After nearly two years on the run, the Kelly Gang held local residents hostage in Glenrowan, at Ann Jones’ Inn, while they waited for a police train to arrive, which they planned to derail. A gunfight broke out, resulting in the fatalities and the serious wounding of Ned — despite the gang’s use of the now-famous armour. The event was the focus of media attention at the time and Glenrowan soon became a tourist attraction.
The CLMP assesses and documents the cultural heritage values of the precinct and clarifies what is significant about it. It also provides a heritage policy framework to inform and guide management and future development, plus an historical summary of events in June 1880, a physical survey, analysis of landscape and built elements, and recommended approaches to interpretation for the site. The precinct includes public and private land.
Following development of the CLMP, Lovell Chen senior associate Libby Blamey, recounted the story of the siege and discussed aspects of the heritage issues for Glenrowan at a National Trust of Australia (Queensland) event held at Boggo Road Gaol. She was one of three speakers at “The Trust Talks : Managing the Heritage of Wounded Places”.
Libby’s paper is available for reading online.
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