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Lonigan, Scanlon and Kennedy’s encounter with the Kelly Gang

VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 3 Item 30 Document: Incomplete telegram re: Lonigan, Scanlon and Kennedy’s encounter with the Kelly Gang

Overview

Written two days after the Stringy Bark Creek murders, this incomplete 5-page telegram is a copy of the original, written by Sub-Inspector Pewtress in Mansfield. Sent from Benalla and addressed to the Chief Commissioner in Melbourne, the telegram describes the events of the murders committed. It includes details of McIntyre’s return to the police station to report the siege, the discovery of Scanlon and Lonigan’s bodies and the attempt to locate the body of Sergeant Kennedy. Page 5 of the telegram reveals the authors concern over his lack of men for duty, due to the search for the Kellys.

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POST OFFICE TELEGRAPHS, VICTORIA
[Benalla]To Chief Comm Police 28/10/1878
Address MelbourneCopy of telegraph from Mansfield report by Mr Pewtress. – Constable McIntyre arrived at 4 o’clock Sunday with news that he Kennedy Scanlan and Lonigan were out searching for Kelly at Stringy bark Creek. McIntyre and Lonigan were in camp Kennedy and Scanlan out searching the two Kellys and two men unknown came up armed with rifles ordered McIntyre to bail up he did not being

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 3 Item 30 Document: Incomplete telegram re: Lonigan, Scanlon and Kennedy's encounter with the Kelly Gang


armed. Ordered Lonigan to do the same Lonigan felt for his revolver and whilst doing so was shot dead Kennedy & Scanlan arrived some time afterwards & were also ordered to bail up Scanlan ran to a tree feeling for his revolver & was shot dead. Kennedy it is supposed surrendered. I started at 6 oclock pm with McIntyre & Constable Alwood and a party of volunteers we arrived at String bark Creek at

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 3 Item 30 Document: Incomplete telegram re: Lonigan, Scanlon and Kennedy's encounter with the Kelly Gang


two am this morning found the bodies of Scanlan & Lonigan about 30 yards apart, stopped until day break and made search for Kennedy but could find no trace. Brought the bodies slung on horses seven miles through heavy scrub to Monks Saw mills 14 miles from Mansfield and have just arrived with them at Mansfield – at 6 PM yesterday

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 3 Item 30 Document: Incomplete telegram re: Lonigan, Scanlon and Kennedy's encounter with the Kelly Gang

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