Francis Hare Papers (no. 45): Robert Scott to Hare
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Paper no.45, 28 April 1881
34 Collins Street West / Melbourne 28th April 1881 / / Dear Mr Hare / As some reports have reached me concerning the affair which took place at the Bank at Euroa at the time one of the Garrison men fired of his revolver, and as I imagine such reports have done me some injury, I would beg to ask you to confirm the following statement as correct. / On the evening in question you and I were in my dining room talking over the Kelly outrage, and I went out of the room to ask the servant if she saw the green flag at Faithful’s creek which Kelly spoke frequently about. On my return and when just entering the dining room, a shot was fired close to my bedroom window, & then 2 shots in rapid succession. I at once seized my revolver and ran up the passage to the front door which was open, & stood close to the side of the door, with (I think) a revolver in each hand, pointed towards the doorway, you remaining at the dining room door, looking up and down the passage, with your revolver in your hand. Some of the garrison men and others ran up to the Bank, and after the sentry had told us he had ….fires at the bush, we all went across the road, and two men were sent out by you to reconnoitre, the others, including you and myself, remaining at the Corner of the Bank paddock.
I was standing beside the corner post of the paddock with my revolver on the top of it, and you were walking about in the open, when I said to you “Why are you walking about there” if you are to take “charge of the party, take this cover and I will sit down there with the others” This you did, and I got with the others in the dry channel alongside the footpath & about two foot lower than the path, and kept my pistol pointed straight up the road. The men returned from the back and reported they could see no one, and we returned towards the Bank, and on putting my pistol from full cock it went off and the bullet went into the ground, the pistol is a peculiar one and went off on account of my having my thumb on the lifter instead of the hammer. As we were slipping into the Bank I called you into the porch and asked you to get the sentry’s [?] pistol and see how many shots he had actually fired – you then asked the man for the pistol, and he refused to give it to any one but his sargeant. On examination it was found that three chambers were empty, which was all the shots fired. / / / Yours truly / Rob Scott / / Francis Hare Esq / Melbourne /
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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