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The white bottle brush tree commemorates Constable Graham Ponter who died as a result of injuries sustained in the performance of his duties.

On the afternoon of 11 October, 1961 Constable Ponter was riding a Police solo motor cycle from Bankstown to Police Headquarters. On the Hume Highway at Chullora he made a U-turn, apparently to follow a truck, however a bus drove onto the Highway from Waterloo Road in front of Constable Ponter`s cycle.

The cycle collided with the side of the bus, and Constable Ponter was critically injured. He was taken to the Bankstown District Hospital where he died on 14 October, 1961 without regaining consciousness.


Address:The Mall & Chapel Road, Court House Reserve, Bankstown, 2200
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.916258
Long: 151.034171
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - State
Actual Event Start Date:14-October-1961
Actual Event End Date:14-October-1961


Front Inscription
In Respectful Memory Of
Constable 1st. Class Graham Ponter
Who Died In The Performance Of His Duty
On 14th. October, 1961
Source: MA,H
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au