Memo­ri­als to be ded­i­cated to slain po­lice­men

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

On De­cem­ber 8 Chief Com­mis­sioner Gra­ham Ash­ton and de­scen­dants of the po­lice­men mur­dered by the Kelly gang at Stringy­bark Creek will ded­i­cate three new plinth memo­ri­als to Sergeant Kennedy and Con­sta­bles Loni­gan and Scan­lan.

The three were killed in the, now fa­mous, shootout on Oc­to­ber 26, 1878.

The event will take place at Stringy­bark Creek Archer­ton. Those in attendance will walk a new sign­posted track.

The story told by the sign­posts uses images and words from the time in or­der to pro­vide an au­then­tic and au­thor­i­ta­tive de­pic­tion of the three mur­ders.

The me­mo­rial site now in­cludes the lo­ca­tion where Sergeant Kennedy lost his life and a sign­post me­mo­rial to Con­sta­ble McIntyre, the sole sur­vivor of the mas­sacre.

The works were com­mis­sioned and car­ried out by DELWP with in­put from the po­lice­men’s de­scen­dants.

A crowd of 350 in­vited guests is ex­pected to at­tend. The me­mo­rial ser­vice starts at 11 am and runs un­til mid­day.

There will be a sausage re­fresh­ments af­ter­wards. siz­zle and

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