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A marble tablet erected in 1965 and plaque erected in 2006 at the gravesite, commemorate 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.

Location

Address:Bourke Street, Cemetery, Church of England Section, Collector, 2581
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.915291
Long: 149.430203
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Crime
Monument Designer:Wild Colonial Days Society and the Goulburn & District Historical Society

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 26th January, 1965
Front Inscription

Plaque 1: 

ON 26th JAN 1865, THE BUSHRANGERS
BEN HALL, JOHN GILBERT & JOHN DUNN 
BAILED UP KIMBERLEY`S INN AT COLLECTOR 

CONSTABLE SAMUEL NELSON
THE LOCK-UP KEEPER, COURAGEOUSLY 
CHALLENGED THE BUSHRANGERS 
AND WAS SHOT DEAD BY DUNN.  
ERECTED ON AUSTRALIA DAY 1965 
BY THE WILD COLONIAL DAYS SOCIETY 

N.S.W.BRANCH  
AND THE GOULBURN & DISTRICT  
HISTORICAL SOCIETY

           

Plaque 2 : 

ON 26th JAN 1865, THE BUSHRANGERS
BEN HALL, JOHN GILBERT & JOHN DUNN 
BAILED UP KIMBERLEY`S INN AT COLLECTOR 

CONSTABLE SAMUEL NELSON 
THE LOCK-UP KEEPER, COURAGEOUSLY 
CHALLENGED THE BUSHRANGERS 
AND WAS SHOT DEAD BY DUNN. 
ERECTED IN MEMORY OF CONSTABLE NELSON
 BY THE N.S.W.POLICE FORCE.

SEPTEMBER 2006

Source: MA
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