Francis Hare Papers (no.10): Detective M. Ward to Hare
AuthorWard, M. E.
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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.10, 7 August 1879
TEXT: Beechworth Police Station / August 7th 1879 / Private / Mr. Hare / Sir, / I have been down at Benalla on yesterday and was speaking to Mr. Nicholson about any promotion, he told me he was speaking to -the Chief on the day before in Melbourne and that the Chief said he could not see his way clear to promote me over the heads of senior men. The last two promotions from 3rd Class to 2nd ….. are years Junior to me. I have 10 years service on the lst of October. /However if the Chief Cannot see his way clear to give me the Vacancy Caused by Detective Williams leaving, you might get him to appoint me 2nd Class Without pay until such time as a vacancy might occur as you got him to do for Snr Constables Mullane Flood & Johnson, if that could be done it would give me a better standing in the District amongst friends in getting information, many of them say to me what is the use of giving information to you. it does you no good you are 10 years in the force and not promoted yet. and it is well known the dangerous position I now occupy dont know what moment I may be shot down by these ruffians I hope and trust you will use your influence with the Chief Commissioner who has always been very kind to me; your puppies are doing well the one I took up you would not know it now it has got so fat. Moses is out in the ranges watching and is in great hopes of having good news shortly he often wishes you back again to the District. I suppose you heard that Jce Byrnes came to sherritts on the evening of the 30th remained for one hour had some dinner and left there is not the slightest doubt but they come back and forward to Mrs. Byrnes. / M E Ward / Det 2358
OTHER TEXT: 1. Letter from Det / Ward about his promotion 2. My dear Standish / I do hope you will do something for Ward, he has worked well and is justly entitled to his promotion he was led to believe he would get the first Vacancy in the 2nd Class & I trust you will do what you can for him . / Yours very truly, / F. Hare / 8/8/79 3. / / 3. My dear Hare, / I am sorry I cannot carry out this implied promise wh I made to Ward. As, however, Det: Alexander will retire in less than three months, I shall then be able to put him into the 2nd Class. / Yrs very truly, / F. C. Standish / 9-9-79 /
KeywordsKelly, Ned, 1855-1880; Bushrangers -- Victoria; Law enforcement -- Victoria
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