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A garden commemorates Constable William Hyde who was killed while trying to apprehend criminals.

The memorial was erected by public subscription in 1909. It was an oak tree planted in a decorative rolled iron guard on the kerb as near as practicable to the spot where Hyde was shot. A bronze plaque was attached to the tree guard and representatives of the Kensington and Norwood Council attended the ceremony. The tree died in due course and in the early 1950`s the Burnside Council removed the tree guard and fixed the plaque to a new small drinking fountain installed about 50 feet from the original spot.

Constable Hyde was called to the Marryatville Hotel on the 2nd January 1909 at 9.30pm because of a disturbance between three men and the hotel patrons. The three men were suspected of being about to rob the local tramway office. When Constable Hyde arrived the three men ran off and ran down a blind alley where they doubled back and fired a shot. Constable Hyde grappled with one of the men and was shot in the head by another . Hyde was seriously injured and died in hospital two days later. Extra police and an aboriginal tracker were unable to capture the men.

A fine tribute of respect for and admiration of the late Constable William Hyde, who was shot in an encounter with armed criminals on January 2 was the large gathering at Eastly Street, Marryatville, on Wednesday afternoon, when a memorial oaktree was planted close to the scene of the tragedy. Residents of the district who had known the deceased officer felt that some appropriate recognition of his services and good qualities was called for and a committee formed for the purpose had no difficulty in bringing the proposal to the desired end. The ceremony was distinctly impressive, particularly the solemn hush which prevailed among the spectators when speakers referred in feeling terms to the character of Mr. Hyde and his sad untimely end.
The Register (Adelaide), 5 August 1909.

Note: The land containing the memorial was listed by the State Government for sale in 2013.


Address:Kensington Road, Constable Hyde Memorial Garden, Leabrook, 5068
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.926497
Long: 138.651251
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Garden
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:02-January-1909
Actual Event End Date:02-January-1909


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Constable Hyde Memorial Garden.

This garden commemorates the memory of Constable William Hyde, who in the execution of his duty on the evening of 2nd January 1909, was mortally wounded by suspected robbers.

Plaque donated by Retired and Serving Members of the South Australian Police Force.

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