Const Reilly

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Const Thomas Reilly

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Importance of Foot Const Reilly (2684)

I was at Glenrowan

What did Const Reilly look like

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Links to the KellyGang

Mansfield Murders 26/10/1878 A prisoner reported, '"during my transit from Beechworth, I informed Const Reilly, of Benalla, of the whereabouts of the KellyGang, which up to that time they (the police) appeared to be perfectly ignorant of, and only one week after was enacted the Wombat tragedy' (RC15529) Photograph Glenrowan Siege 28/6/1880

Special train leaves Benalla to go to Beechworth - follow up on death of Aaron Sherritt

Arrival of Sup Sadleir and police from Benalla

I arrived at Glenrowan by train as part of Sup Sadleir's party. We arrived there at about 5am (RC6583)

I took up a position at the Benalla end of the Inn, about 150 yards from the Inn

I did not see Insp O'Connor for most of the day or recieve any orders in the field, except that Sup Sadleir gave us general instructions when we were on the platform to go down, keep single file, and surround the house as soon as possible. (RC6594)

Sgt Whelan was about 10 to 15 yards around from me. (RC6596)

I had a A double-barrelled breech-loader. I did not fire at all, it was no use. (RC6600)

Const Dwyer came to see me (RC9423)

Capture of Ned Kelly


Release of the civilians


I saw one of the outlaws at a window facing this end, about twelve o'clock. He had armour on. (RC6617)

Burning of Jones's Inn



Kelly Reward Board

Following the meetings of the Reward Board in December 1880 I recieved a reward of about £115

Royal Commission I gave evidence to the Royal Commission on 13/5/1881 (RC6583)

What did the press say about my evidence (Argus16/5/81)

Early Service Later Service


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