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QPM SUNDAY LECTURE: Coorparoo Junction Murders

Coorparoo Junction Murders

26 February 2017
11:00am – 12:30pm

 Police Headquarters
200 Roma Street
Brisbane  QLD  4000

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The well regarded suburb of Coorparoo became embroiled in a grisly murder on 22 March 1964.  In the early hours of that day the Fire Brigade raced to a fire in the rear residence of a shop on Cavendish Road, Coorparoo.  A female victim lay injured on the patio, and two charred bodies were located in the home.

An ambulance and police detectives were immediately called to the scene, south of Old Cleveland Road and what was known as the Coorparoo Junction shopping strip.  The victim was transferred to hospital, and the bodies quickly identified as the victim’s mother and sister.

Crime Investigation Branch detectives set about unravelling the macabre events, made difficult by the house fire; the offender wanted to obliterate all evidence.

Lisa Jones, Curator of the Queensland Police Museum, will explain the meticulous way in which police gathered forensic evidence, located a suspect and eventually brought an offender to justice.  Lisa will provide images of the crime scene and describe how thorough investigation by police prompted several judicial precedents.  For this reason, the lecture is NOT SUITABLE for children under 15 years.

This one and a half hour presentation will start at 11am on Sunday, February 26 and will be both informative and educational.

The Museum opens its doors to the public on the last Sunday of each month from 10am to 3pm from February to November in addition to the standard Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm opening hours. Monthly Sunday openings feature guest speakers from across the historical and crime-solving spectrums.

PLEASE NOTE: The Police Museum will open Sunday, February 26 from 10am to 3pm, and is located on the ground floor of Police Headquarters, 200 Roma Street, Brisbane.

FROM the VAULT – Springbok Tour of Queensland

Further to our recent article about Police Commissioner Raymond Wells Whitrod, another sporting event came into the spotlight in 1971, the tour of South African Rugby Union team, the Springboks.  In anticipation of trouble by anti-apartheid protestors a “State of Emergency” was declared.  Operational orders included for police to carry handcuffs and batons, but not firearms.  No recreational leave was granted during the team’s stay in Queensland between 22 July and 4 August; the catalyst for refusal by the Commissioner to approve Constable Wayne Bennett’s leave request for rugby league training perhaps.

The Enoggera Army Barracks was secured for police radio communications, training, accommodation, meals and recreation.  A log of occurrences commenced with meetings between key organisers; Queensland Rugby Union officials, Commissioner Whitrod and senior police, with all inspecting Ballymore Oval in Herston.  Printed media was scrutinised whilst Traffic Police, and Public Order and Emergency Squads were mobilised in readiness for the arrival of players and commencement of play.

900 police from all over Queensland assemble in the Exhibition Ground Main Oval on July 21, 1971, to be addressed by Police Minister Mr Hodges and Police Commissioner Mr Whitrod in preparations for the Springbok Tour. Courier Mail Article 21/7/1971.
Image No. PM1342D courtesy of the Courier Mail.

As the tournament loomed, so did security concerns surrounding the use of Ballymore Oval.  Alternative venues were considered, including Lang Park (now known as Suncorp Stadium) and the Brisbane Exhibition Grounds.  With demonstrations increasing, a decision was made to erect security fencing at the Exhibition Grounds, establish a mobile police station on site and hold the games at that location.  The retail sale of gunpowder was monitored, whilst specialty police squads were armed with smoke flares.  Newspapers increased their distribution of at times exaggerated reports of extreme policing methods, whilst the Commissioner continued to ready operational police for large crowds. 

Anti-apartheid demonstrators making their way towards the Exhibition Grounds, July 1971, supervised by police in cars and on motorcycles.
Image No. PM1342J courtesy of the Queensland Police Museum.

Transport was identified as a significant factor in successfully policing the event, and it became apparent extra buses were needed to move large numbers of police and the public into and away from the tournament.  Preparations were made by employing the services of private coach companies to complement Transport Department buses.  Three days prior to the arrival of the South African team in Queensland, on July 17, a rail strike threatened as senior police travelled to Sydney to watch the Springboks play there.

Queensland’s turn to host the games commenced amid heightened security for players, spectators and peaceful protesters.  Extra paddy wagons were secured in anticipation of multiple arrests.  A large crowd congregated outside the team’s accommodation at the Tower Mill Motel, with varying reports about the behaviour of university student and other demonstrators on Wickham Terrace; no chanting, chanting, motel windows being smashed, bomb threats made, multiple arrests.

