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Police to have custody of bank keys after hours

VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 6 Item 55 Record 2 Document: From ACP Nicolson re: Police to have custody of bank keys after hours

29/01/1880

Overview

Displayed here is a file copy and a circulated copy of a memorandum sent to various country bank managers with instructions that the keys to their respective banks were to be kept by the town’s police before and after banking hours. The public were not to be made aware of these arrangements for security purposes. This is a testament to the unnerving effect that the Kelly Gang had, and is possibly a strategy to force a police confrontation with the Gang.

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Police Department
Chief Commissioners office
Benalla 29th Jany 1880Memo Y1036
The Chief Commissioner of Police has arranged with the Heads of the different Banks that the keys of the Country Branches are to be handed to the Police after office hours for safety – and Instructions and instructions have been issued to the Branch managers accordingly. I wish to impress on the minds of the Police the importance to them of properly dealing with the matter. The keys must not be handed from one to another of either the Police or Bank officials, but by the responsible person of both Departments. that is to say they must be handed by the Bank Manager for the time being to the Member of the Force in charge of the Station for the time being the latter must not accept charge of the keys when passed through any of the Bank Subordinates to any of his subordinates to be handed to him but direct from the Manager himself and when he receives, he will secrete them not even allowing any of his own men to know where they are placed. this is necessary to keep the responsibility within as small a limit as possible – When returning the keys in the morning they are to be returned in the same manner as received direct To

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 6 Item 55 Record 2 Document: From ACP Nicolson re: Police to have custody of bank keys after hours


PS The Police are not to demand the keys but merely to take charge of the at the Bankers request

to the managers for the time being In the event of the member of the Force permanently in Charge leaving his station with a probability of not returning in time to take over the keys he will place his most reliable subordinate in charge and inform the Bank Manager accordingly. It is of the utmost importance that these arrangements be kept from the knowledge of the public, otherwise the safety and object of the system may be frustrated. Whilst the keys are under the charge of the Police they must be very careful not to be drawn into any street brawl and if possible to be never less than two together. they should also keep in mind the outlaws tactics at Jerilderie and not be trapped in a similar manner. They must not expect the outlaws to enter the town boldly but be on the alert for their coming in disguise and at unreasonable hours This memo may be handed to the Bank Manager for perusal and any objections made by the gentleman to these arrangements will be reported to me.

C. H. Nicolson
AC Police

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 6 Item 55 Record 2 Document: From ACP Nicolson re: Police to have custody of bank keys after hours

Strictly confidential

Noted. I handed this memo to Mr Fraser Manager of the Bank of Victoria here and that Gentleman informed me that he intends continuing the practice previously arranged in regard to the care of the keys of the Bank. Viz – after Banking hours the clerk takes charge of one set of the Bank keys and secrets some at his private dwelling until his return on the following day. (N62/80) Arthur Gribbin S. Const 1546 7-2-80

Police Department
Asst Commissioners Office
Benalla 29th Jany 1880Memo Y1036
The Chief Commissioner of Police has arranged with the Heads of the different Banks that the keys of the Country Branches are to be handed to the Police after office hours for safety and instructions have issued to the Branch managers accordingly I wish to impress on the minds of the Police the importance to them of properly dealing with the matter The keys must not be handed from one to another of either the Police or Bank officials but by the responsible person of both Depts. that is to say they must be handed by the Bank Manager for the time being to the Member of the Force in charge of the station for the time being, the latter must not accept charge of the keys when passed through any of the Bank Subordinates to any of his Subordinates to be handed to him but direct from the Manager himself – and when he receives, he will secrete them not even allowing any of his own men to know where they are placed this is necessary to keep the responsibility within as small a limit as possible – When returning the keys in the morning they are to be returned in the same manner as received direct to the Manger, for the time being
In the event of the Member of the Force[For Mr Nicolson’s information]
(initial and signature unreadable)
9/2/80

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 6 Item 55 Record 21 Document: From ACP Nicolson re: Police to have custody of bank keys after hours


PS the Police are not to demand the keys but merely to take charge of them at the Bankers request

Force permanently in Charge leaving his station with a probability of not returning in time to take over the keys he will place his most reliable subordinate in charge and inform the Bank Manager accordingly It is of the utmost importance that these arrangements be kept from the knowledge of the public otherwise the safety and object of the system might be frustrated. Whilst the keys are under the charge of the Police they must be very careful not to be drawn into any street brawl and if possible to never be less than two together they should also keep in mind the outlaws tactics at Jerilderie, and not be trapped in a similar manner. They must not expect the outlaws to enter the town boldly, but be on the alert for them in disguise, and at unreasonable hours This memo may be handed to the Bank Manager for perusal and any objections made by the Gentleman to these arrangements will be reported to me.

C. H. Nicolson
A. C. Police

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 6 Item 55 Record 21 Document: From ACP Nicolson re: Police to have custody of bank keys after hours

Police Department
Asst. Commissioners Office
Benalla 29th Jany 1880Memo Y1036
The Chief Commissioner of Police has arranged with the Heads of the different Banks that the keys of the Country Branches are to be handed to the Police after office hours for safety and instructions have been issued to the Branch Managers accordingly I wish to impress on the minds of the Police the importance to them of properly dealing with this matter. The keys must not be handed from one to another of either the Police or Bank officials, but by the responsible persons of both Departments. that is to say they must be handed by the Bank Manager for the time being to the Member of the Force in charge of the Station for the time being the latter must not accept charge of the keys when passed through any of the Bank Subordinates to any of his subordinates to be handed to him but direct from the Manager himself and when he receives, he will secrete them not even allowing any of his own men to know where they are placed. this is necessary to keep the responsibility within as small a limit as possible – When returning the

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 6 Item 55 Record 2 Document: From ACP Nicolson re: Police to have custody of bank keys after hours


PS the Police are not to demand the keys but merely to take charge of them at the Bankers request 

keys in the morning they are to be returned in the same manner as received direct to the managers for the time being In the event of the member of the Force permanently in Charge leaving his station with a probability of not returning in time to take over the keys he will place his most reliable subordinates in charge and inform the Bank Manager accordingly. It is of the utmost importance that these arrangements be kept from the knowledge of the public, otherwise the safety and object of the system may be frustrated. Whilst the keys are under the charge of the Police they must be very careful not to be drawn into any street brawl and if possible to be never less than two together, they should also keep in mind the outlaws tactics at Jerilderie and not be trapped in a similar manner. They must not expect the outlaws to enter the town boldly but be on the alert for their coming in disguise and at unreasonable hours This memo may be handed to the Bank Manager for perusal and any objections made by the gentleman to these arrangements will be reported to me.

Signed C. H. Nicolson
A.C. Police

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 6 Item 55 Record 2 Document: From ACP Nicolson re: Police to have custody of bank keys after hours

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