Const Thomas Meehan

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Importance of Const Thomas Meehan (2526)

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Mansfield Murders 26/10/1878 On 28/10/1878 SConsts Kelly, James, Consts Connor, and Bray and I went out from Benalla on a search party. We went through Greta and spent a night on Boggy Creek.(RC7980)(RC17649)

I was based in Mansfield at the time. When Const McIntyre returned with the news of the murders Insp Pewtress, on the Sunday afternoon, I was sent from Mansfield to Benalla with news of the murders at Stringybark Creek. On the way I was stopped at Barjarg by sympathizers See also (CHC)

I went as far as Barjarg -a station-and saw two suspicious looking men on the road, and I could not go past them because I had no arms at all, and I was in uniform. I said to myself, "Those men have euchered everything-they have shot the police-and what am I to do. I have no firearms, and I have been despatched on this message." Then I returned back to Joe Allen's (a farmer that lives about a mile back from Barjarg), going back towards Mansfield again. I went back with the object of getting firearms. Allen was not at home. Then I asked Mrs. Allen how far was it back to ' Hickson's. I went to Hickson's. He was out, and there was nobody there at all. I must explain that Hickson's place is about a hundred yards off the road, and when I was coming out on to the road again two horsemen were on the road, and I said to myself, "I must do something. I must use my head as I have no firearms," and I took the mare I was riding back and took the bridle off her, and took the boots off that pinched me. I took them off in the excitement of the moment, and made the best of my way to Broken River, my station. I travelled all night and got there the next day. I did not know the country at the time -I was a stranger." (RC17649)(JJK)

See fuller version (Alexandra2/11/1878)

A response to my story (Argus31/10/78)

Hickson found my horse in his paddock next morning and returned it. They sent out a search party to look for me.(Argus29/10/78)

24/11/78 Wild Wright used abusive and threatening language against Constable Allwood (Argus6/12/78)

Photograph Sebastopol Cavalcade 7/11/1878 I had to see Sup Sadleir about losing my horse at Barjarg went I was at Sebastopol. He was not impressed. (RC17662)

I was sent to the Wombat, to Monk's place; I was there for some time. Then I was ordered back to my station again, at the Broken River. The black tracker Spider and Const Allwood were sent there to be with me. Search parties were the order of the day at the time. (RC17672)

Hare replaced by Nicolson 6/7/1879 Mr. Nicolson came over to me at the stable and read me a very wholesome lecture about how I could take a horse out of the stable. He wanted me to back the horse into the horse stall and then get off. (RC17672) Glenrowan Siege 28/6/1880

Arrival at Glenrowan

Release of the civilians

I came to Glenrowan at about 12 noon. Where from, watching ? ?

Royal Commission I gave evidence before the Royal Commissiion on 20/9/1881 (RC17643)

See how the press reported my evidence (Argus21/9/81)

Early Service I joined the police in 1873 Later Service By the time I gave evidence to the Royal Commission I was a horse breaker. I had been discharged from the police for drunkenness. (RC17681)


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