Constable

William HAVILLAND

YEAR OF DEATH

1862

JURISDICTION

New South Wales

DETAILS OF DEATH

On 15 June 1862 Constable Havilland Sergeant James Condell Senior Constable Henry Moran and Constable Rafferty were travelling as protection for the Forbes Gold Escort. At a locality known as the Eugowra Rocks the coach was ambushed by a gang of bushrangers which included the notorious Frank Gardiner John Gilbert and Ben Hall. As a result of the attack Sergeant Condell and Senior Constable Moran were wounded the coach was overturned and 14000 pounds in gold and banknotes and bags of registered mail stolen. The following day the coach was righted and driven into Orange. Shortly after arriving in town a revolver under a seat in the coach discharged with the shot travelling upwards through the seat and striking Constable Havilland under the chin. The Constable was killed instantly. The constable joined the New South Wales Police Force about 1858. At the time of his death he was attached to the Forbes Gold Escort.

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