Joe Ryan

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Importance of Joe Ryan

Arrested as a sympathizer. Joe's mother was related to Ned Kelly's father Red Kelly

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parents Jack Ryan, Anne Kelly brothers . sisters? ... wife ' .'Children ?...Quinn uncles and Aunts Patrick(died 1850), Helen, Jack,Mary Anne, Ellen (Mrs Kelly), Kate (Mrs Jack Lloyd sen), Jane (Mrs Tom Lloyd sen),Jimmy, Margaret.-. Photograph

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Early years I had very close links with the Kelly family was born Beveridge near where the Kellys lived. My Mother was related to Red Kelly. Teenage years First run in with the law Fitzpatrick Incident 15/04/1878 On this morning Ned Kelly came by my farm at Lake Rowan and he sold me a horse. Later I spent some time with William Skillion. Later in the day we went and saw Frank Harty at Winton. After that we went to Skillion's place and heard about the incident with Fitzpatrick Mrs Kelly's place. Things were over before we arrived and we did not see Fitzpatrick.

I was called by the defence team at Mrs Kelly's trial in Beechworth in October 1878. I told the court that Skillion had been with me for most of the day. The prosecution twisted my evidence. All they wanted to talk about was the fact that Mrs Kelly was my aunt and that I had bought a horse from Ned Kelly that very morning ]JJK)

Mansfield Murders 26/10/1878 Escape north The KellyGang dropped in to see me while they were in the Wombat Ranges in about 7/11/1878.

After coming across the ranges on 8/11 Const Johnson saw the stockyard and found that horses had been there recently. He noticed that some of the horses shod and some unshod. The police then followed the KellyGang for about 20 miles. The boys got away safely. (RC12361)

Euroa Robbery 10/12/1878 Mass arrest of the sympathizers On 2/1/1879 Commissioner Standish ordered the arrest of about 20 sympathizers including myself. He took that action under the Felons Apprehension Act, the outlawry Act. Most of the sympathizers were held in Beechworth gaol.

I was arrested near at Lake Rowan by ... At first the police arrested my Jack by mistake. (Argus6/1/79) (OMA7/1/79)

We were held without ever being given a chance to defend them selves. We were remanded in custody for periods of 7 days. Only one of the sympathizers was effectively represented by a lawyer. The magistrates repeated the remands each week for over 3 months before the sympathizers were finally released See (OMA11/2/79) (OMA18/2/79)

At the start, the arrests had public support in Melbourne but that turned into general contempt for the police. The mass arrests resulted in fewer people being prepared to assist the police or to supply information about the KellyGang

There was a petition for my release (OMA24/1/1879)

I broke my leg in gaol. They eventually released me. (Argus26/2/79) (OMA27/2/1879) (JJK)

Jerilderie Robbery 10/2/1879 Later in 1879 Early in 1880 Death of Aaron Sherritt 26/6/1880 Glenrowan Siege 28/6/1880 It is likely that I arrived at the siege of Glenrowan with Ned Kelly on the evening of Saturday 26/6/1880 with my brother Jack.

What happened to Ned Kelly's sash (JJK)

After the Siege What happened to Joe Ryan's family