This memo is a response by Detective Ward to ACP Nicolsons request for the names of any Chinese people suspected of assisting the Kelly Gang. There was a widespread belief that the Chinese were active Kelly sympathisers.
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Title: To ACP Nicholson from Detective Ward re: Alleged assistance by Chinese toward the outlaws
Creator: Public Record Office Victoria
Date Created: 1879-09-01
Provenance: VPRS 4965 P0 Unit 5 Item 75 Record 1
Transcript: Memo 1.Chinamans home or shop at or near to Bright. 2. Chinaman from Sebastapol. C H Nicolson Assist. Comm. of Police Benalla [Alleged assistance to outlaws by Chinese] North Eastern District Beechworth Police Station September 1st 1879 I have the honour to report for the information of the Assistant Commissioner with reference to the attached, I have made careful inquiries and I can only find two Chinamen who are likely to assist the outlaws viz. Ah ping and Ah soon both reside on the upper King above Lewis Station. There are several Chinese in Sebastapol who are very intimate with Joe Byrns mother, but I cannot say they would aid or assist them. Ah Yips is going to the upper King in the middle of this week and he has promised to make further inquiries for me. M. E. Ward Det 2358