Canberra Honours Fallen Victoria Police

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29 September 2008 

Media Release

Canberra honours fallen Victoria Police

Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Mick Keelty will today honour the

service of Victorian Police officers killed in the line of duty at a memorial service

in Canberra to acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice made by all Australian police


The National Police Memorial, completed in 2006, honours all Australian police

killed on duty since 1803 and at the conclusion of this year’s service, will carry

the names of 731 police officers.

While no police were killed on duty in Australia during 2008, five historical

names will be added this year after the deaths of three South Australian and

two Victorian police officers were discovered during ongoing historical research.  

The Victorians honoured this year are Constable Edward Dore who died in a

police motorcycle accident in 1957 and Senior Constable Edward Hubbard who

drowned during Special Operations pre-selection training in 1999. 

The South Australian police deaths all took place in the 19th century. Police

Trooper James Higgins suffered fatal head injuries in a horse riding accident in

1855, Corporal Henry Nixon succumbed in 1861 to the effects of multiple stab

wounds inflicted six years earlier and Constable Thomas Charlesworth drowned

crossing a swollen creek in 1884. 


Relatives and descendents of the officers being remembered have flown into

Canberra for this year’s service.

AFP Commissioner Mick Keelty said that each name on the Memorial

represents a loved one killed while serving the community in their role as police


“National Police Remembrance Day was one of solemn reflection and gives

each family a chance to draw support from others who have lost loved ones

and from the wider community,” Commissioner Keelty said.

“The role of a policeman has changed significantly over the years, but is no less

dangerous as our members go about their work.” 

National Police Remembrance Day is commemorated each year on 29

September, the feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel and Patron Saint of


The dusk ceremony will begin at 5.15 pm with the arrival of the official guests

and conclude at 6.10 pm at the National Police Memorial, Kings Park,

Wendouree Drive, Canberra.

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Members of the community are encouraged to attend the ceremony.

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