Royal Commission report 9/9/1881

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Story of the KellyGang - the Royal Commission 9/9/1881

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Summary of the evidence on day 52 of the hearings
Question number Date Witness
17454 - 17590 9/9/1881 Insp Brooke Smith
17275 - 17400 8/9/1881 Start of Insp Brooke Smith's evidence
Appendix Title
20 Minutes of Proceedings at Meetings Held by the Royal Commission

Summary of the evidence on day 52 of the hearings

9/9/1881 Insp Brook Smith continued his evidence -some brief highlights

What happened to the 4 days that Brook Smith lost after the citing of the KellyGang under the bridge in Wangaratta?

What was Brook Smith's health like?

"Then the only inference the Commission can derive is that you, from circumstances best known to yourself, neglected to proceed with that despatch which you as an officer should have displayed?-"

Could Brook Smith take out a search party out without Nicolson's leave?

What was Brook Smith's reply to Steele's evidence?

Did Brook Smith go and see Mrs Delaney and her son?

"Is there any special provision made for an officer when called upon to retire before that age in consequence of ill-health?- "

Negotiate a redundancy pay out

"I now remember. The reason why I did not put any faith in that boy's statement was that, ...."

"If your superior officer were not there, and you had information which led you to suppose that they were the outlaws or men bearing their description, do you mean the Commission to understand that you would not have been justified in going in pursuit without orders from your superior?- "

"30th October 1878, Myrtleford.

My dear Brooke Smith,

-I arrived at Wangaratta yesterday evening, and was surprised to find you gone. I followed you here to learn your object and plans, because I have been placed in charge of this case, and have been made responsible for all steps taken and result. I must return to Wangaratta and to Benalla, if possible, to-night. I cannot ascertain your object and plans, excepting that I find your men are not supplied with hobbles, billy cans, &c., which show that you do not anticipate camping out. ........ Three parties besides yours are now out under my knowledge. Communicate with me by telegraph at every opportunity. Don't waste your strength fruitlessly until you get further orders. Ever yours, C. H. NICOLSON. "


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