Shortly after the tragedy at Stringybark Creek, James Wallace was traveling along the Oxley road with a few friends, when Joe passed them riding Music, headed in the direction of Sebastopol.
During the Royal Commission, Wallace recounted the following:
‘I met Byrne one moonlight night on the Oxley road, going in the direction of Sebastopol from Greta. My school was right in a line from the two places, and of course they would follow the track. He was by himself. I was in company with others, and of course I did not state it was Byrne. I simply said “good night,” and he passed on. I recognised his form and voice.’
From the Royal Commission.