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John Douglas Morrison OAM

John Douglas Morrison OAM (2 December 1934 – 22 January 2020) served as an Australian police officer for the New South Wales Police Force for close to 40 years and dedicated his life to serving his local community. His police career saw him rise to the rank of Chief Inspector.

He married Marion Elsie Smith OAM (b.1943) in 1963 and is the father of Alan Morrison A.S.M. Chief Superintendent, NSW Ambulance and the Prime Minister of Australia the Honourable Scott Morrison.

First elected in 1968 as an Independent alderman, John went on to actively participate in Local Government for more than 10 years as an alderman, deputy mayor (1985/6) and mayor of the Municipality of Waverley (1986/7).

John’s concern for the social fabric of Sydney’s eastern suburbs saw him spearhead efforts to limit and manage the levels of development that were occurring in Waverley at the time. He was recognised as having saved “many of the free-standing homes in Bronte”. He founded the local Boys’ Brigade Company in Waverley (later relocated to Bondi Junction), played rugby for Randwick and was an active member of Bronte R.S.L. He completed his National Service (Army) in 1953 and 3 years in the C.M.F. He was a dedicated Elder at The Church in the Market Place Bondi Junction.

John was also very concerned about families of police servicemen and women who had lost their lives whilst on duty. As Chairman of the Board, Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park (2005-2012), he was instrumental in setting up the Police Memorial at the Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park.

Quote by Scott Morrison

“In my father’s professional life as a police officer and Divisional Commander he carried his passion and dedication for community service into the job. He felt it a great privilege to be able to serve his community in this way but also took great pride in leading and developing the officers under his charge. I am so pleased he has been able to bring honour to the memory of our fallen officers but to also draw our attention the sacrifice of service that all police officers face.”

John Douglas Morrison OAM

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    Cedar
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  • Karinya Gardens

    Karinya
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    A beautiful resting place for children, beneath towering gums and sprinkled with sweet flowerbeds.

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  • Rose Garden

    Rose
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  • Stations of the Cross

    Stations of
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    A place of deep spiritual significance and one of the most important devotions of the Catholic faith.

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  • Tranquil Gardens

    Tranquil
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    Deep within Woronora’s grounds, with native garden borders and gentle water feature.

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  • Gardens of Pieta

    Gardens of
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    A world class resting place… a masterpiece of grace and beauty.

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  • Serenity Walk

    Serenity
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    Native and tropical flora forms a lush, calming backdrop for reflection.

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  • Wollemi Lawn

    Wollemi
    Lawn

    Overlooking natural bushland, Australia’s ancient Wollemi Pines frame this charming space.

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  • Centenary Court

    Centenary
    Court

    An elegant structure, offering wonderful vistas from every direction.

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  • Garden of Angels

    Garden of
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    Fragrant white roses, azaleas and gardenias frame this simple and elegant spot.

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