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To the ACP from Detective Michael Ward re: interview with Jack Sherritt To the ACP from Detective Michael Ward re: interview with Jack Sherritt

Public Record Office Victoria

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

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

This letter by Detective Ward to ACP Nicolson provides details of an interview Ward had with Aaron Sherritts brother Jack: a secret service agent. The letter describes a plan to have Aaron arrested as a way of drawing out Joe Byrne and implies that Aaron may also have been engaged as an agent. Detective Wards letter substantiates the theory that a great deal of the information gathered by police came directly from the secret service agents employed by the Police. A year later, Aarons association with the police would lead to his murder, as word of his involvement reached the outlaws.

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  • Title: To the ACP from Detective Michael Ward re: interview with Jack Sherritt To the ACP from Detective Michael Ward re: interview with Jack Sherritt
  • Creator: Public Record Office Victoria, Public Record Office Victoria
  • Date Created: 1879-07-17
  • Provenance: VPRS 4965 P0 UNIT 5 ITEM 61 RECORD 1, VPRS 4965 P0 UNIT 5 ITEM 61 RECORD 1
  • Transcript: Memo North Eastern District Beechworth Police Station July 17th 1879I have the honor to report for the information of the assistant Chief Commissioner of Police, on yesterday I had an interview with Aaron and Jack Sherritt. Jack informed me that on Monday night last after Aaron was arrested he went to Mrs Byrns place and stole up to the house and listened about the arrest of Aaron, Mrs Byrns said Joe would likely call home when he would hear of Aarons arrest

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