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Policeman’s Way featured in local exhibition

Some of you may have seen my posts on Facebook, but Policeman’s Way was briefly closed to visitors earlier this year. But for a very good reason! I’m excited to say that I lent some of the Western Australia Police exhibits from my collection to the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre.

The Policing in Bunbury Exhibition was opened on Friday 21st February this year. Retired Police Officer Gerry Tyrell and I, together with others, loaned items from our personal collections to go on display. This was a magnificent display on early policing and law enforcement in the Bunbury Region from the 1840s to the 1960s and beyond.

Unfortunately like everything else in 2020 the exhibition was interrupted by the global pandemic, but I was proud to share my collection with a wider audience.

The collection is now closed and Policeman’s Way has reopened. But you can visit the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre on Tuesday to Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Well worth a walk through. Entry is free. You can also visit their website for all the latest events, as well as their Facebook and Instagram page.



Visit by the T Model Ford car club

This morning we had a visit to Policeman’s Way by the T Model Ford car club. The group parked their cars up in the shade down the paddock while they toured the shed.

They had some absolutely classic machines. It was something else seeing them ‘fly’ past the mosaics shed and clothesline.

It’s great to be hosting visitors again after closing for the exhibition at Bunbury Museum. I’m looking forward to having more groups through over summer.



Visit by the Daimler and Lanchester Owners Club

On the 11th August we were lucky enough to host members of the Daimler and Lanchester Owners Club at Policeman’s Way. We had some very fancy cars parked up in the paddock, including a Tesla, Rolls Royce, and Daimlers.

Needless to say, the inner mechanic in me was feeling very envious. Perhaps it’s time to extend the collection to include full-size automobiles? Better check with Peta…



100 Years of Women in WA Police

This morning I had the honour of receiving an official 100 Years of Women in WA Police commemorative pin from Donnybrook Police.

This is a great addition to the collection. As a serving police officer I knew how hard my female colleagues worked to serve their community. And how challenging it could be working in a male dominated environment. Really pleased that I can include this pin in the collection as recognition of all of the women who have made such a significant contribution to WA Police, both past and present.

Acknowledging 100 years of women in policing this year is a fantastic initiative, and something everyone should get behind.

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Visit by the Emergency Services Motorcycle Association

On Sunday 13th March we had a visit from members of the  Emergency Services Motorcycle Association (ESMA). Five of the group were former colleagues of mine from Western Australia Police and well known to me during our careers. Brian Keed was one of my Sergeants when I was Officer In Charge of West Metro Traffic at Mirrabooka. Another of the group, Ivan Bennison, was a teenager living in Bassendean when I was stationed there and I knew his family, because in those days the local police were part of their community.

It was nice to reconnect with some old colleagues and also show them around the collection. Didn’t get to cruise around on their bikes though. Not this time.



The littlest visitor

This past week we have been playing host to our youngest granddaughter, and she was able to visit Policeman’s Way for the very first time.

At first she was a little distracted by the flickering light from the whirlybird on the shed roof, but once she was able to get her hands on some of the less fragile items in the collection she became a lot more interested. The hats, teddy bears and model cars were clear favourites.

While she moves quickly, we were able to take a couple of happy snaps of her first visit. Fortunately we missed the battle at the end to rescue the cars and bears from becoming part of her collection.

Goes to show there is something at Policeman’s Way for visitors of all ages.




Some months ago I was interviewed on the phone by Bill ‘Swampy’ Marsh, a fairly well known author of Australian yarns. He told me he was compiling a book on outback policemen.

I related some of my experiences while at Gascoyne Junction in the late 70s and, to be honest, hadn’t thought much more about it.

PW_66Fast forward a few months and a copy of the book Great Australian Outback Police Stories arrived in the mail. And it turns out my interview has been turned into a chapter, affectionately titled ‘Policeman-the-bastard’.

It’s a great book with some fascinating tales of working as a copper in the bush. I could really relate to some of the experiences of the other contributors and it brings back some very fond memories of my time in regional WA.

I strongly encourage you to check it out – it’s available online and in all good book stores. And of course there is a copy taking pride of place in Policeman’s Way.

Feel free to drop by and have a read over a cuppa. You might just have to listen to some of the stories that didn’t make it into the book.




Sign from the old Cottesloe Police Station

Several years ago the old Cottesloe Police Station was being renovated. The builders took the cast alloy sign off the wall and threw it into the skip bin with all the other rubbish. Luckily the Officer in Charge at the time saw this take place, retrieved the sign and took it for safe keeping. He recently paid a visit to Policeman’s Way and became aware of the valuable items held in the collection so he donated the sign to add to the collection.

Sign from the old Cottesloe Police Station

Sign from the old Cottesloe Police Station

It is a great piece of history and has now been attached to the wall of the display. Another great addition to Policeman’s Way.



Visit by the South West Veteran’s Car Club

This morning we had a visit from members of the South West Veteran’s Car Club to Policeman’s Way. 9 cars with 14 people came and viewed the collection. They had been to Boyanup for morning tea before parking 8 of the cars in a line down in the paddock. One EH Holden was parked outside the shed. The visitors spent about an hour looking through the collection and I had a couple of offers of items to add to my collection. One was a Police leather jacket and the other an American Police patch. They are going to be dropped in another day. Some of the visitors said they would bring more people along and will be arranging dates when they can.

While they were here the rain started and luckily all cars were hard tops, although a couple had left windows open. One of the cars was most appropriate, a Zephyr 6 with the registration plate Z CARS. Z Cars was an English Police show on television several years ago and the vehicles used by the cast were Zephyrs and Riley Pathfinders. The club members left here to head to the Kirup Tavern for lunch. It is most fortunate that we have 4 hectares of land where visitors in these groups are bale to drive and safely park their cars.

I’m enjoying having these large groups come through and I’m looking forward to the next group to visit Policeman’s Way.



Constable T. Bear Shrine of Remembrance Guard

I thought today would be quite an appropriate day to showcase one of the latest additions to Policeman’s Way.

For several years I have been purchasing the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation limited edition Constable T. Bear. This year I received the Protective Service Officer-Shrine Guard Constable T. Bear.

Since 1935 the Shrine Guards have carried the responsibility of guarding the Shrine of Remembrance on behalf of Victorians. When the Shrine was opened on 11th November 1934 Chief Commissioner of Police, Thomas Blamey, appointed a select group of men to look after this site. Twelve highly decorated veterans of the First World War were selected for this honour. Lieutenant George Ingram, winner of the Victoria Cross, was the most highly decorated member and became the unofficial leader of Shrine Guards.

For the past 80 years the Shrine Guards have proudly worn the uniform of the Light Horse Infantry, modified to display badges and Insignia of Victoria Police.

The security and ceremonial roles of the Shrine Guards has largely remained unchanged since 1935. Although the proviso that Shrine Guards should be recruited from those who have seen active service was removed in 1970, they remain a highly trained and skilled team who are committed to their duties.

Today recruitment of Shrine Guards are men and women drawn from Victoria Police Protective Services Unit, trained in military drill to complement their skills and equipment for their dual role.

2014-2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of World War I. Lest we forget.

The 15th Edition of Constable T. Bear has been commissioned by the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation and is a limited edition product. Constable T. Bears are highly collectable and carry a numbered tag to verify their authenticity. The Bear in my collection bears tag number 5656.

Included in my collection of Police memorabilia and collectables are 58 bears both in hard and soft forms from many countries around the world depicted in Police uniforms. My collection of Constable T. Bear from Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation numbers 6 in total from the 15 made available over the past 15 years.

Hopefully I can continue to grow my collection in the future.


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