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Ellen Kelly – Recognizance of bail

VPRS 4966 Consignment P0 Unit 1 Item 4 Document: Ellen Kelly – Recognizance of bail

21/05/1878

Overview

Dated 21 May 1878, this legal document was used to ensure that the defendant in a trial appeared in court. The document states that if Ellen Kelly fails to be present in court, her sureties would lose the fifty pounds that they had placed for her bond. Over the page, details are given as to the nature of the crime, as well as the date and location of the trial. The names of Robert Strahan and William Dinning are mentioned in the page margin, as they put up her bond money.

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Northern Bailiwick

RECOGNIZANCE OF BAIL.BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the thirty first day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and seventy eight Ellen Kelly Of Greta, in the Colony of Victoria, and William Dinning Farmer of Greta, in the said Colony and Robert Graham Farmer of Greta, in the said Colony personally came before the undersigned, one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the Northern Bailiwick, of the said Colony, and severally acknowledged themselves to owe to our Lady the Queen the several sums following:the said Ellen Kelly the sum of Fifty pounds, and the said William Dinning and Robert Graham the sum of Fifty pounds each of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to be made and levied of their several goods and chattels, lands and tenements, respectively, to the use of our said Lady the Queen, Her Heirs and Successors, if she, the said Ellen Kelly fail in the condition endorsed.Taken and acknowledged the day and year first above mentioned, at Beechworth in the said Colony, beforeW. Foster P.M. J.P.

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VPRS 4966 Consignment P0 Unit 1 Item 4 Document: Ellen Kelly – Recognizance of bail


 

 

[Robert Strahan
William Dinning
Ellen Kelly her x mark Witness W. Postlewaith

The condition of the within-written Recognizance is such,That whereas the said Ellen Kelly was on the 17th day of May instant charged before R. McBean and W. Little Justices within mentioned, for that she, the said Ellen Kelly on the Fifteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and seventy eight, at Greta in the colony aforesaid, did aid and abett one Edward Kelly in an attempt to murder one Alexander Fitzpatrick at Greta in the Colony aforesaid.if therefore the said Ellen Kelly will appear at the next Court of Assize to be helded at Beechworth, in and for the Northern Bailiwick of the Colony of Victoria, on the Ninth day of October, and there surrender herself into the custody of the keeper of the common gaol there, and plead to such information as may be filed against her for and in respect of the charge aforesaid, and take her trial upon the same, and not depart the said Court without leave, then the said Recognizance to be void, or else to stand in full force and virtue.

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VPRS 4966 Consignment P0 Unit 1 Item 4 Document: Ellen Kelly – Recognizance of bail

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