Australia’s first detective honoured

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies Vice-President David Ossip and CEO Vic Alhadeff represented the Board of Deputies at a moving ceremony to honour Australia’s first detective – Israel “Izzy” Chapman. With many senior police officers in attendance, the memorial service was held in the Jewish section at Rookwood Cemetery, where a memorial headstone was unveiled.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller APM, David Ossip.

The speakers included NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller APM and David Ossip; and Rabbi Mendel Kastel as Police Chaplain recited the Memorial Prayer. David and Vic laid a wreath on behalf of the Board. Chapman was transported to Australia as a life sentence in 1818. He was subsequently pardoned and, in recognition of his courageous exploits in finding and capturing bushrangers -during which he was wounded several times – became the nation’s first police detective.

Ossip commended “the tremendous support the Jewish community receives from the NSW Police on an ongoing basis. It is greatly appreciated.”