Royal Commission report 28/6/1881
Story of the KellyGang - the Royal Commission 28/6/1881
|Summary of the evidence on day 33 of the hearings|
|12285 - 12289||28/6/1881||Sup Hare|
|12290 - 12353||28/6/1881||Rev M Gibney|
|12354 - 12558||28/6/1881||SConst Johnston|
| 1238 -1357
1465 - 1592
1593 - 1632
13890 - 13901
16315 - 16656
|See these dates for other evidence given by Sup Hare|
|12769 - 12800||6/7/1881||Other evidence given by Rev M Gibney|
|7129 - 7372||13/5/1881||Other evidence given by SConst Johnston|
|3||Superintendent Hare's report|
|20||Minutes of Proceedings at Meetings Held by the Royal Commission|
Summary of the evidence on day 33 of the hearings
28/6/1881 Sup Hare continued his evidence - some brief highlights
Sup Hare answered a number of questions about his relationship with Jacob Wilson.
28/6/1881 Rev Gibney commenced his evidence - some brief highlights
Rev Gibney described his role at the Glenrowan siege. He had been staying at Kilmore and arrived on the train going to Albury and Sydney.
When he came to Benalla he was told there that Ned Kelly was taken, that he was wounded, that the others were stuck up. He enquired if there was any Catholic clergyman there and then made up his mind to stay to attend to Ned Kelly and then to any others.
When he got to see Ned Kelly he was dying, fainting from time to time. Would the boys at the Inn surrender?
The Royal Commission asked, did the police seem to have the appearance of being guided by orders. Gibney gave a direct answer
Shortly before Jones's Inn was set on fire he met Ned Kelly's sisters and offered to see the police. He then went up to the Inn when it was set on fire. He saw Joe Byrne's body and he then went on through the burning Inn and saw the bodies of Dan Kelly and Steve Hart. All this is described in some detail.
How did they die?
From the way in which they were lying, with a pillow of bags under their heads, could they have been laid out by some one?
Was there any sign of blood?
Were there weapons?
How did they die?
How long was he in the Inn?
Where were the police at this time?
Gibney made a statement about the payment of a a reward to him.
He found Martin Cherry in the back room.
28/6/1881 SConst Johnston continued his evidence -
some brief highlights
The Royal Commission examined SConst Johnston particularly upon the time you were in pursuit of the KellyGang They were concerned about the time it was supposed the Kellys had passed Wangaratta, and a party was sent out after them in charge of Insp Brooke Smith
On 12/11/1878 Ass Com Nicolson, Sup Sadleir, Insp Brooke Smith, Sgt Steele and a large body of police went back into the Warby Ranges to continue to follow the tracks.
Local trackers were used. They had problems moving through the thick bush with the fear of being shot by the KellyGang.
Johnson was not happy and he blamed Brooke Smith. The following day he left for Wangaratta and Brooke Smith for Benalla with three other policemen.
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