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Add Your Piece of History… 26th June

26 Jun
  • On this day in 1880.  Bushrangers, the Kelly Gang, execute police informer Aaron Sherritt, shortly before they themselves are captured.  Ned Kelly, Australia’s most famous bush ranger had a gang consisting of himself, his brother Dan, Joe Byrne and Steve Hart  Aaron Sherritt was an associate of the Kelly’s, and was close to the Byrne family,  He was engaged to Byrne’s sister for a while.  After the gang was outlawed following the murder of 3 policemen at Stringybark Creek in 1878, Sherritt turned police informant for money.  Sherritt advised the police to camp out in a cave near Byrne’s family home in the hopes of capturing Byrne as he visited his mother.  Sherritt’s presence was noted, and Byrne’s sister broke off her engagement to him.  On the night of 26th June 1880, Sherritt was at home with his new wife, mother-in-law and 4 policemen.  Sherritt answered a knock at the door, he was shot dead by Byrne.  Within a couple of days, Byrne was killed in a shoot out between the Kelly gang and the police.  Ned Kelly was the only one to survive to stand trial, after which he was hanged.

Please feel free to add your piece of history (something personal or general history).

English: Joe Byrne's grave in the Benalla Ceme...

Joe Byrne’s grave in the Benalla Cemetery. Joe was a member of the Ned Kelly’s gang and was killed by police during the siege at Glenrowan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The site of the Glenrown Inn. This wa...

The site of the Glenrown Inn. This was where the bushrangers, Ned Kelly, Dan Kelly, Joe Byrne and Steve Hart had their final shoot out with the police in 1880, at Glenrowan, Victoria, Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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