...a place in the KellyGang story
The original occupants were the Taungurung people.
The explorer Thomas Mitchell crossed the Goulburn River to the north of the town site in 1836. Squatters arrived soon after
In 1839 a settlement grew up around a crossing place on the Goulburn River called "New Crossing Place".
John Clarke operated the Robert Burns Inn at the ford.
When the goldrush era began in 1851, traffic on the Sydney road greatly increased to the town's benefit and the population began to grow.
By the 1860s selection were well under way in the area (Argus8/10/66)
Banna's bridge over the Goulburn River was an important and expensive crossing
The railway came to Seymour in 1871. The route (Argus31/1/71) The opening (Argus3/9/72) (Argus20/11/73)
The town was an important railway junction. It had workshops and administration centre. The new town developing around Station Street.
The Bank of Victoria in seymour was robbed in 1876, reward offered (Kilmore31/8/1876)
The steamer Bunyip made it all the way up the Goulburn River to Seymour (Kilmore2/5/1878)
There was a threat to the banks
in town from the KellyGang before to the
Euroa robbery. (RC2nd
reportIX) - see text of telegram of 29/11/1878
from Ass Com Nicolson. (RC2925)
see also (Argus17/12/78)
On the 30/11/1878 Sup Hare informed Sgt Purcell, that the Kellys contemplated sticking up one of the Seymour banks, and that three men would be sent up there for duty, and that I wished their duty to be kept quiet. (RC1243) (RC15790)
Const Connor from Seymour went out with SConst Kelly on a search party soon after the murders at Stringy Bark Creek (RC7980)
On the 27/11/1878 three constables arrived at Seymour to protect the banks, especially the Colonial Bank, which could be easily robbed. The Colonial Bank is situated some distance outside the town. There would then be five men at Seymour, that is the three I sent up, a sergeant, and a mounted constable.. (RC1245)
On 7/12/1878 Sup Hare sent the following telegram to Sergeant Purcell, "Send one of your plain clothes men to Nagambie for same duty there, and send Const Byrne" (he was in charge of Nagambie) "copy of instructions you got from me." That same day Sergeant Purcell sent one of the three men to Nagambie, Const Burton with a copy of my memo., dated 30/11/78, that made three men-a SConst, a mounted Const, and this man, made the three men at Nagambie; these were the three next townships adjoining in the North-Eastern District. (RC1246)
Const J Burton's application for a share in the reward was rejected by the Reward Board
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