HISTORY OF THE BLUE KNIGHTS® IN AUSTRALIA

Blue Knights® International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club is a non-profit fraternal organization consisting of active and retired law enforcement men and women who enjoy riding motorcycles. In the 1974, several law enforcement officers from the Bangor, Maine (USA) area met and formed a small, local motorcycle club. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Blue Knights® have more than 636 chapters and 20,550 members in 30 countries.

The Australian story is one of pride and achievement; Australia joined the Blue Knights® family back in 1978 and forged a special place in the history of the Blue Knights® legend. With the establishment of the Australian membership, and with members in Canada and the USA, Blue Knights® became a true international law enforcement motorcycling club and started along the road to becoming the largest and most respected law enforcement motorcycling club in the world.

The Australia membership started its humble beginnings in 1978 in Sydney with Bob Depeau and other members of the New South Wales Police force starting the Australia I Chapter. By the beginning of the 1980’s, Australia I Chapter had been chartered, and towards the end of the 1980’s, the chapter had in excess of 90 regular members and included Police and Law Enforcement Officers from around Australia. This was also the first Law Enforcement motorcycling club in Australia and set the bar for all others to follow.

Towards the end of 1993 the Australia I Chapter disbanded with some members becoming “members at large”. Then in December 2004, the Australia I Chapter was reformed.

A “National Get Together” was organised which took place in Broken Hill, New South Wales on May 28, 2005 and interested Law Enforcement Officers from around Australia attended and the Blue Knights® Australia I Chapter was reorganised.

Initially, the Australia I Chapter was managed from Sydney with Directors in all States and Territories. This group structure allowed for state representation and autonomy of rides with National administration being conducted centrally. After a new Board of Directors was elected in 2008, the National Executive moved to Perth, Western Australia.

In 2010, due to a significant influx of members, it was necessary to revert to a more traditional structure of chapters located around the country. This new structure was based on local congregations of members which would service the membership more effectively and also be responsive to the specifics of each state and the Law Enforcement commands within it.

Australia I Chapter continues to administrate the members in Western Australia and became the first chapter to be state based in its entire membership, and remains located in Perth.

Blue Knights® Australia I Chapter has been instrumental in the support of charities and worthy causes, and enjoy getting together with fellow Law Enforcement personnel to simply have a social ride and enjoy the sport we all love.

The Blue Knights® Australia I Chapter supports the National Police Memorial Wall to Wall ride held in September each year.

In 1987 Harley Davidson produced a limited Blue Knights® motorcycle to show its appreciation of the work done by Blue Knights® International members. 75 of these motorcycles were produced and one can be seen today in the Harley Davidson Museum.

We are all one Law Enforcement family and so, as we work together we also ride together and lookout for each other and the community. We are the “good guys” and that is why our motto “Ride With Pride” expresses our community Law Enforcement and Policing family spirit.

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