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From the CCP re: Glenrowan affair and the recommendation to remove Constable Arthur from the police force

VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 5 Item 50 Record 1 Document: From the CCP re: Glenrowan affair and the recommendation to remove Constable Arthur from the police force

4/07/1882

Overview

The five pages presented here are two fragments that seem to be a set of notes and the final page of a communication from Chief Commissioner Nicolson relating to issues that came up from the Royal Commission. There is no name identified on the two pages of notes, dated 4 July 1882. They formed part of a series of reports that were forwarded to the Police Commission as part of the investigation into the removal of Constable Arthur. The conflicting accounts of the Glenrowan seige given by Sergeant Steele and Constable Arthur of the capture of Ned Kelly eventually led to a recommendation by Steele to have Arthur dismissed from the police force.

The last page displayed is the final page of the report written by the Chief Commissioner of Policeon the matter, recommending that the matter of Arthur’s possible perjury be referred to the Crown Solicitor and that a recommendation be brought forward to have Arthur dismissed.

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Police Department

[Const Arthur Removal from Force recommended]
Police Department,
CHIEF COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE
4.7.82

The Glenrowan affair took place 28 June 1880 and M, C Arthur sent us no report in reference to what took place then until 17 May 1881 when he sent in a report containing the following statements
[“] Sergt Steele on his arrival at Glenrowan went to a tree about 25 yards from Jones Hotel Shortly after a woman came out carrying a child in her arms
Sergt. Steele called out hold up your arms or I will shoot you like a dog.
She held up her arms and screamed
Sergt Steele then fired at her
She then turned to go away he fired
She screamed shoot at her
I called out that is a woman if you fire at her again Ill shoot you [“]
A reference then evidence taken before Ser Steele ? will show what truth there is in these statements -
Page 145 Const. Causey says a woman rushed out screaming I heard Steele say run on quickly and you will not be molested two shots were fired a few seconds afterwards

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 5 Item 50 Record 1 Document: From the CCP re: Glenrowan affair and the recommendation to remove Constable Arthur from the police force


I think by Steele I saw a dim? figure pass between Steele and then hurried [of the ? office?} as the? pointed [?] back of the house [page148)] the? shooting I heard Steele say throw up your arms and come this way -
The woman was on Steeles back or left shoulder? when he fired towards the building -
Page 179 Mr.? says I am perfectly certain he never fired near her she was completely out of the ? office altogether when the shooting took place
Page 72 Const. Arthur himself states I could not be certain he Steele fired at her a second time what I meant? was he fired in her direction? I will? not swear he fired at her I mean in her direction
Page 92 Const. Healy states he was at a tree about 7 or 8 yards from Const. Arthur & heard Mrs Reardon scream & also heard Steeles voice but not what he said I did not hear Arthur say anything If Arthur says he called to Steele if you shoot at that woman Ill shoot you it is false he could not have made

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 5 Item 50 Record 1 Document: From the CCP re: Glenrowan affair and the recommendation to remove Constable Arthur from the police force


the remark but I would hear it Steele was 20 yards away from Arthur and I was only 7 yards from him It will be seen that on ? these from? statements Const. Arthur has been proved to have made misstatements but a further reference to the? woman? will show that in other statements made by him he is decidedly contradicted? for certain? he ? the ? when Mrs. Reardon was shot at [?] while Const Healy and Causey Pages 99.145 Steele? ? it 5 to 5.30 Page 32 also contradicts the statements he makes in 29 that “I did not ? ? first that I ? his wife ? life I never told him so -
Again in Page 81 Arthur says I do not remember ever going to graham and asking him to say something ?

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 5 Item 50 Record 1 Document: From the CCP re: Glenrowan affair and the recommendation to remove Constable Arthur from the police force


my favor? or Steele will ? me
I never said if I could get hold of Phillips I would have a show
I do not remember Steele saying to the ? ? that Phillips and I ran away
whereas Const. Graham states? in Page 156 and following pages flatly contradicts him
The

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 5 Item 50 Record 1 Document: From the CCP re: Glenrowan affair and the recommendation to remove Constable Arthur from the police force


Consideration and in my opinion there is no reasonable doubt that constable Arthur has committed perjury. I would, therefore suggest the desirability of referring the matter to the Crown Solicitor for the purpose of considering if a prosecution for perjury would lie against Arthur. In any case he is a man in whom I could not have the least confidence and I therefore request your authority for his immediate discharge from the Police Force.
I have the honor to be,
Sir,
Your most obedient
Servt Chief Commissioner of Police (7)

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VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 5 Item 50 Record 1 Document: From the CCP re: Glenrowan affair and the recommendation to remove Constable Arthur from the police force

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