“Today the people come simply to look at what once was. And wonder. Here is a genuine penal museum. The Old Melbourne Gaol. Here is a bluestone relief, a colonial hang-over, in a city of steel and plate glass. But it is, first of all, the place where they hanged Ned Kelly. Somewhere nearby, no one knows where, are his bones. It doesn’t matter; the man is everywhere.”
section will briefly discuss the last resting places of many of the
personalities involved in the “Kelly Outbreak”. In no particular order,
there is information on their last days and directions to the grave if
appropriate. Remember you are calling on other peoples memories so please be
Ned was buried in the grounds of The Old Melbourne Gaol. Over the years,
according to reports, excavation work unearthed his bones.(Apparently, on more
than one occasion.)His remains according to some, have recently made the journey
to Coburg and are now interred near Ronald Ryan in the grounds of what is now
a certain fellow in Western Australia claims to have Neds skull, from available
evidence, it would appear to be the skull of a female.
suffering the indignity of being sketched and photographed by the press, Joes
body was secretly buried in the Benalla
cemetery. Today, after many years, the grave site has been marked. It can be
found @ the rear of cemetery grounds under a large tree. Lillies are also there
to indicate the presence of a grave. Joe lies near the body of Martin Cherry,
the civilian who became a casualty of the Siege of Glenrowan. Cherries inquest
was held at the Victoria Hotel in Benalla which can be located on Carrier St.
near the railway station.
his charred remains were raked from the ashes of Anne Jones
Inn, Dan was interred in the cemetery at Greta along side Steve Hart. There have
been claims over the years that he is actually buried at Eleven Mile creek, near
the remains of the Kelly Homestead but this has not been substantiated and
hardly matters because both locations are in the Kelly heartland and a fitting
resting place for Neds younger brother. The grave(s)is unmarked.
Steve is buried at Greta cemetery but stories persist that he lays in an
unmarked grave on the old Hart property near Wangaratta. Another,
slightly sinister story is the belief that both Dan and Steve escaped
from the inferno of Glenrowan and lived out their lives elsewhere. Although some
historians subscribe to this theory, there has been no concrete evidence to
prove this to be the case.
Byrnes one time best friend was shot by Joe in the Woolshed valley one cold
night in June 1880.It is ironic that the gangs only cold blooded murder was one
of their own. Aaron lies in an unmarked grave in Beechworth cemetery. Although
there have been attempts over the years to mark the site, feeling for the Byrne/Sherritt
connection has been so strong, the idea was abandoned. He lies near another
historic grave that IS marked-John Watt-shot by bushrangers.
“On the tableland and in the valley below, the two families hugged their grief tight and spoke of revenge; while rain drifted over the hills and two anonymous mounds of freshly turned clay lost their rawness, settled and sprang with grass.”
Passage describing the laying to rest of Joe in Benalla and
Aaron in Beechworth.
From “The Fatal Friendship”-Ian Jones. Page 191
3 police officers shot by Ned and Joe at Stringybark creek in 1878 lie in the
Mansfield cemetery. All 3 graves are within site of each other. From the main
entrance, follow path straight ahead. Lonigan is on the right, Kennedy on the
left and Scanlon is to the left of both over by the fence. Headstone is patched
up after being stupidly destroyed by vandals. The memorial to the 3 policemen is
at the main cross roads in Mansfield and worth a visit. It was dedicated in 1880
while the gang was still at large..
LOFTUS MAULE STEELE-Although
Sergeant Steele had a busy time at the Siege of Glenrowan, some of his actions
were highly questionable. After shooting at civilians, he brought Ned down and
tried to murder him but was prevented. He lived out his days in Wangaratta(in
Murphy St.)and is buried in Wangaratta cemetery not too far from the grave of
Jack Jones-another civilian casualty of the siege.(Roman catholic section.)
of the Queensland Native Police brought in to track the gang. He died of
exposure and is buried in the Benalla Cemetery. Grave is now marked.
father.Red died in December 1866 at the age of 47 following a substantial spell
in prison. The grave has recently been marked and is in the Avenel cemetery near
the corner of Queen St. and Ewings Rd. Also in the same cemetery lies Richard
Shelton, the boy saved by Ned from drowning for which he was awarded the green
silk sash now on display at the Benalla Pioneer Museum.
mother lies in an unmarked grave in Greta cemetery. Of all of her and Reds
children, she survived all but two, Jim and Grace. According to the Death
certificate, she died on 27th May 1923.She lies in the Roman Catholic
section and was respected in the district when she passed away at a “ripe old
also lies in an unmarked grave in Greta cemetery. Plot is outlined by four small
posts. He spent most of his life after the outbreak caring for his Mother and
died at age 89.He was buried on 18th December 1946, a most respected
cousin and staunchest ally. Tom Lloyd lies in a marked grave in Greta cemetery.
