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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 Historical Society; Northern Territory Police Force; History; Police; Periodicals

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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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Northern Territory Government



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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 18 The newspaper said Charlesworths death had been allowed to pass over with without any official inquiry. It wanted to know if the authorities had at first checked if he was the right person to send out on the mission. A letter to the editor of the paper, from a person who signed himself as One Who Knew Him at the Union Mine, asked why no inquiry was held into the death: there are circumstances attendandt on the death of poor Charlesworth which called for the strictest enquiry. Why was it, for instance, a man who evidently could not swim was sent to the aid people who were hemmed in by water? With the passage of time, the location of Charlesworths grave was lost. However, he was not forgotten as he became the fourth officer listed on the original NT Police Honour Roll under the heading DIED WHILST SERVING which is held in the Museum. A planned attempt in recent times to try and find the grave did not eventuate because of the dramatic and tragic event in which Sergeant Glenn Huitson, 38, of Adelaide River, was shot dead by deranged gunman Rodney Ansell, described as the original Crocodile Dundee. Ansell, affected by drugs, had been on a two day rampage shooting at people and buildings He shot Sergeant Huitson at a roadblock on the Stuart Highway on August 3, l999 and was himself shot dead by Constable Jamie OBrien. (Official police funeral for Sergeant Huitson) With a strong interest in police history, Sergeant Huitson had become eager to locate Charlesworths grave. Some Army friends involved in a bush exercise in the Adelaide River area gave him a potential GPS reading for the grave site. Sergeant Huitson discussed this with Bill Roberts Works Manager at the Coomalie Council, another local history enthusiast, four days before he was shot dead ,saying he would try and locate the grave in the very near future. Following the shooting, Roberts went to the Adelaide River Police Station to see if the deceased officer had left any information about the GPS location he had been given. Nothing was found in his papers. Roberts also contacted Sergeant Huitsons widow, but she also knew nothing about the matter. In another twist, Sergeant Huitson, four months before his death, had suggested a memorial for officers killed while carrying out their duty be established in the Territory. Now, in the grounds of the Peter McAulay Centre, Berrimah, there is a Memorial Walkway to Police, Firefighters and Emergency Services personnel with a plaque honouring Sergeant Huitson; a memorial park has also been named after him at Adelaide River. Still eager to find the grave, Bill Roberts searched the creek on several occasions and eventually found some rocks which could mark the grave site .He is hopeful that ground penetrating radar can be used to determine whether or not it is the long lost grave. The creek, waterless in the Dry, can become part of a swirling torrent up to two kilometres wide. Massive floodwaters over more than a century have scoured and changed the landscape.