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Police report on the killing of Martin Cherry Police report on the killing of Martin Cherry

Public Record Office Victoria

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

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

This police report, written by Constable Bracken on the 6th of July 1880, is as interesting as it is important. Addressed to the Officer in Charge at Benalla, the report dispels the theory that Martin Cherry a civilian present at the Glenrowan Inn was shot by Ned Kelly. Brackens report, along with the annotations made overleaf by Inspector Montfort, irrefutably state that Cherrys death was indeed a result of police gunfire. Dr. Nicholson, who examined Cherry, also reached the same conclusion stating that the victim was lying down when shot. The names on the left-hand side margin are names belonging to witnesses who state the same claim. Once the report left Benalla it was forwarded to the Chief Commissioner in Melbourne.

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  • Title: Police report on the killing of Martin Cherry Police report on the killing of Martin Cherry
  • Creator: Public Record Office Victoria, Public Record Office Victoria
  • Date Created: 1880-07-06
  • Provenance: VPRS 4965 P0 UNIT 1 ITEM 9 RECORD 1, VPRS 4965 P0 UNIT 1 ITEM 9 RECORD 1
  • Transcript: arthur Hill Con. Maloney Daniel Mortimer and Patrick Delany the officer in charge Benalla [Mr Cherry. Cons: Brackens report 6/7/80] VICTORIA POLICE North Eastern Police District Glenrowan Station 6th July 1880 REPORT of Const. Bracken 2228 Relative to the Death of Martin Sherry I beg to report for the information of the officer in charge Benalla that I have this morning visited the prisoners named in the margin who were stuck up at Jones Hotel Glenrowan on Sunday the 27th Ult by the Kelly gang. And they all state that Sherry as far as they know was shot by the Police but none of them seen the occurrence. I may add that Sandy Cook is from home but informed his employers that Sherry was shot by the Police Hugh Bracken Mounted Const. 2228

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