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Constable Webb Bowen Grave on right
Constable Webb Bowen Grave on right

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Grave of Constable Webb-Bowen who was fatally shot in the shootout with Captain Moonlite's gang in 1879.

In November, 1879 a gang of young bushrangers led by Andrew Scott (Captain Moonlite or Moonlight ) attacked MacDonald`s farm at Wantabadgery, holding the occupants captive for two days and nights. Eventually one of the captives, Alexander MacDonald, escaped, rode to Wagga Wagga and alerted the Police. A party of Mounted Police were quickly dispatched to the area and a gun battle ensured. During a lull in the shooting, while the Police retired to await reinforcements, the gang managed to escape.

They rode to nearby McGlede`s Farm where they again took siege in the farmhouse from the increasing numbers of Police who attended from as far away as Gundagai and Adelong. Again a shootout ensued between the two sides. One young offender, Gus Wernicke, moved into the yard in an attempt to shoot Police horses and was quickly shot to death. In a further exchange of fire another bushranger, James Nesbitt, was also shot and killed by Senior Constable Webb-Bowen. During this last exchange, Webb-Bowen was fatally shot in the throat.

The grave of the late Constable Bowen, who lost his life by being wounded in the encounter with the Wantabadgery bush rangers at McGlede's farm, is to be surmounted by a marble monument which the Government have had prepared and suitably inscribed by Mr J. Hanson,a t the marble works, Elizabeth street north. The style of the monument (says the Sydney Morning Herald) is that of a plain white marble obelisk resting upon a base of dove marble, and its height is about sixteen feet. 
Kerang Times and Swan Hill Gazette (Vic), 16 January 1880.


Address:William Street, Cemetery, Gundagai, 2722
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.051389
Long: 148.111944
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:17- November-1879
Actual Event End Date:23-November-1879


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:November-1880
Front Inscription

     WEBB - BOWEN. 
     Senior Constable
In The New South Wales Police Force
Who Was Mortally Wounded When
Bravely Performing His Duty In An
Encounter With Armed Criminals
     Near Wantabadgery
On The 17th Of November 1879

He Died At Gundagai
On The 23rd November 1879
    Aged 28 Years

Erected By The Government Of
    New South Wales 

Source: MA
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