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Epworth & Blue Ribbon

A plaque dedicated to the memory of three policemen who lost their lives in 1878 has been unveiled at the Epworth Hospital in Richmond this week.

The ceremony, hosted by the Blue Ribbon Foundation, Epworth Medical Foundation and Freemasons Victoria, dedicated the Emergency Resuscitation Area in the newly constructed Emergency Department at the Epworth Hospital, Richmond in memory of Victoria Police members, Sergeant Michael Kennedy, Constable Thomas Lonigan and Constable Michael Scanlan who were murdered while attempting to track and arrest Ned Kelly and a gang of dangerous criminals at Stringybark Creek in the Wombat Ranges near Mansfield on 26 October, 1878.

CEO Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation Neil Soullier was joined by the Chair of the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation Bill Noonan, OAM, as well as Lonigan and Kennedy family members for the event.

Representing Freemasons Victoria were Grand Master MWBro. Don Reynolds, Grand Secretary RWBro. Peter Henshall and Directors of the Freemasons Foundation Ted Finch, Frank Fordyce, Barry Minster, Myles King and Jane Hill.

Shortly after the curtains were drawn revealing the plaques, guests were offered a tour of the new emergency facility and shown where the plaques will be erected.

This is a great example of three very strong partnerships combining to deliver valuable outcomes for the wider community.

‘A True Narrative of the Kelly Gang’ by T.N. McIntyre, sole survivor of the attack has been forwarded to the Freemasons Victoria Library and Museum.

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