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Tombstone erected by Officers and Warders of Penal Establishments in Victoria in memory of John Price , Inspector General of Penal Establishments who died from injuries inflicted on him by a gang of convicts at Williamstown on the 26th March 1857. The tombstone also contains epitaphs to other Price family members. 

On 26 March 1857, John Price visited Williamstown to investigate complaints about rations by convicts from the hulks employed there on public works. While he was listening to some grievances,  a party of convicts gathered around him and missiles were thrown with one striking him heavily. As he turned away, he was knocked down and severely battered about the head and body. He died from his injuries the next day.

At the inquest fifteen convicts were committed for trial. They were tried in four groups, and seven were convicted and sentenced to death. Three were hanged on 28, three on 29, and one on 30 April 1857. Accounts of the trials leave the impression that some of the executed men may have been wrongly convicted.

Location

Address:College Crescent, Melbourne General Cemetery, Parkville, 3052
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.791811
Long: 144.961975
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Crime
Actual Event STart Date:26-March-1857
Actual Event End Date:27-March-1857
Source: MA
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