Royal Commission report Appendix 20
The Royal Commission Appendix 20
with brief highlights)
Minutes of Proceedings at Meetings Held by the Royal Commission on Police
Rules of evidence agrred
A discussion took place as to whether witnesses should be represented by counsel. It was agreed that such a course was inadvisable.
The representatives of the press and the witnesses in attendance were admitted.
Commission deliberated upon the course to be adopted in the examination of witnesses.
The Secretary was instructed to take immediate steps to procure a colored map of the Kelly country.
Mr. Nicolson called and examination continued.
Mr. Nicolson called and further examined.
Mr. O'Connor called and examination proceeded with.
Mr. O’Connor called and examined. Examination closed.
Order made '
Mr. Hare, Superintendent of Police, called and examined.
Mr. Hare’s examination contained
Mr. Hare’s examination continued.
Mr Hare's examination continued and closed.
Mr. Moors examined. Examination closed.
Superintendent Sadleir called and examined.
Examination of Mr. Sadleir resumed.
Mr. Wyatt, P.M., called and examined.
Mr. Wyatt, P.M., called and further examined.
Mr. Sadleir's examination resumed.
Mr. Sadleir's evidence continued and concluded.
Detective Ward called and examined.
Inspector Montford called and examined.
Inspector Montford further examined. Examination closed.
Constable Duross called and examined. Examination closed.
Mr. O'Connor's appointment reviewed
.Constable Dowling called and examined.
Jacob Wilson called and examined. Examination closed.
Constable Falkener examined.
Communication, as follows, from Acting Under-Secretary was read:—
Constable Falkener resumed and closed
The Commission sat at the Court House, Benalla.
Sergeant Whelan, Constable Reilly, Constable Kirkham. Countable Johnston examined.
The Commission sat to take evidence at Glenrowan.
The scene of the Glenrowan affray was visited and inspected.[[#App3_2|]]
Constable Barry called and examined. Examination closed.
Senior Constable Kelly examined. Examination closed.
Senior-Constable Kelly further examined.
Senior-Constable Steele called and examined.
Senior-Constable Steele further examined. Examination closed.
Constable Dwyer called and examined.
Constable Gascoigne called and examined. Examination closed.
Mr. Thos Carrington, Mr J D Melvin, Mr McWhirter examined
- — M.G.V. Allan, Mrs Reardon, and Mr Dowsett examined.
Reardon – Resolved
Inspector Montford called and examined
Constables Arthur and Phillips were examined. Examination closed.
Mr O’Connor was called and his cross-examination proceeded with.
Ordered –That the secretary prepare a telegram for transmission to the Queensland Government
Mr. C.H. Rawlins called and examined. Examination closed.
Mr O’Connor’s cross-examination resumed and closed
Superintendent Sadleir was called, and examined by Mr. O'Connor.
Mr Nicolson, Assistant Commissioner of Police, called, and examined by Mr O’Connor.
A letter was received from Captain Standish.
Senior-Constable Armstrong called and examined.
' The Very Reverend Dean Gibney called and examined.
Senior-Constable Johnston recalled and examined
Ordered – Mr O Connor
Mr. Nicolson, and Mr. O'Connor.
Superintendent Sadleir and Very Reverend Dean Gibney.
Resolved —That police be permitted to attend the meetings of the Commission while evidence is being taken; and, where statements are made reflecting upon their character or conduct.
Senior-Constable Flood called and examined.
The leading features of the draft report were considered.
Superintendent Sadleir, asking for re-employment.
Superintendent Sadleir re-employed.
' Very Rev. Dean Gibney and Mr. Sadleir.
Mr. Chomley, called and examined.
' Mr. Nicolson, Superintendent Hare, and Superintendent Sadleir
Honorable the Chief Secretary.
Progress report of the Commission
O'Connor should be re-appointed.
The Very Reverend Dean Gibney cross-examined by Superintendent Sadleir.
Ex constable Fitzpatrick called and examined.
The Commission sat at Beechworth
Constable Robt. Alexander, Anton Wicks Mrs Annie Sherritt, sen,, Mrs. Sherritt, jun., Mrs. Barry, Mr. Foster, P.M., Mr. Allan, Mr. Enoch Downes, Senior-constable Mullane examined.
Mrs. Sherritt, sen., and Mrs. Sherritt, jun.examined.
Sub-Inspector Baber examined.
Detective Ward called and examined.
Constable Alexander recalled and examined respecting Detective Ward a denial of the allegation that he had suggested to the hut party to tell Superintendent Hare a falsehood.
The Commission sat at the Wangaratta Court House.
Mr. Laing, Mr. Marsden, Sergeant Steele, Mr. Willis examined.
conduct of the police forming the hut party on the night of Aaron Sherritt's murder.
Detective Ward recalled and examined.
Mr. Graves consented to continue to act.
Superintendent Winch examined.
Constable McIntyre examined.
Jas. Wallace examination.
James Wallace called and examined in private.
John Sherritt's examination proceeded with.
Mr. Bolam, Secretary Education Department examined.
John Sherritt examination.
The Honorable J. H. Graves resigned.
Mr. Graves examined.
The cross-examination of John Sherritt.
John Sherritt, Graves, Detective Ward and Senior-Constable Mullane examined.
It was moved, seconded, and resolved—That, in future, the officers shall not have the entree of the Commissioners room.
The meeting should be open to the press.
The cross examination of Captain Standish was then proceeded with.
The cross examination of Captain Standish was proceeded with and closed.
Cross examination of Superintendent Hare proceeded with.
Cross-exanimation of Superintendent Sadleir proceeded with and closed
Cross-examination of Mr Nicolson, Assistant Commissioner of Police, proceeded with.
Cross-examination of Mr. Nicolson reassumed and closed
Inspector Brooke Smith examined.
Constable Twomey examined. Examination closed
Aallegations contained in the letters of John Sherritt, sen and John Sherritt, jun., vis:— Mr Nicolson , Mr Dodd, Mr Crawford, J.P. and John Sherritt, sen
Monthly return of expenditure connected with the pursuit of the KellyGang
Inspector Brooke Smith further examined. Examination closed.
Thos. Curnow, Thos. Meehan, and Patrick Quin examined.
Resolved —the boy Reardon, Jacob Wilson.
Future of Messrs. Nicolson, Hare, and Sadleir.
The consideration of the points to be embodied in the statement the Secretary had been instructed to prepare was proceeded with, and disposed of down to the Glenrowan affray.
The Commission deliberated on section 25, referring to Superintendent Hare’s report of 2nd July 1880
The Commission having deliberated respecting Captain Standish's relations to the police force
That section of the synopsis dealing with the case of Mr. Nicolson, Assistant Commissioner, was deliberated upon at considerable length.
The Commission, having debated various points of their report, decided upon the terms of certain notices of motion to be dealt with at a special meeting
Various views about Mr. Nicolson Assistant Commissioner, Superintendent Sadleir, Superintendent Hare, Inspector Brook Smith, Sergeant Steele, Detective Ward and Senior-Constable Mullane and other police.
View about attempts to capture of KellyGang and Glenrowan
Mr. Thos. Curnow
Mr. C. H. Rawlings
Police in the North-Eastern district
The sketch prepared by the Secretary.
Discussion within Commission
The report and accompanying documents were duly signed, and the Secretary instructed to forward them to His Excellency the Governor.
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