Orange death: Constable William Haviland, first police officer to die on duty in NSW

Tanya Marschke
By Tanya Marschke
July 29 2022 - 8:00pm
HISTORY: Constable William Haviland died at the corner of Sale and Byng Street. The coach he was in was turning the corner by the bank when witnesses heard the report of a pistol. Inset, a plaque honouring the constable outside Orange Police Station. Photos: CARLA FREEDMAN

This year marks 160 years since the first police officer died on duty in NSW when the only officer not injured in a gold heist was accidentally killed in a coach on his return to Orange.

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Tanya Marschke

Tanya Marschke

Journalist

I am based at Orange and cover a wide range of subjects as well as the weekly business column. I've worked consistently in the the media industry since 2006 including the past seven years at the Central Western Daily. Before moving to Orange, I worked as a journalist at weekly newspapers the Beaudesert Times and the Gold Coast Sun in Queensland, as well as the Scone Advocate in the Hunter Valley. I started my career at the Ridge News in Lightning Ridge while I completed my journalism studies remotely at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst.