Lodged at 7pm on 27 June 1880, this telegram by Superintendent Hare asks CCP Standish whether a pilot engine should be sent from Benalla ahead of the special train. The fact that this telegram was sent indicates that the police had suspicions that the rails may be pulled up by the Kelly Gang and that they were taking necessary precautions. It is not known if Superintendent Hare knew of the Gang’s plot to derail the line at Glenrowan. If in fact he was not aware of their plot, his perceptiveness, along with Thomas Curnow’s heroism, certainly altered the chain of events that took place that evening.
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POST OFFICE TELEGRAPHS [579n]
Time recd. 7. 5. From Benalla Dated June 27 1880
Telegram for Capt Standish
Do you think I had better send on a pilot Engine from Benalla before the special they may pull up the rails I have an engine ready here
Time lodged at the Sending Station 7 pm
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