...a place in the KellyGang story
Wangaratta was known as Ovens Crossing Place from 1838 until 1859.
The first settler was George Faithfull. He called his home Wangaratta from the aboriginal words 'wanga', a cormorant and 'ratta', to sit or nest. Others suggest that it means meeting of the rivers. The area was the home of the Pangerang Aborigines
Hear the story of Billy the Puntman (William Clark)(Sadleir)
Wangaratta in 1872 (Ensign5/7/1872)
The headquarters of police trying to control the Greta mob and those watching the Hart and Kelly homes. The town grew rapidly in the 1860s and 70s because mixed farming. There were a large number of selections in the area. The arrival of the railway line added to the area's prosperity.
Wangaratta was a substantial town with, by 1884 four churches, three flour mills, a tobacco factory, two breweries, several foundries, a tannery, a hospital and a town hall.
It would seem that the last corroboree in full war dress was held by the local aboriginal community in 1870
Prior to the arrival of the railway Wangarratta was cut off from the big market of Beechworth because of the state of the road into the mountains; "it would shake the teeth out of a saw". When it rained many of the roads in and out of Wangaratta became impassable.
in Murphy St dates from 1873
A postal outlet was opened in 1843.
Mail route between Wangaratta
and Cobram via Kilawana,
Peechelba, Bandalong, Yarrawonga
, and Burramine
And between Wangaratta and Estcourt
And between Wangaratta and Milawa, via Oxley , then to Moyhu Post Office, Taylor's Gap, Murmungee, Beechworth
Bank holiday, 23/1/79 (Argus22/1/79)
By 1884, Wangaratta had three flour mills, a tobacco factory, two breweries, several foundries, tannery, hospital and town hall.
Wangaratta Cemetery -contains Dan 'Mad Dog' Morgan's headless body.
William Bickerton , James Sloane and George Powell Trustees of the Cemetery
Dr Hutchinson practiced in the 1860s- 70s
Dr William H Miller
There were three big steam flour mills that employed a lot of people and processed the local wheat. the flour had a good reputation internationally.
The hospital was gazetted in 1876 but it operated for a number of years before. (Ensign7/2/1873)
George Haley resident surgeon (Argus1/7/80) (OMA1/7/80)
Francis Edward Brady house-steward (Argus1/7/80) (OMA1/7/80)
The Wangaratta Land Board consisted of Mr ET Dunn (of the land office Benalla), Mr Wm Ward (Chairman of the Beechworth Mining Board), and Mr Andrew Byrne (President of the Oxley Shire Council) (OMA5/4/1879)
Pound Keeper HY Miller
Race Course (Ensign4/2/1873)
Hickman jeweller and tobacconist, Murphy St
William Jarvis, a storekeeper, and Irving loaned Mrs Jones money to build and furnish the Glenrowan Inn
M'Keon grocery and general store at corner of Murphy and Reid Sts
Ovens and Murray Agricultural and Pastoral Society formed in 1860
Social Clubs and Societies
Wangaratta Amateur Dramatic and Musical Club; news of a performance (OMA5/4/1879)
Wangaratta Athenaeum (OMA5/6/1880)
Wangaratta Cricket Team
Wangaratta Racing Club
Tobacco factory, Chinese (Argus9/6/80)
Mr Lewis was the Inspector of schools based in Wangaratta (RC1511)(Argus20/7/80)
I was at Benalla on the day of the siege at Glenrowan (JJK)
Ah Woo gardener. I was murdered. (Argus11/9/71) (Argus17/10/71) (Argus11/11/71) (Argus14/11/71)
Petre Martains Star Hotel is mentioned in the Jerilderie
Ketts Bulls Head Hotel, Henry Ketts was married to Catherine Green.
Henry Kett was a former police officer, who became publican at 3 Wangaratta hotels.
Soon after the Murders at Stringy Bark
The KellyGang passed under the One Mile Railway Bridge early on the morning of Sunday 3/11/1878. They were on their way back from the Murray River, heading for the Wombat Ranges. They passed at the back of the Wangaratta Hospital, near Mrs Delaney's home. See also(RC8856) (RC13960) (RC17415) (CHC) (BWC) (JJK)
Was Joe Byrne in town playing billard? (Argus21/12/78)
In July 1879 Nicolson stationed a small body of men at Wangaratta under Sgt Steele. There was barely strength enough for a search party, but they could make up a fair party - seven or eight - by calling in men from neighboring stations. (RC 2nd reportXII)(RC713)
Ass Com Nicolson called a meeting of police in Wangaratta in about Feurary / March 1880 because the police cave party watching Mrs Byrne's might have been discovered. Const Cox 2810 was accused of pumping his colleagues for information. (RC5276)(RC1717). (RC13558) Const Cox produced a report on his duty at the cave party watching Mrs Byrnes place. (RC5440)
Day of the Glenrowan Siege
The first shots of the siege in Glenrowan were heard in Wangaratta.
According to Mr Laing the train with the police left Wangaratta for Glenrowan at 5.20am (RC13955)
According to Const Dwyer it arrived at the place where the track was taken up at 4.40am. He gave other times. (RC9395)
There were 4 passengers and 12 constables on the train from Wangaratta to the Glenrowan siege. Sgt Steele rode and Consts Dwyer, Caussey, Walsh, Montiford, Moore and Healey, and Mr Marsden went to Glenrowan by train (RC2880)(RC9402)
Jack Jones who had been shot at the start of the siege was taken to the Wangaratta Hospital where he arrived at about 11am. He died there at about midnight. The Wangaratta Hospital played an important part in the story of the siege. Young Reardon was also taken there for treatment.
John Grant, the 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)
Mr Tone, JP, held a magisterial inquiry at the hospital today on the body of John Jones and found that the boy was accidentally shot.
The inquiry on the bodies of Hart and Dan Kelly was not held. Mr William Bickerton, with Mr Ell to act as clerk, was in readiness to start at nine am., as appointed, when it turned but that police had not provided a conveyance, and that they could not procure one in the town. After some delay Superintendent Sadleir telegraphed to get a magisterial certificate authorising the burial of the bodies. This was obtained from Mr Tone and sent out to Greta. (Age 1/7/80)(MDTel1/7/80) (OMA1/7/80)
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