The Rugby Union game between the South African Springboks and Australia, at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground, July 1971. Police keep a close watch on spectators and demonstrators. The Springboks won the game 14 – 6.
Image No. PM1342O donated by the Courier Mail.

 

On the day of the Test, July 31, and after police escorted the Springboks to pre-game strategy talks at Ballymore Oval before continuing the escort to the Exhibition Ground where South Africa beat Australia 14 – 6.  The Springboks travelled to Toowoomba the next day for a final game, prompting temporary fencing of the oval and additional police resources.  No incidents were reported there and the team safely departed Oakey Airport on August 4, for their return flight to Sydney, New South Wales.

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This article was written by Museum Assistant Georgia Grier from the best resources available within the Queensland Police Museum.  The Police Museum is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 3pm on the last Sunday of the month (Feb-Nov) and is located on the Ground Floor of Police Headquarters at 200 Roma Street, Brisbane. Contact: E: museum@police.qld.gov.au

“FROM the VAULT- Springbok Tour of Queensland” by the Queensland Police Service is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (BY) 2.5 Australia Licence. Permissions may be available beyond the scope of this licence. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/au/legalcode

FROM the VAULT – CoP Raymond W. Whitrod

Raymond Wells Whitrod served the people of South Australia as a police officer between 1934 and 1949.  His rise to the rank of Detective preceded becoming the Assistant Director of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) in 1949.  In 1953 another promotion secured the Directorship of the Commonwealth Investigation Service, based in Canberra.

Educated by the Australian National University in Arts and Economics, and then by Cambridge University in Sociology and Criminology, Mr Whitrod was an advocate of merit based promotion.  His preference to recruit and promote police officers with formal education was recognised with his own promotion in 1960 by the Commonwealth Police who rewarded Mr Whitrod with the Commissionership.  The Papua New Guinea Police then appointed him as their Commissioner 9 years later, Mr Whitrod moving his family to Port Moresby for the position.

First United Nations Cyprus Police Contingent being sworn in by Commonwealth Police Commissioner Raymond Whitrod at the R.A.A.F. Base, Canberra, 21.05.1964.
Image No. PM1969 courtesy of the Queensland Police Museum.

With this impressive policing history, and the ‘advantage of knowing police methods and routine, without the friendships and associations inevitable among officers who have spent all their working lives in the Force’, (Harris, B. Courier Mail 1969), the Queensland Police Force appointed Raymond Whitrod as Deputy Commissioner, to immediately sit in the chair of the Commissioner upon the pre-retirement leave of Norwin W. Bauer.

Queensland’s Commissioner of Police Raymond Wells Whitrod, 1970.
Image No. PM2307 courtesy of the Queensland Police Museum.

At the beginning of his time in the top job in 1971 Mr Whitrod received an application from 21 year old Toowoomba Constable Wayne Bennett, for leave without pay to attend a Rugby League training camp in Brisbane.  The application was denied due to concerns over a potential shortage of police, and setting precedents.  The ban was quickly overridden by Premier Mr Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Constable Bennett trained at Lang Park and went on to score the only points for the Queensland Firsts with a goal in front of 19,308 spectators.

The Police continent march on Queen Street, Brisbane, in the ANZAC Day Parade of 1975.
Image PRNeg 1975-SL147 courtesy of the Queensland Police Museum.

In contrast to views about denying a police officer leave, and for such a good cause, Mr Whitrod was very much on the side of his police officers.  His continued encouragement of police to increase their educational qualifications was backed by the approval of these applications, and his visitation to many country police stations in efforts to learn what makes bush centres tick was highly regarded.  Raymond Whitrod resigned in 1976 and returned to his home state, and the city of Adelaide.

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This article was written by Museum Assistant Georgia Grier from the best resources available within the Queensland Police Museum.  The Police Museum is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 3pm on the last Sunday of the month (Feb-Nov) and is located on the Ground Floor of Police Headquarters at 200 Roma Street, Brisbane. Contact: E: museum@police.qld.gov.au

“FROM the VAULT- CoP Raymond W. Whitrod” by the Queensland Police Service is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (BY) 2.5 Australia Licence. Permissions may be available beyond the scope of this licence. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/au/legalcode

FROM the VAULT – The Decoyed Bushranger

The Queensland Police Gazette (QPG) reported highway robbery of the Condamine mailman, on horseback six miles from Roma, on October 21 1865, and named suspect Alphin McPherson, known by many aliases and as ‘The Wild Scotsman’.  A further charge of robbery was to be effected on McPherson for holding up the Taroom mail delivery.  A £50 reward was announced and McPherson captured.

