About Policeman’s Way
Policeman’s Way is the private collection of Larry Morgan, a former WA Police officer with a passion for collecting. Larry joined the WA Police Force in 1968 and served as a police officer for thirty seven and a half years. While always retaining insignia from his own uniform, Larry decided to collect police memorabilia in the early 1980s after a Californian Highway Patrolman sent Larry his very first patch.
From here the hobby snowballed. Larry became a member of the Police Insignia Collectors Association of Australia in the 1980’s, started communicating and trading with collectors from all over the world and, eventually, became a victim of Ebay. Trips to the USA, England and Scotland, France, Switzerland, Italy, New Zealand and Vietnam have provided the opportunity to meet in person and trade with other collectors. The collection now includes thousands of patches, tie pins, badges, hats, model cars, figurines and various other items of police memorabilia from all over the world.
In 2005, after retiring from the police service, Larry and his wife Peta decided to build a Queenslander house and a huge shed on ten acres they had purchased in Donnybrook, a great little town in the middle of the Geographe Wine Region in the South West of WA. The plan from the very beginning was to set up a display of the collection and, one day, open it to the public. Larry has been working hard to turn his humble shed into an exhibition space, investing in a large number of new and used display cabinets and putting his carpentry skills to good use.
While it will continue to grow as new items are added to the collection, Larry is excited to finally open the doors to Policeman’s Way. After so many years of buying and trading memorabilia and, more recently, building the display to house it in, Larry now has an opportunity to show off his collection in full for the very first time. He looks forward to welcoming you to his place and sharing some of the many interesting stories behind the patches, tie pins, badges, hats, figurines and other pieces that make up Policeman’s Way.