Honour Roll

1870

08Sep

Kennedy, William

Constable, 1720

Between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, 8th September 1870, Constable Kennedy fell from his horse and drowned whilst riding on the road to Snowy Creek. It was raining heavily at the time and there was minor flooding in the area.

27Oct

McNamara, John Joseph

Constable, 2253

On Thursday, 27th October 1870, Constable McNamara was attempting to cross Snodgrass Creek Metcalf, when he was swept away by flood waters, carried into the Coliban River and drowned. It was raining hard at the time and the creek was swollen to many times its normal size.

1871

11Nov

Duff, John Alexander

Constable, 2364

At about 2 p.m. on the 11th November 1871, Constable Duff left Greta on patrol. At 4.20 p.m. the horse returned to the station with a broken bridle, and a search revealed Duff's corpse lying on the roadway about a quarter of a mile from the police station. He had apparently been killed instantly after having been thrown by his horse at about 4 p.m.

06Jun

Deacon, James

Constable, 270

At 1.50 p.m. on 6th June 1871, Constable Deacon, who was returning to the Stud Depot with a dray load of wood, stopped to feed the horse outside Gibson's Hotel, Oakleigh. He had taken the bit out of its mouth, and when putting it back in he had to take off the blinkers. At this time something startled the horse and it bolted, and Deacon fell over. A dray wheel passed over his back and he died immediately from the internal injuries that caused.

1872

28May

Curtin, Patrick Francis

Constable, 1564

In the early hours of the morning of the 28th May 1872, Constable Curtin was travelling by wagonette on the Violet Town to Euroa road, in order to obtain a warrant for the arrest of a felon. During the journey one of the wagonette's wheels bumped into a hole and Curtin was thrown to the ground, suffered internal injuries, and died soon after.

1876

30Jul

Herlihy, James

Constable, 2489

Constable Herlihy died at Buninyong Station on the afternoon of 31st July, 1876. He had been riding his horse on patrol some three or four miles from Donald when the animal bolted and ran into a wire and rail fence, over which both horse and rider fell. Although Herlihy was fatally injured his steed was unhurt, however it was later destroyed as it was judged to be unsafe to ride.

1877

23Mar

Collins, Thomas

Constable, 2533

On the 18th March 1877, Constable Collins was on patrol in the Wangaratta area when he fell from his horse. He received internal injuries and died on the 23rd March 1877, at the Wangaratta Hospital. At the subsequent inquest the Coroner criticised the Local Council, which had contributed to the accident by allowing an unlit obstruction to be left on the roadway.

1878

26Oct

Kennedy, Michael

Sergeant (2009)

On the 25th October, 1878 Sergeant Michael Kennedy and Constables Lonigan, Michael Scanlan and Thomas McIntyre rode into the Wombat Ranges searching for Ned and Dan Kelly, who were wanted for the attempted murder of Constable Alex Fitzpatrick at Eleven Mile Creek, near Benalla, on 15th April, 1878.
 
That evening the policemen established a camp near Stringbark Creek, and the following day Kennedy and Scanlan set off to patrol the area whilst McIntyre and Lonigan remained behind.  Late in the afternoon the camp site was attacked by the Kellys, together with their associates Steve Hart and Joe Byrne. Constable Lonigan was shot dead whilst Constable McIntyre was captured and held hostage. The outlaws then hid themselves around the camp, and left McIntyre on view as a decoy.  When Kennedy and Scanlan returned Ned Kelly called on them to “bail up”, then almost immediately the outlaws began firing and Scanlan was cut down.  In the confusion McIntyre was able to escape and raise the alarm the next day.  Kennedy remained outnumbered and alone.  He was hunted by the Kellys for over a kilometre.  He was captured and later murdered.
 
Over the next 18 months the Kelly gang, as they became known, remained at large, only coming out of hiding to make two much publicised raids in which they took hostages and committed robberies.  First; a combined raid on Faithfull Station and the township of Euroa; and later, a raid upon Jerilderie. 
 
Finally, in June, 1880 they tried to execute a ‘grand stratagem.’  After they received information that an associate, Aaron Sherritt had betrayed them, they murdered him to lure a large contingent of police to travel by train to arrest them.  The gang took over the township of Glenrowan and imprisoned the residents, and wrecked the railway line in the near vicinity.  They then settled down to wait; planning to set upon the police party after their train ran off the rails at the point of sabotage.  A local resident managed to allow the gang to release him, and he warned the approaching police and averted a disaster.  Soon after the gang were cornered in a local hotel with 60 hostages.  A siege developed.  Ned Kelly managed to escape, and returned later in his famous “suit of armour”, and attempted to shoot it out with police.  He was soon overpowered.  Next Joe Byrne was killed; and then much later Dan Kelly and Steve Hart took their own lives.  Ned faced trial at Melbourne for murdering Lonigan, and was hanged at 10.00 a.m. on 11th November, 1880.

