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The garden commemorates Constable William Hyde who was killed in 1909 while trying to apprehend criminals.

Erected by public subscription in 1909, an oak tree was 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 oak tree 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.



Address:Kensington Road & Tusmore Avenue, Constable Hyde Memorial Garden, Leabrook, 5068
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.926768
Long: 138.651167
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


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 14th August, 1981
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              CITY OF BURNSIDE


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.

To Honour The Memory Of This Gallant Officer,
This Garden Was Named By The Hon. David Tonkin, M. P.,
Premier Of South Australia, On 14th August, 1981,
In The Presence Of Her Worship The Mayor Of Burnside,
Members Of Council And The S. A. Police Force,
On The Occasion Of The City Of Burnside`s 125th Year
14th August, 1981                    Coralie J. Soward

Plaque Donated By Retired And Serving
Members Of The S. A. Police Force.

Source: MA,NRUM
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