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..
20 October 1896
Details of Death:
Constable Lowe died after falling from his horse at Oxley.
Themelis Arthur (Tim)
20 October 1987
Jurisdiction: New South Wales
Details of Death:
About 3.35am on 12 October 1987 Constable Macarounas was driving a Police vehicle along Oxford Street Paddington assisting a Rose Bay Police vehicle in the pursuit of a stolen car. As the Constable's vehicle travelled around a sweeping left hand bend the stolen vehicle followed by the Rose Bay Police vehicle was attempting a U turn at the intersection of Oatley Road. Constable Macarounas applied the brakes however the wheels of his vehicle locked and the vehicle spun around before colliding with a light pole. After being trapped in the damaged vehicle for about forty minutes Constable Macarounas was conveyed to St Vincent's Hospital suffering severe head chest and internal injuries. He died at 4pm on 20 October 1987. The Constable was born in 1965 and joined the New South Wales Police Service on 5 January 1987. At the time of his death he was stationed at Paddington.
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. You can access the Memorial either from the city-bound lanes of Kings Avenue Bridge or by passing under Parkes Way on Wendouree Drive, off Constitution Avenue. Click on the map for a more detailed view.