Friday, March 25, 2011

The Young Constable and "Lord Howe Island"

* a collection of stories and memories, in no particular order, from the life and times of John Clarke, who served as a policeman in the Australian Police Force, a great practical joker, he also had a great affinity with people and wildlife, was a champion swimmer, snooker player, loved golf, still loves fishing and is also an artist. I hope you enjoy his recollections - cheers, karin (his daughter)
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The young constable is one of the Century's innocents.  He has no malice in him.  He goes about his business in a quiet and private way, it's just that life's circumstances and strange and weird incidents have a habit of catching up with him. The young constable's father was amazed when he reached the age of 21, and why this is so, we just don't know except we must think that similar stories to those related here must have been occurring during the YC's  lifetime prior to him reaching his majority. Whenever I'm absent for a time one of the first questions I need answered on my return is whether any further Young Constable stories have occurred in my absence. These are some of the stories about the Young Constable that come to mind.  I have written them down as they are too good to allow them to be forgotten.
John Clarke
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The YC and his girlfriend went to Lord Howe Island for a week.

After having arrived they decided to get married.
They did - that day - on Lord Howe Island.

They YC gave his Mum and Dad a ring to let them know the good news ... I never really heard what the reaction was.
Before they left the Island a cyclone came to the Island and blew the roof off their accommodation.

A few months later the YC and his wife went, guess where, yess, Papeete, Tahiti, got back one day before the atomic bomb riots.  Guess we should have warned the authorities.

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