Architectural drawing of the Bowen Lockup, by J.B.C on February 2, 1885.
Image courtesy of the Queensland Police Museum.

A successful escape from Bowen Police at Port Mackay, on June 10 1865, preceded a crime spree including stock thefts by McPherson, firstly of a valuable four year old bay gelding branded to Messrs McEwen and Green, and six fine horses owned by P. Caldwell Esquire of Oakey Creek.  A silver pocket watch crafted by ‘Goldsmith, London’ was also found to be unlawfully in the possession of the suspect.  The gelding was eventually found near Gayndah by Sergeant Denis McCarthy.

The Wild Scotsman was described as about 23 years of age, 5 feet 10 ½ inches high, square shouldered, stout build, long arms, light hair, no whiskers, small downy tuft of hair on chin, Roman nose, blue eyes, face much sunburnt, gunshot wound inside left forearm from wrist to elbow, a native of Scotland and speaks the German language fluently (various QPG’s).

Snippet from the ‘Queensland Times’, supplied by the National Library of Australia via Trove.

Subsequent robberies under arms of Her Majesty’s mail from Orion Downs and Brown River prompted an increase in the reward, announced in the QPG of February 7 1866, to £250 for the apprehension of, or information leading to the capture of McPherson.  It was believed he was heading towards the Maranoa district of New South Wales via the Balonne River.  The theft of two strong horses from T.M. Bowman and allegedly ridden by McPherson at Galloway Plains on February 23 were located at Milton completely knocked up (QPG 4 April 1866, page 31).

First Queensland Police Commissioner David Seymour named McPherson in his second Annual Report, submitted in 1866 for the previous year, writing, “… it is not difficult for a good bushman, well supplied with information, to continue to ‘stick up’ with impunity for some time the solitary mailman.  I am in hopes that the active measures now taken, will shortly put a stop to this description of crime.  I am sorry to say that the opinion so confidently expressed some time back, that bushrangers would meet with no sympathy in this Colony, turns out to be incorrect.  The criminal can obtain plenty of assistance and information, the police but little.”

St Helena Island Penal Establishment ruins, 2015.
Image courtesy of Georgia Grier, Museum Assistant.

Police were now clued up to the bushranger’s modus operandi, his equine knowledge and riding prowess, and using the local mailman at Gin Gin as a decoy, successfully flushed McPherson out of hiding.  It didn’t take long for the fugitive to figure out the sting however, and he decamped at speed on horseback.  Fortunately for the police his chosen steed was too tired to gallop too far, enabling McPherson’s capture and arrest.  After trial The Wild Scotsman was given a lengthy prison term, to be served on St Helena Island Penal Establishment.

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This article was written by Museum Assistant Georgia Grier from the best resources available within the Queensland Police Museum.  The Police Museum is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 3pm on the last Sunday of the month (Feb-Nov) and is located on the Ground Floor of Police Headquarters at 200 Roma Street, Brisbane. Contact: E: museum@police.qld.gov.au

“FROM the VAULT – The Decoyed Bushranger” by the Queensland Police Service is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (BY) 2.5 Australia Licence. Permissions may be available beyond the scope of this licence. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/au/legalcode

FROM the VAULT – Wool Washing Thwarted By Want Of Water

The following was recorded as written by Constable 1/c Michael O’Toole of Wyandra Police Station, in the Charleville District, 114 years ago and by hand in the station letterbook.

9th February 1903
To the Sub Inspector of Police, Charleville

Report of Michael O’Toole 1/c Constable relative to the dead body of a man found near No. 2 bore on Claverton run.

1/c Constable M. O’Toole reports that on the evening of the 7th instant [February] at about 6.30pm a young man named Albert Dowsett, a stockman on Claverton, reported having found the dead body of a man about 10 miles from No. 2 bore and about 30 miles from Wyandra.  On the morning of Sunday the 8th instant the Constable had to borrow a horse as he could not ride the Government bicycle as the country was very ruff [sic] and scrubby, to go with Dowsett to where the body was, leaving Wyandra in company with Dowsett, and arrived at No. 2 bore at about 2.30pm where the Constable and Dowsett was [sic] joined by a young man named Patrick Higgins, another stockman.  Both are living at No. 2 bore and in the employ of Mr Arthur Leeds.  After making some preparations for the burial of the body the three of us left immediately for the place where the body was, a distance of about 14 miles from the bore.

Image of a section  of the Wyandra Police Station letterbook, held at Queensland State Archives, taken by history lover Jim Spurdle in 2014.

