My Biography

BlueBar.gif (1157 bytes)

Dr Robert Haldane is an author and historian based at Buchan in East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. He served in the Victoria Police Force for almost thirty-four years, retiring at the rank of Superintendent in August 2001. In addition to extensive operational experience as a uniformed officer and detective, his police career included positions as a staff officer, industrial relations officer, research officer and editor of the Victoria Police newsmagazine Police Life.

In 1990 he was awarded a Chief Commissioner’s Certificate for ‘outstanding leadership’; in 1997 he completed the International Police Executive Officers’ Course; and in 1998 he was awarded an Australian Police Medal for ‘distinguished police service’.

He holds the degrees Doctor of Philosophy and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from La Trobe University and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (USA). He is also a Fellow of the HRH Duke of Edinburgh Study Conference (1986) and the Gippsland Community Leadership Program (1996).

A contributor to the Age Good Food Guide since 2001, he is also a regular contributor to Gippsland Country Life magazine and is author of the official history of the Victoria Police, titled The People’s Force, first published in 1986. An occasional public speaker, commentator and author on a range of police and historical topics, he is a keen Gippsland regional historian and is an Associate of the Gippsland Heritage Journal.

During 2005-2008 he served as Deputy Mayor and Councillor on the East Gippsland Shire Council. His other community interests have included membership of the Buchan Cemetery Trust; the Gippsland Coastal Board; the Sustainable Gippsland Advisory Committee; and the Gippsland Area Consultative Committee. In the past he has been Coordinator of the East Gippsland Vocational Education Program Inc; inaugural Chairperson of the Gippsland East Local Learning and Employment Network; and Chairperson of the East Gippsland Shire Council Audit Committee. He is a Past-President of the Buchan Primary School Council; Buchan Bush Nursing Centre Committee of Management; and Gippsland Community Leadership Program Alumni.


Prolific Buchan based author and historian Robert Haldane, APM, Phd, BA (Hons) passed away yesterday after suffering a long battle with Pakinson's disease.

Bob served in the Police Force for 34 years where he worked as a uniformed officer, detective, staff officer, industrial relations officer and editor of the Victoria police magazine Police Life.

During this time Bob completed a comprehensive Phd on the history of the Victoria Police force, which was later published into the definitive book 'The People's Force, The History of the Victoria Police'. Originally published in 1995, Bob would go on to re-publish two more revised editions.

After retiring from the police force in 2001 at the rank of superintendent, Bob forged a career as a food writer and reviewer with The Age Good Food Guide. He also wrote for Gipspland Country Life magazine and contributed to the Gippsland Heritage Journal, where he wrote about local history stories on topics such as The Snowy River Bandit and Point Hicks.

'Bob was a modern Renaissance Man', says fellow Gippsland Historian Linda Barraclough. 'He brought an incredible professionalism to the Gippsland Heritage Journal and was an outstanding leader. He was was totally practical and fearlessly honest'.

[ABC Radio Gippsland. 27th April 2020]

BlueBar.gif (1157 bytes)

Other pages on this website
 BlueBall.gif (924 bytes)   Publications
 BlueBall.gif (924 bytes)   John Flynn at Buchan (online article)
 BlueBall.gif (924 bytes)   Point Hicks Lighthouse (online article)
 BlueBall.gif (924 bytes)   Snowy River Bandit (online article)
 BlueBall.gif (924 bytes)   Grape Growers and Wine Makers (online article)
 BlueBall.gif (924 bytes)   John Henry Harvey (online article)
 BlueBall.gif (924 bytes)   Remembrance Day Address (online copy)
 BlueBall.gif (924 bytes)   Charabancs to Chardonnay Address (online copy)
 BlueBall.gif (924 bytes)   The Victoria Police Strike - 1923 (online copy)
 BlueBall.gif (924 bytes)   In the Shadow of Ned Kelly (online copy)
 BlueBall.gif (924 bytes)   Daring to Delve (online article on the Buchan Caves)
 BlueBall.gif (924 bytes)   Contact Me
 BlueBall.gif (924 bytes)   Links to Related Websites
 BlueBall.gif (924 bytes)   Return to Main Page

BlueBar.gif (1157 bytes)

This page last updated on 30 April 2020