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Constable Daniel O`Boyle : 18-June-2011
Constable Daniel O`Boyle : 18-June-2011

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Headstone over the grave commemorates Constable Daniel O`Boyle.

Daniel O’Boyle was buried but the grave was never paid for. As a result people by the name of Bartlett were buried on top of his grave.  

On 4 August 1863, at about 7:00 am, whilst supervising prisoner James Murphy, Constable O'Boyle began cleaning the Warnambool Court House. As he was kneeling down to light a fire, Murphy struck O'Boyle on the head with a heavy hammer. The resulting injuries were extensive, and O"Boyle died at 4:50 am the following day.

Immediately after his attack on the Constable, Murphy calmly walked from the Court House and disappeared. An extensive search was commenced within minutes of the attack, but Murphy remained at large for two days before being recaptured some 40 kilometres away and charged with the murder of Constable O'Boyle. He was subsequently convicted and was hanged at the Geelong Gaol on 6 November 1863.



Address:Otway Road, Warrnambool Cemetery, Row 27 Grave No. 29, Catholic section, Warrnambool, 3280
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.392253
Long: 142.508942
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Colonial
Actual Event STart Date:05-August-1863
Actual Event End Date:05-August-1863


Actual Monument Dedication Date:2000
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In memory of Daniel 1836 - 1863 Loved son of Daniel and Susan native of Ireland

Constable Daniel O`Boyle, Registered No. 1678, died whilst on duty, from injuries inflicted by a prisoner on the 5th August, 1863.  His grave remained unmarked for 138 years.  This memorial was erected by police, citizens and the City of Warrnambool. 2001

Source: MA
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