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Sargeant Smyth Memorial

Senior Sergeant Thomas Smyth

Henty is also famous for its connections with the bushranger Dan 'Mad Dog' Morgan. Exactly 2 km west of town on Pleasant Hills Rd (the Lockhart road) is a memorial stone on the site where Morgan shot Sergeant Thomas Smyth in September 1864.

The new plaque was erected by the NSW Police Service and reads 'A memorial to Senior Sergeant Thomas Smyth, aged 29. A member of the NSW Police Force shot by bushranger Dan Morgan in the surrounding hills on 4 September 1864. Senior Sergeant Smyth received a gunshot wound to his left shoulder and convalesced at the Imperial Hotel, Albury until 29 September 1864 where he haemorrhaged as a result of the gunshot wound and died. He is buried in an unmarked grave in the Albury cemetery. Dan Morgan was a murderer with a £1000 price on his head. Senior Sergeant Smyth gave his life while in the pursuit of Morgan who although a tourist attraction these days put fear in the people of the district in the 1860s.'

Source Sydney Morning Herald 2006