Sergeant Kennedy was posthumously awarded the Victoria Police Star on 29th September, 2014
 

26Oct

Lonigan, Thomas

Constable (2423)

On the 25th October, 1878 Sergeant Michael Kennedy and Constables Lonigan, Michael Scanlan and Thomas McIntyre rode into the Wombat Ranges searching for Ned and Dan Kelly, who were wanted for the attempted murder of Constable Alex Fitzpatrick at Eleven Mile Creek, near Benalla, on 15th April, 1878.
 
That evening the policemen established a camp near Stringbark Creek, and the following day Kennedy and Scanlan set off to patrol the area whilst McIntyre and Lonigan remained behind.  Late in the afternoon the camp site was attacked by the Kellys, together with their associates Steve Hart and Joe Byrne. Constable Lonigan was shot dead whilst Constable McIntyre was captured and held hostage. The outlaws then hid themselves around the camp, and left McIntyre on view as a decoy.  When Kennedy and Scanlan returned Ned Kelly called on them to “bail up”, then almost immediately the outlaws began firing and Scanlan was cut down.  In the confusion McIntyre was able to escape and raise the alarm the next day.  Kennedy remained outnumbered and alone.  He was hunted by the Kellys for over a kilometre.  He was captured and later murdered.
 
Over the next 18 months the Kelly gang, as they became known, remained at large, only coming out of hiding to make two much publicised raids in which they took hostages and committed robberies.  First; a combined raid on Faithfull Station and the township of Euroa; and later, a raid upon Jerilderie. 
 
Finally, in June, 1880 they tried to execute a ‘grand stratagem.’  After they received information that an associate, Aaron Sherritt had betrayed them, they murdered him to lure a large contingent of police to travel by train to arrest them.  The gang took over the township of Glenrowan and imprisoned the residents, and wrecked the railway line in the near vicinity.  They then settled down to wait; planning to set upon the police party after their train ran off the rails at the point of sabotage.  A local resident managed to allow the gang to release him, and he warned the approaching police and averted a disaster.  Soon after the gang were cornered in a local hotel with 60 hostages.  A siege developed.  Ned Kelly managed to escape, and returned later in his famous “suit of armour”, and attempted to shoot it out with police.  He was soon overpowered.  Next Joe Byrne was killed; and then much later Dan Kelly and Steve Hart took their own lives.  Ned faced trial at Melbourne for murdering Lonigan, and was hanged at 10.00 a.m. on 11th November, 1880.

Constable Lonigan was posthumously awarded the Victoria Police Star on 29th September, 2014
 

26Oct

Scanlan, Michael

Constable (2118)

On the 25th October, 1878 Sergeant Michael Kennedy and Constables Lonigan, Michael Scanlan and Thomas McIntyre rode into the Wombat Ranges searching for Ned and Dan Kelly, who were wanted for the attempted murder of Constable Alex Fitzpatrick at Eleven Mile Creek, near Benalla, on 15th April, 1878.
 
That evening the policemen established a camp near Stringbark Creek, and the following day Kennedy and Scanlan set off to patrol the area whilst McIntyre and Lonigan remained behind.  Late in the afternoon the camp site was attacked by the Kellys, together with their associates Steve Hart and Joe Byrne. Constable Lonigan was shot dead whilst Constable McIntyre was captured and held hostage. The outlaws then hid themselves around the camp, and left McIntyre on view as a decoy.  When Kennedy and Scanlan returned Ned Kelly called on them to “bail up”, then almost immediately the outlaws began firing and Scanlan was cut down.  In the confusion McIntyre was able to escape and raise the alarm the next day.  Kennedy remained outnumbered and alone.  He was hunted by the Kellys for over a kilometre.  He was captured and later murdered.
 
Over the next 18 months the Kelly gang, as they became known, remained at large, only coming out of hiding to make two much publicised raids in which they took hostages and committed robberies.  First; a combined raid on Faithfull Station and the township of Euroa; and later, a raid upon Jerilderie. 
 
Finally, in June, 1880 they tried to execute a ‘grand stratagem.’  After they received information that an associate, Aaron Sherritt had betrayed them, they murdered him to lure a large contingent of police to travel by train to arrest them.  The gang took over the township of Glenrowan and imprisoned the residents, and wrecked the railway line in the near vicinity.  They then settled down to wait; planning to set upon the police party after their train ran off the rails at the point of sabotage.  A local resident managed to allow the gang to release him, and he warned the approaching police and averted a disaster.  Soon after the gang were cornered in a local hotel with 60 hostages.  A siege developed.  Ned Kelly managed to escape, and returned later in his famous “suit of armour”, and attempted to shoot it out with police.  He was soon overpowered.  Next Joe Byrne was killed; and then much later Dan Kelly and Steve Hart took their own lives.  Ned faced trial at Melbourne for murdering Lonigan, and was hanged at 10.00 a.m. on 11th November, 1880.

Constable Scanlan was posthumously awarded the Victoria Police Star on 29th September, 2014