At our March meeting we were most fortunate to
welcome Retired Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione, APM, who gave
us a most interesting insight into his life before Police and then
after joining the Police Force.
At our April meeting we had in
attendance Eric Etienne, Annette Willett. Ken Buckley. Garry Porter,
Paul Wynne, Sandy Benson, David Hain, Fred & Anne Camage, Joe &
JennyTurner lan & Barbara Lindsay, Barry Inall, Robert & Sheila
Jackson, Vickie Macrea, Mick Matt, Kris Swiec, Doug Kane, Terrence
Griffiths, Mark Miller, Naomi Baldwin, Mick Mollov, Colleen & Neil
Purvis, Trevor & Bette Francis, Kent Vild, Mick Berwick, Dennis
Willcox. Apologies received from Gary Raymond, Bob & Robyn Oswald,
Ian King, John & Sue Wakefield, Jill Willcox Heath & Jedda Thompson,
Mike Nielson, Steve Bensley, Barrie Sutcliffe, John & Lee Hall, Phil
Martin, Ray McConnell.
Our guest speaker was David Reithmuller, Senior Police Chaplain
with the Uniting Church. David related his experience as an aid
worker in Peru prior to his pastoral role. He was a qualified Health
and Engineering Inspector and his wife Sue was a school teacher.
They left with their 2 children for an unimaginable adventure living
and working with the villages in central Peru among the various
factions ruling the country such as the Military, Police and two
Terrorist groups, one of which kidnapped him. A most fascinating
Our social events include.
• A tour of the Mounted Police at Redfern on the 22 May;
• A tour of the Old Darlinghurst Gaol is scheduled for 21st June;
• Yulefest at the Carrington Hotel Katoomba is on 5th July; we
have around 46 going plus those from Penrith/Blue Mountains branch;
• The Biggest morning tea in aid of Cancer was held as a free BBQ
for our branch and donations for a cake, slice etc. were taken for
• Winter blanket appeal for our sponsors Guardian Funerals and
attendance at their Biggest Morning Tea.
In May we welcomed 4 former Fijiian Police whom Paul Wynne met at
the Domain 2017 Memorial Service. Paul invited them to the
Parramatta Hills Monthly meeting and they Joined us for the May
meeting. One of them even won a raffle prize!!. Retired members of
the Fiji Police, Krishna GOUNDER Ass.Supt. Chinn GOUNDER Insp.
Supt. Rama Naidu Det. Const. They enjoyed their day with us, said
they has learned a few things from the meeting format and applied to
become Associate members.
In May we had the following members attend Eric Etienne, Annette
Willett, Ken Buckley, Garry Porter, Paul Wynne,Sandy Benson, Fred &
Anne Camage, Joe & Jenny Turner, Ian & Barbara Lindsay, Barry Inall,
Robert & Sheila Jackson, Mick Mott, Doug & Heather Kane, Terrence
Griffiths, Naomi Baldwin, Nick Pavlov, Colleen & Neil Purvis, Trevor
& Betty Francis, Kent Vild, Angus McDonald, Graham Stone, Brian Haim,
Faye Ambrose,Phil Martin, Gary Raymond, John & Lee Hall, Ivan & Joan
Hamilton, Ron Shaw. John & Sue Wakefield. APOLOGIES – Kris Sweic Bob
& Robin Oswald, Ian King, Dennis & Jill Willcox, Heath & Jedda
Thompson, Mike Nielson, Dave Hain, Barrie Suttcliffe, Ray McConnell,
Ron Sadler. Norm Tattersall, Mick Berwick, Shirley Anderson, Ross
Carlisle, Mark Miller.
Our Guest Speaker was Detective Chief Superintendent Doug Kelly
(Retired) spoke about the investigation of the shooting of Detective
Sergeant Michael Drury on the 6 June 1984 at his home. The persons
suspected of being responsible for the shooting were Detective
Sergeant Roger Rogerson and Christopher Flannery (Mr. Rentakill)
However the original investigation produced no results and Doug
Kelly was summoned by Police Commissioner Avery to reopen the
investigation and form a task force (Omega) In the meantime Flannery
had disappeared presumed dead and Rogerson was charged with
conspiring with Alan Williams and Christopher Flannery to murder
Drury. It was a most interesting story by Doug Kelly with many
twists and turns during the investigation.
One of our sponsors, Guardian Funerals, holds a Winter Appeal
each year, collecting blankets, sleeping bags, beanies, rugs, gloves
etc for the homeless. Parramatta-The Hills branch members kindly
donated over 30 bags this year and some friends of members donated
toiletries also. A big thanks to Naomi Baldwin and Colleen Purvis
for their work in mustering, bagging and labelling same, and to Faye
Ambrose who donated over 20 hand knitted beanies this year. Also big
thanks to our wonderful and many members who gave so generously.
In May we held a free BBQ for our members where the ladies (and
some men) brought along a lovely assortment of cakes, slices and
eats available for a donation to the Cancer Council’s Biggest
A recent social event was organised to the Redfern Academy where
the Mounted Police section still operates. Our most knowledgeable
tour guide was Stuart Thompson who was in the Mounted Police in
1955, and still holds an amazing amount of facts, figures and dates.
Paul Wynne, JP