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Police Sergeant Michael Kennedy
Police Sergeant Michael Kennedy

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Marble headstone over the grave of Police Sergeant Michael Kennedy killed in the gun battle with the Kelly Gang at Stringybark Creek in 1878.

On 26 October 1878, Constable Thomas McIntyre was the only police officer to survive an attack on a police camp at Stringybark Creek in the Wombat Ranges near Mansfield.

Ned and Dan Kelly, two horse and cattle thieves, aided by friends Steve Hart and Joe Byrne ambushed the police. McIntyre was captured by the Gang while Constables Michael Scanlan and Thomas Lonigan were shot dead. Sergeant Michael Kennedy then fought a lone gun battle against the four murderers until he was wounded and fell to the ground. Defenceless, he was then murdered by Ned Kelly. Several children – the youngest a mere baby – were made fatherless by these brutal killings and the bodies of the dead police were looted by the gang.

Thomas McIntyre escaped and, tormented for the rest of his life over the affair, later wrote this account of what happened. After the shoot-out at Glenrowan, Thomas McIntyre was the only living witness to what had occurred at Stringybark Creek. Unsurprisingly, his version of events differed markedly from that given by Ned Kelly at Kelly’s trial in Melbourne.


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 Police - Sergeant Michael Kennedy native of Westmeath, Ireland Aged 36 years who was cruelly murdered by armed criminals in the Wombat Ranges near Mansfield on the 26th October, 1878.

He died in the service of his country. of which he was an ornament, highly respected by all good citizens, and a terror to evil doers.

Source: MA,VMR
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