Listen To Older Voices: The story of Trooper Thomas McIntyre – Part 2

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listen to older voices: the story of trooper thomas mcintyre – part 2

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg

listen to older voices: the story of trooper thomas mcintyre
Thomas McIntyre – [CLICK to enlarge]
This is the second part of a 3-part story of the shoot-out between the police and Ned Kelly’s gang at Stringybark Creek, some 143 years ago, in October of 1878.

 

One policeman – Trooper John McIntyre survived to tell the story in a journal that he subsequently wrote. The McIntyre family then donated that journal and other mementos to the Victorian Police Museum, and in return were given two copies of that account.

 

listen to older voices: the story of trooper thomas mcintyre – part 2
Constable McIntyres original account: Note it was written in shorthand – [CLICK to enlarge]

 

One copy eventually was given to McIntyre’s Great grandson, Laurie Hookey. I visited Laurie and his wife Mary-Rose in their home in the Victorian town of Healesville where we discussed the murder of the three police at Stringybark Creek and the subsequent events that led to the capture of Ned Kelly at Glenrowan.

Laurie called upon both stories passed down through the family and that journal as he relates how on arriving at Stringybark Creek on Friday October 25 1878, four police camped in a small clearing in the midst of thick bushland.

The following morning, Sergeant Kennedy with Constable Scanlan left to scout for the Kelly brothers, leaving McIntyre and Lonigan at the camp they were subsequently ambushed, with Lonigan killed by a fluke shot from the gun of Ned Kelly just before McIntyre was captured.

listen to older voices: the story of trooper thomas mcintyre – part 2
Sergeant Kennedy – [CLICK to enlarge]

 

When two other police, Kennedy and Scanlon, returned to the camp the Kelly’s ambushed and killed them both. During the confusion McIntyre escaped by horse and raised the alarm.

listen to older voices: the story of trooper thomas mcintyre – part 2
The original account of McIntyre’s escape – [CLICK to enlarge]

 

listen to older voices: the story of trooper thomas mcintyre – part 2
A depiction of the ambush and McIntyre’s subsequent escape. – [CLICK to enlarge]

 

It is a story line that great movies are made from, but this wasn’t a movie – it actually occurred!

 


 

Click to hear: The story of Thomas McIntyre – Part 2

 

Previous Listen To Older Voices Programs can be found in our archive, by clicking on one link or the other

2012 to 2016   

 –  2016 onward 

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[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government 
through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]