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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.



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.



Visit by Cadillac LaSalle Nationals group

On Thursday 10th April I had a visit from a dozen Cadillacs and a couple of other “normal” cars to view my police memorabilia collection. The group was part of the Cadillac LaSalle Nationals who were attending their annual convention/get together in Busselton. This group were part of more than 30 Cadillacs who were attending. I had more than 40 people gathered in my collection shed but it was a great event. They were from WA and the Eastern states plus a few from USA. I had to have them park down in the paddock to fit them in. Luckily we have acreage. After an hour or so they all headed back to Busselton.

If you are a member of an association or group and interested in visiting Policeman’s Way, be sure to get in contact!



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