No prizes for guessing where this photo was taken  but we wanted the names of everyone in it,  why and when it was taken.  We recently found the photo in a file at Police HQ, and despite the fact that I'm in it, I had no recollection of the occasion or when it was.  We provided the 3 blow up photos below to help you identify the officers and link them to the numbers below the photos.  I think we now have all of their names but we were at a loss to know exactly why this group came together for the photo.  However, we contacted then Commissioner of Police, Fred "Penny" Bean who believes it was probably a get together of Divisional Sergeants and Officers, and that seems to be the best answer.  But can anyone give us a good estimate of the year it was taken. For names please check the blow-up photos and let us know if we have any of them wrong!

Blow-up No. 1

Back row (l-r)  David Gibbons, Wilhelm Bourne, Wilbur McLean, Roger Kendall,
Steve Dunleavy, Steve Petty, Arthur Bean.
Middle row:   Bill Butterworth, Stan Francis, Foster Burke, Paul Farrell, Mike “Dagwood”  Rickards,
Lionel Haynes, Norrell Hull, Keith Cassidy, Orson Daisley, Pete Counsell.
Sitting: Ian Scotland, John Joe Sheehy.

Blow-up No. 2

Back row (l-r) :- Pearl Perinchief, June Dickenson, Norman Ingemann, Bob Massey, John "Coco" Eve.
Middle row:  Steve Shaw, Roger Sherratt, Phil Every, Alan Barker, George Rushe,
Louis Griffith, Keith Pratt, Dave Ashurst, Oliver Bain.
Sitting:  Harold Moniz, COP Fred Bean, Jim Hanlon.

Blow-up No. 3

Back row (l-r)  Peter Duffy, Reg ‘Buster’ Brown, Bill “Spider” Mackenzie, Jeff Payne,
Ray Bell, Eddie Edwards, Reese Bartley.
Middle row:-  Bob Hay, Ronnie Boggan, Rex Osborne, Dave Purcell, Laurie Phillips, Barry Walkes.
Sitting:  George Garrod, Vendal Bridgeman, Vic Richmond, Dave Cook.
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#28 Terry 2014-11-10 15:55
Quoting Davie Kerr:
I remember that George had been promoted on April Fools' Day, and, bearing in mind that it was only a few months after the Story of the Saga or the Rubber-Soled Shoes, I did think that it was a very appropriate day!

Editors note - George always felt that it was a legacy issue!

Never represent a man on trial for footgear.
It can affect the sole/soul.
Knobby did rite.....
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#27 Davie Kerr 2014-11-09 13:29
I remember that George had been promoted on April Fools' Day, and, bearing in mind that it was only a few months after the Story of the Saga or the Rubber-Soled Shoes, I did think that it was a very appropriate day!

Editors note - George always felt that it was a legacy issue!
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#26 Phil Every 2014-11-08 16:54
This was a Sergeants meeting which took place in late March or April 1982.
Ian Scotland was Inspector 'D' and probably organised the meeting.

Cheers,
Phil

Editors note - Many thanks Phil. No-one else had dated the photo as accurately as you have. I also note that George Rushe was promoted to Sergeant on 1st April 1981 so he was a Sergeant when the photo was taken. George used to comment that he was promoted on "All Fools Day" which also happened to be the last day in office for the then Commissioner of Police - "Nobby" Clark.
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#25 Terry 2014-11-08 11:46
Quoting Terry:
Maybe it was George Rushe who had not been promoted yet.
I mean ....hell I left in 1984 after 18 years and memories are good but not that great.
Shalom.

Editors note - George is in the 2nd photo between Alan Barker and Louis Griffith. I think you may be referring to the one person who Davie had problems with and it is definitely "Dagwood".


I know George is in the second photo.
I also know/knew "Dagwood". I worked with him in Admin.
I know everyone in all the photo's.

I don't get your point Roger.
What I meant by my comment was maybe George had not been promoted; that's all.

Shalom.

Editors note - To be honest Terry, I was at a loss to know in what context you were referring to George Rushe. I could only conclude that you were trying to identify the only person Davie Kerr had a problem with ("Dagwood"). Now I understand what you meant i.e. maybe George hadn't been promoted yet and we were figuring that it was a photo of all the Sergeants.

As you can see, I took your advice and contacted Fred Bean about why it was taken and he believes it was at a meeting of Sergeants and Divisional Officers.
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#24 Terry 2014-11-07 11:54
Maybe it was George Rushe who had not been promoted yet.
I mean ....hell I left in 1984 after 18 years and memories are good but not that great.
Shalom.

Editors note - George is in the 2nd photo between Alan Barker and Louis Griffith. I think you may be referring to the one person who Davie had problems with and it is definitely "Dagwood".
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#23 Kevin Knights 2014-11-04 14:02
I arrived in April 1982. Norman Ingemann was an acting Sergeant in training school from April until July that year. I believe he was promoted shortly after that. Ronnie Boggan was already a Sergeant when I transferred to St Georges in March 1983. Malcolm Hinds was a Sergeant in Hamilton when I started there in July 1982 and not in the photo.

I thought Peter Counsell had left prior to my arrival,and I thought Paul Farrell had already finished working by then but I am not sure about that

Clive Donald and Gerry Harvey are also missing ( Possibly away recruiting ??)

Just a guess, but I was wondering if it was taken with all the Sergeants just after Penny Bean's promotion ? I know he had his photo taken with all the divisions before his retirement.

Editors note - Many thanks for your input Kevin. By coincidence, I just sent the photo by email to retired COP "Penny" Bean asking him if he could remember what the occasion might have been. He might be able to hsed some light on it.
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#22 Terry 2014-10-24 14:25
Quoting Terry:
Quoting Phil Every:
This could well have been a meeting with Sergeants.

Cheers,
Phil

Now that's good Phil.
As usual the everyday running was in good hands by the 'PC's.
Shalom.

Editors note - Can anyone see anyone in the photo, other than senior officers, who was not a Sergeant?

Well Ian Scotland is quite the visible.
I never mentioned it because I just assumed he took notes.
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#21 Terry 2014-10-22 16:23
Quoting Phil Every:
This could well have been a meeting with Sergeants.

Cheers,
Phil

Now that's good Phil.
As usual the everyday running was in good hands by the 'PC's.
Shalom.

Editors note - Can anyone see anyone in the photo, other than senior officers, who was not a Sergeant?
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#20 Phil Every 2014-10-11 14:31
This could well have been a meeting with Sergeants.

Cheers,
Phil
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#19 Terry 2014-10-10 15:26
After looking at these series of photo's and having no response from others it appears that the "Key" to solving this is Commissioner Bean.

All the chaps were promoted under his tenure?

Editors note - Thanks Terry. That's an excellent idea. I've seen him several times this week during Police Week activities, and will contact him to see if he can recall why we had this photograph taken.
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