Dowsett pointed out the body to the 1/c Constable, the body had all decayed away, and could not be recognised, and apparently had been over 12 months dead.  The 1/c Constable examined the body carefully and could not find any marks of violence on it, there was not part of the body missing, the body was clad in a light coloured Tweed trousers and a flannel shirt, and a pair of Blucher boots very much worn.  The body was lying partly on the right side, the right foot stretched out, left foot slightly bent, and the right hand bent under the head, and the boot off the left foot.  About 1 yard away underneath the head of the body the Constable found the remains of an old vest which is of a very peculiar black pattern.  The 1/c Constable at once recognised the vest as being like a vest that a young man named John O’neil used to ware and in the left hand side and in the top pocket he found a rolled gold watch with a double silver chain attached.  In the left hand trousers pocket he found a brown leather purse which he found in it an addressed envelope with the words as follows; Mrs L.O’neil, Edward Street, Kennedy Estate, Toowoomba.

Wyandra Police Station, c1980. In 1903 the original station building was not equipped with cells, and prisoners were secured to a ring in the floor of the police office by means of a chain.
Image No. PM1173 courtesy of the Queensland Police Museum

1/c Constable was well acquainted with a young man by the name of John O’neil who used to stop at times at Mr John Moody’s Commercial Hotel Wyandra and was last seen alive about the 15th January 1902.  When O’neil had a conversation with Mr Moody he told Mr Moody that he would [have] left the hotel before any of the would be [awake] in the morning.  Mr Moody states that he asked him which wasy did he intend to go.  He stated that he did not know whether he wold go to Eliman and work for Mr John Brayley who had the contact to wash all Messrs Fletcher Bros. wool, or go to Oakwood. O’neil has been missing ever since.

The 1/c Constable has shown the rolled gold watch to Mr John Brayley who positively identifies it as the watch he sold John O’neil some time previously, and O’neil had been working for Brayley several times.  No doubt O’neil had started on a short cut track for Eliman and lost his way, and the 1/c Constable states that he must have perished for want of water.  It is stated that O’neil had no water bag in Wyandra, and was supposed to start on foot.  There is no water between Wyandra and where the remains was [sic] found.  No doubt he thought to strike one of the Claverton bore drains but lost his way, the nearest water at present to shere the body was found is about 6 miles, at the time he left Wyandra the weather was very hot.  There was no money found on the body, or any other property with the exception of watch, chain, and purse and the address enveilope.  Mr Moody states that O’neils mother lives on Kennedys Estate, Toowoomba, and that John O’neil used to get letters addressed to him , to the Commercial Hotel Wyandra, but none lately.

The old Commercial Hotel, Wyandra. Image taken in 2010 by photographer John Coyle.

With the assistance of Albert Dowsett and Higgins they [sic] buried the body and returned to No. 2 bore that evening, a distance of about 42 miles.  The 1/c Constable returned to his station at about 1pm on the 9th instant, a distance of about 25 miles.  There is a post-mortem and some articles of clothing at Moody’s hotel which is the property of deceased, also a coat similar to the vest found under the head of deceased.

Signed, Michael O’Toole, 1/c Constable Reg 620

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This information has been supplied by the Queensland Police Museum from the best resources available at the time of writing.  The Police Museum is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 3pm on the last Sunday of the month (Feb-Nov) and is located on the Ground Floor of Police Headquarters at 200 Roma Street, Brisbane. Contact: E: museum@police.qld.gov.au

“FROM the VAULT- Wool Washing Thwarted By Want Of Water” by the Queensland Police Service is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (BY) 2.5 Australia Licence. Permissions may be available beyond the scope of this licence. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/au/legalcode

FROM the VAULT – Murder near Miles

Investigation commenced with an urgent circular to members of the Brisbane Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) on 30 September 1919, from their Inspector Michael O’Sullivan.  It read, “A man named Bailey [correct spelling is Baylie] was murdered near Giligulgul Juandah Miles Railway on Saturday the 27th September 1919 and a man named Henry Richard Elterator is strongly suspected of having committed the murder, footprints found near scene of murder are similar to those of boots worn recently by suspect, and it has since been ascertained that suspect sold the murdered man’s saddle”.

The suspect was described as 34 years of age, 5ft 8 inches high, medium build, grey to brown eyes, dark brown hair, sallow complexion, clean shaven or small clipped moustache, stooped shoulders, sullen downcast appearance, labourer, Church of England, of German descent and lived when a boy at Scone, N.S.W., boil scar centre of back, mole near right arm pit, scar inside left wrist, one tooth missing front upper jaw, mole inside of bottom lip, when last seen was dressed in grey trousers, brown coat, furry hat with black band, new elastic side boots which he purchased at Coolumboola, also had another pair of boots with remarkable nails in heels, and followed the occupation of scalper and had with him a 32 Winchester rifle.”

