First Hand Accounts History

Anton Wicks’ Testimony

Testimony given by Anton Wicks (i.e. Wick, Weekes) regarding Aaron Sherritt’s death.

The following is the evidence given to the Royal Commission by Anton Wick (alternatively Wicks, Weekes) on 20 July 1881.

Anton Wicks sworn and examined.

13119. By the Commission.—What are you?—A miner, and working on the roads sometimes.

13120. Do you recollect going to Mrs. Sherritt’s door and asking the way one night—the night that Aaron Sherritt was shot—were you present?—Yes.

13121. Why did you go to the door that night?—I was stuck up.

13122. By whom?—By Byrne and Dan Kelly.

13123. How many of them were there?—Two, that I saw.

13124. Did they tell you you must do that?—Yes.

13125. And Sherritt came out?—Yes.

13126. Who shot him?—Byrne.

13127. Did you see anything further at the place that night; did you stop there all night?—No, about six o’clock I came before the door, and about nine o’clock I left the place.

13128. They allowed you to go away?—I got home at half-past nine.

13129. Where were you stopping when you went away?—I came home.

13130. How far was that from the place?—Over a quarter of a mile.

13131. What were you doing between six and nine—what did they do with you?—They stuck me up and asked for my name.

13132. I mean after you got to the hut—what did you do after Aaron Sherritt was shot?—I came home. I stood an hour or two with the people outside.

13133. Who were outside besides Byrne and Kelly?—Byrne was with me, and Kelly was in the front of the house.

13134. Did Byrne keep you there all the time?—Yes, three hours.

13135. Just kept you there waiting for them?—Yes.

13136. Did you hear any conversation with Mrs. Sherritt or Mrs. Barry?—No, Mrs. Sherritt and Barry were coming out after Sherritt was shot.

13137. And going in again?—Yes; the bushrangers let them in again.

13138. Had you not a chance of escaping all that time?—No, Byrne was always quite close to me—as close as I sit next to this man here—I was handcuffed.

13139. What did you do after nine o’clock when he allowed you to go?—He allowed me not to go at all—he left me standing. He slipped me a little way in the bush, and about fifteen minutes before they had taken the handcuffs off and left me standing there, and I stood about fifteen or twenty minutes by myself, and I went round home through the bush.

13140. Did you go to your own hut?—Yes.

13141. And remained there?—Yes.

13142. Could not you have told somebody about what had happened?—I was so frightened, I ran directly home.

13143. Were there any other people there besides Byrne and Kelly?—No, not that I saw. I heard Byrne call out, “Dan, stand and watch the window.” That is how I know it was Dan.

13144. Were they on horseback when they stuck you up?—Yes, three horses—Byrne was leading one horse.

13145. Was there anything particular about their appearance—had they any armour?—I think not Byrne—I think Kelly might; he looked very stout.

13146. He had nothing on his head?—No, I could see his face.

13147. Did you see them try to set the house on fire?—No, I did not, he always called out for two men and said, “Mind, I will set the house on fire if you do not come out,” but he never began to do it while I was there.

13148. Did he say there were police in the house?—No, always two men he wanted out.

13149. Had you seen Byrne before?—Yes, I knew him since a child; he was a neighbour of mine about half a mile.

13150. Did you not hear Mrs. Sherritt and Byrne talking at all?—Yes, they were speaking and crying.

13151. Did you hear what they said?—Byrne asked who were there, and she said “A man in there looking for work,” and he said always, “Bring the men out,” and he sent Mrs. Sherritt in to bring the men out.

13152. Did you know there were policemen in the house?—No, I never did, and never heard it.

13153. Did you hear any one say there were policemen about there?—No, not till after the murder.

The witness withdrew.

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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