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The court house was built in 1858 it has changed little over the years.
Importance of Beechworth Court
What was Beechworth Court like in the late 1870s
It was a significant part of the town and housed sittings of the magistrates court, coronial inquests, criminal trials and the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Some were not happy at taking cases from all over North Eastern Victoria to Beechworth (Ensign25/4/1873)
Mr E N Moore was the assistant clerk of courts. (OMA11/2/1879)
Links to the KellyGang
Many of the significant trails that involved the KellyGang took place in the Beechworth Court House.
In February 1864 James Quinn was charged with horse stealing at Beechworth and sentenced to 12 months
In 1868 James Kelly convicted of arson after he set fire to the place where Ellen Kelly was living with her children at Greta. He was sentenced to death by Judge Barry. The sentence was commuted by the government.
In September 1873 Anton Wicks charged Joe Byrne with stealing his horse. The case was heard by Magistrate Butler. Mr Zinckle defended Joe Byrne. Magistrate Butler also heard the case brought bt Mrs Kelly against Bill Frost in Benalla
In October 1878 the Supreme Court sat in Beechworth and at that session William Baumgarten and Samuel Kennedy were finally convicted in relation to the recieving horses that had been stolen from James Whitty. William was sentenced by Mr Justice Redmond Barry to 4 years and Samuel recieved 6 years in goal
Trial of Mrs Kelly
The remand hearings against the sympathisers
The sympathisers were remanded from week to week for about 6 weeks. Many of those hearings were held in the Beechworth court hose
The sympathizers arrested under the Felons Act were held in the Beechworth Gaol and remanded from week to week by the court. See (OMA24/1/1879)
Case against Aaron Sherritt for hose stealing
Ned Kelly's committal hearing
Reason why Ned Kelly's trial was not held in Beechworth (Argus20/8/80)
Mrs Jones hearing
What is happening at the Beechworth Court House today
The Court House is now open to the public with all its original furniture and tells its story to visitors KellyGang