On this day ………… 12th March 1893

Another fragment of the living Kelly Gang history died on this day in 1893. Anton Wick, who achieved lasting fame when Joe Byrne and Dan Kelly used him as a decoy to shoot Aaron Sherritt. Wick was a long time resident of the Woolshed area near Beechworth, who literally stumbled into the Kelly story by accident by wandering past Sherritts cottage at Devil’s Elbow at precisely the wrong moment. Local legend has it that Wick, a widower, was returning home from visiting his married daughter on June 26, 1880 when Joe Byrne and Dan Kelly grabbed him and used him to bring Aaron Sherritt to his door. At the time, Sherritt was being protected by the police and was reluctant to open his door. Byrne and Kelly forced Wick to knock on the door and when asked by Sherritt who was there, was able to say, “It’s your poor neighbour who has lost his way in the dark.” When Sherritt opened the door, he was shot where he stood. He was 66 years of age when he died.