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Police report on the killing of Martin Cherry

VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 1 Item 9 Record 1 Document: Police report on the killing of Martin Cherry

06/07/1880

Overview

This police report, written by Constable Bracken on the 6th of July 1880, is as interesting as it is important. Addressed to the Officer in Charge at Benalla, the report dispels the theory that Martin Cherry – a civilian present at the Glenrowan Inn – was shot by Ned Kelly. Bracken’s report, along with the annotations made overleaf by Inspector Montfort, irrefutably state that Cherry’s death was indeed a result of police gunfire. Dr. Nicholson, who examined Cherry, also reached the same conclusion stating that the victim was lying down when shot. The names on the left-hand side margin are names belonging to witnesses who state the same claim. Once the report left Benalla it was forwarded to the Chief Commissioner in Melbourne.

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arthur Hill
Con. Maloney
Daniel Mortimer
and
Patrick Delany

the officer in charge Benalla

[Mr Cherry.
Cons: Bracken’s report
6/7/80]

VICTORIA POLICE
North Eastern Police District
Glenrowan Station
6th July 1880

REPORT of Const. Bracken 2228
Relative to the Death of Martin Sherry

I beg to report for the information of the officer in charge Benalla that I have this morning visited the prisoners named in the margin who were stuck up at Jones Hotel Glenrowan on Sunday the 27th Ult by the Kelly gang. And they all state that Sherry as far as they know was shot by the Police but none of them seen the occurrence. I may add that Sandy Cook is from home but informed his employers that Sherry was shot by the Police

Hugh Bracken
Mounted Const. 2228

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 1 Item 9 Record 1 Document: Police report on the killing of Martin Cherry


 

 

 

 

 

A6399
I forward these reports to the Chief Commissioner which I think proves beyond a doubt Cherry was not shot by Ned Kelly. Dr. Nicholson who examined the wound externally told me he had no doubt Cherry must have been lying down when shot.

W. B. Montford
Insp
& Supt
8.7.80

The Chief Commr
of Police
Melbourne

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 1 Item 9 Record 1 Document: Police report on the killing of Martin Cherry


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