Royal Commission report 14/6/1881

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Story of the KellyGang - the Royal Commission 14/6/1881

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Summary of the evidence on day 29 of the hearings
Question number Date Witness
11432 - 11540 14/6/1881 Insp O'Connor
1066 - 1103

1104 - 1234

1235 - 1237

11541 - 11543

11764 - 11865

11980 -11996







See these dates for other evidence given by Insp O'Connor
Appendix Title
20 Minutes of Proceedings at Meetings Held by the Royal Commission

Summary of the evidence on day 29 of the hearings

14/6/1881 Insp O'Connor continued his evidence - some brief highlights

The Commission was concerned to know Insp O'Connor's position before he took up a position with the Victorian police. He was a Sun Inspector of native police in Queensland. He explained how the native police system worked there.

In mid June it was decided that the Queensland trackers would return home. The Royal Commission examined the politics surrounding that decision in some detail.

O'Connor clashed with Standish. See the text of O'Connor's letter of 7 September 1880.

At about this time he also had problems with the Queensland Government and police. He could not get the papers he wanted to defend himself before the Royal Commission.

"I consider, in a disciplined force, that is a most disgraceful course to adopt, actually to go behind me and induce one of my men to leave, and my Government thought so also. There is some mystery connected with it."

O'Connor did not want any redress at all from the Royal Commission. He only wanted it to be plainly seen by the public and everybody else that Captain Standish, from the time he refused O'Connor to go out to the hut business, treated him, officially, most discourteously, up to the time of the Glenrowan business.

"O'Connor, I could not make out what was the matter-Standish was writing to us wanting to take the men under his own command, and dispense with you-that was what we inferred from it, and we did not know what you had done."

What happened when O'Connor got back to Brisbane after Glenrowan?

What did O'Connor think of Sup Hare's Glenrowan statement?

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