Saying their grandfathers were left to die in poverty, they lodged a writ in Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday. "These trackers, from Fraser Island [in Queensland], were used by the Victorian government to track down Ned Kelly in 1880, and were promised pounds 50 each," a spokesman for Queensland's attorney-general said. "But the descendants now claim the trackers were never paid, and are suing the Victorian government for non-payment and the Queensland government for not pursuing their salaries."
Descendants of two of the trackers want a share of the pounds 8,000 reward paid for the capture of Kelly - plus 116 years' interest. The Fraser Island Aboriginal Land Council claims this could amount to A$40m (pounds 20m) for each tracker.
A spokeswoman for Victoria's attorney-general said a writ seeking damages from the Victorian government was first lodged in late 1994. But the government threw out the claim, saying the trackers' wages had been paid.Reuse content