Whilst searching for Elterator, renowned for using alias’ including Alterator, Cohen and Hall, police received a letter and accompanying photo from a most concerned Mrs Alma Hall from Collingwood, Victoria, enquiring whether her husband might be the man the police were looking for.  Detective Senior Sergeant James Farrell forwarded the letter and photo of Mrs Hall’s husband to Inspector O’Sullivan on 10 November 1919.  The Inspector forwarded the enquiry with his opinion for the information of Police Commissioner Frederic Urquhart, “Photo of H.R. Alterator, alias J.G. Hall, herewith.  It will probably be found that he is not identical with the person inquired for.”

The suspect had actually purchased a railway ticket for himself and a dog from Coolumboola, near Miles, to Toowoomba at noon on the 29 September, the dog arriving in Toowoomba at 5.20pm that day, unaccompanied.  Police believed Elterator left the train between Coolumboola and Pengaray Junction.

The more likely location for suspect to flee was in Scone, N.S.W, the town he grew up in and where his sister Norah still lived.  Previous arrest warrants had been issued by the Scone Bench, including in 1912 for the theft of horse tack, and “with a view of inducing him to contribute toward the support of his illegitimate child”, (Queensland Police Gazette, 27 July 1912, page 340).


It was Kingaroy Sergeant Frank Price who made the arrest, five days after the murder, and the suspect remanded in custody to appear before the Miles Police Court later that month.  Constable William Gooch and Doctor Short described their examination of the crime scene; a partially buried, fully clothed soldier in uniform, lying face down in a sandy grave.  Inspection of the body revealed a bullet wound to the head.  A felt military hat was located nearby, and showed entry and exit bullet holes.  All the evidence was tended in court; the suspected murder weapon compared with wounds possible by a 32 Winchester rifle, footprints at the murder scene matching the suspect’s boot tread, and his sale of the victim’s saddle with a history of saddle theft.  A guilty verdict was recorded and the offender sentenced to death, the sentence later commuted to life imprisonment.

Elterator’s served his prison term at Boggo Road Gaol, Brisbane.  He was released in 1933 after just fourteen years, describing the stay as “hell”.  Assistance was given to him by friends and the Returned Soldiers League, also a returned trooper, to effect the release after many previous unsuccessful pleas of innocence.

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This article was written by Museum Assistant Georgia Grier from the best resources available within the Queensland Police Museum.  The Police Museum is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 3pm on the last Sunday of the month (Feb-Nov) and is located on the Ground Floor of Police Headquarters at 200 Roma Street, Brisbane. Contact: E: museum@police.qld.gov.au

“FROM the VAULT- Murder near Miles” by the Queensland Police Service is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (BY) 2.5 Australia Licence. Permissions may be available beyond the scope of this licence. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/au/legalcode

FROM the VAULT – Constable Robert John Sands

Constable Robert John Sands was born in 1905 and joined the Queensland Police Force in 1932.  With minimal paperwork to refer back to, Constable Sands’ Service History may appear unremarkable, but the variety of country stations he policed in a 10 year policing career, and a few remarkable images in the Queensland Police Museum’s collection tell another story.

Group photograph of constables sworn in at the Depot, July 1932. The Instructor, Senior Sergeant Charles James Lisle Perrin, stands in the centre of the front row. Constable Robert John Sands stands third from the right. Image PM0667 courtesy of the Queensland Police Museum.

Text on the back of this photograph reads, “A camel team loaded with 10 tons of ore from some outside place. This is a very common scene in Cloncurry, and is the only mode of travel to some of the out lying places. These camels carry approximately 7cwt each. Robert.” By Constable Sands, c1933.
Image PM0671 courtesy of the Queensland Police Museum.

Group photograph of Police Cricket Club Premiers, Turf, “C” Grade, QCA, c1933. Image PM2207 courtesy of the Queensland Police Museum.

The wife of Constable Robert Sands with the family pet, presumably at home, Mount Isa c1934. Image PM0670 courtesy of the Queensland Police Museum.

Constable Sands policed the following stations; 1932 Roma Street, Brisbane, 1933 Cloncurry, 1934 Mount Isa, 1935 Pialba, 1938 Surat, 1939 Dunwich, returning to Roma Street, Brisbane in 1941.  The Constable left the force in 1942.

