Looting the Bodies
"Having taken [Sergeant Kennedy's] life the miscreants would appear to have ransacked the body and removed everything of value, as Kennedy's pistols were gone, his watch and chain and the ring off his finger"
- The Age, Friday, November 1, 1878
Following the murders, the gang set about destroying evidence, ransacking then burning the tent, taking with them the police rations, weapons and the remaining horses.
They then looted the bodies, taking money and personal affects, including Kennedy’s much prized gold pocketwatch and Scanlon’s gold ring.
Inquests into the deaths revealed the extent of the injuries suffered by the men and the ferocity of the attack: Kennedy suffered a bullet wound and a shot gun blast; Scanlon was shot three times; Lonigan’s body was riddled with seven bullets.
In early November, 1878, Melbourne photographer Arthur Burman travelled to Stringybark Creek to document the scene of the attack. He was joined by members of the original search party who had retrieved the bodies of the murdered police. They posed for Burman in a re-enactment of events. This image shows the men re-enacting the discovery of Kennedy’s body.