During the Kelly Outbreak, he was identified as the fifth member of the gang. He
died in August 1927.
Skillion (or Skilling) was a tower of strength to the outlaws. As well as
looking after the family at Eleven Mile creek, she saw that Ned and co. were as
safe as possible. When her first husband did not return to her from prison, she
married Tom Lloyd. She died at an early age and was buried on January 24th
1896 in an unmarked grave.(Behind Tom Lloyds in Roman Catholic section.)
on 18th March 1893 aged 66.Grave is in the Church of England
section-Beechworth cemetery. Turn right @ Rotunda and walk 45 metres. Turn left
and walk another 45. Joe Byrne used Anton to lure Aaron Sherritt to his death.
Thinking Anton was lost, he went to answer his door willingly. Antons wife is
Fitzpatrick was no doubt the catalyst of the Kelly Outbreak.He was a weak man
who liked a drink and to tell the odd lie.It was on his evidence that Ellen
Kelly went to prison in 1878.He is buried in Box Hill cemetery on Middleborough
Rd.(Prebyterian section,back left hand corner of cemetery.)He died from cardiac
exhaustion after developing cirrhosis of the liver in May 1924, aged 67.His wife
Anna Savage, died in January 1951 and lies in the same row.Captain Standish
forced Fitzpatrick to marry her after she wrote to him and complained of
sister Kate apparently had an unhappy life after 1880. She was found drowned in
the lagoon at Forbes N.S.W. in 1898.It is said her husband, William Foster, was
not a good one. Jim Kelly made the journey and brought back Kates children to
Greta to be raised by Ellen. Kates son, Fred Foster, died in action in World War
1.His name can be seen on the Oxley War Memorial. Kates grave is in the Forbes
cemetery. Not far from the grave of Ben Hall, bushranger shot near Forbes 15
McIntyre was the survivor of the Stringybark search party headed by Sergeant
Kennedy. According to sources, he was very much alone after that fateful day. He
lived @ 5 Hotham St. Ballarat and died aged 72, 1918.The grave is in the new
cemetery, Lydiard St. North Ballarat.
Bracken was stationed @ Glenrowan in 1880 and stopped Arthur Steele from killing
Ned. He received a large portion of the reward money. After Ned died, he found
he was highly thought of by sympathisers and family yet rebuffed by many of his
fellow officers-possibly due to envy. All this got to Bracken which resulted in
a nervous break-down. On the 7th April 1883, he was transferred from
Wallan to the Melbourne police depot and then found unfit for further service.He
was discharged and received a pension. His wife died, worn out, @ Oakleigh in
1884. She and their son, Richard, had been @ Glenrowan when taken prisoner by
Ned and Joe. Hugh Bracken died @ Wallan, aged 60 on 22nd February
1900 from gunshot wounds, self inflicted. He was buried on 25th
February 1900 in Wallan cemetery.His grave is not marked.His son Richard was
killed in action on 19th September 1918 less than a month before the
end.(11th November 1918-WW1).
Ned allowed school teacher Curnow to leave the Glenrowan Inn and go home with
his sick wife, he ran down the railway line toward Benalla and warned the Police
on the train of the Kelly threat. Thus began the Siege of Glenrowan. After the
siege, Curnow left Glenrowan at the instigation of the education department and
reported to Melbourne, possibly for his own safety. He died on 20th
December 1922 and is buried in the family plot in section D of the old Ballarat
cemetery.(Near the Crewick Rd. fence.)Grave is marked “Ginge Curnow.”
Commisioner Standish is buried in the Melbourne General cemetery near Optus
oval, Carlton.His philosophy was “a constable is born, not made.”Despite his
lifes excesses, apparently he was penniless when he died.
