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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.

LWM

 

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.

LWM

 

Mt Morgans Police Gaol Register

On Sunday 27th April we had a visit from 21 members of the Busselton Collectors Club to see my collection of Police memorabilia. Subsequently I received a phone call from one of the members who said he wanted to give me a Police Book for my collection.

Yesterday I received that book which is the Police Gaol Register for Mt Morgans Police Station from January 1903 until it closed on 21st April 1911. Its all handwritten in pen and ink. Mt Morgan is or was commonly known as Morgans, a goldfield near to Laverton in Western Australia. The book when closed measures 320mm by 470mm and is 60mm thick. Its a bit weather beaten but a great historical piece. I need to get another cabinet to display it.

As luck would have it I had more visitors today and was offered a glass cabinet. Just have to take the trailer and pick it up.

LWM

 

Contact info

petalarrymorgan@bigpond.com
(08) 9731 2907

Argyle WA 6239

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