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.

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

South Western Times…again!

This month I had a journalist from South Western Times come back to Policeman’s Way for another feature on the collection. I was happy to have them back and thrilled they managed to capture my passion (read: obsession) for collecting police memorabilia!

Happy reading! And if you’re interesting in coming and having a look at the collection be sure to get in contact. I’d love to hear from you.

South Western Times 5 March 2015 [PDF 1100KB]

LWM

Policeman’s Way on the radio

On Friday morning I was interviewed by Niomi O’Hara from ABC Radio South West. It was a great opportunity to talk about the collection and promote Policeman’s Way to a broader audience. Take a listen to the recording and let me know what you think!

If you’re interested in hearing even more about the collection or would like to arrange a visit, send me an email at larry@policemansway.com. Otherwise you can send me a message via the contact page.

Hope to hear from you soon.

LWM

South Western Times

Recently I was fortunate enough to be interviewed for an article in the South Western Times about Policeman’s Way. I never pass up an opportunity to promote the collection.

Happy reading!

South Western Times 11 September 2014 [PDF 763KB]

LWM

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