole in the wall of a second-storey office and was heard five kilometres away.
The means of detonating the explosive had not been discovered, although the area was searched yesterday by an officer from the Army Bomb Disposal Unit.
The bomb could have been placed on the roof, or thrown up, since there was no sign of breaking and entering, or theft.
Police said blasts at Woolworths stores in Warilla and Maitland in 1980 were caused by gelignite bombs placed on the roof.
The store opened to the public at 3.30pm after workmen had repaired the damaged corrugated-iron roof and cleared debris.
A spokesman for Woolworths, Mr John Hendry, said security would not be increased “because previous experience shows it to be at a pretty high level”.
No ransom demand had been made by last night to Woolworths, and Detective-Sergeant Bill Tunstall, who investigated the previous Woolworths bombings, said that at that time demand letters had not come for two days. If the style was to be the same this time “we might not get any letter for a few days yet”, he said.
The Canberra Times ( ACT ) Thursday 23 December 1982 p6 of 22
Valuable paintings recovered
SYDNEY: Two valuable Australian paintings, stolen in 1976, have been recovered in a raid on a Darling Point house in Sydney.
The raid was carried out on Sunday by the Penrith-based regional crime squad, led by Detective-Sergeant Bill Tunstall.
Six paintings by well-known Australian artists were stolen from the Manly Art Gallery in May, 1976.
The recovered paintings were an oil by Tom Roberts, painted in 1895, and entitled ‘The Flower Seller’ and a Norman Lindsay water colour entitled ‘Swans and Peacocks’.
No arrests were made and inquiries are continuing in relation to the other paintings.
The Canberra Times ( ACT ) Saturday 9 July 1988 p10 of 68
Rogerson used false name, bank man says
SYDNEY: Former Sydney detective Mr Roger Rogerson had used a false name for an account he opened at a Penrith bank in July 1985, Glebe Local Court heard yesterday.
A former Westpac Bank branch manager, Mr Albert Blatch, told the court that Mr Rogerson had opened an account at his bank using the name Robert Tracey with a $58,000 bank cheque on July 9 that year.
Mr Blatch was giving evidence at committal proceedings against Mr Rogerson and two others charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
He said that Mr Rogerson had come into the bank with Detective Sergeant Bill Tunstall — whom Mr Blatch knew — and two others to discuss opening the account.
Mr Blatch said the cheque represented the balance of an account from another bank. Mr Rogerson had said he was not happy with the service.
Mr Rogerson had been introduced to him as Mr Rogerson, but had indicated he would like to keep his account in the name of Robert Tracey.
Mr Blatch said he understood the account was opened to hold funds “coming from Mr Rogerson refurbishing motor vehicles that had been sold”.
Mr Blatch said that Mr Rogerson had telephoned three days after the account had been opened and inquired about withdrawing $40,000.
Mr Blatch said the funds subsequently had been transferred to the Taxation Department.
Earlier yesterday, “Miss Jones”, the protected witness giving evidence about a drug deal she allegedly made with Mr Rogerson in May 1985, broke down and wept after she was questioned about fears for her safety.
Under cross-examination by counsel for Mr Rogerson, Miss Jones said she feared for her safety after the death of Mr Dennis Allen, who died in April last year.
She told the court she feared one person and she wrote that name on a piece of paper.
Mr Rogerson, Sydney businessman Mr Maurice Nowytarger and Mr Nick Paltos have been charged with conspiring with Mr Ross Karp between May 1985 and March 1986 to pervert the course of justice.
The hearing resumes on Monday.