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This information has been supplied by the Queensland Police Museum from the best resources available at the time of writing.  The Police Museum is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 3pm on the last Sunday of the month (Feb-Nov) and is located on the Ground Floor of Police Headquarters at 200 Roma Street, Brisbane. Contact: E: museum@police.qld.gov.au

“FROM the VAULT- Constable Robert John Sands” by the Queensland Police Service is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (BY) 2.5 Australia Licence. Permissions may be available beyond the scope of this licence. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/au/legalcode

FROM the VAULT – CoP Norwin William Bauer

A man ahead of his time in 1969, newly appointed Police Commissioner Norwin W. Bauer considered traffic crashes, increasing crime and drug use as the main problems facing police.

Norwin Bauer joined the Queensland Police Force 40 years prior, at the age of 24.  With a family background in farming and a love of horses, Constable Bauer initially worked the Police Depot Stables then completed a country stint at St George, before returning to Brisbane’s Roma Street Station, Bulimba and Southport.  In 1936 Plain Clothes Constable Bauer was appointed to the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) marking the start of a successful investigative career.

Queensland Police Commissioner N.W.Bauer. Image PM2303 courtesy of the Queensland Police Museum.

Promoted to Detective Constable in 1939, Bauer was detailed to perform interchange duty in New South Wales and Victoria and this training set the scene for further travel much later in his career, including to study police training methods in Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and many European countries.  This research resulted in recommendations to improve the training methods of Queensland’s Police Force.

Further promotions, to D/Sergeant in 1943 and D/Senior Sergeant in 1950, then to the rank of Inspector in 1957 entitled Norwin to the position of Officer in Charge (OIC) of Cloncurry District and he was soon tasked to the nationwide manhunt for a suspect in a triple homicide on Sundown Station, northern South Australia.  Questioning techniques employed by the Inspector with Raymond J. Bailey, a carpenter from Dubbo found working in Queensland’s Mount Isa, elicited valuable evidence and Bailey was eventually convicted of the three murders.  Many criminals floundered in the face of this analytical thinker, and credited with a string of successfully solved crimes Mr Bauer was recognised for receipt of a Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 1966.

Commissioner Bauer addressing guests and students at the official opening of the Queensland Police College, Chelmer in 1970.

In 1982 and well into his retirement, Mr Norwin Bauer was still active in police circles and scheduled to speak at September’s induction lunch.    Ever prepared Mr Bauer’s speech had been written when his unexpected death shocked all those around him; he had appeared in very good shape for his age.  The speech was reproduced in the October edition of the Police Vedette, 1982, and is partially provided here;

One of the most important requirements in a police officer is to attain and retain a high standard of responsibility and reliability both to the Department which employs you and to the public whom you serve.  By your attitudes and actions, let it be known to your superior officers and to the members of the public with whom you have to deal and over whom you exercise a watching guardianship that they can repose an implicit trust in you at all times.

Police work is not just another job.  It is a very specialised job and very demanding of your time, thought and effort – on in which you must ever be alert, observant and active.  Take the opportunity of getting to know your State.  My advice to you, especially when you are single and without family ties, is to seek to serve in some of the outlying parts of the State, and thus widen your experience and knowledge not only of its geography but also of its citizens.

Reputable members of the society will certainly assist you with knowledge if they have it and if you command their confidence and respect.  But knowledge of the not so reputable members of society is seldom held by the reputable members.  The old adage that ‘Birds of a feather flock together’ is certainly true, and often it will be in the more shady side that you will have to seek information.

I wish you every success in the interesting and challenging times that lie ahead in your chosen career. 

Débutantes and flower girls surround from left to right, then Police Commissioner Francis Bischof, Minister for Education Jack Pizzey and Chief Inspector Norwin Bauer at the Qld Police Centenary Ball held at Cloudland, April 15th, 1964.

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This article was written by Museum Assistant Georgia Grier utilising information contained within the best resources held by the Queensland Police Museum.  The museum is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 3pm on the last Sunday of the month (Feb – Nov) and is located on the Ground Floor of Police Headquarters at 200 Roma Street, Brisbane. Contact: E: museum@police.qld.gov.au

“FROM the VAULT- CoP Norwin William Bauer” by the Queensland Police Service is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (BY) 2.5 Australia Licence. Permissions may be available beyond the scope of this licence. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/au/legalcode

Road safety report: Festive Break – Day 9

New Year’s revellers have been kept in check with police continuing to target drink and drug drivers as part of the Festive Break phase of the Christmas Road Safety Campaign.

