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  1. In the spirit of Brians post (British Police Headgear), and not wanting to impose on the topic. The below link is a great summary of the progression of Uniforms in the Queensland Police. To a certain extent, this is representative of the other Australian Police forces. It shows a number of headgear including helmets, sunhelmets, bushhats and peaked caps Queensland Police Uniforms History Chris
  2. This is a miniature pair to PS Albert Callaway, attested 8/10/1900 and served in T, A and J divisions. The 1902 is named in a very neat little engraved script. I have always being intrigued as to why anyone would name a miniature, but Im glad they did as I have been able to do a little research on him because of it. I bought it as a single and added the 1911 latter, this one is unnamed. Chris
  3. Thanks for the comments. Its a a crude looking medal, but its the jewel of my collection. Chris
  4. G'day Foo Fighter, West Australia was the only other police force that awarded an 1897 jubilee medal. Im not certain why other forces did not award one. WA was a smaller police force and it was awarded as a long service award- so only limited medals were awarded. Hebbo
  5. G'day All, This is a Queensland Police Force 1897 Jubilee Medal in bronze. These medals were minted by the Queensland Colonial Government for the Police and were awarded in silver and bronze types. The silver medals were awarded to Commissioned Officers (regardless of length of service), and to Constables and NCOs who were serving prior to 1887. The bronze medals were awarded to constables and NCOs who were sworn in after 1887. All officers had to be serving on the day of the jubilee. Both medals were suspended by a red ribbon with a top bar and attached brooch with the words "Police Force" displayed. The medal had approval from Queen Victoria, but only for wear within the Colony. These medals were minted and named locally within the Colony. Sadly my example is missing the original ribbon and top bar. There were 19 silver medals awarded to Commissioned officers, 349 silver to NCOs and Constables with 10 years or more service, and 421 bronze medals awarded to the rest of the force. Chris
  6. G'day Merv, Very similar to the uniforms that were worn by commissioned officers of the Queensland Police. This is a photo of Commissioner William Cahil, who was Commisioner of Police from 1905-1916. Note the badges of rank; at this time the Commisioner wore the equivalent rank of Lieutenant Colonel, as the Force increased in size the rank badges progressed too. Chris
  7. Thanks, Mervyn. No problems where I am re the floods- with the exception of some very high tides. These medals were a joy to research and I was ver lucky with some of my sources. Cheers Chris.
  8. Happy New Year, thought I'd share this with you all. I've had this pair for a couple of years now. I have a particular liking for this pair of medals as it represents the long of service of a police officer who served the one local community for the duration of his time in the police. The 1935 Jubilee medal has been very neatly named as well. I like the symmetry too, receiving a coronation medal at the beginning and a Jubilee medal at the end of his service. Cheers Chris Thomas Haynes (1890 – 1968) Acting Police Sergeant, Metropolitan Police Thomas Haynes was born on the 21st of January 1890 at West Kensington Park, London. His parents were Thomas and Laura Haynes who had come from Oxfordshire, his father from Stanton and his mother from Whitney. The 1891 census shows that Thomas was living with his parents at Hammersmith. The 1901 census has an 11 year old Thomas still living with his parents and his brother and sister at 144 Blyth Road, Hammersmith. As he was growing up he worked as a shop assistant. Thomas's father is recorded on both censuses' as being a Police Officer. He joined the Metropolitan police on the 9th April 1883 and was allocated the warrant number 67703. He retired on pension 20/4/1908. He served as a PC in R, A and F divisions and was entitled to the 1887 Jubilee medal with 1897 bar and the 1902 Coronation medal. It appears that he did not return as a pensioner for the 1911 coronation. His brother Alfred was also a PC in the Southern Railways Police and was killed 19 August 1934, aged 40, struck by a train whilst holding back crowds from the line. It's not surprising that in 1910, Thomas became a police officer too. On the 28th of December 1910 Thomas was sworn in as a Police Constable in the Metropolitan Police with the warrant number 99536 and was allocated to N Division. He joined in time to take part in the policing of celebrations held for King George V's coronation and was subsequently awarded the 1911 Coronation Medal. Thomas resided at Cheshunt and on 31/8/1923 he was appointed Acting Police Sergeant of Cheshunt police station. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of APS on the 3rd of September 1923 and was to remain at this rank until his retirement. In 1928 he was a member of the Cheshunt Police Rifle league team. From 1928 onwards, Thomas spent his time at Waltham Abbey Police Station. On the 1st of August 1933, as a result of boundary changes to Metropolitan Police divisions, Waltham Abbey was moved from N to J division. Thomas saw out the rest of his service at Waltham Abbey and on the 24th of December 1936 he retired on pension, aged 46. He had served a total of 26 years as a police officer and retired with an exemplary conduct certificate. Ironically, just as he had started his career with a coronation medal, he ended it with one too. In 1935 he was one of the few in J division awarded the 1935 Jubilee Medal for King George V. His medal is confirmed on the roll. With the outbreak of the Second World War, Thomas returned to policing as a war reserve Constable. It is not known how long he served or if he is entitled to the Defence Medal. Thomas Haynes died on the 18th of June 1968.
