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Named in honour of Ashley Paul Anderson

Senior Constable  Ashley Paul Anderson

Senior Constable Ashley Paul Anderson was the grandson of former Queensland Deputy Police Commissioner Fred Palethorpe. He was a dedicated young officer, extremely popular with his colleagues, freely giving of his time to help young people in the community and was showing promise of making a significant contribution to policing in the State.

A member of the former Task Force, Senior Constable Anderson transferred to Broadbeach when it was disbanded and, on 26 June 1987, was tragically killed in a head-on collision on the Nerang-Broadbeach Road at Carrara on the Gold Coast. He was aged 29 at the time.

His father, Kevin, and mother, Lorna, were special guests at the ceremony to launch and officially commission both vessels named in his honour.

Pictured onboard the "A. P. ANDERSON II" (left) are Kevin and Lorna Anderson, parents of Ashley Paul Anderson (pictured insert) and his sister Wendy-Jane Anderson and her son Liam, 11 who flew from Melbourne to attend the launch of the "A. P. ANDERSON II".

Qld Police Vessel "A.P.ANDERSON" - Gold Coast

QPV A. P. Anderson 1
"A.P.ANDERSON I" - 11 December 1992 and
Senior Constable Paul Hastings


6 metre Haines Hunter 600BR glass reinforced epoxy resin monohull, powered by a single 225 h.p. Outboard motor, manufactured by Haines Hunter boats of Yatala.

The "A.P.ANDERSON I" was officially launched on Friday 11 December 1992 and named by Kevin and Lorna Anderson parents of Ashley Paul Anderson.

She was blessed by Father J. Simpson, Police Chaplain, Brisbane in the presence of the Honourable P. J. Braddy, MLA Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Commissioner J.P. O'Sullivan and South Eastern Regional Assistant Commissioner L. J. Pointing.

The "A.P.ANDERSON I" was powered by a single 225 horse power Evinrude outboard motor. She had a cruising speed of 30 knots and a top speed of 50 knots carrying 300 litres of fuel giving a range of approximately 200 nautical miles. The 'A. P. ANDERSON I' was surveyed for 1 crew plus 12 passengers.
QPV A. P. Anderson 2 "A. P. ANDERSON II" Carters Basin, Southport Yacht Club
crewed by Senior Constable Colin Reeve


6.2 metre glass reinforced epoxy resin catamaran rigid hull inflatable manufactured by Oz Duck, powered by twin 150 h.p. Outboard motors, and designed for high speed operation. Built by Gold Coast Inflatables.

"A.P.ANDERSON II" was launched in a simple but moving ceremony attended by Minister for Police and Corrective Services, Tom Barton, Acting Commissioner Bill Aldrich, and Assistant Commissioner Greg Early, South Eastern Region. 

The "A. P. ANDERSON II" has a maximum carrying capacity of 19 people, a cruising speed of 30 knots and a top speed of some 60 knots in emergency situations.

Click for photos "A.P.ANDERSON"

© 2009 Copyright John Rice
Last Modified June 2009