Francis Hare Papers (no. 53): Constable John Burton to Hare
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Paper no.53, 15 July 1887
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 / / a man named Robert Iredale reported at 2.pm that a man named Edward Wiggins 68 years of age was found dead by a gun shot wound in the head is lying in his own yard about 12 noon of above date at about six miles from Heidelberg. I proceeded to Greensborough in company with Const Wallace and found the deceased at 4.20 pm lying dead on his left side in his own yard. I found a wound as if by a gun shot on deceased’s right temple and which came out at the back of the left ear from which some of the brains protruded and also a large quantity of blood had come from the wound. There was a gun lying between the deceased’s arms which appeared to have been recently discharged, the gun is only two feet six inches long it having been previously cut down. The butt end lying in the same direction of the deceased’s head. There were no signs of any struggle about the place. Deceased was partly undressed and in a closet close by I found another gun which was loaded with small shot. The deceased was seen alive at 10.30 am of above date, and was found dead about 12 noon by Mrs Newport with whom he boarded. He made his will on the 11th instant leaving his property value at about £120 to Henry Newport whose wife found him dead. Would Mr Hare be kind enough to give the necessary instructions in the case. / John Burton / Const 2689 / / F A Hare Esq / Coroner / Hotham St / East Melbourne / A/539 /
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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