Historical Markers

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The following are a series of photographs of historical markers and points of interest in and around the township of Glenrowan.

1.    Ned Kelly statue 4.    Site of Ned Kelly's Capture
2.    Site of the Station Master's House 5.    Site of the Original Railroad Station Building

3.    Site of the Glenrowan Inn

 

1.    Ned Kelly statue

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The Ned Kelly Statue erected by Kates Cottage at a cost of $11,000.

2.    Site of the Station Master's House

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The plaque marked "Gate House" shows the site of the bulding in which the stationmaster, Mr Stanistreet lived. It was in this building on Sunday, June 27 1880, that the Kelly Gang first held their hostages while arranging to have some of the railway tracks torn up.


3.    Site of the Glenrowan Inn

It was in this building that the Kelly Gang held their hostages while awaiting the arrival of the special Police Train. When the police arrived they surrounded the Inn and following a siege, which lasted 121/2 hours, the police set fire to it to flush out any surviving members of the gang.

Father Gibney ran into the burning building and discovered the body of Joe Byrne and two others who were believed to have been those of Dan Kelly and Steve Hart. Although Joe's body was rescued from the inferno it wasn't until after the fire died down that the charred remains of the other two were obtained.

It was in this drain that several of the police took shelter when the shooting started. Some of those men were Sub-inspector O'Connor and four of the Queensland blacktrackers.

After the police were told of the Kelly Gangs presence in the Glenrowan Inn, they ran down the track from the station to the Gate House and on passing through a wicker gate, which led to the road, turned sharp right and headed for the Inn. Ned was about ten metres from the corner of the building and the other gang members on the verandah as Ned (recognising Hare in the lead) raised his Colt revolving rifle and fired.

In the full moon light Ned should not have missed, except for the fact that with armour on it was impossible to take proper aim. Hare was struck in the wrist and called out, "Good gracious, I am hit the very first shot!" The other gang members then opened up and the police returned their fire. Ned was hit by three bullets during this first encounter, suffering wounds to his left arm, right thumb and foot.


4.    Site of Ned Kelly's Capture

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After Ned turned away the sympathisers he returned to the hotel and spoke to Joe Byrne for some time. Ned said; "Come on Joe, get the boys, lets get out of here." But Joe had been wounded in the upper thigh during the early exchanges and was using whisky to kill the pain. He poured himself one last drink before leaving, but as he put the glass to his lips a police bullet struck him in the groin severing his femoral artery. He dropped like a stone without uttering a word and died.

Ned left the Inn and collapsed from loss of blood, about two hundred metres up the drain from the plaque. The sympathisers stood guard over him until he regained consciousness.

Then at about 7.00 am, armed with at least three revolvers, Ned walked down the gully towards the police who were surrounding the Inn. In a fifteen minute gun battle, Ned was hit nineteen times by police bullets and eventually brought to the ground by shots fired at his legs. He was overpowered and after stripping him of the armour was taken to the railway station. The exact site of Ned's capture is in the back of the old police station about ten metres from this plaque, on the edge of the gully.


5.    Site of the Original Railroad Station Building

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It was at this platform that the special police train pulled up at in the early hours of June 28, 1880. As the police were unloading their horses, Constable Bracken managed to escape from the Inn and ran to the end of the platform to advise his comrades that the Kelly Gang were about to leave the Inn. The police promptly took up their arms and followed Superintendent Hare to the Inn.

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