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Witness Accounts

A collection of witness accounts from various sources, including contemporary newspapers and the 1881 Royal Commission into the Victoria Police force.

Below you will find a list of witness accounts of the siege. These were an invaluable resource when writing the novel. Many of these were taken from the 1881 Royal Commission, and some were taken from news reports or other sources. Where multiple accounts exist for one person you can choose which one you wish to read.

Police

Superintendent Hare:

Report

Royal Commission

Memoir

Superintendent Sadleir:

Memoir

Captain Standish:

Royal Commission

Sub-Inspector O’Connor:

At the Reward Inquiry

Letters

Sergeant Arthur Loftus Maule Steele:

South Australian Advertiser

Royal Commission

Cookson Interview

Senior Constable John Kelly:

South Australian Advertiser

Constable Hugh Bracken:

Weekly Times

Constable Henry Armstrong:

Royal Commission

Constable Robert Alexander:

Royal Commission

Constable Patrick Gascoigne:

Royal Commission

Constable James Arthur:

Royal Commission

Constable William Phillips:

Royal Commission

Constable James Dwyer:

Royal Commission

Civilians

Thomas Curnow:

Argus

Launceston Examiner

Ann Jones:

Cookson Interview

Jane Jones:

Ovens and Murray Advertiser

John Stanistreet (stationmaster):

South Australian Advertiser

South Australian Register

Margaret Reardon:

Royal Commission

James Reardon (platelayer):

Royal Commission

Dave Mortimer:

Burrowa News

Robert Gibbons:

South Australian Advertiser

Other

Ned Kelly:

Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser

Hay Standard and Advertiser

Glen Innes Examiner and General Advertiser

Launceston Examiner

Condemned Cell Letter

Dr. John Nicholson:

Darling Downs Gazette and General Advertiser

Father Matthew Gibney:

Glen Innes Examiner and General Advertiser

Charles Rawlins:

Ovens and Murray Advertiser

Jesse Dowsett (railway guard):

South Australian Register

Robert Bell (railway guard):

South Australian Register

Jack Sherritt:

Royal Commission

Anton Wicks:

Royal Commission

Aaron Sherritt’s Inquest

Ovens and Murray Advertiser

South Australian Register

Martin Cherry’s Inquest

South Australian Register