Meet the people of the KellyGang story
A sympathizer and horse trader.
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In October 1877 horses stolen some
time before from James Whitty were found
in Howlong. William Baumgarten
was found guilty of stealing the horses from Whitty and others near Greta.
See also the Jerilderie Letter and (Argus10/8/80)
My friends William and Gustav Baumgarten, John Studders and I were charged with receiving the animals knowing that they had been stolen. While I knew Ned Kelly I was not involved in this matter and the case against me was adjourned. Was Ned Kelly the Thompson who the police could not find. Det Brown investigated us. (Argus2/5/78) (Argus14/10/78) (RC8813) (Argus2/11/1878)
Eventually William Baumgarten and I were taken to trail in the Supreme Court in Beechworth in October 1878 before Mr Justice Barry. We were found guilty and I received 6 years in goal. William got 4 years
They did not get me
I retained my friendship with Bricky Williamson for the rest of my life
I died in 1942