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National Police Remembrance Day 2011

Each year, the 29th September holds a special significance for Police throughout Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and the Solomon Islands. It is a day for police to pause to honour officers whose lives have been cut short while performing their duty as a police officer. This important day is also a time to remember police officers who have lost their lives through illness or other circumstances.

Learn more at theĀ  NSW Police Force website


Via @Janette Pelosi you may be interested in this post from TRUE BLUE BLOG about the life and death Sir Frederick Pottinger, Inspector of Police for the Western District of NSW.

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  • Kimberly O'Sullivan says:

    There was a famous shooting death of two policemen in Bondi Junction on 3 January 1931, sometimes referred to as ‘Bondi Junction’s bloodiest day’. The man who shot the two police officers was also later shot dead by another police officer.

    The police officers were: Ernest Andrews, aged 22 years and Norman Allen aged 29 years. The man who shot them was John Kennedy, aged 42 years. It is a very sad story all around, not just for the deaths of the police men but for the tragic life of Kennedy who killed them.

    The police officers had a huge funeral with thousands of members of the public lining George Street, in the Sydney CBD in tribute. The funeral of Kennedy was kept quiet and the hearse containing his body left the funeral parlour in secret to avoid a public scene.

    The full story can be found on the Local Studies section of the Waverley Library website (just google us!)

    October 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm
  • Fiona Sullivan says:

    Thanks for sharing the information Kimberly. I really liked the fact sheet on your site.

    October 18, 2011 at 9:10 am
  • Rhonda Cetta-Hoye says:

    I attended The Police Memorial Day at Gosford. My G.Grandfather was a Policeman ,James McCarthy No. 557, Southern District of NSW.
    The Service was beautiful ,one particular Hym was sung to the theme from The Dam Busters and was wonderful with all these deep voices.
    My friend also attended, her son was Detective Richard Whittiker, he died as a result of his work, 20 years ago this year.
    If you have never been to the Police Memorial in Canberra please put it on your bucket list.

    October 31, 2011 at 10:44 am