Importance of Jacob Wilson
Jacob was a farmer who assisted the police as they hunted the KellyGang
Links to the KellyGang below , Early Years , Fitzpatrick Incident , Murders at Stringy Bark Greek , Escape North , Euroa Robbery , Mass arrest of sympathizers , Jerilderie Robbery , Hare replaced by Nicolson , Later in 1879 , Early in 1880 , Nicolson replaced by Hare , Glenrowan Siege , Ned Kelly's Trial , Royal Commission , Family ,
Links to the KellyGang
Early Years I was a man-of-war's-man and discharged from the Dreadnought. (RC4406)
I had been in Victoria for nearly 30 years and never had any trouble with the police (RC4543)
I lived here for about 3 years and knew the Kellys. (RC4488)
Euroa Robbery 10/12/1878 Sup Hare came to visit me looking for the KellyGang. (RC4427)
At about this time I saw Ned Kelly. I went to the Kilfera station early in the morning after sheep. We were fencing, for the station, and he crossed the road and bid good morning to me; he was riding a bay horse. (RC4435)
. Jerilderie Robbery 10/2/1879 Later
SConst Mills came to my place, and I told him I would not give him any hay; I was frightened to give him any hay, and that if he went to Tom Lloyd's place he could get plenty of hay there. He said they were camped and had put up their tents at the creek, and it was too late to go to Tom Lloyd's place. The police paid me 15 shillings every morning for the hay for 21 horses.(RC4440)
SConst Mills asked me if I would have a look-out in Eagan's paddock for horses, a mile and a half from my place. (RC4452)
' My eldest son had rented a little farm from a man named Cass', at Glenrowan. (RC4574) Hare replaced by Nicolson 6/7/1879 I told the police about how the KellyGang visited to the neighborhood of Tom Lloyd's residence (RC2110)
Ass Com Nicolson sent out a constable to my place (RC4405)
. Early in 1880 In March I found some hobbles in Patterson's paddock on Kilfera; but I was frightened to give any information, because after they had their horses in my paddock the outlaws' friends came to my house at three o'clock in the night and ordered me up, and I would not get up. Then they took a big piece of stick, and said they would bet me up; that was James Quinn and John Hart, at the Fifteen-mile Creek.
They then came into my room with the stick and said I was to get up, and I got up and dressed. I ran away to my neighbors but they caught me.
The creek is about fifty yards from my house. They took me down there. They did not say anything going down, and I did not know what they were going to do with me. There they had two horses in a dray with a plough, and two horses tied up-they could not cross the creek, and they asked me to see them across the creek. It was a little deep creek above the crossing place.
I eventually told the police about the hobbles on 3/4/1880
Tom Lloyd lived near by.
Sup Sadleir asked me to watch Tom Lloyds place.
I had seen a lot of horses there on a number of occasions.
On 14/5/1880 I went to have a closer look and they sooled a dog on me and chased me into a cherry tree.
see Sadleir's report (RC4615)
. Nicolson replaced by Hare 2/6/1880 Sup Hare asked me if would I take a man out to my place - a detective - and I said I would, provided he would protect me if anything happened to me in undertaking it. Mr. Hare told me to go with the man and to show him how to work the ground. Const Stephens came out and stayed until just after the Glenrowan siege.(not Const Ryan?) (RC4516) (RC10014)
Glenrowan Siege 28/6/1880 Later
When I left I had to leave 8 acres of wheat. (RC4608)
After Ned Kelly was captured some of the outlaws' friends came around to my son's place ( the one he rented from Cass) every night for about a month. He had to call the attention of his neighbors to look out and help him to watch at night. He went to Glenrowan to the constable in charge there, and informed him of what had happened, but the constable said it was as much as they could do to look after themselves; there were only four constables in Glenrowan, and they could not look after him.
Ned Kellys Trial /10/1880
Ass Com Nicolson denied any responsibility for my problems (RC4687)
Early Career Later Career . I owed some money, and I am seven months in Melbourne. A man named De Boos took over my selection for a debt of £17.
My selection was 55 acres
There were improvements on it valued by the Crown lands bailiff at £106, and I had another receipt for clearing five acres valued at £20. (RC4549) .
wife ?... children three sons aged 21, 20, and 18 in 1881.
' What happened to Jacob Wilson's family'