In search of the Kennedy Tree

Shedding light on the Stringybark Creek police murders by the Kelly Gang
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FOUR amateur historians believe they have identified the precise locations of the tree where Sgt Michael Kennedy’s body was found after he was shot Ned Kelly as well as the police camp site at Stringybark Creek where the Kelly gang first confronted police. Descendants of police officers Sgt Kennedy and Constable Lonigan met with the Kennedy Tree research team at the site last Saturday on the 141st anniversary of the police deaths. Pictured (from left) are Judy Henwood, Debra Broderick, Tony King, Adrian Younger, Leo Kennedy, Jim Fogarty, Noeleen Lloyd and Simon Kennedy at the ‘Kennedy Tree’. PHOTO: Michelle King

FOUR amateur historians believe they have pinpointed the exact location of what is called the Kennedy Tree and the police camp at Stringybark Creek where the infamous police murders by the Kelly Gang took place.

The tree marked the spot where the body of Victoria Police’s Sergeant Michael Kennedy was found in October 1878 after being shot by Ned Kelly.

Adrian Younger from Greta and Tony King from Lurg, along with Noeleen Lloyd from Greta and Jim Fogarty from Melbourne believe their discoveries will provide the family of Sgt Kennedy with definitive evidence and a location where they can remember and commemorate their ancestor.


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