Constable Alexander Fitzpatrick


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On the 15th April 1878, the Kelly house was visited by Constable Fitzpatrick who wanted to arrest Dan Kelly on a charge of stealing.

Following the course of events which took place there that night, Fitzpatrick rode to the police station in Benalla carrying a wound to the left wrist. He told his superiors that while attempting to take Dan in for questioning, Ellen Kelly struck him over the head with a fire shovel, denting his helmet, and Ned Kelly fired at him from close range and wounded him.

Not doubting Fitzpatrick's testimony, the police rode out to the Kelly house and arrested Ellen and two neighbours, William Williamson and William Skillion. She was sentenced to three years imprisonment while both men, one of whom was four miles away at the time, received six years each. Meanwhile, Ned and Dan, not trusting the constable, fled into the bush and were joined by their mates Steve Hart, Joe Byrne and several others. Ned offered to give himself up for the release of his mother, but the authorities had other intentions.

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Kelly house on the Eleven-mile-creek.

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