Telegram: Ned taken to Melbourne

Public Record Office Victoria1880-06-29

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

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

CCP Standish wrote this telegram to Inspector Montfort on 29 June 1880: just a day after the Glenrowan siege. He requests that the details of Neds journey from Benalla to Melbourne be kept confidential. To avoid crowds, Ned was taken to North Melbourne and then transferred via ambulance to the Old Melbourne Gaol. The annotation overleaf acknowledges the reading of the document the following day.


  • Title: Telegram: Ned taken to Melbourne
  • Creator: Public Record Office Victoria
  • Date Created: 1880-06-29
  • Provenance: VPRS 4965 P0 UNIT 1 ITEM 46
  • Transcript:
    [Ned Kelly taken to Melb. Urgent & strictly confidential on envelope 30.6.80]POST OFFICE TELEGRAPHS. 29.6.80 Time recd. 8.54 From Benalla Dated 29th June 1880 Telegram for W B Montford Esq Officer in charge of Police Ned Kelly in charge of your men leaves Benalla per train at nine this morning He will be taken out at North Melbourne station. Have ambulance there to convey him to Melbourne gaol to which he is remanded. Keep this dark so that there may be no crowd or public excitement let it be believed that he will go on to Melbourne F. C. Standish C. C. Police Time lodged at the Sending Office 8.30
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