Submitted by jays on 28 January 2014 - 4:00pm

This Swiss-made pocket watch in an engine turned gold case carries the monogram AJCR of Arthur James Colyer Ruffels (1876-1953). Ruffels was born at Colyer’s Leigh near Moss Vale and worked as a gardener and groom before he joined the NSW Police in 1901. He enlisted at the Belmore Police Barracks and later said his first job was to help demolish the building in preparation for the construction of the new Central Railway Station. He spent most of his subsequent career working in Newtown, Annandale and Petersham, rising through the ranks from Probationary Constable to Inspector 2nd Class. When he retired in 1935 he proudly proclaimed that he had never taken a single sick day and that he also had an ‘absolutely clean record sheet’ – clean forgetting that he had been admonished in 1905 for not reporting that a probationary constable had been fighting ‘civilians’.  After such a long and almost spotless career it is understandable that this small matter slipped his mind. Throughout his life he was a keen gardener and was popular with his colleagues who presented him with this gold watch upon his retirement as a mark of their esteem.

Photograph: Jamie North, 2013
Gift of Jess Ruffels, 1997
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Justice & Police Museum
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JP99/190