Series VPRS 265
Petitions in Capital Cases
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Date Range: Series 1880 - 1897
  Series in Custody 1880 - 1897
  Contents 1880 - 1897
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1880 - 1897 Attorney-General's Department (previously known as the Law Department) VA 2825
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2015 - cont Department of Justice and Regulation VA 5038
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  • How to use the Records
    Consult the Records Description List for the unit containing petitions for which information is required.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of sets of petitions signed by members of the community to the Governor seeking reprieves for three persons sentenced to death in criminal trials. Individuals were Edward Kelly (1880), Angus Murray (1889) and William Myles Phillips (1897).

    All of these petitions originally formed part of the capital case file maintained by the Law Department but, owing to thier size, were not physically attached to them. A portion of the petition for Edward Kelly was kept with the capital case file and this portion was was placed before one of the meetings of the Executive Council that considered Kelly's sentence. As such the Kelly petition is today split with a portion on the Kelly capital case file (refer to VPRS 4966/P0, units 2 and 3) with the remainder of the petition found in this series (i.e VPRS 265).

  • Recordkeeping System
    Petitions are arranged according to the person.

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P0000 1880 - ? 1897 Open 6
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