Cecil Abbott

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Cecil Abbott
16th Commissioner of the New South Wales Police
In office
30 December 1981 – 7 August 1984
Preceded by Jim Lees
Succeeded by John Keith Avery
Personal details
Born 7 August 1924
Hurstville, New South Wales
Died 12 March 2014(2014-03-12) (aged 89)
Hurstville, New South Wales
Spouse(s) Edna
Alma mater Sydney Technical High School

Cecil "Cec" Roy Abbott AO, QPM (7 August 1924 – 12 March 2014) was the Commissioner of the New South Wales Police in Australia from 30 December 1981 to 7 August 1984.[1]

Private life[edit]

Cecil Roy Abbot[2] was born in Hurstville on 7 August 1924 and grew up in Hurstville Grove.[3] He married Margaret Edna Robinson (dec) ([4]) on 15 February 1947. They had one son, Paul who also became a police officer.[5] Abbott died in St George Hospital in Kogarah on 12 March 2014.[6] His funeral was held in Penshurst, New South Wales. Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione attended and described Abbott as "A man of the utmost integrity, ... "[3]

Police career[edit]

Abbott became a Police cadet in 1941 and graduated to the New South Wales Police Force in 1945. By 1974 he was an Inspector at Hurstville.[3][5] He climbed further through the ranks to be Commissioner of Police for the New South Wales Police and the most powerful police officer in the State of New South Wales.[6]


  • On 31 December 1976, he was awarded the Queen's Police Medal (QPM) "In recognition for services to the New South Wales Police".[7]
  • On 11 June 1982 he was awarded the National Medal.[8]
  • On 26 January 1985 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for "Public service particularly with the New South Wales Police Force".[2]


  1. ^ "New South Wales Commissioners of Police" (pdf). New South Wales Police. Retrieved 12 July 2010.  1.07 MB
  2. ^ a b "Its an Honour: AO". Government of Australia. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c Mutton, Sheree (20 March 2014). "Popular police commissioner Cecil Abbott 'a man of integrity'". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. Theleader.com.au. p. 5. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  4. ^ dec http://www.australianpolice.com.au/edna-margaret-abbott-wife-of-cecil/
  5. ^ a b Andrew Scipione (19 March 2014). "Latest Media Releases – NSW Police Online" (Press release). Police.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Mutton, Sheree (18 March 2014). "Former commissioner 'Cec' Abbott's career saluted". Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Its an Honour: QPM". Government of Australia. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  8. ^ "Its an Honour: National Medal". Government of Australia. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
Police appointments
Preceded by
Jim Lees
Commissioner of the New South Wales Police
Succeeded by
John Keith Avery