...a place in the KellyGang story
In the beginning of white settlement some Scots had stopped in the hills on the route from Benalla to Wangaratta and called the place The Glen. The town of 'Glenrowen' was proclaimed on 25 February 1861, perhaps named after the the Rowan family of the Springs. The first blocks were issued in 1858.
How was selection going in 1867 (Argus12/10/66)
The main train line and road between Melbourne and Beechworth passes through a gap in the Warby Ranges at Glenrowan between Mount Morgan to the west and Mount Ruffy and the Futter Range in the east.
The lay out of the town and location of the place where the track was taken up. (SMH30/6/80)
The town is in a way in 2 parts, the old town part is to the south and west of the railway station along the old road between Benalla and Wangaratta, and the new part of town developed around the railway station. Jones's Glenrowan Inn was in the new part of town.
Daniel Morgan spent one of his last nights before he was killed asleep in the Glenrowan quarry in 1865
Selectors in the area (Argus21/6/80)
The scene of the Glenrowan
siege and the battle with the KellyGang including
the capture of Ned Kelly and
the deaths of Joe Byrne, Dan
Kelly and Steve Hart
The siege was also the place where the reputations of many senior police officers ended including Superintendents Hare and Sadleir and Insp O'Connor and Sgt Steele
In more modern times trade has flowed through the town
to places on either side.
On 9 December 1874 a telesope was set up at Glenrowan to watch the transit of Venus
The township of Glenrowan consists of about half a dozen houses, inclusive of two bush hotels, Jones's Glenrowan Hotel being about 200 yards from the station, on the west side of the line, whilst M'Donald's Hotel is about the same distance-on the other side of the line. See also (Argus21/6/80) (Argus30/6/80)
The town had lots of social events such as race meetings, picnics, ploughing matches and circuses. One of the most popular places for picnics was a paddock near Harvey's Paddock (orchard). The town plan of 1875 shows 35 blocks and a railway reserve, High Street and Palmerston streets and as the side streets Maud, Russell, Panmure, Granville, and Liddle.
Glenrowan had a few shacks, a general store, a black smith shop and two hotels. The police barracks, post office and school were a kilometre closer to Benalla. The quarry was in production and the town serviced the wine industry in the area
Today the main street is on the eastern side of the railway line. In the KellyGangs time it was on the western side, up the hill from Jone's Glenrowan Inn
Const Johnson and his search party lost track of the KellyGang as they traveled through Glenrowan on 11/11/1878. From the inquiries Johnson's party made made they found that on the previous Friday (8/11/78) night that three men had been seen near the railway station when the train came in.(RC12461)(Argus14/11/78)
On 9/12/1878 the day of the Euroa robbery, when the train arrived at Glenrowan, Mr. Sadleir observed a suspected sympathizer and scout of the gang watching their movements; and, from his action and the expression of his face, it was evident that something unusual was stirring. Nicolson and Sadleir had taken the bait and they were off to Wodonga - in the wrong direction (RC2nd reportIX)
The Cameron was posted from Glenrowan (Argus18/12/78)
Where did the KellyGang take up the railway line? (Argus30/6/80)
Hear Mr William Grovernor's version of the story (BWC)
There is no telegraph office at Glenrowan and Mr Cheshire, the Postmaster at Beechworth, on hearing that the KellyGang were there, proceeded with the Beechworth detachment of police by train and on arrival, at about 9am, had the wires cut, and connected with a small pocket telegraph instrument, thereby Glenrowan in telegraphic communication with the city. (Argus2/7/1880)
Mr Curnow the school teacher had to leave Glenrowan with his family. But this was only part of the problem. People talk about the Kelly family gathering at Greta and stopping the authorities from holding an inquest into the deaths of Dan Kelly and Steve Hart.
Glenrowan was a town in termoil. A party of six men, all well armed, under the command of Senior-constable Kelly, left to night for Glenrowan on about 30/6/80. It was planned that they would stop all nigh at the Glenrowan police camp. The authorities considered it advisable in consequence of threats made to roast Constable Bracken as the police had roasted Dan Kelly and Hart. (Age 1/7/80)
In the days following, Glenrowan was visited by a number of people, who were anxious to see the scene of the fight. They eagerly cut out bullets in the trees and fences. At that time everything there was very quiet. However, the locals were not at all satisfied.(Age 1/7/80)
New building on the site of the Glenrowan Inn leased to the police by Mrs Jones. There were other buildings on the site (Argus13/9/83)
Glenrowan is just off the new Hume Highway and it is visited by a large number of people who are interested in the story of the KellyGang and the Glenrowan siege of 28 June 1880 when Ned Kelly was captured and Joe Byrne, Dan Kelly and Steve Hart died in Jones's Glenrowan Inn.
Glenrowan is making a new effort to tell the story of the KellyGang in a more effective way.
Contact the Glenrowan Improvers
See also Benalla Cavalcade by AJ Dunlop
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