Royal Commission report 31/5/1881

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Story of the KellyGang - the Royal Commission 31/5/1881

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Summary of the evidence on day 23 of the hearings
Question number Date Witness
8796 - 8807 31/5/1881 Sconst Kelly
8807 - 9176 31/5/1881 Sgt Steele
7975 - 8795 18/5/1881 See start of Sconst Kelly's evidence
9177 - 9372

14061 -14103



Continuation of Sgt Steele's evidence
Appendix Title
20 Minutes of Proceedings at Meetings Held by the Royal Commission

Summary of the evidence on day 23 of the hearings

31/5/1881 SConst Kelly continued his evidence - some brief highlights

After giving evidence about what happened at Glenrowan, SConst Kelly was cross examined by Sgt Steele


31/5/1881 Sgt Steele commenced his evidence -

some brief highlights

Sgt Steele took charge of the police station at Wangaratta on the 6th of November 1876. He started his evidence by telling the Royal Commission about horse stealing in the Kelly Country and the development of the KellyGang as a significant player in this business.

Steele tells about the events that led to the warrant against Dan Kelly that was used by Fitzpatrick on the fateful day. He then followed up with the arrests of members of the family and told Royal Commission how Mrs Kelly and the others were arrested and brought to court.

Did Mrs Kelly have her baby with her when she was arrested, was she married, where was her husband, what about her other children; read Sgt Steele's response.

After the answer to these questions the Royal Commission asked Sgt Steele to proceed with his narrative.

After a number of other questions the Royal Commission asked Steele, 'With proper police supervision in the North-Eastern district you think there is no probability of another gang like the Kellys taking the bush'

Steele then gave his views on the role of horse and cattle stealing and shearing

As soon as the news of the Wombat Murders was received Steele took a search party up the Ovens and King Rivers through to Mansfield.

On returning to Benalla Steele headed off by train with a search party to the country around Yackandandah to follow up a possible citing of the KellyGang. On the way at Wangaratta he was stopped and told that the KellyGang had traveled under the One Mile Bridge in Wangaratta. He kept on going and was critised by the Royal Commission.

After the search party got back to near Beechworth they met up with other police and went off to the Sebastopol cavalcade.

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