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Arrested as a sympathizer.
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On 2/1/1879 Commissioner Standish ordered the arrest of about 20 sympathizers including myself. He took that action under section 5 of the Felony Apprehension Act. Most of the sympathizers were held in Beechworth goal.
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 represented by a lawyer. The magistrates repeated the remands each week for over 3 months before the sympathizers were finally released
We made the big application in the Supreme Court in Melbourne on 18/2/1879.
Sir Redmond Barry rejected the application
for technical reasons. I was released a week later with some of my colleagues.
See also (Argus17/2/79)
At the start, the arrests 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 charged with with intent to do grievous bodily harm as a result of an incident where it was alleged that I had snapped a loaded gun at Quinn. Insp Montfort prosecuted the case against me. The Justices found me not guilty. I also charged Quinn with using insulting language against me Mrs Dobson's public-house, (RC App1,App10, 28)