Officers conducted more than 9,500 RBTs (Random Breath Tests) on day 9 of Festive Break and charged 73 drink drivers leading up to the end of 2016.

In Witherin, police intercepted a 44-year-old Labrador man who allegedly provided a roadside Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.300% with his adolescent son sitting in the front seat.

It is further alleged that as police drove the man’s son home, the man exited the police vehicle and became abusive towards officers. He was transported to North Tamborine Police station where he allegedly recorded a BAC of 0.282% and was issued with a Notice to Appear for UIL, obstruct police and immediate licence suspension.

Throughout the state, officers conducted 273 RDTs (Roadside Drug Tests) with 46 motorists returning a positive result.

More than 1,500 motorists were detected speeding including two vehicles travelling through the Airport Link Tunnel, one at 170kph in an 80kph zone at Woolloowin and the other 165kph in the 80kph zone at Windsor.

During the Festive Break, extra police will be out in force across Queensland targeting high-risk road user behaviour including the Fatal Five: speeding, drink and drug driving, distracted driving, fatigue and failing to wear a seatbelt.

The Festive Break phase of the Christmas Road Safety Campaign will continue until 11.59pm January 3, 2017.


Festive Break – Day 9 Statistics

For the 24 hour period to 11.59pm, 31 December 2016.

2016/17 Daily total Progressive 2016/17 Total 2015/16 Daily Total Progressive 2015/16 Total
Traffic Crashes
Fatal Traffic Incidents 0 3 1 6
Persons Killed 0 3 1 6
Injury Traffic Incidents 13 193 24 206
Persons Injured 13 253 29 300
Alcohol and Drug Testing
Random Breath Tests Performed (RBT) 9,568 92,923 20,519 113,812
Roadside Drug Tests Performed (RDT) 273 1,458 270 1,699
Drink Driving 73 480 80 482
Drug Driving Roadside positive tests (yet to be analysed) 46 235 64 329
Traffic Offences
*     Speed Camera Detections 1,546 18,837 1,778 25,965
*     Speeding (Other) 399 4,653 574 5,411
*     Seat Belts 33 218 69 327
*     Mobile Phone Offences 24 217 52 37321
*     Other Offences 482 3,803 762 5,353
Total Offences (infringements) 938 8,891 1,457 11,464
Note 1: The statistics contained in this release are sourced from live databases maintained by QPS, are preliminary and subject to change on a daily basis.  Any data extracted less than six weeks from the end of a reporting period is considered preliminary.
Speed Camera Detections Note for 2015/16 data: 1. Data is extracted from camera databases within the Queensland Police Service (Traffic Camera Office). These systems are live databases and the reported statistics may vary on a daily basis. 2. Detections from road safety cameras do not necessarily result in the issuing of an infringement notice. Detections from cameras are adjudicated by an accredited Traffic Camera Office staff member or filtered through system business rules. The adjudication process assesses whether there is sufficient evidence to meet legal requirements to issue an infringement notice. Detections include images and associated data files used for testing camera systems during scheduled maintenance periods and normal operation.  Differences observed between detections and notices issued will be the result of camera testing and adjudication processes.3. Data for some cameras is not downloaded on a daily basis.  It may take at least 72 hours for all data to be available.4. Figures include data for mobile speed cameras (overt, covert & portable), analogue fixed speed cameras, digital fixed speed cameras, digital combined speed/red light cameras and the average speed camera system.
Speed Camera Detections Note for 2016/17 data: 1. Data is extracted from camera databases within the Queensland Police Service (Traffic Camera Office). These systems are live databases and the reported statistics may vary on a daily basis. 2. Any data which is extracted less than six weeks from the end of a reporting period is considered preliminary.3. Detections from road safety cameras do not necessarily result in the issuing of an infringement notice. Detections from cameras are adjudicated by an accredited Traffic Camera Office staff member. The adjudication process assesses whether there is sufficient evidence to meet legal requirements to issue an infringement notice. Detections include images and associated data files used for testing camera systems during scheduled maintenance periods and normal operation.  Differences observed between detections and notices issued will be the result of camera testing and adjudication processes.4. Data for some cameras is not downloaded on a daily basis.  It may take at least 72 hours for all data to be available.5. Figures include data for mobile speed cameras (overt, covert & portable), analogue fixed speed cameras (where available), digital fixed speed cameras, digital combined speed/red light cameras (speed and red light detections) and the average speed camera system.

