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Plaque unveiled in memory of Constable William O'Dwyer who was killed in the line of duty in 1883. 

Constable O’Dwyer was stationed at Taroom when a warrant was issued for the arrest of a male suspect for attempted murder. O’Dwyer, Senior Constable Wright and a police tracker, left Taroom on January 24, 1883 to ride to a location on Woleebee Creek via Wandoan where the suspect had been seen.

The group saw smoke and believed it to be the suspect’s camp fire. Tactically, they waited to daylight the next morning to execute the warrant. On approaching the suspect and executing the warrant, the suspect resisted arrest and struck O’Dwyer’s head with a tomahawk. The offender was then shot several times by Senior Constable Wright and killed.

O’Dwyer succumbed to his wounds approximately 30 minutes later, and is buried at Wandoan.


Address:Yaldwyn Street (Leichhardt Highway), Taroom Police Station , Taroom, 4420
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -25.641122
Long: 149.795028
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Source: MA
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