Francis Hare Papers (no.1): Town Clerk of Maryborough to the Chief Secretary of Victoria
AuthorHooper, J. C.
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This is part of the digitized version of the Francis Hare Correspondence held in the University of Melbourne Archives. It consists of 54 letters and documents, of which this is one, from 1859-87 and received by or relating to Superintendent Francis Hare, one of the members of the Victoria police force involved in the pursuit and capture of the Kelly Gang. The collection complements Hare’s published memoir, The Last of the Bushrangers (London, 1892) and includes letters by some of the key figures of the Kelly story including the Police Commissioner Frederick Standish, Superintendents Charles Hope Nicolson and John Sadleir, Detective M Ward and John Sherritt, as well as items by Hare himself.
Paper no.1, June 1859
Municipal Office / Maryborough June 1859 / / Sir / / Referring to your letter of the 9th Inst in which you state that it was found necessary to remove Mr Hare to Back Creek as being a more important Station. / / I have the honor by direction of the Council most respectfully to request that increased protection may be afforded either by The Superintendent of the District being instructed to make this his Head Quarters or by stationing an Inspector with an increased force in Maryborough. To call your attention to the fact that the proximity of this place to Back Creek necessarily exposes it to the operations of Marauders from that place and the removal of Mr Inspector Hare and the reduction of the Police force places property in this Town and District almost entirely at the disposal of any body of mind disposed for plunder while from the same cause … is very uncertain. It thus becomes apparent that Maryborough requires more protection than before the Back Creek rush, while the Police Force is scarcely sufficient to Guard the Lock Up and Treasury. / / I have the honor to be / Sir / Your Most Obedient Servant / J C Hooper / Town Clerk / / The Honble / The Chief Secretary /
KeywordsKelly, Ned, 1855-1880; Bushrangers -- Victoria; Law enforcement -- Victoria
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