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The citation : the newsletter of the Northern Territory Police Museum & Historical Society



The citation : the newsletter of the Northern Territory Police Museum & Historical Society


Northern Territory Police Museum & Historical Society Inc


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Northern Territory Police Museum & Historical Society Inc

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Issued November 2008

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1839-3918; 1839-390X


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November 1, 2008 [CITATION: NT POLICE MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY] C I T A T I O N - N o v e m b e r 2 0 0 8 Page 15 greeted red- headed policemen in an unusual way. Hello, Ginger Meggs , he would say. Meggs was the popular Australian cartoon character with red hair. He also passed comments about the dress of police officers and even queried the English accent of some. In a dramatic episode, Duncan fell off the wharf at night into the harbour. He kicked off his clothes and floated on his back, in and out with the tide. A young girl accompanying her father, who was fishing from the wharf, peered over the side in the early morning light and saw Duncan drifting by. Help! he croaked. The girl reported that she knew he was not swimming as he only wore one sock. Donald was hauled from the briny, taken to hospital and made the headlines locally and down south for his ordeal in shark and crocodile infested waters. He attributed his survival to Great Public School instructions never to panic in a tricky situation. This was probably basic advice given to all British lads who could find themselves being charged by 100 bloodthirsty Zulus wielding assegais in a far flung outpost of the Empire. The Adelaide News thought the dont panic advice used to great advantage in the Dads Army TV series - was jolly good. It said the youth of Australia should follow Duncans dictum. Donald was delighted to be held up as a shining example to the nations youngsters, even if he was a sozzled scallywag. It is not known if he sent a copy of the editorial home. If so, they would have been proud and probably a bit puzzled about Australia. Alas, Duncan was killed coming back to Darwin from a holiday in WA in l963. The ship he was travelling on, the Kangaroo, stopped at a port and he went ashore sightseeing. The car in which he was a passenger was involved in an accident at Roebourne. The NT News ran a story across three columns with a photo of Donald headed DAPPER DONALD KILLED IN W.A. ROAD ACCIDENT .He was described as one of Darwins characters who would be missed around the place. Editor Jim Bowditch, he of the messy office and thirsty at times, was contacted by WA police and asked what he wanted done with the body of his employee. Bowditch shocked police when he suggested Donald be cremated in the bush, his ashes gathered and sent to relatives in England. There are conflicting stories about what happened to Donalds mortal remains. One suggestion was that he was buried in WA and a memorial church pew or window named after him back home. Another claim was that a relative came out from England, checked to see if Donald had left a will, and took his ashes back home. VALE Donald Clout 7/10/1932 6/8/2008 Joined the NT Police in November 1954 and resigned in February 1956. Sadly missed by family and friends.