Bourke, Clare Frances

Constable, 23083

Shortly after 1am on Wednesday 16 March 1983, Constable Clare Bourke was fatally shot by a round from an off duty officer's revolver. Constable Bourke was performing watch-house duties at the Sunshine Police Station at the time. Constable Bourke served the community of Victoria with a commitment to protect the rights and liberty of all, especially the least powerful. May those who follow in her footsteps continue to fight for an end to violence and the protection of women.


Forsythe, Lindsay

Senior Constable

On Wednesday 22nd June, 1983, Senior Constable Lindsay Forsythe responded to a report that lights had been seen in an unoccupied house in Maldon. On arrival he was ambushed and fatally shot by a person who had been laying in wait for him.

The offender was later caught and was sentenced to life imprisonment.


The Victoria Police Star was awarded posthumously to Senior Constable Lindsay James Forsythe  who was tragically murdered during the course of his duties at Maldon on 22nd June, 1983.