Francis Hare Papers (no. 48): Copy of memorandum from Hare to Acting Chief Commissioner of Police
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Paper no.48, 14 September 1881
The Actg Chf Commr of Police / / Sir / In reply to your memo of 11th Septr I beg to inform you that the following is all the information I can furnish you on the subject as I have no documents to refer to, and only to rely on my memory. / Decr 27th The first item in these accounts I remember paying away is £5 to Morton. Shortly after the Euroa Bank robbery he started off to the Upper King River to obtain some information about the outlaws he was engaged about ten days. / Decr 30th I know nothing of these payments made to McPherson, Farmer, Allingham, Frewin or Foy. / Jany 28th C Sherrington £6. I think this man was engaged by Captain Standish and Mr Sadlier to search the Country about the Wombat and King River I don’t remember ever paying him any money. / Feby 5th H Carrington £22. I know nothing of this man nor do I remember ever seeing him. I don’t know Ah Man nor H Cox / March 10th & 11th G Bennett, J Stamp. I don’t remember either of these men. Sherritt and others £12.15/- and £5. I fancy these payments were made to Aaron Sherritt by Captain Standish and myself, I know he visited Benalla four or five times and on each occasion got some money from us. / March 14th Sherritt & others £10. I presume these payments must have been made by myself and Captn Standish. / March 21st Graham 10/-. I don’t know who this man is. / March 24th Bruce £5. This must have been paid by Captn Standish. / March 26th The Sherritts and others £5. / - do - £12. These sums no doubt were paid by Captn Standish and self to different agents much as A Sherritt Denny and other agents working for us. /
March 31st C Watts £17. and Hudson £17. These men were respectable farmers, and wer in the habit of going out to collect honey, they knew the Kellys very well and the outlaws were reputed to be about the Head of the King River and the above named men were engaged to take a trip in this country and were to find their own horses on the pretence of exploring this uninhabitable country for honey, they returned without getting any tidings of the outlaws, and were not engaged again. / April 1st J Jones £4.8/-. I know nothing of this man. / April 1st to 15th These sums must have been principally paid by Captn Standish ands perhaps some by Mr Sadlier, as I was the greater part of my time out with search parties during this period. / April 22nd Foote £5. I do not remember paying this man any money. / / / April 30th J McNamara £21.6/-. I don’t know who this man is and I have no recollection of him. / April 30th L Renwick £13: This man was engaged by Captn Standish and myself as he was strongly recommended by Det Ward as having a thorough knowledge of the country known as the “Kelly Country” he was sent with a party of police under Mr Sadlier and Mr O’Connor and on their return they discharged him and reported “he was a great humbug” and paid him off. /
June 17th L Renwick £39. This payment was as gross a job as I ever knew perpetrated in the Government service. After being discharged by Mr Sadlier Renwick started off to the Upper Murray on his own account without any authority from any one and none of the officers knew what he had gone up there for, sometime afterwards he appeared at Benalla and made a demand for £39. I at once called Mr Sadlier who had previously paid him off and discharged him and in my presence Renwick was told that he had no claim upon the Government and we sent him about his business. When Captn Standish left the district this man was reemployed by Mr Nicolson who some time afterwards urged upon Captn Standish to pay the disputed amount and it was refused. I should wish the file of correspondence on this subject to be attached to these papers. When I took charge of affairs in Jun 1880 Renwick positively refused to work for me on the grounds that I had opposed payment of his account some 14 or 15 months previously and yet in the face of his refusing to work for me he was rewarded by Mr Nicholson when he became Actg Chief Commr by paying him his accounts about 18 months after it was supposed to be incurred. /
July 9th J Bellis £154.14/6. This account should never have appeared in this return, it should not have been paid out of the secret service money, Bellis was employed by Captain Standish because he had such a perfect knowledge of the Strathhbogie Ranges and he could take a party of police through any part of them, he was a kangaroo hunter and had been living in these ranges many years, he was acapital bushman and a good shot it was no secret that he was employed he lived in the Barracks with the constables and messed at an Hotel like the ordinary police at Benalla. / July 6th Moses £24. I don’t understand this item or who could have incurred this expenditure. Morse was not on wages when I left the District in 1879. I merely paid him when he worked for me and I never gave him more thanthree or four pounds at any one time, this expenditure must have been incurred after I left the District. / / / All the sums entered as “treats by Ward, Berrill” I know nothing about them and never saw any of the accounts nor authorised the. / /
My 2nd Visit / June 28th 1880 G Smith £15.11/6. This item should not have been entered as authorised by me he was only 26 days in my employ and I think he was engaged by Mr Nicolson at the rate of 7 or 8 shillings a day and he was kept on at the same rate by me. I could not therefore have incurred all this expenditure. / June 28th Denny £4. This was paid by me for information supplied by informant. / June 28th J Jones £6.3 J Rule £1.10/. I have no recollection of paying these men any money. I have no idea who these men are. The remaining items incurred by Det. Ward I know nothing about. / The above is all the information I can give from memory as I have no documents to refer to and I would request that this statement be laid before the commission. / I have the honor to be / Sir / Your Obdt Servant / (sigd) Francis Hare / Supt of Police / / The attached Acct ought to be reduced by £193.14/6. The item £39 was not incurred by Capt Standish or myself and the sum 154.14/6 is improperly charged to secret money. / (sigd) F H / /
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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