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CCP Standish advises Sadleir of proposed route of Kelly Gang

VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 3 Item 85 Record 1 Document: CCP Standish advises Sadleir of proposed route of Kelly Gang

30/10/1878

Overview

Three days after the murders at Stringy Bark Creek, the Felons Apprehension Act was passed and the Kelly Gang had gone into hiding. This telegram was written by CCP Standish advising Superintendent Sadleir of the proposed route of the Kelly Gang. According to the telegram, Standish went to see William “Brickey” Williamson, who was serving time in Pentridge for his part in the Fitzpatrick affair, to try to gauge any information as to the whereabouts of the Kellys. Although Williamson was unable to provide Standish with any new information, Standish did speak to “a reliable source” who informed him of the route that the Kellys were to take.

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POST OFFICE TELEGRAPHS.Time recd. 8. From Melbourne Dated Oct 30 1878Telegram for Supt SadleirHave just seen Brickey Williamson at Pentridge he told me all he knew but added little to what’s in his statement forwarded this day I hear from a reliable source that Route the Kelly’s will take is by Mt. Buller Harriettville Running Creek to the Head of Little River then to the Head of the Wombat and on to Mount Gibbo eight days ride thence to

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 3 Item 85 Record 1 Document: CCP Standish advises Sadleir of proposed route of Kelly Gang


Head of Upper Murray by Towong where they will remain they do not know the Gippsland route no doubt King is one of the four but Williamson says he is positive that Tom Lloyd is out with them he thinks that the latter might be induced to help Police report just reached me that four men answering description of Bushrangers

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 3 Item 85 Record 1 Document: CCP Standish advises Sadleir of proposed route of Kelly Gang


have been seen near Malmsbury Sent Constable bregan and volunteers will go in pursuit do no attach much credence to this but Kelly was there with Power before capture of latter direct Mr Pewtress not to undertake duty for which he is unfit let him remain at Mansfield see no necessity to stand

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him Officer return Telegram as I have not kept copy.F. C. StandishTime lodged at the Sending Station 7.10

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 3 Item 85 Record 1 Document: CCP Standish advises Sadleir of proposed route of Kelly Gang


4049/78 Returned to the Chief comm. of Police as requested
(signature unreadable)
31/10/78

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 3 Item 85 Record 1 Document: CCP Standish advises Sadleir of proposed route of Kelly Gang

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