After Dan Kelly found the 4 heavily armed troopers camped less than 1 mile from their hideout, they knew that they were being hunted – dead or alive!
That night no-one at the Kelly camp slept for fear of a surprise attack. Early the following morning, Sergeant Kennedy and Constable Scanlon left to patrol the area, leaving Lonigan and McIntyre to look after the camp. During the day, McIntyre shot at two parrots hoping to have fresh meat for supper. The shots where once again heard at the Kelly camp, but by this time, its occupants had decided on a course of action.
As they were clearly out-gunned, their only hope was to try and disarm the police. Ned and Dan, accompanied by two of their companions, Joe Byrne and Steve Hart, walked over to the police camp and crept up close. After watching for several hours, Ned called on the two policemen to "Bail Up". McIntyre, being unarmed, immediately put his hands up, but Lonigan dived for cover behind the log he had been resting on and drew his revolver. As he raised his head to fire, he was shot dead by Ned.
The four men now ran up and after searching their prisoner, ransacked the camp. Ned convinced McIntyre that they meant them no harm and asked him to persuade the others to surrender and he would let them go.
When Kennedy and Scanlon returned late in the afternoon, McIntyre approached them and told them that they were surrounded. Thinking that it was a joke, Kennedy reached for his revolver. As he did, Ned stepped out from behind a tree and told them to surrender.
The battle of Stringybark Creek had begun. Kennedy slid down on the off-side of his horse and immediately started firing. Scanlon on the other hand, without unslinging his rifle, flung it around and was in the act of firing when he was shot by Ned. Slumping off his horse, onto his knees on the ground, he was attempting to unsling the rifle when Joe Byrne finally shot him dead with a captured police revolver. Meanwhile, Kennedy's horse became frightened by the sound of gunfire and it raced through the camp. As it did, McIntyre grabbed hold of the reins and flung himself into the saddle and escaped.
After years of detailed investigative analysis of photos, original documents, transcripts and interviews with historians and second hand witnesses, Bill Denheld has discovered the exact site where the police camp was and where the gunfight took place. Much of his analysis was based on the location of 2 huts that were mentioned by Ned Kelly in the Jerilderie Letter and which Bill later discovered!
You will be able to see where the huts are located by referring to the map enclosed in the cache for the actual co-ordinates, but please do not disturb the area as it is very fragile.
Sketch of the Police Camp.
Photo of actual shootout scene.
Once you obtain the co-ordinates for this cache you will find a container that will provide you with the clues to the next stage of the hunt for the evidence.