Royal Commission report 30/3/1881

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Story of the KellyGang - the Royal Commission 30/3/1881

day before next day

Summary of the evidence on day 5 of the hearings
Question number Date Witness
1104 - 1234 30/3/1881 Insp O'Connor
1066 - 1103 29/3/1881 See day before for the start of Insp O'Connor's evidence
1235 -1237

11432 -11540

11541 - 11543

11764 - 11865

11980 -11996






See these dates for other evidence given by Insp O'Connor
Appendix Title
20 Minutes of Proceedings at Meetings Held by the Royal Commission


Summary of the evidence on day 5 of the hearings

30/3/1881, Insp O'Connor continued his evidence - some brief highlights

O'Connor continued his comments about his fellow officers and commenced the day by responding, " In my opinion, Mr Hare's energy was misdirected. Mr. Sadleir, upon several occasions, remonstrated with Mr Hare, and tried to show him the folly of his going out, as he did, upon no information. Before going any further, I wish to state that Captain Standish often spoke of Mr Nicolson in the most disparaging terms. On one occasion, after Captain Standish had been running Mr Nicolson down, Mr Hare replied- "You should not say that; Nicolson is and always was a true and loyal friend to you." On another occasion, Captain Standish, referring to the death of the late Hon. John Thomas Smith, said- "Now Nicolson's billet as Assistant Commissioner will soon be done away with, as the Hon. John Thomas Smith got it for him; the billet is a farce, and it will be all up with him now, as he has not another friend left." Captain Standish never once went out with a party of police the whole time I was with him at Benalla"

What was the response to the robbery of the bank at Lancefield?

What happened after the KellyGang were cited near Tom Lloyd'd place on 28 September 1879?

In the last week before Ass Com Nicolson left there was a good report of Joe Byrne visiting his mother. Nicolson decided not to follow up with the trackers for fear that the KellyGang would find out the name of the police informer.

What was the relationship between Standish and Nicolson?

O'Connor was keen to put into evidence the communication between Queensland and Victoria concerning the engagement of the Queensland trackers.

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