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Monument in the cemetery commemorates four men who at the time were believed to have been killed by the Clarke Gang at Jingera. The men were originally buried under sheets of bark but after a public outcry a large monument was built. A plaque was added to the memorial in 2007 to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the event.
On the 9th January, 1867, John Carroll, Patrick Kennagh, Eneas McDonnell, and John Phegan, engaged as Special Constables to hunt down the Clarke Gang were murdered, apparently by the gang, near Jinden Station in the Braidwood District. A reward of £5000 was offered for the apprehension of the murderers. Both Thomas and John Clarke swore an oath the night before their execution that they had had nothing to do with the murder.
On the 27th April, 1867, Thomas and John Clarke`s careers were finished and they surrendered to Police after a shootout at Jingera which resulted with the wounding of Constable William Walsh and Sir Watkin Wyne a Police Tracker. Thomas and John Clarke were tried at Sydney Criminal Court on the 13th May, 1867, for shooting with intent at Senior Constable Walsh, and sentenced to death. They were hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol on the 25th May, 1867.
|Address:||Uabba Road, Braidwood Cemetery, Catholic Section, Braidwood, 2622|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -35.450093|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||09-January-1867|
|Actual Event End Date:||09-January-1867|
TO THE MEMORY OF
(Name of Constable -one on each side)
ONE OF THE
MURDERED AT JINDEN
9th JANUARY 1867
WHILST IN PURSUIT
OF THE OUTLAW
Erected By members
Of The New South Wales Police Force
To Commemorate The 140th Anniversary
Of The Murder Of Four Fallen Colleagues
At Jinden, NSW, 9 January 1867
John Watkins Minister for Police
K. E. Moroney AO APM
Commissioner of Police
May they rest in peace