I arrived at Wangaratta on 29/10 and went out with serach parties under Sgt Steele. The first party I went out with went up over the King River and arrived in Mansfield on 3/11/1878. From there we went to Benalla.
That night I caught the train to Beechworth. While passing through Wangaratta we heard that the KellyGang had gone into the Warby Ranges from Const Twomey. (RC5298)
When we arrived in Benalla there was a special police train there that took us to Beechworth.
We then searched the ranges into Yackandandah on 5/11/1878; and to The Gap on the 6th. On the 6th Sup. Sadleir met a large party of police at The Gap. (RC5662) (RC5697)
Very early on the morning of 7/11/1878 we met up with other police and moved from Beechworth to Sebastopol. There was about 40 mounted police. I thought AssCom Nicolson was in charge.
I was on the Upper Murray soon after this time (RC5311)
I was stationed on the Mitta Mitta River watching a bridge in January 1879 but soon asked to be relieved because ther was too much traffic. (RC5155). I was there at the time of the Euroa robbery.
I then spent some time in Rutherglen before I went back to Benalla on about 13/1/79
I was at the River Murray when the Jerilderie robbery took place in February 1879. I returned to Benalla, and there joined Senior-Constable Mullane's party, and travelled some distance up the Murray, the other side of the Curryong. After some time we returned to Wodonga, after searching the place up there, when we heard of the Howlong wires being cut (RC5163)
I went out on search parties with Sup Hare and was out with parties most of the time
I attended the race meeting at Whorouly with other police in an attempt to try and catch the KellyGang. While Mr Hare thought he had a wonderful plan I am not convinced. This is what I told the Royal Commission, "I passed the remark to Senior-Constable Johnson that if this was the man we could consider the information a hoax either on the part of Sherritt or Byrne. I said it was not at all likely that a man twelve or thirteen stone weight was going to ride in a country hurdle race when Byrne and Hart had brothers of their own, good horsemen. I believe from the remark Mr. Hare made afterwards that Johnson must have told Mr. Hare what I had said."(RC 5312 )
Later in about April or May I was out on a search party with Sup Hare. Two young fellows gave us some cheek and Mr Hare ordered that the boys be taken home. A short distance from home they were observed by their parents, who took one of the constables to be Ned Kelly and the other to be Steve Hart. The father called out for the constable whom he took to be Hart. He was in the waterhole, bathing, at the time (the old man was)-to come to him. (RC5234)
During that search with Consts Canny and Lawless, we found three or four saddles hanging up at a place near the Lloyd's home that had been recently uses, noticing they had surcingles on made by a saddler at Wangaratta. The person who occupied the place was a man with one hand, a bachelor, which clearly showed that he had not a use for four saddles. When the KellyGang was captured, and the horses and saddles brought to Benalla, I identified those saddles as the ones I had seen hanging up in the house near Lloyd's(RC5327)
I was out with a search party with Sup Hare and Const Canny and I think Constable Lawless.
We came across a hut near Lloyd's, in the small bush paddock. No one was at home. We searched the place and found three or four saddles hanging up that had been recently uses, noticing they had surcingles on made by a saddler at Wangaratta. The person who occupied the place was a man with one hand, a bachelor, which clearly showed that he had not a use for four saddles. When the KellyGang was captured, and the horses and saddles brought to Benalla, I identified those saddles as the ones we had seen hanging up in the house near Lloyd's. (RC5327)see also (RC5312)
The instructions we received with reference to this duty were that four of us would be told off with Aaron Sherritt as a guide in watching the house (Mrs. Byrne's place) at night-lime. If possible, we were to try to capture Byrne alive, to stick a handkerchief in his mouth and bring him in to Beechworth. We were to try to capture the others if they came to the place. I was introduced to people by Aaron Sherritts's wife as a friend from New South Wales. (RC5251)
We were required to confine ourselves to the cave during the day, and about whatever time it suited to go down to this house at night. We were boiling our tea with spirits of wine, so as to cause no smoke, and living on bread and fish.(RC5253)
After nine or ten days of that duty we would be relieved for four or five days, returning to Beechworth. The duty I had to undertake, when relieved from this cave duty for a few days, was-I was sent out a distance of about twenty miles all round Beechworth, serving summonses, attending inquests, and other police duty by myself. I got very close to the family and that concerned me. If I complained to my officers they might think it was cowardice on my part. At the same time I thought it was unfair to be sending me as a constable to a place where I was doing secret duty. I was at the cave duty from December 1879 to April 1880 and during the later period we were based in Aaron Sherritt's home. (RC5257)
We had a problem with our report of the incident to SConst Mullane on 2/4/1880.
I told Sup Hare 'Of course, if I am called upon to produce the document, I have the document in my possession, and can show it to the Commission with the minute upon it.' (RC1619) See text of my of 5/4/1880 (RC13858)
There were others besides the eight policemen engaged in the matter; there were men carrying food, and the whole of the Sherritt family, consisting of seven or eight daughters, -Sherritt himself and the whole family knew it, and they were in constant communication with Mrs. Byrne. They used to convey the provisions up to the cave, and with seven or eight girls, ranging from eighteen to six years old in constant communication with the Byrne family, how is it possible to know who it was divulged by. (RC1622) See also (RC5262) (RC5526) and the text of my reports at (RC5291) and at (RC5431). There is a big difference. See alo (RC12118) (RC13857)
Did I loose a letter? (RC12120)
I wrote again on 22nd, and 23rd June (RC5481)(RCApp15)
We had good information that the KellyGang were being supplied from a Chinese store on the Buckland Flat .
Const Canny and I went to the Chinamen's camp, and employed some of them to come and wash sheep. We asked them if they were not frightened of the KellyGang. One of them replied that they were too far away; he said that the KellyGang were getting their provisions from the Chinese store at the Buckland Gap, and had pack-horses to carry it away. He said they came down from the ranges, two at a time; this, he stated, they did frequently. We asked him why he did not tell the police. He replied that the police were too frightened to go near them. He asked us not to tell the police; that they had been threatened if they told the police they would be shot and then burnt. We told the Chinamen that we were living on the sheep station.
We then returned to Wangaratta, and, on 25/6/1880 and sent a telegram to Mr. Hare stating that we would be back to Benalla in the evening, and wished to see him. (RC5483) see also (RC5775)
I never heard about the possibility that the KellyGang might have armour. (RC5744)
I left Benalla at eleven a.m. on the morning of the 26th, and went by myself to see the Chinaman on 27/6/1880, and got all the information I required.(RC5484) (RC5672)
As I was returning to Benalla on the morning of the 28th, I was informed of the fight with the police and the KellyGang at Glenrowan. I reached Glenrowan that evening, and returned to Benalla in the same train that the same train that Ned Kelly and the body of Joe Byrne were brought down to Benalla. (RC5484) (RCApp15)
In about August I returned to my police station at Oakleigh until I was involved in transfering Ned Kelly up to Beechworth for his committal. (RC5487)
On 1/8/1880 Sgt Steele, and Const Bracken and I were given the task of meeting the train at Newmarket Station in Melbourne and taking Ned Kelly up to Beechworth to attend my committal hearing. While he would not answer any questions he did talk as the train took him back to the scene of his many criminal deeds. (Argus2/8/80) see also (RC5855)
On the way up Ned Kelly expressed himself with reference to the police and the officers. He said if he had a tail (that is, a Chinaman's tail) he would go home to China, as one Chinaman was worth all the Europeans, and he would rather trust his life to them than any European living. From the manner in which he expressed himself with reference to the Chinamen, he clearly showed he had received some sympathy or assistance from them. (RC5488)
He then began to speak with reference to the officers