Francis Hare Papers (no. 42): Sergeant Deasey to Hare
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Paper no.42, 22 February [1881?]
TEXT: Private / Kilmore 22nd Feby.  / / Sir, / I beg to let you know that Mr. Nicolson came up this morning and had a look round the station & made notes of all the buildings at the old camp. He did not say what the object of his visit was but I presume it is in connection with the proposed change of Hdquarters. He also made enquiries about the duty and the number of men and I told him that if the beat duty were discontinued a reduction could be made - He stated that in his opinion 1 foot Constable with watchhouse keeper 1 mounted Constable & a sub officer would be able to do the work. I told him I was of the same opinion - He left by the midday train and had alook into one or two places in the town before going the Bank of Victoria & Mr. Meade's office (Solicitor) / / During my recent visit to Beechworth I heard a good deal of Chat among the men re the Kellys. As bearing on the Coming Inquiry I heard it stated by ….. at Wangaratta that during Mr. Nicolson's time at Benalla he told him that “we must be prepared to meet them in armour" - thus showing that he had information about the armour which as far as I have seen had not been communicated to you. Steele seemed very friendly towards Mr. N. and with regard to the Sherritts Steele stated that they stand very badly in the Estimation of all the men who Know them in the N. E. Dist. / / Thinking that the foregoing may be of some use. / / / / I beg to remain / Sir / Your obedt. Servant / Sgt.Deasey
OTHER TEXT: Letter from Sgt.Deasey / re Nicolson calling at Kilmore
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.
KeywordsKelly, Ned, 1855-1880; Bushrangers -- Victoria; Law enforcement -- Victoria
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