CCP Standish wrote this telegram to Inspector Montfort on 29 June 1880: just a day after the Glenrowan siege. He requests that the details of Ned’s journey from Benalla to Melbourne be kept confidential. To avoid crowds, Ned was taken to North Melbourne and then transferred via ambulance to the Old Melbourne Gaol. The annotation overleaf acknowledges the reading of the document the following day.
|[Ned Kelly taken to Melb.
Urgent & strictly confidential on envelope
30.6.80]POST OFFICE TELEGRAPHS. 29.6.80 Time recd. 8.54
Dated 29th June 1880
Telegram for W B Montford Esq Officer in charge of Police
Ned Kelly in charge of your men leaves Benalla per train at nine this morning He will be taken out at North Melbourne station. Have ambulance there to convey him to Melbourne gaol to which he is remanded. Keep this dark so that there may be no crowd or public excitement let it be believed that he will go on to Melbourne
F. C. Standish
Time lodged at the Sending Office 8.30
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