Francis Hare Papers (no. 54): Constable John Burton to Hare
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Paper no.54, 15 July 1887
TEXT: VICTORIA POLICE  / / Heidelberg Station Bourke Police District / July 15th 1887 / / REPORT of Constable John Burton 2689 / relative to Magesterial Inquiry held at Greensborough / / I beg to report for the information of F A Hare Esq PM Coroner that as directed by your telegram of the 14th instsnt from Cape Shank that a Magisterial Inquiry was held at Greensborough on the 14th instsnt by Thoams Davey Esq JP of Heidelberg on the body of Edward Wiggins who was found dead in his yard on the 13th instant from a gun shot wound in the head. Evidence was given at the Inquiry that the deceased had obtained gun caps from a neighbour 13th instant date of his death and also requested when he would be dead that he should be buried beside his wife in the Cemetery. No person saw the act committed but from the shortness of the gun ( a blunder-bus-gun) the act could with ease have been self inflicted the gun being only two feet six inches long and six pounds & a half weight. Beside the wound on deceased’s head the hair was singed & blood & same hair on the muzzle of the gun. Mr Davey who held the Inquiry did not consider it necessary to have a post-mortem examination held as it was evident that death was caused by a gun shout wound. And a verdict was returned that his death was caused by a gun shot wound in the head but no evidence given by whom and which could have been self inflicted. / (Vide My Report A/534 of 14.7.87) / / John Burton / Const 2689 / / F A Hare Esq / Coroner / Hotham St / East Melbourne / A/539 /
OTHER TEXT: Re inquest on man / who shot himself / at Greensborough / July 15th 1887 /
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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