Benalla Police Station
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Links to the KellyGang below, Early Years ,Fitzpatrick Incident, District restructured , Stringybark Creek Murders , Sebastopol Cavalcade , Euroa Robbery , Jerrilderie Robbery , First Cave Party , Hare replaced by Nicolson , Nicolson replaced by Hare , Second Cave Party , Death of Aaron Sherritt , Glenrowan Siege , Ned Kelly's Trial , Royal Commission ,
Photograph The police station was established in 1838 after the massacre at Faithful's Creek April of that year
Importance of the Benalla Police Station
The Benalla Station was the headquarters for the police in operation against the KellyGang and the headquarters for the North Eastern District. Sub Inspector Baber was incharge of the Benalla sub district. (RC118)
What was the Benalla Police Station like in the late 1870s
Facilities in the Benalla Police Station in the late 1870s
Up to at least 1878 there was a gold escort based in Benalla. While the train made the movement of gold safer, the police had always played a big role in moving gold from the mining areas down to Melbourne.
The movement of police to and from the station was watched by the sympathizers (RC9651)
Many of the police lived in the police barracks (RC3325)
At the time of the murders SConst Maud was Sup Sadleir's clerk. (RC7136)
Command of District
Links to the KellyGang
On 17/9/1877 Ned Kelly was arrested by Const Fizpatrick and he spent the night in the cells under Const Day as the watch house keeper. Sgt Whelan was the officer in charge of the police at the station. Next morning Sgt Whelan and Const Fitzpatrick, Lonigan and Day had fun taking Ned Kelly from the police cells to the Court House.
'...I could not be more sorry for them, with the exception of Lonigan I did not begrudge him what bit of lead he got as he was the beastliest meanest man that I had any account against for him. I could not be more sorry for them, with the exception of Lonigan I did not begrudge him what bit of lead he got as he was the beastliest meanest man that I had any account against for him. Fitzpatrick, Sergeant Whelan, Constable Day and King, the Bootmaker, once tried to hand-cuff me at Benalla and when they could not Fitzpatrick tried to choke me, Lonigan caught me by the privates and would have killed me but was not able. Mr McInnes came up and I allowed him to put the hand-cuffs on when the police were bested.'
11-18/3/1879 O'Connor and the Quuensland trackers went out from the station on their first search party
Sgt Kennedy and his party was tasked by Sup Sadleir from Benalla
After the murders Sup Sadleir ran the district and AssCom Nicolson ran the hunt for the KellyGang from the Benalla office
Euroa Robbery 10/12/1878 8 telegrams were despatched from the Benalla police office from 2 pm on the day of the bank robbery. None were delayed unduely. (RC2457)
The party that went to start the search party included Det Ward (in charge) Consts Johnson, McDonnell, Hodgson, Graves, Barry, Bell, Hedberg, and Anderson and others,and two trackers. (RC5964)(RC11917)
First Cave Party 2/12/1879 -1/4/1880 Watch parties of police at Maggie Skillion's place were run from Benalla Hare replaced by Nicolson 6/7/1879 The only place where Nicolson was able to maintain a complete search party was kept was Benalla. (RC Story XII) (RC713)
In July Ass Com Nicolson started regular rifle practice for the officers stationed at Benalla. His men who took part were Sup Sadleir, SConst Irvine R, Consts Arthur, W Bell, Canny, Falkiner, Gascoigne, Graham, Hagger, Kirkham, Moore, Phillips, Ryan, Wallace, (RC1014)
Death of Aaron Sherritt 26/6/1880 After news of the murder came through Hare and Sadlier organised all the police in the area. Hare put together a party of police with the intention of going to Beechworth on the train with Insp O'Connor and the trackers.
When news came throught that the KellyGang was at Glenrowan Sup Sadleir took all the rest of the police in Benalla
Glenrowan Siege 28/6/1880
SConst Kelly spent most of the 27th getting ready to catch the train from Melboutne. Hare's party left Benalla on the train at about 1.30am on the 28th.
When Sadleir heard of the siege at Glenrowan he took off with his party to join the siege
On the evening of the siege Ned Kelly and the body of Joe Byrne were brought to the police barracks by train.
Next day Ned Kelly was taken down to Melbourne on the train (SMH30/6/80)
Ned Kelly's armour was also brought down. It was viewed by a lot of people (Argus2/7/1880)
The six new trackers were stationed in Benalla (RC11031)
What is happened at the Station today
The police in Benalla today operate the station in a quite different way