Meet the people of the KellyGang story
I died at the siege at Glenrowan; description - (SMH19/12/78)
Links to the KellyGang below , Early Years , Teenage years , First run in with the law , Fitzpatrick Incident , Gold Mining , Mansfield Murders , Escape North , Euroa Robbery , Mass arrest of sympathizers , Jerilderie Robbery., Later in 1879 , Early in 1880 , Death of Aaron Sherritt , Glenrowan Siege , Funeral , Royal Commission , Family ,
We lived on Three Mile Creek between Wangaratta and the Warby Ranges, out the back of the Wangaratta race course on a 230 acre selection near Three Mile Creek. I have been described as a small dark bow-legged boy who was a very good horseman and sometime jockey. One of my best feats was to clear the railway gates in Wangaratta. Others have said that I am slow speaking and that my friend Dan Kelly led me along.
After leaving school early I went to work as a butchers boy in Milawa with Mr Gardiner of Oxley. While I was there I was impressed by the Greta Mob. (FH) (BWC)
I liked to wear strapped moleskins and high healed riding boots with bright silk sash
On 30/10/1878 Parliament in Melbourne passed the Felons Apprehension Act. That turned us into outlaws. The police now had authority to shoot us on sight. They did not need an act of Parliament to do that.
See text of the warrant they issued (CHC)
We had a terrible time as we tried to cross the River Murray in the rain and avoid the police.
We made our way back to Wangaratta and I led us under the One Mile Bridge and we went into the Warby Ranges. (RC8856)
Eventually we made in and took up life again in the open paddocks near home. While some of our friends came and visited, life was no easy . Ned and Joe Byrne spent most days planning and Dan Kelly and I looked after the horses and our food supplies that were mainly organised by Dan's sister Maggie
On 11/12/78 I went off with Ned and Dan Kelly to do the robbery in Euroa. Ned and I went into the bank while Dan waited outside. I was identified by Fanny Shaw (Mrs Scott's maid) who I knew from my young days home in Wangarattta
My photograph (Argus18/12/78)
We were blamed for every event in the bush. (Argus27/1/79)
About midnight on Saturday the 8th of February, we the KellyGang surrounded the Jerilderie police station, and awoke the police. After we put the the police in their own cells I took the first shift to guard the women and children in the house while we had a good sleep.
On Sunday Dan Kelly and I dressed our selves up in police uniforms and walked about the station in a most conspicuous manner. No one took any notice. In the afternoon Joe Byrne put on a police uniform and came with me and we had a good look around. We took Const Richards with us. Later Ned and Dan got dressed up as police and came for walk around the town while Joe and I rode.
We went to the Royal Hotel where we introduced ourselves to the publican Mr Cox. I was placed inside the dining-room. Every person who came near the hotel was placed in this room I spent most day there looking after the quests for most of the time.
I got into trouble with Ned Kelly because I took a new saddle from a saddler's shop, and I also relieved several men of their watches. Ned Kelly ordered me to them return them. However Ned took took a saddle and bridle and pair of spurs belonging to Mr. Tarleton from the bank, with a pair of riding-trousers, gold watch and chain.
Please see Dan Kelly for the rest of the story of the KellyGang in Jerilderie
During this time things got hard quickly. Ned Kelly will tell you how we were helped by our families and friends. Joe Byrne spent much of his time thinking about planning the next raid and big event. I have been asked to tell you what we did from day to day.
There are reports that we had gone back to the old business of gold mining up in the area near the intersection of the roads linking Beechworth, Chiltern, Kiewa and Yackandandah. We were also reported to have visited people around Chiltern and at various other places
Ned and I visited mr and Mrs McDonnell in bed. My code name was 'Collie' (Herald29/6/1880)
After the civilians left the Inn
Dan Kelly and I were the only ones left in the Inn after we let the civilians go at about 10am.
I died at the siege before the Inn was set on fire.
Jones's Inn set fire to
The siege was kept up all the forenoon, and till 3 o'clock in the afternoon. Some say that Dan Kelly and I were dead by this time. The police decided to make sure. They wanted us dead anyway. They set fire to the inn and left us to roast. Just before this my sister Maggie attempted to approach the Inn from the front. She was by then prepared to plead with the authorities for one last time on our behalf. They turned her away.
When the house was seen to be fairly on fire, Father Gibney walked up to the front door and entered the Inn. There he saw the bodies of Dan Kelly and myself lying side by side on our backs. He touched us and found that we were dead. Gibney expressed the opinion, based on their position, that they must have killed one another. Were we killed one another or whether both or one committed suicide, or whether we were mortally wounded by the police? The priest had barely time to feel their bodies before the fire forced him to make a speedy exit from the room.
After the Inn had been burned down, our bodies were removed from the embers. People said that we presented a horrible spectacle, nothing but the trunk and skull being left, and these almost burnt to a cinder. Their armour was found near us. There was nothing left to lead to positive identification. I was a much smaller than Dan Kelly and this difference in size was noticeable in our remains. Constable Dwyer who followed Father Gibney into the hotel, states that he was near enough to the bodies to recognise Dan Kelly. (Argus 29/6/80) See also (DailyTelegraph29/6/1880)(RC12315)
SConst Johnston saw our bodies when he entered the Inn before we were burnt. 'The armour was lying about a foot and a half from each of them. I might explain the room they were in. There was a double bed in it, and as soon as the fire had burnt down the bed so that I could get to see them, I got a pile of brick and timber away from the wall, and got out the bed; then I saw the bodies, and the manner in which they were lying.' ' They appeared to me to have laid down in one another's arms-the left arm of one of them was not so much burnt as the right, that is, it appeared to be underneath the other.' (RC7197) See also (RC7222) (RC7361)
We were lying towards the door and bedstead, across the end of the building-that is where SConst Johnston set fire to the end of the bedstead-across, with the side to the end of the building; and our bodies were lying on the other side of the bed, between that and the door leading out on to the passage. (RC7248) (Argus5/7/80)
John Grant, the Wangaratta undertaker was employed by the friends to provide coffins of a first class description. He arrived with them in a buggy at Glenrowan on the afternoon of the siege. The lid of the one coffin has lettered “Daniel Kelly, died 28 th June 1880 , aged 19 years,” and the other “Stephen died 28 th June 1880 , aged 21.years.” (Argus30/6/80) (OMA1/7/80)
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