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

Charles WALTON

YEAR OF DEATH

29 November 1832

JURISDICTION

New South Wales

DETAILS OF DEATH

On Thursday night, 29 November, 1832 District Constable Walton and Robert Roberts (presumably also a Constable) were attempting to capture bush rangers who they had been told were in the area. Walton had disguised himself and was hoping to tempt the bush rangers to bail him up. Unfortunately two mounted police named Mugglestone and Ferns (who were also in disguise and looking for bush rangers) spotted Walton, and when both parties assumed the others to be bush rangers, a violent struggle ensued. Unfortunately Walton was shot dead and Roberts was wounded in the encounter.The Constable was 36 years old at the time of his death and was District Constable at Upper Nelson (Windsor District). He had arrived in Australia on the ship Fame in 1817 and received his Ticket of Leave in 1825. He was appointed as Town Constable at Windsor from 1 November 1828.

On this day

Trooper

James STEPHENS

YEAR OF DEATH

29 November 1830

JURISDICTION

New South Wales

DETAILS OF DEATH

Mounted Trooper Stephens (formerly of the 39th Regiment) was shot to death at Bushranger’s Hill near Bathurst. No other details are known. At the time of his death the trooper was attached to the Mounted Police Force.

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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