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Constable Scanlan
Constable Scanlan

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Marble headstone over the grave of Mounted Constable Michael Scanlan killed in the gun battle with the Kelly Gang at Stringybark Creek in 1878.

The policemen, Sergeant Michael Kennedy, Constable Thomas Lonigan, and Constable Michael Scanlan were searching the forest for the Kelly brothers. They were wanted for the attempted murder of another policeman, Constable Fitzpatrick.

The next day Kennedy and Scanlan went to search the nearby forest, while Lonigan and Constable Thomas McIntyre stayed at the campsite. The Kellys heard noises from the police camp and went to investigate. Ned Kelly decided to try and capture the policemen and take their guns, horses and food. He called on the two policemen to give themselves up. McIntyre raised his hands, but Lonigan hid behind a log and attempted to shoot his gun. Ned Kelly shot him in the head.
The bushrangers then waited for Kennedy and Scanlan to return. When they rode into the camp, McIntyre warned them that the Kelly brothers were there, and to give themselves up. Scanlan reached for his gun and was shot dead immediately. Kennedy jumped off his horse, and while shooting at the Kellys ran into the bush. Ned Kelly chased after him, shooting him twice. As Kennedy lay on the ground, Kelly walked up to him and shot him again in the chest and killed him. During the shooting, McIntrye was able to get onto Kennedy's horse and escaped. He reached Mansfield the next day to report the deaths.

Ned Kelly and his gang were made outlaws after the murders and a large reward was offered for their capture- either dead or alive. The three murdered policeman were taken to Mansfield and buried in the cemetery and a large memorial was built in the town. 



Address:Highett Street, Cemetery, Mansfield, 3722
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.065556
Long: 146.086389
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:26-October-1878
Actual Event End Date:26-October-1878


Front Inscription

Parliament of Victoria. To the memory of Mounted Constable Michael Scanlan native of Kerry, Ireland Aged 35 years who in the execution of his duty was murdered by armed criminals in the Wombat Ranges near Mansfield on the 26th October, 1878.

Source: MA,VMR
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