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Madge Connor was born in Waterford, Ireland in 1874.  She married Edward Connor at 16 years of age and the young couple made their way to Melbourne, Victoria.
Edward died in 1916 and it whilst registering his death in 1916 that she came to the attention of the Victoria Police.  Madge began working for them later that year investigating illegal gambling and going undercover to gather evidence in the boarding house of a notorious criminal.
In 1917, after a campaign by women’s groups to appoint female police members, Madge became the first police agent. In effect, a special Constable with no uniform, no powers of arrest and no weapons.
Madge would become part of a group who advocated for the appointment of female police members.  This came to fruition in November 1924, when Madge and 3 other women were sworn in as the first female Police Officers.
 Madge was forced to retire due to age regulations in 1929 and was ineligible for a pension as she hadn’t served the requisite 15 years.  She went on to become a private investigator instead.
Madge died in October 1952 and is buried at the Booroondoora Cemetery in Kew.

On this day …….. 26th of June 1880

This day in 1880 was a Saturday, and would go down in Australian history as the last stand between the notorious Kelly Gang of North a East Victoria and the Victoria Police. Ned Kelly and Steve Hart rounded up the population of the small town of Glenrowan and locked them in Ann Jones Inn. Joe Byrne and Dan Kelly rode off towards Beechworth to find Aaron Sherritt once a friend now police informant. The Kelly would then force railway workers to derail a section of the Melbourne to Sydney train line. This was done after the last passenger train passed at 9pm, and there would be no more scheduled services until the following Monday.

ON THIS DAY – June 22, 1983

On Wednesday 22nd June, 1983, Senior Constable Lindsay Forsythe responded to a report that lights had been seen in an unoccupied house in Maldon. On arrival he was ambushed and fatally shot by a person who had been laying in wait for him. The offender was later caught and was sentenced to life imprisonment. The Victoria Police Star was awarded posthumously to Senior Constable Lindsay James Forsythe who was tragically murdered during the course of his duties at Maldon.

On This Day – August 16, 1998

At around 12.20am on Sunday 16th August 1998, in Cochranes Road, Moorabbin whilst working on an operation investigating armed robberies in the south-eastern suburbs, Sergeant Silk and his partner, Senior Constable Rodney Miller, were gunned down and killed. In one of the largest investigations in police history, the Lorimer Task Force utilised state of the art forensic techniques and other sophisticated methods to identify two suspects, who were subsequently charged and convicted of the murders. Both were sentenced to life in prison, with one of the killers never to be released. Public support for police following the murders of Silk & Miller gave rise to Blue Ribbon Day which now remembers all police killed in the line of duty on September 29th each year, which is also National Police Remembrance Day.

On this day …….. 26th of June 1880

This day in 1880 was a Saturday, and would go down in Australian history as the last stand between the notorious Kelly Gang of North a East Victoria and the Victoria Police. Ned Kelly and Steve Hart rounded up the population of the small town of Glenrowan and locked them in Ann Jones Inn. Joe Byrne and Dan Kelly rode off towards Beechworth to find Aaron Sherritt once a friend now police informant. The Kelly would then force railway workers to derail a section of the Melbourne to Sydney train line. This was done after the last passenger train passed at 9pm, and there would be no more scheduled services until the following Monday.

ON THIS DAY – June 22, 1983

On Wednesday 22nd June, 1983, Senior Constable Lindsay Forsythe responded to a report that lights had been seen in an unoccupied house in Maldon. On arrival he was ambushed and fatally shot by a person who had been laying in wait for him. The offender was later caught and was sentenced to life imprisonment. The Victoria Police Star was awarded posthumously to Senior Constable Lindsay James Forsythe who was tragically murdered during the course of his duties at Maldon.

On this day …….. 18th of April 1913

Mr. A. G. Sainsbury, Chief Commissioner of the Victorian Police, on this day in 1913, order 200 Webley-Scott automatic revolvers for the police to carry. An examination showed that there are only 50 Webley-Scott automatic revolvers available. This being the weapon with which the mounted police have been armed. He said he would prefer to supply the department with a much more efficient weapon than the Webley Scott, but at this stage the force needed to be armed.

ON THIS DAY ……. 13th of April 1991

25 years

Karmein Chan was born on the 5th of November 1977, and was murdered in Templestowe on this day in 1991. Chan was abducted on 13 April 1991 and subsequently murdered. While both her parents worked at their Chinese restaurant in Eltham, an individual abducted Karmein from the family home in Templestowe. Before leaving, he spray painted “Pay up Asian Drug Dealer, More and More to Come” on a vehicle in their front yard. Police suspect this was a ruse to distract them from the killer’s real motive. Karmein’s mother made an emotional plea on television for Karmein’s return. The investigation was hampered by the use of an old school photo of Karmein, which may not have represented her true appearance at the time of her abduction. Her badly decomposed body was found a year later in Melbourne’s northern outskirts in Edgars Creek, Thomastown. This crime is believed to have been committed by a man aptly known only as Mr. Cruel, who despite much effort on the part of Victoria Police, has never been brought to justice. On 14 December 2010 Victoria Police announced that a new taskforce had been established about eight months earlier following substantial new intelligence. The new Taskforce has been reviewing both the Spectrum Taskforce investigation and some new leads that have come in the last year or so.

 

On This Day – August 16, 1998

At around 12.20am on Sunday 16th August 1998, in Cochranes Road, Moorabbin whilst working on an operation investigating armed robberies in the south-eastern suburbs, Sergeant Silk and his partner, Senior Constable Rodney Miller, were gunned down and killed. In one of the largest investigations in police history, the Lorimer Task Force utilised state of the art forensic techniques and other sophisticated methods to identify two suspects, who were subsequently charged and convicted of the murders. Both were sentenced to life in prison, with one of the killers never to be released. Public support for police following the murders of Silk & Miller gave rise to Blue Ribbon Day which now remembers all police killed in the line of duty on September 29th each year, which is also National Police Remembrance Day.

On this day …….. 26th of June 1880

This day in 1880 was a Saturday, and would go down in Australian history as the last stand between the notorious Kelly Gang of North a East Victoria and the Victoria Police. Ned Kelly and Steve Hart rounded up the population of the small town of Glenrowan and locked them in Ann Jones Inn. Joe Byrne and Dan Kelly rode off towards Beechworth to find Aaron Sherritt once a friend now police informant. The Kelly would then force railway workers to derail a section of the Melbourne to Sydney train line. This was done after the last passenger train passed at 9pm, and there would be no more scheduled services until the following Monday.

ON THIS DAY – June 22, 1983

On Wednesday 22nd June, 1983, Senior Constable Lindsay Forsythe responded to a report that lights had been seen in an unoccupied house in Maldon. On arrival he was ambushed and fatally shot by a person who had been laying in wait for him. The offender was later caught and was sentenced to life imprisonment. The Victoria Police Star was awarded posthumously to Senior Constable Lindsay James Forsythe who was tragically murdered during the course of his duties at Maldon.

On this day …….. 18th of April 1913

Mr. A. G. Sainsbury, Chief Commissioner of the Victorian Police, on this day in 1913, order 200 Webley-Scott automatic revolvers for the police to carry. An examination showed that there are only 50 Webley-Scott automatic revolvers available. This being the weapon with which the mounted police have been armed. He said he would prefer to supply the department with a much more efficient weapon than the Webley Scott, but at this stage the force needed to be armed.