Melbourne's Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust hosted The Police Association Victoria this week as they gathered at Burwood Cemetery to commemorate Inspector Francis Heaney, a founding member of the association.
Frank Heaney was a passionate advocate for recognition of officers’ rights and working conditions, and Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton was in attendance to honour his work in found “the forerunner to what is, today, easily the best Police Association in the country”.
Members of the Police Association were joined by GMCT CEO Jacqui Weatherill and Trust Chair Geoff Mabbett as well as children from Burwood Primary School to unveil recent refurbishments undertaken by the Association to Frank Heaney’s memorial.
In speaking at the event, GMCT Trust Chair Geoff Mabbett celebrated the Police Association’s initiative in restoring the grave, creating a tangible link between the cemetery and the history of the institution.
“It is a great privilege to see the Police Association Victoria embracing our public cemeteries, not merely as places where we bury the dead, but as places where their stories live on,” said Geoff, noting that community groups and associations shape history through memorialisation across our 19 cemeteries.
“This is history in action,” said Geoff, “One of the most important functions of our cemeteries.”