Sgt Michael Kennedy
Kennedy, who had been shielding himself behind his horse until it bolted, now took cover behind a tree. In the first exchanges he struck Dan Kelly in the shoulder, but, now he was on his own, the fire from the four bushrangers caused him to retreat from tree to tree and eventually he fled in the same direction that McIntyre had taken.
Ned pursued after him and during the course of numerous exchanges, shot the sergeant twice. He was suffering great pain and begged Ned not to let him die in agony, but to finish him off. It took five days before a police search party finally located Kennedy's body, covered with his overcoat, as Ned had left it.
Recreated scene of the body
In response to these killings the Victorian parliament passed the Felons' Apprehension Act which outlawed the gang and made it possible for anyone to shoot them. There was no need for the outlaws to be arrested and for there to be a trial. This is the first instance when Ned, Dan, Joe and Steve were called a “gang”.
Once again Bill Denheld using photos, original documents and transcripts has discovered the exact site where Kennedy was found by the police 5 days after he was shot. A small cairn has been started to mark the spot and in 2004 we added some old coloured glass that we found in the vicinity.
Bill Denheld locates the spot where Kennedy was shot.
Once you obtain the co-ordinates for this cache you will find a container that will provide you with the location of the final cache “The Kelly Outbreak” and where some evidence may be found.