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Assumed names to be given to Agents

VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 2 Item 7 Record 1 Document: From Acting Chief of Police Nicolson re: Kelly enquiry, assumed names to be given to Agents

12/04/1881

Overview

These memorandums, from ACP Chomley and dated the 12.04.188, were sent to various towns within the North Eastern District with instructions that the identities of all the secret agents working for the police were to be kept confidential. Code names were given to all those agents and police officers were asked to refer to them only by these names. In the period the Kelly’s went into hiding, the police employed secret agents and search parties to track down the outlaws. By late 1879 & early 1880, disputes over Secret Service monies started to arise. ACP Nicolson argued that search parties were ineffective and costly: he believed that the agents, the majority of whom belonged to the same social class as the outlaws, were a far more effective way of procuring information.

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[Nor’ Eastern]

 

Confidential

 

 

Sr Cons Scanlan
Rutherglen

 

 

[Kelly enquiry 15.4.81
Assumed names to be given to Agents]Police Department,
CHIEF COMMISSIONERS OFFICE,
Melbourne, 12 April 1881Memo,
With a view to protect the interest of those persons who were paid by this Depart for secret services in connection with the search for the Kelly gang, it is most desirable that when they be hereafter mentioned, or referred to in any way, names be used differing from those which they have hitherto borne.
Assist Commissr Nicolson, and Supts Hare and Sadleir desire that, in hereafter alluding to the undermentioned Police Agents, all persons connected with the Force give him the name indicated below. They regard the matter as one of much importance and I beg that Senior Cons A Scanlan will be careful to comply with their wish.A M Chomley
Acting Chf Commr Police

Agent to be known as
Quin Foote

 

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 2 Item 7 Record 1 Document: From Acting Chief of Police Nicolson re: Kelly enquiry, assumed names to be given to Agents


 

 

Read and returned to Chief Commissioners office

(N10P/81)
A Strahan 2674
15/4/81

(other initials unreadable)

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 2 Item 7 Record 1 Document: From Acting Chief of Police Nicolson re: Kelly enquiry, assumed names to be given to Agents


Confidential10 

 

Sergt Steele
Wangaratta

Police Department,
CHIEF COMMISSIONERS OFFICE,
Melbourne, 12 April 1881

Memo,
With a view to protect the interest of those persons who were paid by this Department for secret services in connection with the search for the Kelly gang, it is most desirable that when they be hereafter mentioned, or referred to in any way, names be used differing from those which they have hitherto borne.
Assist Comm Nicolson, and Superintendents Hare and Sadleir, desire that in hereafter alluding to the undermentioned police agents, all persons connected with the Police Force give him the name indicated below. They regard the matter as one of much importance, and I beg that Sergt Steele will be careful to comply with their wish.

A M Chomley
Acting Chf Commr Police

Agent To be known as
Ainge Carrington
Ely Fly
Quin Foote

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 2 Item 7 Record 1 Document: From Acting Chief of Police Nicolson re: Kelly enquiry, assumed names to be given to Agents


V 278/81
Noted by Sergt Steele & returned to Chief Commissioners office
A. M. Steele
Sgt 1179

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Sergt Whelan
Benalla.

 

Police Department,
CHIEF COMMISSIONERS OFFICE,
Melbourne, 12 April 1881Memo,
With a view to protect the interest of those persons who were paid by this Department for secret services in connection with the search for the Kelly gang, it is most desirable that when they be hereafter mentioned, or referred to in any way, names be used differing from those which they have hitherto borne.
Assist Commr Nicolson, and Superints Hare and Sadleir, desire that in hereafter alluding to the undermentioned police agents, all persons connected with the Force give him the name indicated below. They regard the matter as one of much importance, and I beg that Sergeant Whelan will be careful to comply with their wish.A M Chomley
Acting Chf Commr Police

Agent to be known as
Cherry Sherrington
Ferguson Finlay
Hines Hewson
Kennedy Denny
Kirwan Renwick
Quin Foote
West Watts

 

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 2 Item 7 Record 1 Document: From Acting Chief of Police Nicolson re: Kelly enquiry, assumed names to be given to Agents


 

 

 

Noted and returned to the acting Chief Commissioner. whose instructions will be carefully attended to

J. Whelan Sergt. 1305
Benalla 14.4.81

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 2 Item 7 Record 1 Document: From Acting Chief of Police Nicolson re: Kelly enquiry, assumed names to be given to Agents


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Senr. Const. James
Mansfield

Police Department,
CHIEF COMMISSIONERS OFFICE,
Melbourne, 12 April 1881

Memo,
With a view to protect the interest of those persons who were paid by this Department for secret services in connection with the search for the Kelly gang, it is most desirable that when they be hereafter mentioned or referred to in any way names be used differing from those which they have hitherto borne
Assist. Commr. Nicolson, and Supts Hare and Sadleir desire that in hereafter alluding to the undermentioned police agents, all persons connected with the police Force give Him the names indicated below. They regard the matter as one of much importance, and I beg that Senr. Const. James will be careful to comply with their wish.

A M Chomley
Acting Chf Commr Police

Agent To be known as
Quin Foote
Miller Farmer
Rowland Hill

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 2 Item 7 Record 1 Document: From Acting Chief of Police Nicolson re: Kelly enquiry, assumed names to be given to Agents


Noted and returned to the Acting Chief Commr. Of Police
Frank James S C 2334.
MansfieldActing C. C. Police .
15/4/81 Melbourne

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 2 Item 7 Record 1 Document: From Acting Chief of Police Nicolson re: Kelly enquiry, assumed names to be given to Agents

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