Primary Sources 50 stories from 50 years of the Archives

Hunting Ned Kelly

In May 1880, Superintendent Francis Hare was appointed to the position of officer-in-charge of the hunt for the Kelly gang. Hare commanded the police contingent that captured the gang at Glenrowan.

UMA holds a collection of 54 letters and documents received by and relating to Hare. Covering the period 1859 to 1887, and complementing Hare's published memoir, The Last of the Bushrangers,1the collection includes letters by some of the key figures of the Kelly story, including the Police Commissioner Frederick Standish, Superintendents Nicholson and Sadleir, Detective M. Ward and John Sherritt.

1. Francis Augustus Hare, The Last of the Bushrangers: An account of the capture of the Kelly gang, London: Hurst and Blackett, 1892.

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