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: allow me to take Mrs Curnow, the baby, and my sister home when he went to Bracken, and I assured him that he had no cause for fearing me as I was with him heart and soul. He then said that he knew that and could see it and he acceded to my request. I think it was about ten oclock on Sunday night before the outlaws started for the Police barracks taking with them a Mr E. Reynolds, Mr R. Gibbons, Mr Mortimer, myself, wife, and sister. We reached the barracks and Constable Bracken was taken by the outlaws without bloodshed. Ned Kelly then told me that I could go home and take the ladies with me. He directed us to go quickly to bed and not to dream too loud, and intimated that if we acted otherwise we would get shot as one of them would be down to our place during the night to see that we were all right. He had previously declared that they would wait at Glenrowan till a train came. When we reached home, which was about two hundred yards from the police barracks, I put the horse in the stable with the ostensible purpose of feeding him well as he had starved all day. While supper was being got ready I quietly prepared everything including a red lama scarf, a candle, and matches to go to Benalla intending to keep close to the Railway line in case of a special coming before I reached there. In overcoming Mrs Curnows opposition to my going for she was in a state of the utmost terror and dread, and declared that both I and all belonging to me would get shot