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: shot if I persisted in going, and in securing the safety of my wife, child and sister while being away time passed, and just as I was about to start I heard the train coming in the distance. I immediately caught up the scarf, candle and matches and ran down the line to meet the train. On reaching a straight part of the line where those in the train would be able to see the danger signal for some distance, I lit the candle and held it behind the red scarf. While I was holding up the danger signal I was in great fear of being shot before those in the train would be able to see the red light, and of thus uselessly sacrificing my life. The train, which proved to be a pilot engine, came on and stopped a little apast me: and I gave the alarm by informing those in it of the line being torn up just beyond the Station, and of the Kelly gang lying in wait at the station for the special train of Police. On being told by the guard that he would go back and stop the special which was coming on, and seeing him do it, I ran home to appease my wifes anxiety and terror, and to protect them as far as I could. We had not the least hope of an escape from being shot dead for we felt certain that the outlaws must have heard the whistling and stoppage of the pilot engine near our place, and would divine that I was stopping the train as we were the only ones liberated to our knowledge. We therefore felt sure that at least one of them would ride down and