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Title: Greta- To the Inspector General of the Penal Establishment from William Williamson re: remission of sentence
Creator: Public Record Office Victoria
Provenance: VPRS 4969 P0 Unit 1 Item 52
Transcript: 81/2020 3798 V7491Penal Establishment Pentridge 6th August 1881The Inspector General of Penal Establishments Sir, I was tried at Beechworth on the 9th October 1878 on a charge of aiding and abetting the Kellys and with an Attempt to Murder, and sentenced to six years hard labor. The day on which the offence was alleged to have been committed I was splitting wood on the Range about a quarter of a mile from Kellys house when Constable Fitzpatrick rode up and asked if I had a Splitters licence. I told him that I was not aware one was required. He replied that he did not care but I had better not let the Greta fellows know, meaning the Greta police. He talked with me for about ten minutes and then started in the direction of Greta. I started for home shortly afterwards. It was now about sundown. When I got near Mrs Kellys house I saw Skillion coming across the paddock and I spoke to him and while thus engaged Fitzpatrick rode up to the fence and asked if Skillion had seen any strange horses and he replied No. Fitzpatrick then asked where Dan Kelly was. I saw Mrs Kelly at the door and asked her if Dan was in. She did not answer, but Dan came out and Fitzpatrick called him over to him. Skillion started away at this time towards home. I heard Fitzpatrick say something about a Warrant and Dan said he would have something to eat before he went. Fitzpatrick said he would give him a good supper in Greta. Dan said it was cooked and he might as well have it. They were then both going towards the house. When they reached there Mrs Kelly tried to keep Fitzpatrick out when he drew his revolver and threatened to shoot her. She then took a spade and was going to hit him with it when I stepped in between them and took it from her and threw it behind the fire. Two of Mrs Kellys children, two and four years of age were screaming. I took them in my arms and went out of the house to quiet them. Soon after this Ned Kelly rushed round the corner of the house to the door and fired two shots at Fitzpatrick. I left the children and was going towards the house when a man named King passed me with a revolver in his hand. I caught him by the shoulder and held him back. He said he thought they were scuffling. At this time Ned Kelly had hold