Submitted by jays on 28 January 2014 - 10:27pm

This silver trophy was awarded to amateur cyclist Percival (Bunny) Shepherd (1887-1949) for winning the Balmain Bicycle Club’s ten mile road race in May 1905. Shepherd joined the NSW police in 1911, remaining a keen cyclist until a road accident in 1912 curtailed his enjoyment of the sport. He then took up rowing and later joked to a journalist: ‘I took to rowing. I'm afraid I didn’t persevere with that game, though, and the result was that when I abandoned it altogether I fell into flesh…and I got a lazy man. So I joined the police!’ He spent many years working with the traffic police and Sydney’s Sunday Times newspaper once dubbed him a ‘super-traffic manipulator’. He was a popular member of the force, often quoted in the press but his relationship with the media got him into trouble with the Inspector General of Police in 1925 when he was severely reprimanded for allowing himself to be photographed in uniform, passing police information to a journalist and then lying about it to police investigators. He remained in the NSW police until his retirement in 1945.

Photograph: Jamie North, 2013
Gift of Thelma Shepherd, 1986
Silver plate cycling trophy awarded to Sergeant Percival Shepherd, 1905 Silver plate cycling trophy awarded to Sergeant Percival Shepherd, 1905 Silver plate cycling trophy (detail) awarded to Sergeant Percival Shepherd, 1905 Silver plate cycling trophy (detail) awarded to Sergeant Percival Shepherd, 1905 Silver plate cycling trophy awarded to Sergeant Percival Shepherd, 1905
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Justice & Police Museum
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JP87/1195