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

Richard HUGHES

YEAR OF DEATH

15 June 1901

JURISDICTION

Western Australia

DETAILS OF DEATH

Small pox

On this day

Detective Senior Constable

Peter James McGRATH

YEAR OF DEATH

15 June 1995

JURISDICTION

New South Wales

DETAILS OF DEATH

At 4.15pm on 15 June 1995 the Senior Constable fell to his death from a building in Glebe. He was off duty and on sick leave at the time. It was later determined that he was suffering from work related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder depression and anxiety as a result of his policing experiences. The Senior Constable was born in 1963 and joined the New South Wales Police on 26 June 1987.

On this day

Constable

Frederick HOGE

YEAR OF DEATH

15 June 1908

JURISDICTION

Queensland

DETAILS OF DEATH

Died after falling from a train near Dingo, while returning from special duty in Rockhampton.

On this day

Constable

Patrick BARRETT

YEAR OF DEATH

15 June 1882

JURISDICTION

Victoria

DETAILS OF DEATH

Constable Barrett was rostered on ‘early relief’ from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. During the morning he went to serve a summons and to reach the address he had to cross the rail line at Balmain Street. Prior to crossing he waited for the 8.10 a.m. train from Melbourne to Windsor to pass. He then walked onto the rails and into the path of the 8.10 a.m. train from Windsor to Melbourne which caught him and carried his body along the line for some distance fatally injuring him.

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Affiliated events

Remembering mates – Wall to Wall Ride is held in September each year.  Click here for more information.

Please check with your state/territory police organisation for local information of services to be held on 29 September, or click here for more information.

National Police Memorial Australia

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