Honour Roll

1860

17Aug

Campbell, William

Constable, 223

At about 6 p.m. on Friday, 17th August 1860, Constable Campbell was performing patrol duties along Morses Creek Road, at which time witnesses stated they saw him riding "as fast as the horse could go". He was apparently unable to control his mount, and some 150 yards further on he fell and was fatally injured.

28Dec

Irwin, William

Senior Constable, 1659

On the 28th December 1881, Irwin was one of a party which went by buggy to a property near Wahring to recover a body found in a paddock. They arrived at the scene at about 3 p.m., and found that their vehicle was too small for the task, so Irwin rode off to a nearby property to borrow a dray. As he did so he was thrown from his horse and killed.

29Jun

Reilly, Edward

Constable, 1118

At about 5.30 p.m. on 29th June 1860, Constable Reilly was on mounted patrol along Stratford Road, Sale, when he attempted to jump his horse over a fence at Greenwoods farm. However the horse bucked, threw him off and then fell on him, causing fatal injuries.

1862

27May

Patrick, Conarty

Constable, 258

At about 11.30 a.m. on the 27th May 1862, Constable Conarty and Sergeant McDonald, who were escorting two prisoners to Dandenong, stopped to speak to Michael Kennedy at a location on the Melbourne Road between the Narracan Creek and the Moe Creek. Kennedy, a potential witness in a forthcoming court case, had been grubbing a tree prior to their arrival, and whilst they were speaking the tree fell and struck Conarty, who was fatally injured.

1863

05Aug

O'Boyle, Daniel

Constable (1678)

Shortly after 7.00 am on Tuesday, 4th August, 1863 O'Boyle was supervising whilst James Murphy, a prisoner on remand for horse stealing, cleaned the Warrnambool Court House. O'Boyle had knelt down to light the fire when Murphy struck him on the head with a 3 point (1.5kg) masons hammer, inflicting massive head injuries. O'Boyle was beyond medical help and died at 4.50 am the following morning. After he struck the fatal blow Murphy calmly walked from the Court House and made good his escape. The Constable's body was located some minutes later, and the hunt began. Despite the large number of people used in the search Murphy evaded capture for two days, being finally arrested at a farm 25 miles from Warrnambool at 2.00 pm on Thursday, 6th August, 1863. Murphy was soon convicted of the Constable's murder, and he was hanged on the 6th November, 1863 at Geelong Gaol.

04Apr

Strahan, Robert

Constable, 1126

On the 4th April 1863, Constable Strahan was performing duty in the Seymour area when a prisoner in police custody escaped and swam the Goulburn River. Strahan crossed the river in a boat, and with other police pursued and soon recaptured the offender. He then started to re-trace his steps, and accepted a lift in a passing dray. As they crossed at a nearby ford they got into difficulties and both the Constable and the driver were drowned.

25Sep

Taylor, Robert Crofton

Superintendent, 2nd Class

Shortly after 11 p.m. on the 25th September 1863, Superintendent Taylor was accidentally shot dead whilst he was cleaning his revolver at his home address.

1864

07Jun

Hanson, William

Constable, 574

At 9 a.m. on 2nd June 1864, Constable Hanson assisted a doctor to carry out a post-mortem at Scarsdale. The doctor noticed Hanson had a cut on his skin and told him to take care. That same night the Constable slept restlessly and suffered from pain in his throat and head. The following day he developed a fever. He died on the 7th June 1864, and the verdict at his inquest was that he had died from 'absorption of matter into his system' whilst assisting as a post-mortem on 2nd June, 1864

05Oct

McElveen, John

Constable, 1647

At about 9 p.m. on the 5th October 1864, Constable McElveen attempted to cross a flooded bridge over a creek in the Eltham area when he, his troop horse, and a man named Alfred Hooper accidentally fell into the flooded waters. Both men were drowned. McElveen had been conveying voting papers from Whittlesea to Eltham Police Station, and as he was unsure of the route, and because the night was dark and stormy, he had enlisted Hooper as a guide.

1867

19Mar

McCarthy, Justin

Constable, 1981

At about 3 p.m. on the 19th March 1867, Constable McCarthy was escorting a prisoner in the Ulupna West area when his horse shied. He let go the reins of the prisoner's horse, which he had been leading, and attempted to bring his mount under control, but before he could do so he fell and received fatal head injuries.

1868

20Nov

Hull, Thomas

Sergeant, 577

At about 2.30 pm on Friday, 20th November, 1868 Sergeant Hull came upon Constable Martin Conway and Constable Michael Flanagan arguing outside the police barracks at Hamilton. Flanagan had been dismissed from the Force that day for persistent drunkenness, and blamed his colleagues for the loss of his job. Hull spoke to Flanagan for a short time, after which the disgruntled Constable stormed off to his quarters, then returned almost immediately with his service revolver. He raised the weapon and shot Sergeant Hull twice. Conway, who had been standing nearby, grappled with Flanagan, and was able to subdue him with the assistance of another member. Hull died half an hour later, and Flanagan was charged with his murder. He was convicted the following March, sentenced to death, and was hanged at Melbourne Gaol on the morning of the 31st March, 1869. As a last resort he was allowed to go to the gallows in his old Mounted Constables uniform.

1869