“Wild, a major
sympathizer: his true colors for the gang shone when he
Mansfield, and stopped outside the police station yelling
Curs! Cowards! Follow me if you want to catch the Kellys, I'm going to
join the gang. Come out a little way and I'll shoot the lot of you!”
Many people, had
experiences with Joe on any one occasion. In this section we will list
the main staunch supporters, and family, so you can experience the
outer circle of the Joe Byrne story. If there is a serious accomplice
or ally I have missed please
email me and I will add them
Aaron Sherritt, is a
mystical figure in the Joe
story; he seems to
have been in with the gang, then out. I many cases he is seen as a
traitor, others he isn't. So, who was Aaron?
Aaron, best friend of Joe and staunch ally of the gang, was making 'a
quid' by hoodwinking for the gang, telling police places, events and
future plans in a different sequence to the police. A true view of
Aaron's hoodwinking kicked in when he told Superintendent Hare, that
the gang was going to stick-up Goulburn bank; when really they were
heading to Jerilderie.
Hare, then asked
Aaron, "Well, what do we do now?" this proves Hare had full, trust in
Aaron. Aaron grew up in Woolshed, but was born in Preston Melbourne,
moving to the Woolshed at a very young age, growing up with Joe, being
by each others side until the event of October 26th 1878. More
information on Joe and Aaron's relationship, head over to our
Aaron & Joe spent 6 months of their life in Beechworth Gaol together,
and were buried around the same time as each other. Joe would
eventually shoot Aaron dead, for the belief of being a police spy.
Aaron never supplied the police with any real information to progress
their hunt. Aaron was no traitor.
nee White was born in Ireland in County
Galway. Margaret White, a 21 year old Galway woman, strong faced, with
a pale blue for an eye
Raising a family in the Woolshed
diggings, was a task but the Byrne's were tough, and Margaret, fine
young 21 year old, this ruggered lady was the first to see Aaron
sleeping with the police party in the ranges behind the Byrne
homestead, when a reflecting sardine tin id, caught her eye, Mrs.
Byrne walked up to where the tin was reflecting from and discovered
Aaron among the sleeping police.
After the destruction of Joe, Mrs. Byrne and
her family moved to Albury, New South Wales, and the Byrnes' bought a
church, and named it "St. Joe's" Right: These are original cans found
at the police caves.
Wild Wright was one
of the most staunch Kelly gang supporters. Wild arrived on the prison
ship hulk "Carlton" in 1858 when he was nine years old. He moved
towards the Mansfield district and married a young Bridget Lloyd, a
member of the close knit Kelly-Quinn-Lloyd clan; which Ned Kelly was a
Wild was at the
Glenrowan when the gang were destructed, he was also more than likely
at Euroa, during the gang's raid there. Wild, a major sympathizer: his
true colors for the gang shone when he
Mansfield, and stopped outside the police station yelling Dogs! Curs!
Cowards! Follow me if you want to catch the Kellys, I'm going to join
the gang. Come out a little way and I'll shoot the lot of you!"
Thomas Peter Lloyd,
known as Tom, was another staunch
supporter of the Kelly gang. Tom, and Wild above, were the to main
scouts for the gang, looking out for them, bringing food to them and
watching police movements.
Tom was so very vital
in many of the gangs movements in and around the district. He was at
Jerilderie as a scout, making sure everything went to plan.
He had also just
arrived at Stringybark creek after the shooting, he could have just
been the fifth member of the gang had he had he arrived fifteen