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Edmund Parry Tombstone
Edmund Parry Tombstone

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The grave commemorates Sergeant Parry who was shot by the bushranger Johnny Gilbert near Jugiong.

In November 1864, the deadly combination of Johnny Gilbert, Ben Hall and John Dunn held up a mail coach between Gundagai and Jugiong and in the ensuing melee shot and killed the 32 year-old Edmund Parry. This was only 5 kilometres from Jugiong.

The death of Parry was the culmination of a very busy day for Hall and his gang. By the time the mail coach had arrived they had held up nearly 60 people in a single day - literally everyone who was travelling along the road. When the bushrangers tried to hold up the mail coach both Parry and Inspector O`Neil, who were riding as armed escorts, returned fire. Parry was killed. O`Neil survived because he ran out of bullets and had to surrender. Johnny Gilbert was killed by police in 1865 and is buried at Binalong.

Location

Address:William Street, Cemetery, Gundagai, 2722
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.051389
Long: 148.111944
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Crime

Dedication

Front Inscription

Erected in memory of Edmund Parry, Sergeant of the N.S.W. Police,

Who lost his life in the execution of his duty whilst courageously endeavouring to capture the bushranger Gilbert by whom he was shot dead near Jugiong on 16th Nov 1864
Aged 32

This stone was erected by some of his Officers and comrades by whom the deceased was much respected and regretted

Source: MA
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