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John Saunders

Importance of Saunders

Ned Kelly worked for Saunders, a sawmiller, in about 1874-5 during the period when he avoided having problems with the police


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Early years Photograph What was the sawmill like Rule and I had a sawmill at Burkes water hole on Burke's Hole farm near the Kelly home. We purchased the sawmill from a Wangaratta butcher who got into financial problems. Time when Ned Kelly worked for Saunders In 1874 Ned Kelly was released from goal and he went to work as a faller for Rule I and others sawmillers. Later Ned Kelly was the overseer at our Burkes water hole sawmill.

See also the Jerilderie Letter

In September 1876 with the end of Beechworth railway branch line, the sawmills income almost ceased and Saunder and Rule wanted to relocate the sawmill to Gippsland were they had a contract supply timber for the railways.

' Later' What happened to Saunder's family and the sawmill