Queen v Edward Kelly murder file - Snr Constbale Johnston's statement re Edward Kelly - Public Record Office Victoria - Public Record Office Victoria (State Archives of Victoria, Australia)
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Title: Queen v Edward Kelly murder file - Snr Constbale Johnston's statement re Edward Kelly
Creator: Public Record Office Victoria
Provenance: VPRS 4966 UNIT 1 ITEM 2 RECORD 14
Transcript: Con. Johnstons Statement to be put into brief North Eastern District Violet-Town, Station 7th July 1880Queen. V. Edward Kelly. MurderCharles Johnston states. I am a Snr. Constable of police stationed at Violet Town I know the prisoner, Edward Kelly. I saw him at the Railway station, Glenrowan on the 28th June. I also saw him in the lock-up. Benalla. I was in charge of the guard and prisoner, from 8 PM on the 28th to 2 AM on the 29th June. When I was relieved by Snr Const-Kelly. I visited the prisoner about seven times during the time I was in charge of the guard. I had a conversation with the prisoner. I said Ned is McIntyres statement of the murder of the Police at the Wombat correct? Kelly replied it was except one thing. viz Scanlan being shot when on his knees. I said Ned why did you shoot my old mate. Kelly asked, Who is that? I said Scanlan. Kelly replied. If I did not shoot him he would have shot me I said Ned could you not have got away from the police? why did you come out in open order from the Sword grass. Into the Police Camp? Kelly replied you are