PAYING HOMAGE: Childers Senior Constable Donna Gilliland, who was stationed at Blackwater previously, kneels beside the graves of the first policers officers murdered in the Rockhampton region: Constables Patrick Cahill and John Power. Snr Const Gilliland was behind the push to have a memorial stone in place for the serving officers. Photo: Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
PAYING HOMAGE: Childers Senior Constable Donna Gilliland, who was stationed at Blackwater previously, kneels beside the graves of the first policers officers murdered in the Rockhampton region: Constables Patrick Cahill and John Power. Snr Const Gilliland was behind the push to have a memorial stone in place for the serving officers. Photo: Austin King / The Morning Bulletin Austin King

Murdered Blackwater police honoured with memorial stones

MEET the former Blackwater Police officer who pushed to have two murdered constables' names ingrained in our minds forever.

The tale of Constables Patrick Cahill and John Power, who were murdered by Gold Commissioner Thomas Griffin in 1867, would never be lost thanks to Childers Senior Constable Donna Gilliland's efforts.

Snr Const Gilliland pushed to have memorial stones put up at Blackwater Weir and the Rockhampton Cemetery for the officers, who were murdered on the banks of the MacKenzie River.

Snr Const Gilliland said she was prompted to have headstones put up for the officers because members of the public kept asking if Cahill and Power were buried at an unmarked site in Blackwater.

They are believed to be buried at Rockhampton Cemetery.

The memorial stones of Rockhampton Constables Patrick Cahill and John Power. Photo: Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
The memorial stones of Rockhampton Constables Patrick Cahill and John Power. Photo: Austin King / The Morning Bulletin Austin King

A headstone for the officers was unveiled yesterday.

The memorials were built with the help of Queensland Police and the Rockhampton Regional Council.



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