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National Police Remembrance Day

Tomorrow (29 September 2010) is National Police Remembrance Day for Police in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and the Solomon Islands.

It is a day for police to pause and honour officers whose lives have been cut short while performing their duty as a police officer. This important day is also a time to remember police officers who have lost their lives through illness or other circumstances.

National Police Remembrance Day is observed on the main feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel, Patron Saint of police. St Michael is recognised as an archangel by the Christian, jewish and islamic faith.

(NSW Police Force – National Police Remembrance Day Fact Sheet)

In NSW the Police Wall of Remembrance outside the Art Gallery of NSW honours police officers who have given their lives since the beginning of the Police Service in 1862.

The image above is taken from the National Police Memorial in Canberra (which includes the names of those who died while serving in the Colonial police forces). The earliest entry on the Honour Roll dates from 1803.

If you would like to learn more about early police officers in NSW further information about where to look can be found in this information leaflet.

For those wishing to show support NSW Police Legacy is a not for profit organisation committed to providing professional and compassionate support to the partners and dependent children of deceased NSW police officers.

  • Bill Shute says:

    Dear Fiona,
    Thanks for remembering our fallen Police.
    Regards, Bill

    September 29, 2010 at 6:44 am
  • Janette Pelosi says:

    There are many New South Wales Police officers from the colonial period (pre-1862) who are named on the National Police Memorial and I believe there are more colonial deaths on duty to be discovered. Much work has been done by Sergeant Danny Webster in his book ‘Beyond Courage’ to identify the deaths of NSW Police from 1803 to the present. (For publication details see Archives in Brief 20.) There is also an Honour Roll located at the NSW Police College at Goulburn.

    September 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm
  • Fiona Sullivan says:

    Thanks for the extra information Janette, thanks also for your other suggestions which make up a large part of the above post!

    September 30, 2010 at 11:25 am