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Kelly Outbreak

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The following description of the reasons for the Kelly outbreak comes from the report of the [[2nd Report of the Royal Commission|Royal Commission]]. There are many other reasons. It depends upon your point of view. What do you think the '''KellyGang''' would have thought.

"In the opinion of your Commissioners,

the abolition of the [[Glenmore Run|Glenmore]] station,

the reduction of the numerical strength of the force in the district, and

the substitution of inexperienced and inferior constables for those more competent, necessarily weakened that effective and complete police surveillance without which the criminal classes in all countries become more and more restive and defiant of the authorities.

The incident, however, which seems to have more immediately precipitated the outbreak was the attempt of Constable [[Fitzpatrick|Fitzpatrick]] to arrest Dan Kelly, at his mother's hut, on the 15th of April 1878.([[Royal Commission report day 1 page 17|RC181]]) ([[Royal Commission report day 37 page 17|RC13340]])

Hare's view, see ([[The Last of the Bushrangers Chapter 14 page 2|FH]])

Const [[SConst Flood|Flood]] suggested, 'Well, my impression is that it was the removal of a number of old constables from the district who knew the district well, and the taking of men to the district that did not know the district well.' ([[Royal Commission report day 34 page 8|RC12617]])

This was supported by [[Graves|Graves]] from [[Kilfera|Kilfera]] and the member for Delatite. The said, 'It was in consequence of sending men who were inefficient as far as the country was concerned, that the Kellys got ahead' ([[Royal Commission report day 45 page 10|RC15493]])

<blockquote>It may also be mentioned that the charge of persecution of the [[Kelly family|Kelly family]] by the members of the police force has been frequently urged in extenuation of the crimes of the outlaws; but, after careful examination, your Commissioners have arrived at the conclusion that the police, in their dealings with the Kellys and their relations, were simply desirous of discharging their duty conscientiously; and that no evidence has been adduced to support the allegation that either the outlaws or their friends were subjected to persecution or unnecessary annoyance at the bands of the police.&quot; ([[Royal Commission second Report Part III (page 6)|RC2nd reportIII]])


The '''economic reaso'''n is well set in long article ([[The Argus at KellyGang 19/4/1880|Argus19/4/80]])

'''Insp [[Insp Wliiam Montfort|Montfort]]'s assessment;'''

From information I have received, I do not think there is any cause to fear a similar outbreak except under certain circumstances. I have received private information that there are perhaps half-a-dozen young men who are closely connected with the late gang who would with great satisfaction rally round any men who, by the commission of any crime, might bolt from justice, and whom they considered competent to lead them. That, I believe, is quite on the cards at present. ([[Royal Commission report Appendix 1 page 1|RCApp1]]) See also ([[The Age (62)|The Age 4/5/1881]]) ([[Royal Commission report day 15 page 4|RC3561]])

== After ==

After Glenrowan the police tried to find out more information about the '''KellyGang''' but they had little joy because there was no money to pay for it. ([[Royal Commission report day 13 page 14|RC2961]])

Risk of another outbreak was a possibility ([[The Argus at KellyGang 3/5/1881|Argus3/5/81]]) ([[The Age (62)|Age4/5/81]]) ([[The Argus at KellyGang 17/6/1881|Argus17/6/81]]) ([[The Argus at KellyGang 18/6/1881|Argus18/6/81]])


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