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A monument commemorates Constable Samuel Nelson who was shot and killed by Ben Hall`s gang outside the Bushranger Hotel.
Shortly before 6pm on 26 January, 1865 bushrangers Hall, Dunn and Gilbert attacked Kimberley`s Inn at Collector. The local Police at the time were out searching the area for the bushrangers, and the only man on duty in town was the Lockup keeper, Constable Nelson. One of the gang, John Dunn, had been left outside to guard the pub. When confronted by the constable he shot him dead with a shotgun and a pistol. The entire incident had been witnessed by one of the Constable`s nine children, young Frederick Nelson, who was also fired upon by Dunn. Dunn was finally captured on Christmas Day, 1865 and hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol on 19 March 1866.
On Saturday a somewhat belated but none the less genuine recognition of an act of bravery performed 43 years ago by one of the police force took place at Collector, when Mr. T. Waddell, Colonial Treasurer, unveiled a monument to the memory of Constable Samuel Nelson, who was shot by the bushranger Dunn when endeavouring to arrest him and his two confederates, Ben Hall and Gilbert. The Ministerial party, consisting of Mr. Waddell and Colonel Ryrie, drove to Collector from Goulburn by motor car. There was a large gathering of the residents at the spot where the monument is erected when the ceremony of unveiling was performed, about 4.30 o'clock. Smart showers of rain were falling at the time, and the proceedings were necessarily somewhat curtailed. The monument is of grey granite, in the form of an obelisk 6ft. 9in. high, and fixed on a base of Pyrmont stone. The coping is of the same material on a concrete foundation. The stone is enclosed by an iron railing 3ft. 6in. high. The site of the monument is about ten yards to the right of Kimberley's Commercial Hotel, which stands as it did in 1865. It is still occupied by Mrs. Kimberley, who is in her 86th year.
Excerpt from Unveiling a Monument in Collector,
Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW), 11 February 1908.
|Address:||24 Church Street, Outside Bushranger Hotel, Collector, 2581|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -34.912097|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||26-January-1865|
|Actual Event End Date:||26-January-1865|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Saturday 8th February, 1908|
IS ERECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT
OF NEW SOUTH WALES
To the Memory Of
CONSTABLE SAMUEL NELSON
WHO WAS SHOT DEAD ON THIS SPOT
WHILST IN THE EXECUTION OF HIS DUTY
BY THE OUTLAW JOHN DUNN
ON 26th JANUARY 1865