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Importance of Guard Bell

I was a railway guard on the special train to the siege at Glenrowan

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Glenrowan Siege 28/6/1880 Special train leaves Melbourne to go to Beechworth - follow up on death of Aaron Sherritt

I was a guard on the special train from Melbourne to Glenrowan.

See my statement to the press. It contains some technical information about the movement of the trains. (Argus1/7/80) See McPhee's account

After the train left Essendon the train raveled at a great speed, and before the passengers were aware of any accident having occurred, we had smashed through a gate about a mile beyond Craigieburn. All we noticed was a crack like a bullet striking the carriage. The brake of the engine had, however, been torn away, the footbridge of the guard's van destroyed. I was looking out of the van at the time, and had a very narrow escape. ( Argus29/6/80)

Train arrives at Benalla

I then continued with the train to Benalla where we picked up some additional police. We were then proceeded by a pilot engine on our way towards Beechworth. The pilot engine stopped near Glenrowan at about 2.35am (Argus29/6/80)

Arrive at Glenrowan

I arrived at Glenrowan by train at about 2.30 am on the morning of the siege with Sup Hare. See my statement in (Argus1/7/80)

Beginning of the siege

I watched the start of the siege from the railway platform (RC1609)

After this we moved trains backwards and forward all day

I drove Ned Kelly from Beechworth back to Melbourne after his committal hearing (Herald13/8/1880)

Photograph Kelly Reward Board

Following the meetings of the Reward Board in December 1880 I recieved a reward of about £84

Early Career

Later Career



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