Frank Hare initially cultivated Aaron Sherritt as a police spy. His close
adoration of Aaron says a lot about them both. He was forced to retire after the
1881 Royal Commission into the police force. The grave is close to that of
Nicolson was Hares arch rival and joint captor of Harry Power, Neds tutor in
bushranging. Nicolson is buried in St. Kilda cemetery. He became a police
magistrate after the 1881 commission.
Sadleir was one of the fairer men amongt the officers in the Kelly pursuit. He
is buried in Brighton Cemetery.
McMonigle worked with Ned in the years Ned “went straight”.He rquested that
Ned not call on him after Stringybark creek as he “didn’t hold with
murder”.The Mcmonigle family lie in the Greta cemetery. Jack died on 5th
may 1931 aged 82 years. The plot is marked.
in Melbourne General cemetery.
Gribble was present @ Jerilderie during the Kelly raid.He is buried in the
Waverley cemetery in N.S.W.
gouge died in a riding accident in 1878.Most of the population of Euroa were
attending the funeral in the old Euroa cemetery when the Kelly contingent rode
past at some haste during the bank robbery. From main gate,go 100 metres.Turn
right and go 8 metres. Another 4 metres along on the left hand side, you will
find the grave.
is in the Barnawartha cemetery.The brothers had purchased horses from the
gang.The family were first generation selectors.
powerful Moyhu squatter, he died less than 2 years after Ned. They were
formidable enemies. Whitty lies buried in the Milawa cemetery whilst the catholic church at Moyhu boasts a leadlight window
dedicated to Whittys wife.
Barry will forever be known as the man who sentenced Ned Kelly to death. At the
trial, Ned prophesised they would meet again in a higher court.12 days later, he
died. His ornate headstone can be seen in the Melbourne General cemetery. His
statue stands outside the public library in Swanston St. Melbourne.
“There are two other statues near Barrys; St. George and the Dragon and a magnificent Joan of Arc. The pigeons and seagulls ignore these last two, but defecate profusely on the Barry statue. The thought is pure mischief but irresistable: are we seeing the evidence of some judgement in that higher court?”
Last Outlaw”magazine-Les Carlyon(1980) Page 58
governor at the Melbourne Gaol when Ned was hanged on 11th November,
1880.He treated Ned with respect and even brought in his young son to meet him.
Ned apparently repaid the
compliment by suggesting he grow into a fine man-like his Father.Young Godfrey
Castieu (Cass) grew up to play the part of Ned in a number of early Kelly films.
John Castieu is buried in St. Kilda cemetery.
GUNN and ELLEN KELLY-The
first grave to be established in Greta cemetery.Ellen Gunn was the daughter of
Neds sister, Annie Gunn.She died an infant.Ellen Kelly was the illegitimate
daughter of Ellen Kelly and William Frost-a local boundary rider who neglected
all responsibility for the child until Ellen took him to court.When the child
died, Bill Frost disappears from the story.Grave is 67C in the Roman Catholic
sister, younger than Kate and Maggie.she died in May 1940 aged 74 years. She is
buried in Greta cemetery. The Griffith family are still a well known one in the
area.There is a story of Graces son, “Black Jack” Griffiths firing on a
couple of journalists he discovered on his property one day.The relatives hold
their family story close to their chest and MUST be respected.
was the school master @ Jerilderie at the time of the Kelly raid. Ned decided he
should give the kids the day off in honour of the occasion. Elliott is buried in
Reynolds performed the post mortem on the police officers bodies when they were
retrieved from Stringybark creek. He died in 1901 and is buried in Mansfield
So there you have it. I will add more information on the participants final resting places as I continue research. In the meantime, please tread carefully and respect our heritage and the families concerned.
“Much has changed in Kelly Country.The dirt tracks to the diggings are now paved to facilitate an age called progress. Fences now bound the land where once rich squatters like Whitty would impound poor farmers cattle for straying on their land and towns have changed into respectable urban settlements.
Greta,which possibly holds more claim to the Kellys than any other place, nestles peacefully on the plains of fifteen mile creek. A family history which put Greta on the map now lays peacefully in the Greta cemetery.”
“In Search of Ned”-Kevin Passey(1988)page 197
MAY THEY REST IN PEACE.
Whilst there have been a few museums that have come and gone over the years, following is a brief run down of what is still current followed by a section detailing gone but not forgotten favourites. (At least with me anyway!)
