Thomas Curnow re Kelly's attempt to ambush police - Public Record Office Victoria - Public Record Office Victoria (State Archives of Victoria, Australia)
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Title: Thomas Curnow re Kelly's attempt to ambush police
Creator: Public Record Office Victoria
Provenance: VPRS 4965 P0 UNIT 1 ITEM 1 RECORD 1
Transcript: and said that my house was near the Police barracks. Ned turned and asked me if it was and I replied Yes: we shall have to pass the barracks, I had forgotten that. He then said that we would not go and I consented to dance with Dan. Shortly after, Ned declared that he would go down and bring Bracken and Reynolds the postmaster up to Joness. I laughed and told him that I would rather than a hundred pounds that he would do so, and asked to be allowed to go with him. He gave me no reply then. I had ascertained from Mr Stanistreet that his revolver was still in his possession, and to gain the consent of the outlaws to my going home, and taking my wife, child, and sister with me and thus being at liberty to make a dash for Benalla. I told the gang in strict confidence that Mr Stanistreet possessed a loaded revolver from the Railway Department, and that though I know that he would not use it against them, some one else might get it and do them an injury. I advised them to demand it of him at once, and I believe they did. With the same object in view and after hearing Ned Kelly solemnly assent to Mrs Jones and others that he would not shoot Constable Bracken, I told him that he had better take Dave Mortimer, my brother-in-law, with him to call Bracken out as the trooper knew his voice well and would suspect nothing. I also kept warning them to keep a sharp look out for enemies, and did my utmost to ingratiate myself with them. On obtaining a suitable opportunity, I asked Ned Kelly again would he allow