National Police Memorial

 

In 2001, it was resolved to establish a National Police Memorial in Canberra.

The Memorial pays tribute to Australian Police Officers who have been killed on duty or have died as a result of their duties since the advent of policing in Australia and to recognise the unique nature of police service and the dangers that police face in their daily pursuits.
The $2.4million memorial was jointly funded by the Australian Government (through the Australian Federal Police), State and Territory Police Services and Police Federation of Australia.

The Memorial was completed and dedicated on 29 September 2006 (National Police Remembrance Day). Following the dedication ceremony, a criteria for future inclusion of names on the National Police Memorial was agreed upon together with a National Police Memorial Co-ordination Committee.

On this day

Constable 1st Class

Charles O'KEARNEY

YEAR OF DEATH

16 September 1904

JURISDICTION

Queensland

DETAILS OF DEATH

On the afternoon of the 15 September 1904 a local young grazier named James Peacock brought stock from a near by property to Laidley. After completing his business he and a friend visited the local hotels. Late in the evening they became very abusive to patrons and staff and police were called. Sergent Coyle arrested Peacock’s companion and as he and Constable O’Kearney returned to the hotel Peacock became agitated towards them over the arrest of his companion. Peacock openly stated that he was going to ride over the officers with his horse. Peacock subsequently mounted his horse and rode up and down the street stalking both Coyle and O’Kearney riding along the verandas of the local shops causing both police to take cover. Meanwhile Constable O’Kearney attempted to grab hold of the horse’s bridal and as he did Peacock turned his horse at O’Kearney knocking him to the ground. O’Kearney fell backwards hitting his head as he fell causing a fracture to the base of the skull that proved to be fatal. Constable O’Kearney died six hours later not regaining consciousness. Peacock was arrested for murder but was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to three years jail. Constable First Class O’Kearney is buried in the Ipswich cemetery.

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Affiliated events

Remembering mates. Saturday 18 September 2021*

* Subject to planning through Covid 19 times

Please check with your state/territory police organisation for local service information – Services to be held on Wednesday, 29 September 2021.

National Police Memorial Australia

  • The National Police Memorial is located in Kings Park on the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin adjacent to Aspen Island and the National Carrillion. View in Google maps