Kelly's first govenor letter - Public Record Office Victoria - Public Record Office Victoria (State Archives of Victoria, Australia)
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Title: Kelly's first govenor letter
Creator: Public Record Office Victoria
Provenance: VPRS 4966 P0 UNIT 2 ITEM 4 RECORD 11
Transcript: taken as sympathisers, there was a hundred Pounds offered for my apprehension for the shooting of Constable Fitzpatrick on the 13th of April 1878. If I had witnesses to show that I was a great many miles from the place at the time but as I was not tried on that charge, I could not call my witnesses & show the illegality of the charges put against me & which as led up to my present position and on the conviction of my mother who was arrested on the 16th of April by four or Six Police I could not say which rushing into the House with revolvers in hand & threatened to blow her brains out if she moved, they handcuffed her and took her away to the lockup & only the third day after her Confinement Mr Williamson & Mr Skillion was also taken into custody & convicted for aiding and abetting me with attempt to murder Constable Fitzpatrick even according to his own statement a most ridiculous charge. From February to October I can prove I never was seen nor never was in the locality where the alledged offence took place and after the conviction of my mother on the 9th October the reward I believe was increased to Four hundred Pounds for the alleged shooting of Constable Fitzpatrick at the Stringy bark Creek. I believe John Martin a Wild Dog Poisoner and Boundry Rider in the employ of Mr Johnsins Station owner at the Wombat gave