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Report of Constable McIntyre of the murders committed at Stringy Bark Creek

VPRS 4966 Consignment P0 Unit 1 Item 1 Document: Report of Constable McIntyre of the murders committed at Stringy Bark Creek

27/10/1878

Overview

The newly formed Kelly Gang ambushed a search party of four police officers at their Stringy Bark Creek campsite on the 25th of October 1878. Constables Scanlon and Lonigan and Sergeant Kennedy were shot dead while Constable Thomas McIntyre, fled the scene. He made it to the Mansfield Police Station where he wrote a report giving a description of the events which took place. A new search party was organised by the newly appointed Sub-Inspector Pewtress, in the hopes of catching the gang.

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North Eastern District
Mansfield Police Station
27th October 1878.Report of Const McIntyre, 2384 re attack made on the police by the Kelly brothers & two others at Stringers Creek 20 miles from Mansfield.I beg to state that I formed one of a party which went in pursuit of Edward & Danl Kelly on the 25th inst, the other members of the party were Sergt Kennedy, Constables Scanlan and Lonigan. Yesterday afternoon 25th inst. about 5 p.m. I being cook for the day was in the act of making some tea, Const. Lonigan standing beside me, suddenly and without us being aware of their approach four men with rifles presented at us called upon us to ‘bail up hold up your hands.’ I being disarmed at the time did so. Constable Lonigan made a motion to draw his revolver which he was carrying. Immediately he did so he was shot by Edward Kelly and I believe died immediately. He then placed a man in charge of me Ed. Kelly with two loaded rifles and lay in wait for the approach of the two

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VPRS 4966 Consignment P0 Unit 1 Item 1 Document: Report of Constable McIntyre of the murders committed at Stringy Bark Creek


men Sergt. Kennedy and Const. Scanlan who were out on patrol about half an hour afterwards they approached Ned Kelly told me that if they laid down their arms and surrendered they would be allowed to depart next morning if they did not we would all be shot. Kelly with presented rifle at me ordered me to get them to surrender, I approached them for that purpose but before I could speak they were ordered to bail up and hold up their arms the two men immediately grasped their firearms. Const Scanlan was carrying the breech loading rifle, but before they could use them Const Scanlan received a ball under the right arm which I feel assured has caused his death, Sergeant Kennedy I am unable to say anything about, he was advised by me to surrender, he said it is all right I will, but as the desperadoes continued shooting at the Sergt and me, I seized his

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VPRS 4966 Consignment P0 Unit 1 Item 1 Document: Report of Constable McIntyre of the murders committed at Stringy Bark Creek


Sub Inspector
Pewtress
Mansfield

horse which he had abandoned and made my escape upon it I was fired at repeatedly and I believe the horse must have been wounded as he knocked up after two or three miles. I concealed myself in a Wombat hole until it became dark when I travelled all night and until 4 pm today when I reached Mansfield. I approached Mr. Tolmie’s Station about 12 noon but I was under the impression two of the horses hobbled near that homestead were police horses which had been used by us, and I came to the conclusion that the station was stuck up by these desperadoes and did not approach, as I was disarmed and completely prostrated from travelling. As there has been no report of this matter I would not be positive of it. Two of the murderers were Edward Kelly and Daniel Kelly the two were young men about the same age of each respectively

T. McIntyre
Const 2384

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VPRS 4966 Consignment P0 Unit 1 Item 1 Document: Report of Constable McIntyre of the murders committed at Stringy Bark Creek

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