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Dwyer, James (1847–1914)

Mr. James Dwyer, 67, who was formerly a senior constable of police, and took part in the capture of Ned Kelly, died on September 7 at his home in Waltham street, Richmond, Victoria. He retired some years ago on pension. As a policeman he was well known. When the Kelly gang of bushrangers began operations, Dwyer was very desirous of being sent to effect their capture. About 12 had been detailed for the duty, and he was not among the number. He offered £25 to any of the men to give way to him, but all were anxious to go to the country, and Dwyer increased the amount to £50, but without success. When a second contingent was despatched, Dwyer was chosen. He was present at Glenrowan when Ned Kelly was shot and captured, and during ths shooting between the police and the bushrangers he displayed conspicuous bravery.

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'Dwyer, James (1847–1914)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/dwyer-james-13568/text24290, accessed 22 November 2017.

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