  9. Thanks Odin, I've been wanting to make an enquiry with the Dyfed-Powys Police Museum, however the museum website indicates it has been closed to the public and research for a at least a year. Thanks for the effort Odin. Chris
  10. G'day All, I have two PLSGC medals which I suspect are from Welsh Police forces. I'm wondering if someone can help point me in the right direction and confirm if my suspicions are correct. The first is a PLSGC (GVI obverse)/Defence Medal pair to PC Alfred G. MEDLEY. The second is PLSGC(GVI obverse) medal to Inspector Richard J.A. DYMOND. My suspicions are based on some preliminary research through the usual genealogical sites. For Medley I have the following: • 1911 Census lists an Arthur George Medley aged 7 of Llanelly, Carmarthenshire. There are no other Arthur G Medleys listed. • Alfred George Medley, Birth June 1904, Pontypridd Vol 11a, pg 616 (source Free BMD). • Marriages Sep 1929: Alfred G. MEDLEY married Marjorie BOWEN, Llanelly Vol 11a, pg 2527(source Free BMD). • Possible son Maxwell Medley, Born Llanelly June 1931, mother BOWEN. Vol 11a, pg 1659 (source Free BMD). And for DYMOND: • Richard John A DYMOND • Birth March 1906 Liskeard (source Free BMD). • Married September 1936 to Ida M. Boulton at Pontypridd (source Free BMD). • Father? Richard John S DYMOND born September 1880 at liskeard (source Free BMD). I have had these for a few years and would love to be able to get some confirmation. Thanks Chris
  11. Hi Mervyn, Thanks for the welcome, I'm a current serving member of the Queensland Police. I am a Senior Constable and an Officer in Charge of a little 2 man station. I was lucky enough to deploy with the UN Police to Timor Leste in 2007, I posted my medal group in the "post your own" topic in the lounge a while back . Out of interest, my avatar is of one of the old station badges used between 1911 and 1959 to identify police stations. They were cast iron and weighed 17 pounds. I am a collector of police medals, with an interests to those awarded to Australian Police officers (although any commonwealth police medals are also fair game!). Cheers Chris
  12. These are the patches worn on the Australian UNPOL uniforms. The Australian Flag is worn on the left sleeve and the UN patch is worn on the right. Thanks Chris
  13. G'day All, This was the UN Brassard that was issued to me whilst deployed to UNMIT in Timor 2007. I never wore it. It was issued as some contingents wore their national police uniforms which did not display the UN patch. Chris
  14. G'day Stuart, Thought this might explain the term "kangaroo Feathers". It was still a term in common usage when I was serving. This quote has come from the Australian War Museum http://www.awm.gov.a...es/feathers.asp This plume became the symbol of the light horse, inseparable from its legend. Appreciating a practical joke, when asked about their plumes, First AIF light horsemen pulled many legs by replying that they were, in fact, "kangaroo feathers", placing the plume in the same vein as bunyip farms, walking-stick farms, and treacle mines. It's up their with the 'hoop snakes' and 'drop bears' we used tell are american colleagues who deployed here for joint excercises to look out for in the bush! Cheers Chris
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