VPM 2580 Carte-de-Visite Constable Alexander Fitzpatrick holding a riding crop.

Reproduced with permission from the collection of Victoria Police.


This page was first uploaded to Ironicon  23 November 2019

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Constable Fitzpatrick is the man most often blamed for triggering the Kelly outbreak. Ever since the event Fitzpatrick has been widely labelled a drunkard, liar and perjurer. Yet this is not correct.

This article by Stuart Dawson reconstructs, corroborates, and vindicates Fitzpatrick's courtroom testimony,
and shows - without trying to make him into a saint - that almost everything written about his role in the Kelly outbreak by numerous "historical experts" for the last 140 years is wrong.

The real story is put forward here.