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Petition for Reprieve

VPRS 4966 Consignment P0 Unit 3 Item 1 Record 1 Document: Pages from the petition for the repireve of the death sentence for Edward Kelly

08/11/1880

Overview

Once the Executive Council had set the date for Ned Kelly’s execution, brothers David and William Gaunson (the latter Kelly’s defence attorney) set about organising a petition to the Governor for a reprieve from the sentence. The words below were printed at the head of folded broadsheet papers, which were then distributed at watering holes, race meetings and other congregations of people about town. One such fold has been reproduced here. It has been estimated that over 30, 000 signatures were collected for the petition, although if this is the case, not all the sheets collected have made it into PROV’s holdings. It was not, however, entirely unusual for a signature campaign to succeed so well. A petition organised in 1891 by Victorian women in support of women’s suffrage collected 31,000 signatures.

The petition was formally tabled before the Governor-in-Council on the 8th of November, but the request was not granted.

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PETITION FOR REPRIEVE
TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR-IN COUNCIL,
Your humble PETITIONERS (having carefully considered the circumstances of the case) respectfully pray that the Life of the CONDEMNED man, EDWARD KELLY, may be spared.N.B – This list to be sent to Mr. David Gaunson, M.L.A, Solicitor for the Prisoner, so as to reach Melbourne on Monday morning next. 8th November 1880.

NAMES RESIDENCE
Richard Morgan 27 William Street Melbourne
George Holden Spring Street Melbourne
Edward brusack Flinders Street Melbourne
Mary Anne Stuart Elizabeth Street Melbourne
John McDonald Tumat N.S.W
Ruth Denelly Albeny N.S.W
Thomas Fitzgerald Albury N.S.W
John Shaw from Meilton America
William Fletcher from Boston U.S
Samuel Adams from New York U.S
William Hoffman from New Zealand
Gustaf Rosengrew 21 Lonsdale St West
Mrs Johnston Lygon St Carlton
Mrs Monica McNabe Lonsdale St 42
Margret reid Lonsdale St 41
Mr James Corbett Beechworth
John Wright Gippsland
[not readable-] 21 Lonsdale St West
W.A Lasslett John River
E. Preston Esq.
John J Monovan Lonsdale St East
M Monovan Lonsdale St East

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VPRS 4966 Consignment P0 Unit 3 Item 1 Record 1 Document: Pages from the petition for the repireve of the death sentence for Edward Kelly


Robert Moyle Lonsdale St East
Thomas MacMaon Colby St
Mrs Stafford Griffins St Kilda
From E. Davntd? Sth Coast New Zealand
[not readable] St Kilda
E.A Hiley [not readable]
Andrew Dyson Lonsdale St
Patrick F[not readable]
Thomas Francis bates Melbourne
D.J Molan Koroit ?
Ths McGrath Belfast
Mrs Hill off Lonsdale St
[not readable] Melbourne
[not readable]
John Nhaime? [not readable}
Miss Aamie ? Melbourne
Daniel E? St Amaud?
John Quinn from New Zealand
Robert Finivan from New Zealand
Michael Guerin St Arnaud
Patt Hasset farmer St Arnaud
Robert Guerin from N. Zealand
William Ginivan from Queensland

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VPRS 4966 Consignment P0 Unit 3 Item 1 Record 1 Document: Pages from the petition for the repireve of the death sentence for Edward Kelly


C James Moleworth Street Hotham
George McNeil eaglenest
Thomas Warren hanna st Richmond
Maurice Moloney Southan Melbourne
James Shaw melbourne
William Wissan londale
John Sheehan Seymour
Thomas Sheehan Seymour
Mary Sheehan Seymour
Walter Johnston Bouke St Melbourne
Mrs Freeman 28 Pelaham St Carlton
John Kenny -Emerald Hill
William Tallert West Melbourne
Patrick McMullen Lonsdale St West
John ? - South ?
Harry Woodhead Peel St Hotham
Mr ? Victoria Street
J. Stewart Queen Street
Mark Murray 22 Lygon Street
Mary Anne Johnson Williamstown
Elizabeth Johnson - Williamstown

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VPRS 4966 Consignment P0 Unit 3 Item 1 Record 1 Document: Pages from the petition for the repireve of the death sentence for Edward Kelly


W. Jenkinson Little La Trobe Street
Charles Murphy Little La Trobe St
Thomas Jones Elizabeth
Charles Mather Little Collins St W Melb.
?
William ? Melbourne
J. Omalley Cardigan St Carlton
Newton E. Melbourne
Mary Gaynor Hotham
Thomas Powttler 9 Latrobe St
Peter Rasmeessen Lonsdale St
Mr. J Muphy Bouke St
Mary Johnston Essendon
Martin brady Elizabeth St
James O Connor Elizabeth
William Johnston Essendon
Samuel Johnston Essendon
James Grae – Hotham
P Keating Hotham Hill
James ? Hilliers St Hotham
Edmond Keating Hotham
Patrick Mahony Woodstock

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VPRS 4966 Consignment P0 Unit 3 Item 1 Record 1 Document: Pages from the petition for the repireve of the death sentence for Edward Kelly

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