Meet the people of the KellyGang story
A member of the Kelly family and arrested as a sympathizer.
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Did they try and get me on a trumpted up charge. Something to do with a hide (Ensign7/1/1873)
In 1876 I was behind in the rent for my selection at Lurg.
Soon after I arrived in north eastern Victoria, Jack Lloyd and I were convicted of horse stealing at Beechworth and sentenced to 3 years. see (RC3239)(RCApp10)
On 2/1/1879 Commissioner Standish ordered the arrest of about 20 sympathizers including myself and Jack Lloyd Jnr. He took that action under section 5 of the Felons Apprehension Act. Most of the sympathizers were held in Beechworth goal.
I managed to send a telegram home after I was arrested to warn the KellyGang "Turn the four bullocks out of the paddock"
We were held without ever being given a chance to defend them selves. We were remanded in custody for periods of 7 days. Only one of the sympathizers was fully represented by a lawyer. The magistrates repeated the remands each week for over 3 months before the sympathizers were finally released. See (Argus3/2/79) (OMA11/2/1879) (OMA18/2/79)
At the start, the arrests we had public support in Melbourne but that turned into general contempt for the police. The mass arrests resulted in fewer people being prepared to assist the police or to supply information about the KellyGang .
I was finally discharged. (Argus26/2/80)
My daughter Jane married Ken Brown who served as a Rat of Tobruk in WW11 and then went to university after the war and became a much admired teacher and then principal. Finally lectured at Toorak Teachers College
My daughter Catherine loved Ned Kelly. (Herald29/6/1880) Later she married William Cleave. She bore him 7 children, Priscilla (b1896),Thomas (b1897), Catherine (b1899), Eileen (b1900), Eileen (b1901), Josephine (b1903), and Henry (b1907). Catherine died in 1934.
Did one of my sons shoot himself at Greta (Argus16/1/1880)