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Thomas Curnow re Kelly's attempt to ambush police Thomas Curnow re Kelly's attempt to ambush police

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

This is a copy of Thomas Curnows statement dated the 20.07.1880 just three weeks after the siege at Glenrowan. It is a detailed description of the events that took place that night. A schoolteacher in Glenrowan, Curnow played a significant part in the downfall of the Kelly Gang and his heroic efforts won him both praise and enemies. In fact, he so feared for his life that he applied for an immediate transfer after the siege. During Edward Kellys trial, Curnows statement was perhaps one of the most damaging: he details how he won the outlaws trust and then used the information he gained to warn the police.

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  • Title: Thomas Curnow re Kelly's attempt to ambush police Thomas Curnow re Kelly's attempt to ambush police
  • Creator: Public Record Office Victoria, Public Record Office Victoria
  • Date Created: 1880-07-20
  • Provenance: VPRS 4965 P0 UNIT 1 ITEM 1 RECORD 1, VPRS 4965 P0 UNIT 1 ITEM 1 RECORD 1
  • Transcript:
    [Curnows Statement] [Mr Curnows statement 20/7/80]Memorandum. July 21 1880 To F. C. Standish Chief Comm of PoliceDear Sir I return as desired the manuscript of Mr Curnows statement which was courteously forwarded by you to this office I am Sir Yours faithfullyH Short Sub Editor
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