Steel sword of the pattern used by Royal Artillery officers. The sword is highly polished and the blade is decoratively etched. The blade is also inscribed 'Presented to Sergeant Steele, Victoria Police by the Moyhu Stock Protection Society as a testimony of the high esteem they entertain of his public services during the recent outbreak. Wangaratta 1880.'. The sword is fitted with a basket hilt, a wire-bound sharkskin grip, and the outfitter's name "J.W. Rosier / Melbourne" is on the ricasso. The sword is sheathed in a highly polished undecorated scabbard, which has two raised bands.
Sergeant Arthur Steele collection
Sergeant Arthur Steele was one of the most prominent police officers involved in the pursuit of the Kelly Gang. It was Steele who finally shot Kelly at Glenrowan in June 1880, avoiding Kelly's armour by wounding the bushranger in the legs. Steele was also criticised for some of his actions, yet he received a sizeable portion of the official reward. The sword was given to Steele by local stockowners - those people who had the most to fear from the Kelly Gang - in gratitude for Steele's actions at Glenrowan. Given that the fundamental background to the Kelly outbreak was a land war beteeen squatters and selectors, the sword is powerfully symbolic of the economic and political battle that underlay the Kelly story.
J W Rosier, Gun Maker
Nickel-plated steel, Animal material - non specific