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The monument, erected over the grave, commemorates Senior Sergeant Thomas Wallings, who was shot and killed by the bushranger Alexander "Midnight" Law in the execution of his duty in 1878. The monument was erected by the Government of New South Wales. 

On 18 September 1878 Sergeant Wallings Senior Constable William Souter and Constable John Walsh were searching for a gang of bushrangers when they set up a bush camp near the Wonbobie Inn Marthaguy Creek (near Warren). The following day at 6am the three police rode to the inn where they suspected they might find the bushrangers. Constables Souter and Walsh remained on guard outside while Sergeant Wallings approached the inn. Meanwhile Constable Souter saw a man about 50 metres away carrying a rifle. He rode over to him and was told he would be shot if he came any closer. Souter called to the other police who rode down to him. Sergeant Wallings then fired a warning shot and told the man to surrender however the man replied that he himself would fire if the police came any closer. Senior Sergeant Wallings then advanced on the man and pointed his revolver at him. The man then turned suddenly and dropped to one knee. As he did so he fired at the Sergeant hitting him in the chest. In the confusion the offender ran a short distance away and took cover from the police. A short gun battle took place however the offender being far better armed with a rifle compared to the police revolvers managed to escape. The two Constables then directed their attention to assisting the wounded Sergeant. The wound suffered by Sergeant Wallings proved to be severe and he unfortunately passed away. The Sergeant was born in 1838 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 15 July 1855. At the time of his death he was stationed at Dubbo.

The bushranger Alexander "Midnight" Law evaded capture for almost two weeks before he was shot and killed near Engonia on October 2 by Constable Thomas Hatton of Bourke and Constable George Grey of Louth.


Address:Barden Avenue & Cobbora Road (Golden Highway), Old Dubbo Cemetery , Dubbo , 2830
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.239543
Long: 148.628537
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Monument Manufacturer:Mr Burns (Bathurst)


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:Circa 1880
Front Inscription

Senior Sergt In The Police
Many Years A Faithful
Public Servant
He Was Shot Dead
Whilst In The Execution
Of His Duty
At Wombobbie
On The 20th Sep. 1878
Aged 40 Years

This Memorial Was Erected By The
Government Of New South Wales

Died 17th May 1903
Aged 30 Years

The Lord gave and the
Lord hath taken away.

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au