Meet the people of the KellyGang story
A relation of the Kellys and one of the Greta Mob. Many said I was the fifth member of the KellyGang
Links to the KellyGang below , Early Years , First run in with the law , Fitzpatrick Incident , Gold Mining , Mansfield Murders , Escape North , Euroa Robbery , Mass arrest of sympathizers , Jerilderie Robbery , Later in 1879 , Early in 1880 , Death of Aaron Sherritt , Glenrowan Siege , After the Siege , Ned Kelly's Trial , Royal Commission , Family ,
Did they try and get the family on a trumpted up charge. Something to do with a hide. I gave evidence (Ensign7/1/1873)
In about 1877 people started to see my brother John riding around the country with Ned Kelly and his mates and some started to call us the Greta Mob. Some even said that we went on trips around the country with Ned Kelly when he went off pinching mobs of horses and cattle. Well we may have helped our cousins and had a bit of fun.
In September 1877 my brother Jack
and I and Dan Kelly got into trouble in
Winton after a prank. We hid on the Kelly property for a few weeks. Eventually
we gave ourselves up and were charged with wilfully damaging the property
of David Goodman, a hawker
who owned a shop in Winton.
Const Fitzpatrick said that we
gave ourselves up to him. (RC12871)
On 19 October 1877 at our trial we each received 3 months in Beechworth Goal and ordered to pay £2 10 shillings in damages. I was also sentenced to another 3 months for assaulting Mrs Goodman. (RCApp10)
The incident started with Dan Kelly delivering some meat to Mrs Goodman and picking up some groceries.. We arrived after closing time and the Goodmans would not open up. They were being silly so we encouraged them to open up. There was a bit of a disagreement, but I must say that while Mr Goodman was the main witness against us, he later was sentenced to 4 months for his evidence.
Later I was convicted in Beechworth on 28/2/1878 of indecent assault against Mrs Goodman and recieved a further 3 months
I lived near Quarry Hill, near Greta and next to Jacob
You can get there by taking Kilfera road, the main surveyed road to Greta, and then there is a cleared track the last five miles to my house. (RC4581)
I was mentioned by the KellyGang in the Cameron letter. They said that Const Strahan was up on the River Murray getting evidence against Dan Kelly, my brother Jack and me when Const Fitzpatrick came to the Kelly home to arrest Dan.
I met the KellyGang on the night of the murders in the Wombat Ranges and they told me what happened in their hut. I kept guard till morning while they were having a few hours' sleep. We worked out that it might be best if they went over the boarder into New South Wales and held up the bank at Howlong. (RC1867) See also (JJK)
Const Duross saw me and one of the
Ryan boys when we went to Violet
Town. Hear how he followed me around like a puppy dog.
We apparently arrived in town about "six o'clock one evening; their names were told to me by Const Gascoigne, who was then in Violet Town with me.
I followed them up the township. I saw them putting their horses in the stables of the hotel. I went in after them, where they were in the sitting room, and commenced reading the paper. They were sitting opposite me, and I do not think they knew me at this time, until the coachdriver, who was driving the coach between Shepparton and Violet Town, came in-he spoke to me and called me by name. I did not answer, did not want to make myself known to the men, and they commenced laughing; so the coachdriver said, "I have seen a party of your police down on the road to Shepparton, who are camped close to the road." They were laughing over this. I sent a telegram to Mr. Sadleir in Benalla about the whole affair, and he returned one to me, told me to pay strict attention to them and watch which direction they went. I did so, and sent Gascoigne to watch them a certain distance out of the township, and he watched them and said they went in the direction of Benalla. I afterwards received a telegram from Benalla, saying they were seen there at the proper time." (RC3588)
They did not get me
Some thought that I might have killed John Lloyd
when he died at Mrs O'Brien's Hotel in Greta
in April 1879.(Argus30/4/79)
I was aquitted of manslaughter. Patrick and Dennis McAuliffe were with me at the time.
In late June, during a search party with Consts Faulkiner
and other police they found three or four saddles hanging up at a place near
my home that had been recently used. They noticed 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, Faulkiner identified those
saddles as the ones they had seen on their visit.(RC5327)see
See also (FH)
I was spotted at Mrs Byrne's home
late in May 1880 (RC801)
About this time Jacob Wilson told the police that the KellyGang visited my place. (RC2110)
I lived next to Patterson's paddock where Wilson found the saddles. We were on the edge of Kilefra.
Wilson went on to tell the Royal Commission that he saw a lot of horses at my place and that he even saw Dan Kelly here. (RC4479)
Wilson watched my place from 3rd of April until the 14th of May. I got sick of it. One of the dogs went after him and we put him up a cherry tree. If we had only found him. (RC4493)
A short time before the Glenrowan siege a party friends and I crossed the line just at Glenrowan, on horseback, got up mounted and dressed and equipped as if they were starting for the shearing. Four of our group (there were about six of us) were stopped at Yarrawonga punt by the police.(RC774)
We had our mates organised down the railway track where the rails were taken up. Ned came down and gave the boys the bad news; the blody police had stopped at Glenrowan. Things were very bad.
I was at the funeral for Dan and Steve (Herald30/6/80)
In late July 1880 I went down to Melbourne with Maggie
Skillion to try and arrange for Ned Kelly's
I attended the start of Ned Kelly's committal with Maggie. (Age9/8/1880) (Herald8/8/80) (Argus9/8/80)
I and Dennis McAuliffe went out voluntarily and helped Const Armstrong when he was stationed at Glenrowan, and looked for a horse down in the bush after Kelly's execution. (RC12181)
Const Robert Graham reported on 26th April 1881 about the sympathizers of the KellyGang. -"I beg to report for the information of the superintendent that a number of them were here at Greta yesterday, drinking, viz.: -Jack Quinn, Tom Lloyd, jun, Paddy McAuliffe, Tom McAuliffe, John McMonigal, and Jack Nolan; and from their manner I am led to believe that another outbreak among them is imminent. Jack Quinn is very anxious to find out who it was that got the sympathizers arrested in 1879. They all appear to have a great dislike to Pat Quinn, and speak of him as the black tracker."(RC9870) see also (RC2970)
I died at Greta on 27/8/1927.