Shooting of Aaron Sherritt


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Aaron herritt grew up with Joe Byrne in the Woolshed Valley near Beechworth and eventually fell in with the Kelly's. He had assisted with their raids at Euroa and Jerilderie, but by 1880 his involvement as a double agent became known by both sides, and with the assistance of Detective Ward, eventually led to his demise. In 1880, Aaron Sherritt married a fifteen year old girl named Ellen Barry, and they lived in a hut very close to the home of Joe Byrne's mother. During the night, Aaron would lead a police party to a place near the Byrne's to watch for the outlaws and at daybreak bring them back to his place to hide for the day. It did not take long for news of this operation to reach Ned Kelly.

On 26th June 1880, Aaron Sherritt, his wife and mother-in-law were inside the hut with a police party of four when Anton Wicks knocked on the door. When Aaron answered the door, Joe Byrne fired twice and killed his old friend. It would be 19 hours later before the police inside the hut raised the alarm at Beechworth less than five miles away.

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