A strictly honourable man
Through his 34-year career, Sub-Inspector Edward Hall garnered a reputation as a “strictly honourable man” who was extremely well-regarded by his colleagues. On the night of 24 March 1892, Edward was travelling back from Warracknabeal with James McLuckie, a Police Magistrate.
The pair were travelling by horse-drawn buggy on a dimly lit rural road at night, and visibility was consequently low. Before they could react, the front wheel of the carriage caught on an unseen tree-stump and the carriage flipped over.
Mr McLuckie was not seriously injured, but Edward, aged 56, sustained serious injuries and had to be transported to hospital. He passed away several days later from complications from the accident. He was remembered fondly by his fellow officers and has now joined the Victoria Police Honour Wall.
A promising young constable
Another fallen officer added to the Honour Wall this year is Mounted Constable James Foley. James joined the police in 1887 and was described as “well-conducted” and “a promising young constable” by his supervisors.
After being tasked to investigate a theft, the 30-year-old Constable Foley completed his enquiries and set out to return to his station in Caulfield when he decided to exercise his horse by jumping a two-rail fence. Unfortunately, his horse caught the fence and James was thrown from his saddle, tragically leading to his death.
Both officers were laid to rest at Melbourne General Cemetery, and we’re proud to watch over their final resting place and carry forward their legacy.