Francis Hare Papers (no.2): Frederick C. Standish to Mr Call
AuthorStandish, Frederick 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.2, 29 September 1859
TEXT: Police Department, / Chief Commissioner’s Office, / Melbourne, 29th Septr 1859 / / My dear Call, / Though but slightly acquainted with Mr Hare, I am well aware that there is not a better or more efficient officer of Police in the Colony, and I wish it were in my power to place him in the position which you and others wish to see him in, and wh, I may add, he is imminently fitted to fill. / / Through seniority & length of service are not the sole recommendations for promotion in the Police Force, there are few instances (I think only one or two) in which officers have been passed over. / / Mr Hare is unfortunately very low down in the list, and there are five or six officers senior to him who are entitled to be placed in charge of Districts before him. / / After all, I should not wish to see the present system altered, even to meet a case like Mr Hare’s. In my opinion seniority should “cateris paribus” guide all promotions; it is the fairest plan & then but guarantee against favoritism by the Head of the Department who virtually determines their promotions. / / In this instance, I am very sorry that I cannot accede to your request; the “vox populi” in the District would not influence me much (knowing how it is generally correct & …[?]) were it not in accordance with the expressed opinion of those who, like you, can only be actuated by a sense of duty & the very laudable desire to see the services of a meritorious officer recognised. / / I was very sorry that we did not meet when I was up your way, all I can say is better luck next time. / / I am, my dear Call, / Very truly Your’s, / Fredk C Standish /
NOTES IN MARGIN: Letter from Capt Standish to Mr Call when I was at Back Creek when / ordered for removal /
KeywordsKelly, Ned, 1855-1880; Bushrangers -- Victoria; Law enforcement -- Victoria
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