By Jessica Elphick

LarryMorgan1Located just two hours south of Perth, you will find one of the largest and most interesting private collections of police memorabilia in the country.

Housed in a nondescript metal shed are thousands of figurines, replica cars, patches, pins, uniforms and just about anything you can think of relating to law enforcement.

The Policeman’s Way, which is open to the public and set amongst 10 acres near Donnybrook, is operated by long-time collector, retired Senior Sergeant Larry Morgan.

Larry was a WA police officer for more than 37 years and has been collecting memorabilia seriously since the early 1980s.

While he may have retired, Larry’s passion for sharing police history has never wavered.

“I love sharing the history of the police and my history,” he said.

“I had the people out from the Bunbury Museum the other day and I was able to show them the history of the Bunbury Police Station… they have even asked if I would loan some things to them because they will be having a display later in the year.” 

Although Larry’s collection includes items from all over the world, some of his favourite pieces are from much closer to home.

“My favourite is probably my old uniform, and bits and pieces of memories like the old plaques I was given as I moved around from different places,” he said.

“I even have a hat that was all signed by the staff at Stirling Police Station when I retired as OIC.”

One of his international favourites is a City of London police hat because there are only 300 police officers in London.

Many share Larry’s love of policing history, with visitors coming from all over the State.

“I’ve had the Cadillac car convention come here. We had Cadillacs parked all in the paddock. I’ve had the Daimler and Lanchester Owners Club come here. The Military Brotherhood, the Emergency Services Motorbike Association, the Blue Knights, the Red Knights, the tourist bureau came out here, the Busselton museum and the Veteran Car Club of WA,” he said.

The Policeman’s Way is open to the public for free and entry can be organised by contacting petalarrymorgan@bigpond.com or calling (08) 9731 2907.