KATE'S COTTAGE (Gladstone St. Glenrowan) Excellent museum and reconstruction of Kelly Homestead. Highlights include a replica suit of armour (apparently made by Rod Gerrett-owners grandfather).
Some items include: original newspaper engravings, some firearms, props from the early eighties mini-series" Sara Dane", a fence reputedly built by Jim Kelly various photographs of Gladstone Stein bygone days.Interestingly,the bricks on the floor are from the old Euroa police station. Although currently undergoing a renovation, lets hope the atmosphere remains the same.
COBB and Co. Gladstone St.Glenrowan.) Another excellent museum in a more formal setting. Location is in basement under souvenir shop. Proprietor Gary Dean also has a suit of armour. This one was used in the 1980 re-enactments. Steve Harts spur appears in a glass case as does a helmet prop worn by John Jarrett in the excellent mini-series" The Last Outlaw"(1980).The Kelly story is told in pictures in a logical if somewhat staid fashion with a lot of illustrations being culled from a copy of Keith McMenomys 1984 book. her is a generous section devoted to Jack and Violet Kelly/King which I found extremely interesting.
GLENROWAN TOURIST CENTRE Gladstone St.Glenrowan) Although there are only 2 museums in Glenrowan as mentioned above) I feel that the tourist centre must be mentioned because before Bob Hempel took it over in 1983/84,it was a well presented museum. At that stage, as created by Don and Valda Titbits-the pioneers of Kelly Tourism @ Glenrowan), you could inspect McDonnell Railway Tavern bar as the prime exhibit. God knows what Hempel did with it. Apparently it is somewhere within his crass, historically inaccurate, bloody expensive show. This was back in the days before the original Kelly statue was stolen and replaced with a plastic likeness of singer "Lazy Harry".
BENALLA PIONEER and COSTUME MUSEUM (Mair St.Benalla).
As Benalla has often claimed to be the centre of the Kelly story, the Kelly section of the museum hardly does it justice. Highlights include the dock from Old Benalla Court house and Needs green silk sash. This should probably be putting in an appearance @ Ned: the exhibition but that's life.) Museum also claims to have gaol door on which Joe Byrnes body hung against. Lately though, I have heard that this artefact isn't authentic. Signage in the Kelly section is of a very amateurish nature and needs replacing badly.
KELLY MUSEUM Bridge St.Benalla.) No longer operating but worthy of a mention. Run by Earn Straughair, a former mayor of Benalla, this museum was my first memory of Kelly Country. Highlights included an original reward poster, a prison bed from lock up, a police officers foot locker, the gaol door now in pioneer museum), a replica suit of armour which was originally @ Glenrowan I believe.) All exhibits were always lovingly covered in cobwebs. I miss it. It's not generally looked on favourably by Kelly purists but it had a certain something.
BURKE MUSEUM Loch St.Beechworth)Originally created in honour of Robert O'Hara Burke, the figure of Ned Kelly has long taken over. Highlights include an indoor streetscape of Beechworth's yesteryear. another replica suit of armour, Ned's death mask, Aaron Sherrit doorstep currently @ Ned: the exhibition) and some unknown pieces of armour discovered in the Woolshed valley. I think.) Kelly story is adequately conveyed visually.
THE CARRIAGE MUSEUM Ford St.Beechworth.) They claim to have one of Daniel Morgan's saddles. I am not convinced.
FARMERS ARMS MUSEUM Euroa-near Seven Creeks park.) Nothing here specifically related to Ned but certainly well worth a visit!
OLD MELBOURNE GAOL Russell St.Melbourne,) Currently the site of the excellent NED: THE EXHIBITION. On a standard day however, highlights include the National Trust suit of Armour, original beam on the gallows which both Ned and Ronald Ryan were hung from. An excellent gift and souvenir shop.
STATE LIBRARY of VICTORIA (Melbourne) An excellent collection of Kelly artefacts-a suit of armour, Jerilderie Letter and more to be set up bad displayed in the coming months. I'm excited!!
Museums aren't the only places to get a feel for the Kelly story. Stand @ the reconstructed Railway station @ Glenrowan, swat the flies away on a hot day @ Eleven mile creek as you gaze @ the remains of Kelly Homestead. And sweat as you wind your way to the Woolshed valley which in my opinion is the most unspoilt and beautiful of all Kelly sites.