Podcast Episode:

More Than Just Bricks & Mortar

Did you know Adelaide police once conducted a bayonet charge into a mob who were attacking their police station? Did you know police stations often were used as improvised mortuaries, even though this posed a serious risk to the health of the officers? One South Australian Police station was even, for a time, made from disused beer crates! Author and former senior police officer John White talks to host Jason Byrnes about White’s book ‘More than Just Bricks and Mortar’, a social history of the almost 500 police stations South Australia Police have occupied throughout their history. The two talk about stories of courage, sacrifice, tragedy and service, in places as far afield as Maralinga, Coober Pedy, Tarcoola, Innamincka, Glenelg and Port Adelaide.

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