Redmond Barry

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Importance of Sir Redmond Barry

The judge who sentenced Mrs Kelly to Gaol and Ned Kelly to death

Links to the KellyGang, Early Years, Fitzpatrick Incident, Mansfield Murders, Sebastopol Cavalcade, Euroa Robbery, Mass arrest of sympathizers , Autum 1879 , Hare replaced by Nicolson, Spring 1879 Early 1880 , Death of Aaron Sherritt, Ned Kellys Trial , Royal Commission , Early service , Family,

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Early Years In 1868 I sentenced James Kelly to death for arson in Beechworth after he burnt down the old pub in Greta where Ellen Kelly was living with her children. The sentence was commuted by the government.

In 1872 I sentenced James Quinn for assaulting his wife (Ensign19/4/1872)

I was injured during a hurricane near Toowoomba. train blown off the track (Ensign2/2/1875)

Photograph Fitzpatrick Incident 15/04/1878 I met Mrs Kelly and her friends when I presided over her trail in Beechworth.

Mass arrest of sympathizers - early 1879 Mr John McElroy, one of the sympathizers on remand in the Beechworth Gaol, made application for a writ of habeas corpus in an attempt to gain his freedom. The allegation was that they had been illegally taken into custody. I heard this matter in the Supreme Court in Melbourne on 18/2/1879. The claim was rejected. The documenation was not complete. (Argus21/2/79) Ned Kellys Trial I was appointed as the trial judge.

Ned Kellys counsel tried to delay the start of the trial. They made application to me to try and delay the case until the next sitting of the court. After agreeing to a few adjornments I decided that it was not in the interests of justice to grant any more. (Argus20/9/80) (Argus14/10/80) (Argus19/10/80) (JJK)

I died soon after the trial (Argus29/10/80) (Argus30/10/80) (Argus27/11/80) (JJK)

Early Service


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I am remembered by my links with the foundation of the State Library of Victoria. They display one of the suits of armour. See also [1] KellyGang