Royal Commission report 17/5/1881

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Story of the KellyGang - the Royal Commission 17/5/1881

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Summary of the evidence on day 21 of the hearings
Question number Date Witness
7774.7275 -7962 17/5/1881 Const Barry
7963 -8795 18/5/1881 Const Barry continued his evidence
Appendix Title
20 Minutes of Proceedings at Meetings Held by the Royal Commission


Summary of the evidence on day 21 of the hearings

17/5/1881 Const Barry commenced his evidence - some brief highlights

Const Barry came to North Eastern Victoria after the Stringy Bark Murders. He was out with a number of search parties. After the Jerilderie robbery he watched Mrs Byrne's home as part of the first cave party. He also took part in the cave party that was organised by Ass Com Nicolson and spent two days in Aaron Sherritt's home.

Const Barry thought that Aaron Sherritt was careless and not a good agent. He had his own explanation for his death.

He traveled to the siege at Glenrowan with Sup Hare and the first party.

He heard Mrs. Stanistreet's voice, and she was saying something that Ned Kelly had only left a moment, and had gone over that way. He did not see the direction that was pointed out. Then Mr. Hare went back to the platform and ordered the horses to be taken out and saddled. Before all the horses were taken out. Const Barry heard a voice, which he understood afterwards to be Bracken's, singing out "The Kellys, the four of them, are at Mrs. Jones's, surround them, surround them." He then went on to explain what happened.

Barry was one of the original party of police at Glenrowan. He described arriving at the station, first shots, Hare shot etc.

Who called the police "murdering hounds,"?

Who abused the KellyGang and asked why did not they go out and fight?

Who took Mrs Jones's son out of the Inn?

What orders did Barry receive at the siege?


The cave party watching Mrs Byrne gave Const Barry a good insight into the Sherritt family. He worked with Aaron and heard the Sherritt family rowing among themselves. He wanted to get out of the cave party

When the cave party ended Mullane asked Barry to make a report. He said that he had got a telegram from Ward telling the men to make out reports.

Barry produced 2 reports that did not meet Mullane's requirements and Det Ward asked him to produce a third report.

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