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Death of Stanhope O’Connor

“PERSONAL ITEMS.” The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 – 1924) 2 September 1908: 2.


Mr. Stanhope O’Connor, one of the oldest members of the Melbourne Stock Exchange died yesterday morning. Deep regret was expressed on ‘Change, Mr O’Connor having in former years been a member of committee. He joined the institution 23 years ago, but for many; months has, through failing health, been absent from his accustomed place in the Call Room. Prior to coming to Melbourne, Mr O’Connor had been an inspector of police in Queensland, and was the officer in charge of the black trackers sent by the Government of that State to assist the Victorian police in capturing the notorious Kelly gang. Mr. O’Connor leaves a widow, two sons, and two daughters.


“AN AUSTRALIAN NAVY.” Benalla Standard (Vic. : 1901 – 1931) 4 September 1908: 2.


DEATH OF MR. STANHOPE O’CONNOR. — The death of Mr. Stanhope O’Connor, one of the senior members of the Stock Exchange of Melbourne, was announced on Tuesday. The deceased gentleman came under public notice in Victoria at the time of the Kelly gang, as he was then lent by the Queensland Government, with a troop of blacktrackers, to assist in the task of bringing the bushrangers to justice. Mr. O’Connor, under the direction of Assistant Commissioner Nicholson, was in the field for months. Later on he acted under Superintendent Hare, when that officer assumed charge of affairs. Thus it happened that when the bushrangers were brought to bay at Glenrowan, Hare with his men, and Sub-inspector O’Connor with his blacktrackers, attacked the gang in Jones’ hotel. When Hare was shot through the wrist and had to retire, O’Connor and Senior-constable Kelly directed the police, and kept up a constant fire on the hotel. Later on Mr. O’Connor resigned from the police force, and, coming to Victoria, in 1885 he joined the Stock Exchange of Melbourne, and continued to be a member of that institution up to the time of his death, which occurred at his residence, St. Kilda. Mr. O’Connor married a daughter of the late Mr. John Thomas Smith.


“OBITUARY.” The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 – 1946) 5 September 1908: 43.


The death of Mr. Stanhope O’Connor, one of the senior members of, the Stock Exchange of Melbourne, was announced on September 1. The deceased gentleman came under public notice in Victoria at the time of the Kelly gang, as he was then lent by the Queensland Government, with a troop of black-trackers, to assist in the task of bringing the bushrangers to justice.

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