John Irving BURGESS

New South Wales Police Force

Class 216 – Goulburn Police Academy

Regd. # 22455

Rank:  Constable

ServiceFrom 28 October 1985 to 29 April 1989 = 3+ years Service

Stations?  ,Balmain – death

Awards? nil find on It’s An Honour

Born? ? 1960

Event date:  Thursday  27 April 1989

burgessEvent location:  Booth St & Jonston St, Annandale

Event type: Motor Vehicle Accident

Died:  Saturday  29 April 1989

Age:  29

Funeral date?

Funeral location:  Woronora Cemetery, Sutherland

Buried at:  Cremated;

Ashes – Wall of Memories, Panel 30, GG, 0256


John Irving BURGESS

John Irving BURGESS

Constable John Irving BURGESS - Touch plate at National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra.

Constable John Irving BURGESS – Touch plate at National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra.


JOHN IS mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance but the DATE is INCORRECT

About 2.25am on 27 April, 1989 Constable Burgess was driving a caged police vehicle in Booth Street, Annandale. Constable Andrew Mortimer was observer in the vehicle and they were responding to an urgent call for assistance from Gaming Squad police. At the intersection of Johnston Street, the police vehicle collided with a semi trailer and deflected onto a power pole. As a result of the accident Constable Andrew Mortimer suffered fractures to his ribs and jaw, and Constable Burgess suffered severe head and internal injuries. Constable Burgess died two days later ( on the 29 April ) at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital when life support systems were turned off.


The constable was born in 1960 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 28 October, 1985. At the time of his death he was stationed at Balmain.

The Canberra Times     Monday  1 May 1989   page 3 of 36

Policeman dies

SYDNEY: A policeman who received severe injuries in a collision involving a police paddy wagon last Thursday died late on Saturday.

Constable John Burgess, 29, received head and chest injuries in the accident between the paddy wagon and a refrigeration truck at Annandale in Sydney’s inner-west, shortly before 2am.


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Location of collision