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Police to have custody of bank keys after hours Police to have custody of bank keys after hours

Public Record Office Victoria

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

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

Displayed here is a file copy and a circulated copy of a memorandum sent to various country bank managers with instructions that the keys to their respective banks were to be kept by the towns police before and after banking hours. The public were not to be made aware of these arrangements for security purposes. This is a testament to the unnerving effect that the Kelly Gang had, and is possibly a strategy to force a police confrontation with the Gang.

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  • Title: Police to have custody of bank keys after hours Police to have custody of bank keys after hours
  • Creator: Public Record Office Victoria, Public Record Office Victoria
  • Date Created: 1880-01-29
  • Provenance: VPRS 4965 P0 UNIT 6 ITEM 55, VPRS 4965 P0 UNIT 6 ITEM 55
  • Transcript: Police Department Chief Commissioners office Benalla 29th Jany 1880Memo Y1036 The Chief Commissioner of Police has arranged with the Heads of the different Banks that the keys of the Country Branches are to be handed to the Police after office hours for safety and Instructions and instructions have been issued to the Branch managers accordingly. I wish to impress on the minds of the Police the importance to them of properly dealing with the matter. The keys must not be handed from one to another of either the Police or Bank officials, but by the responsible person of both Departments. that is to say they must be handed by the Bank Manager for the time being to the Member of the Force in charge of the Station for the time being the latter must not accept charge of the keys when passed through any of the Bank Subordinates to any of his subordinates to be handed to him but direct from the Manager himself and when he receives, he will secrete them not even allowing any of his own men to know where they are placed. this is necessary to keep the responsibility within as small a limit as possible When returning the keys in the morning they are to be returned in the same manner as received direct To

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