Constable Frank McGRATH


Constable Frank McGRATH

Motor Vehicle Accident


1 January, 1923



About 10pm on 1 January, 1923 Constable McGrath of the Redfern Police Station was riding on the rear of a police vehicle escorting prisoners from his station to Central Police Station. As the vehicle bumped over a rough section of tram lines at the intersection of Park and College Streets the constable lost his hold and fell to the roadway. As a result he suffered a fractured skull and died after being conveyed to hospital.The Argus dated 2 January, 1923 described the incident.



SYDNEY, Monday.-While on duty on a patrol waggon tonight Constable Frank McGrath fell on to the road and fractured his skull. He died soon afterwards in hospital. The patrol waggon was collecting prisoners for the Central Police Court in the morning, and when crossing the tram lines at the intersection of Park and College Streets the vehicle bumped violently and McGrath, losing his hold, fell backwards, striking his head on the road. The waggon travelled some distance before it was discovered that McGrath was missing. McGrath was aged 30 years, married, and lived at Marrickville. He was stationed at Redfern.


The constable was born in 1893 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 14 July, 1914. At the time of his death he was stationed at Redfern.

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