Constable Joseph Hilary Eden DONNELLY


Constable Joseph Hilary Eden DONNELLY

Traffic Accident


19 November, 1929


On the evening of 19 November, 1929 Constable Donnelly was struck by a car while crossing Belmore Road after finishing his shift at the Randwick Police Station. He sustained a compound fracture of the skull and was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital where he passed away. The driver of the vehicle responsible, Cecil McIntyre was later committed for trial on a charge of manslaughter.


The Sydney Morning Herald of 29 November, 1929 reported that “At the Central Police Court yesterday, before Mr. McMahon SM, Cecil James McIntyre, pastry cook aged 22 years, was charged I with having at Randwick on November 19 feloniously slain [Joseph] Hilary Eden Donnelly, a constable of police. Sergeant Dennis, Police Prosecutor, applied for a remand to December 2, on which date the coroner’s inquiry was to be held, and this was granted by the magistrate.”


At the time of his death the constable was aged 23 and was stationed at Randwick.

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