First Hand Accounts Glenrowan

The Postmaster Interviewed

Burrowa News (NSW : 1874 – 1951), Friday 2 July 1880, page 2




Next door to the police station is the post-office of Glenrowan, and on the Sunday night Mr. Reynolds, the post-master, was interviewed by Kelly as to where constable Bracken was to be found. Kelly, by his remarks, showed that he had a full knowledge of the constable’s habits. He pointed, for instance, to a sofa, and said he expected to find him sitting there. Finding, after bullying Mr. Reynolds, that Bracken was really not there, he left without making Reynolds a prisoner. When he stuck up Bracken at the police station, he went into Bracken’s bedroom, and found Mrs. Bracken in bed with her little son. He shook hands with the little boy, and said, “I may be worth £2000 to you yet, my child.” He then demanded handcuffs and cartridges from Bracken, who had, however, to defend his office, where these things were, by cunning, evasive replies, for had Kelly got the handcuffs he would in all probability have put a pair on the constable, who would then have been unable to escape from the hotel, as he so opportunely did. Constable Bracken gives an account of the proceedings in the hotel, and the dance which took place on Sunday morning there, all the outlaws taking part in the festivity. Kelly called a man named Sullivan before him and said “I have seen you somewhere else, have you been in Wangaratta lately?” Sullivan replied in the affirmative. Kelly then asked if he had ever been in New Zealand, and received a similar answer. “How long ago,” he next asked, and Sullivan replied, “Ten or twelve years ago.” In answer to other questions, Sullivan said that he was in New Zealand when the notorious murders were committed there by strangling, but denied that he was the Sullivan who turned Queen’s evidence on his mates, and who is understood to be living in the district at present Kelly then said to me, — “£8000 has been offered for our capture. I promise to give you a similar amount if you tell me where that Sullivan is to be found, and the same amount as to where I can find Quinlan, the man who shot Morgan.” No doubt all the gang had been drinking heavily on Sunday and Monday morning.

By AJFPhelan56

Father, writer, artist and bushranging historian residing in Melbourne, Australia. Author of 'Glenrowan' and the popular website A Guide to Australian Bushranging.

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