A Purchase of Opium

Telegram from December 1878 informing of Joe’s recent purchase of opium in the Woolshed, it reads: “Detective Eason reports information obtained to Joe Byrne bought opium to which he is addicted last week at Woolshed and requests services of Fook Sing (Chinese detective) for a day or so.” Telegram from the Public Records Office Victoria.

An Inoffensive Man

The following description of Joe was made after the raid at Jerilderie. “Byrne stands nearly six feet high, long features, fair complexion and an effeminate cast of countenance, and of a nervous disposition; his manner is quiet and he appears to a casual observer an inoffensive man.” From the Bendigo Advertiser, 19 February 1879.