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Insp Henry Pewtress
Meet the people of the KellyGang story
Importance of Sub Inspector Pewtress, No 1033
Insp Pewtress was in charge of the police at Mansfield. Links to the KellyGang below, Early Years , Fitzpatrick Incident , Stringybark Creek Murders , Sebastopol Cavalcade , Euroa Robbery , Jerilderie Robbery , First Cave Party , Hare replaced by Nicolson , Second Cave Party , Death of Aaron Sherritt , Glenrowan Siege , Ned Kelly's Trial , Royal Commission , Early service , Later service , Family ,
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Early Years I was born in England.
I was recruited in England when the Victoria police was formed in 1852. I had been a sergeant in the police in London. I was 5' 10" tall and hazel eyes, by the 1870s grey hair, and sallow complextion
I was appointed 2nd class Sergeant on 15/11/1853,SGT, 1st class Segt on 6/5/1854 and Sub-Inspector on 1/8/1878
Photograph Stringyback Creek Murders 26/10/1878 I was sent to Mansfield a short time previously upon a promotion, after a service of 20 years' foot duty in Melbourne. I had not really been in the bush before.
I checked Sgt Kennedy papers after his death. (RC1751)
Stringy Bark Creek Murders
After the Inquest I lead another search party out but the men would not stay out over night for fear of the KellyGang.
The third search party was more sucessful and we found sgt Kennedy's body on German Creek (CHC)
I was on the committee to establish the memorial for the dead police (Argus14/12/78)
Euroa Robbery 10/12/1878 I was in charge of the police station at Mansfield at the time of the robbery.(RC15493)
On his way back from Wodonga Nicolson issued instructions to the several police stations, in order to ensure co-operation in the pursuit.
The Royal Commission noted;
"Some stress has been laid upon the telegrams despatched to Sub-Inspector Pewtress, conveying instructions as to the course he should adopt; but - apart from the fact that if any doubt existed in the mind of Mr. Pewtress as to the propriety of acting upon the orders received he had full power to decide for himself what was best to be done - a careful scrutiny of the telegrams does not bear out the allegation that the Mansfield contingent were instructed to proceed in a direction the opposite to that in which there was a possibility of the KellyGang with their plunder being encountered." (RC2nd reportIX)
I was back hunting the KellyGang for a short time in the Mansfield area. (Alexandra7/6/1879)
I went out to search for the KellyGang in the Puzzell Ranges (Argus 5/6/79)
I was given a letter that had been sent to Mr Monk.
I was responsible for the arrest of Walter Lynch. (Argus1/7/79)
Ned Kelly's trial
See the details of my career. (RCApp6)
I retired as a Superintendant in 9/3/1892
I identified Ned Kelly's helmet (JJK)
I died in 1915 (Argus7/5/1915)
My wife Caroline Letchford (married 1854). children Isabella b1879, Beatrice b1872, Salome b1874, May Caroline b1876 home ?..
My twin brother, William Pewtress married Sarah Somerville, they had one daughter, Grace Isabella
What happened to Insp Pewtress' family