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Search parties

VPRS 4965 Consignment P0 Unit 4 Item 79 Record 2 Document: To the Chief of Police from Sub-Inspector Pewtress re: Search parties

25/10/1878

Overview

This four page report, dated the 25.10.1878, was written by Sub-Inspector Pewtress a day after Constable McIntyre returned to Mansfield police station, having escaped from the Kellys at Stringy Bark Creek. Pewtress wrote this report for the Chief Commissioner of Police, after hearing McIntyres account of the murders of Constable Scanlon, Lonigan and Sergeant Kennedy. It details his response to the murders, including the formation of a search party.

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Mansfield
Chief of Policenorth eastern district Mansfield station 25.10.78sir,
I have the honor to report that about 4 pm yesterday const McIntyre who was sent out with sergeant Kennedy & const scanlon Lonigan & in search of the Kellys & arrived here & reported that the party had all been stuck up – see constable McIntyres report annexed. I succeeded in a short time in getting together some volunteers to go in search & together with Const allwood & McIntyre the latter although very ill & weak consented to go I also engaged Dr Reynolds to accompany the party we started at about 6 pm, & arrived at monks sawmill at 8.30 – 14 miles from mansfield and Mr Monk immediately consented to guide us to where the affray took place and I engaged two of his men to accompany

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us on foot we travelled partly through nearly impossible scrub until 7.30 am when we came to the spot which is situated in the stringy Bark Creek near an old deserted digging & 7 miles from the saw mills in a north north eastern direction from mansfield we found the Bodies of scanlon & Lonigan quite dead shot through the body in several places they must have died instantaneously it was very dark at this time and we remained near the place until daylight we then made search for sergeant Kennedy in every direction in the immediate neighbourhood & could not find the slightest trace of him the tent occupied by the police blankets etc had been burnt the deceased consts pockets were turned inside out & five arms all taken away & not a vestige of anything remaining to show that such a serious encounter had recently taken place I had the deceased Consts slung across a saddle on Mr Monks horse & returned the same route we came and arrived at monks saw mills at about 9.30 am we

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were there met by a conveyance I had previously arranged to be sent & the bodies brought to the morgue at the mansfield hospital where they now await a coroners inquest to be held tomorrow morning at 10 oclock Prior to starting on sunday evening I despatched a trooper Meehan to supt sadleir Benalla with a despatch telegraph being silent giving a short account of the affair Const meehan did not reach Benalla nor Broken river and his horse was found in a paddock ten miles this side of Broken river station and Brought here ? sent out a search party and they have not yet returned Const McIntyre is very ill and will go to Hospital this evening we have no police firearms and only one constable at this station I have telegraphed for Constable Glynn from Jamieson Johnston from Gaffneys & and s c Irvine from alexander Mr Monk who rendered us so much assistance is very anxious that his name should not appear in any way as he lives in a very lonely place

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& is afraid the Kellys mob may injure him I have been informed that Const Meehan did not reach Benalla until this evening I start tomorrow morning with large search party

N Pewtress
Sub Inspector
8 pm

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McIntyres account of murders

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