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Report of constable McIntyre of the murders committed at Stringy Bark Creek Report of constable McIntyre of the murders committed at Stringy Bark Creek

Public Record Office Victoria

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

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

The newly formed Kelly Gang ambushed a search party of four police officers at their Stringy Bark Creek campsite on the 25th of October 1878. Constables Scanlon and Lonigan and Sergeant Kennedy were shot dead while Constable Thomas McIntyre, fled the scene. He made it to the Mansfield Police Station where he wrote a report giving a description of the events which took place. A new search party was organised by the newly appointed Sub-Inspector Pewtress, in the hopes of catching the gang.

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  • Title: Report of constable McIntyre of the murders committed at Stringy Bark Creek Report of constable McIntyre of the murders committed at Stringy Bark Creek
  • Creator: Public Record Office Victoria, Public Record Office Victoria
  • Provenance: VPRS 4966 P0 Unit 1 Item 3, VPRS 4966 P0 Unit 1 Item 3
  • Transcript: North Eastern District Mansfield Police Station 27th October 1878.Report of Const McIntyre, 2384 re attack made on the police by the Kelly brothers & two others at Stringers Creek 20 miles from Mansfield.I beg to state that I formed one of a party which went in pursuit of Edward & Danl Kelly on the 25th inst, the other members of the party were Sergt Kennedy, Constables Scanlan and Lonigan. Yesterday afternoon 25th inst. about 5 p.m. I being cook for the day was in the act of making some tea, Const. Lonigan standing beside me, suddenly and without us being aware of their approach four men with rifles presented at us called upon us to bail up hold up your hands. I being disarmed at the time did so. Constable Lonigan made a motion to draw his revolver which he was carrying. Immediately he did so he was shot by Edward Kelly and I believe died immediately. He then placed a man in charge of me Ed. Kelly with two loaded rifles and lay in wait for the approach of the two

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