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Police Memorial : 16-June-2013
Police Memorial : 16-June-2013

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Graeme Saunders

Commemorates three local policemen: Police Sergeant Michael Kennedy, and Mounted Constables Thomas Lonigan and Michael Scanlan who lost their lives in a skirmish with the Kelly Gang at Stringybark Creek.

Ned Kelly, his brother Dan Kelly, Steve Hart and Joseph Byrne had been hiding from police in the forested Wombat Ranges, near Mansfield, for some months, and carryingout sluicing operations in the Stringybark Creek. Policemen were sent from Mansfield to apprehend the gang, but in the shootout that took place at Stringybark Creek on Saturday, 26 October 1878, three of the four policemen were killed. Trooper Thomas McIntyre was the only policeman to survive.

The event stunned the community and triggered great fear of bushrangers in the district. In response, the government passed the Felons Apprehension Bill, which gave civilians the right to shoot members of the Kelly gang on sight. The Victorian Government provided tombstones for each of the policemen`s graves in the Mansfield Cemetery. The memorial is a tall ornate monument in marble and granite erected at the cost of over £800, and unveiled by the Chief Commissioner of Police, Captain Standish.


Address:High & Highett Streets, Mansfield, 3722
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.052134
Long: 146.088141
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
Monument Manufacturer:Hanson & Co.


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 22nd April, 1880
Front Inscription

A.D. 1880. To the memory of the three brave men who lost their lives while endeavouring to capture a band of armed criminals in the Wombat Ranges near Mansfield, 26th October. 1878

Sergeant Michael Kennedy entered the Victorian Police Force 19th August, 1864.

Left Side Inscription

Mounted Constable Michael Scanlan entered the Victorian Police Force 22nd December, 1865

Back Inscription

In memoriam.
Michael Kennedy born at Westmeath, Ireland, aged 36 years.
Thomas Lonigan born at Sligg, Ireland, aged 34 years.
Michael Scanlan, born at Kerry, Ireland, aged 25 years.

This monument is erected by subscription, from the inhabitants of Victoria and New South Wales. A.D. 1880.

Three Victoria Police members were murdered at Stringybark Creek near Mansfield, on the 26th day of October 1878 by a group of men who came to be known as the `Kelly Gang`.  The memorial above was erected in 1880 to honour the slain police.  

Sergeant Michael Kennedy, Constable Michael Scanlon and Constable Thomas Lonigan are buried in the Mansfield Cemetery.

Right Side Inscription

Mounted Constable Thomas Lonigan entered the Victorian Police Force 4th July, 1874

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