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Description of murderers Description of murderers

Public Record Office Victoria

Public Record Office Victoria (State Archives of Victoria, Australia)

Public Record Office Victoria (State Archives of Victoria, Australia)
North Melbourne, Australia

Although there is no exact date given to this Criminal Offence Report it is safe to assume that it would have been written soon after the murders at Stringy Bark Creek. The report gives a very detailed description of the murderers including their age, height, distinguishing features and clothes worn on the day. Although Edward and Daniel Kelly were recognisable, the figures of Steve Hart and Joe Byrne were not known to the police at that time and as a result are described as third and fourth men unknown. These reports were then circulated to neighbouring police stations to help them trace the gang.

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  • Title: Description of murderers Description of murderers
  • Creator: Public Record Office Victoria, Public Record Office Victoria
  • Date Created: 1878-01-10
  • Provenance: VPRS 4965 P0 Unit 5 Item 42 Record 1, VPRS 4965 P0 Unit 5 Item 42 Record 1
  • Transcript:
    VICTORIA POLICE CRIMINAL OFFENCE REPORT.Benalla STATION, North Eastern DISTRICT.Description of the murderers of Constables Scanlan & Lonigan 1st Edward Kelly 23 years of age looks older sallow complexion dark brown hair full beard and moustache of a dirty dark red colour moustache cut square with greenish tint wore dark tweed cloathes & red silk sash dark low crowned hat, 2nd Daniel Kelly 17 years of age looks older 5 ft 5 or 6 inches high very dark hair and complexion small dark piercing eyes beard not grown, 3rd name unknown 21 years of age 5 ft 9 inches high very fair hair and complexion fair beard & moustache beard on chin thin features beard and moustache very fine like of first growth respectable looking supposed identical with Charley Brown well known among the Wrights and Harts on the Broken river. 4th man unknown about 19 or 20 years of age 5ft 8 high rather stout complexion somewhat fair no beard or whiskers a few stragling
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