 

Road safety report: Festive Break – Day 9

New Year’s revellers have been kept in check with police continuing to target drink and drug drivers as part of the Festive Break phase of the Christmas Road Safety Campaign.

Officers conducted more than 9,500 RBTs (Random Breath Tests) on day 9 of Festive Break and charged 73 drink drivers leading up to the end of 2016.

In Witherin, police intercepted a 44-year-old Labrador man who allegedly provided a roadside Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.300% with his adolescent son sitting in the front seat.

It is further alleged that as police drove the man’s son home, the man exited the police vehicle and became abusive towards officers. He was transported to North Tamborine Police station where he allegedly recorded a BAC of 0.282% and was issued with a Notice to Appear for UIL, obstruct police and immediate licence suspension.

Throughout the state, officers conducted 273 RDTs (Roadside Drug Tests) with 46 motorists returning a positive result.

More than 1,500 motorists were detected speeding including two vehicles travelling through the Airport Link Tunnel, one at 170kph in an 80kph zone at Woolloowin and the other 165kph in the 80kph zone at Windsor.

During the Festive Break, extra police will be out in force across Queensland targeting high-risk road user behaviour including the Fatal Five: speeding, drink and drug driving, distracted driving, fatigue and failing to wear a seatbelt.

The Festive Break phase of the Christmas Road Safety Campaign will continue until 11.59pm January 3, 2017.


Festive Break – Day 9 Statistics

For the 24 hour period to 11.59pm, 31 December 2016.

2016/17 Daily total Progressive 2016/17 Total 2015/16 Daily Total Progressive 2015/16 Total
Traffic Crashes
Fatal Traffic Incidents 0 3 1 6
Persons Killed 0 3 1 6
Injury Traffic Incidents 13 193 24 206
Persons Injured 13 253 29 300
Alcohol and Drug Testing
Random Breath Tests Performed (RBT) 9,568 92,923 20,519 113,812
Roadside Drug Tests Performed (RDT) 273 1,458 270 1,699
Drink Driving 73 480 80 482
Drug Driving Roadside positive tests (yet to be analysed) 46 235 64 329
Traffic Offences
*     Speed Camera Detections 1,546 18,837 1,778 25,965
*     Speeding (Other) 399 4,653 574 5,411
*     Seat Belts 33 218 69 327
*     Mobile Phone Offences 24 217 52 37321
*     Other Offences 482 3,803 762 5,353
Total Offences (infringements) 938 8,891 1,457 11,464
Note 1: The statistics contained in this release are sourced from live databases maintained by QPS, are preliminary and subject to change on a daily basis.  Any data extracted less than six weeks from the end of a reporting period is considered preliminary.
Speed Camera Detections Note for 2015/16 data: 1. Data is extracted from camera databases within the Queensland Police Service (Traffic Camera Office). These systems are live databases and the reported statistics may vary on a daily basis. 2. Detections from road safety cameras do not necessarily result in the issuing of an infringement notice. Detections from cameras are adjudicated by an accredited Traffic Camera Office staff member or filtered through system business rules. The adjudication process assesses whether there is sufficient evidence to meet legal requirements to issue an infringement notice. Detections include images and associated data files used for testing camera systems during scheduled maintenance periods and normal operation.  Differences observed between detections and notices issued will be the result of camera testing and adjudication processes.3. Data for some cameras is not downloaded on a daily basis.  It may take at least 72 hours for all data to be available.4. Figures include data for mobile speed cameras (overt, covert & portable), analogue fixed speed cameras, digital fixed speed cameras, digital combined speed/red light cameras and the average speed camera system.
Speed Camera Detections Note for 2016/17 data: 1. Data is extracted from camera databases within the Queensland Police Service (Traffic Camera Office). These systems are live databases and the reported statistics may vary on a daily basis. 2. Any data which is extracted less than six weeks from the end of a reporting period is considered preliminary.3. Detections from road safety cameras do not necessarily result in the issuing of an infringement notice. Detections from cameras are adjudicated by an accredited Traffic Camera Office staff member. The adjudication process assesses whether there is sufficient evidence to meet legal requirements to issue an infringement notice. Detections include images and associated data files used for testing camera systems during scheduled maintenance periods and normal operation.  Differences observed between detections and notices issued will be the result of camera testing and adjudication processes.4. Data for some cameras is not downloaded on a daily basis.  It may take at least 72 hours for all data to be available.5. Figures include data for mobile speed cameras (overt, covert & portable), analogue fixed speed cameras (where available), digital fixed speed cameras, digital combined speed/red light cameras (speed and red light detections) and the average speed camera system.

 

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