Welcome to a special and remarkable story of the Life & Times of Trooper Thomas McIntyre, as told by Laurie and Mary-Rose Hookey.
McIntyre was the only policeman to survive the massacre at Stringybark Creek, where the police and the Kelly gang shot it out.
This is part 1 of a 3-part program and is most certainly a very special program, which focuses on the incident involving the Victorian police and the Kelly gang at Stringybark Creek on Friday October 25 1878. This was the incident that led to the final shootout with Ned Kelly and his gang at Glenrowan.
What makes this program so special and so different is that the story you are about to hear is based upon the written account of Trooper John McIntyre of how he and Constable Lonnigan were ambushed by the Kelly gang, and his subsequent escape when two other police arrived and were also ambushed.
The original document is in the Victorian Police Museum, but two copies were made for McIntyre’s family.
One copy was passed down to the great grandson of McIntyre and this was Laurie Hockey. When I originally interviewed Laurie and his wife Mary-Rose in October 2010, they agreed to bring the document out and to use it and stories passed down through the different generations of the family, to provide the story that is rarely told and certainly at times is at odds with the conventional tale of this incident.
Click to hear – The story of Thomas McIntyre – Part 1
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