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Importance of Mr Joseph Dalgarno Melvin

I was a journalist The Argus, and present at 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 got news that the train was being prepared and made my way down to Spencer St Station in train to cath the train in time

Train arrives at Benalla

The train stopped at Benalla to get the latest news from Beechworth and to pick up water

Arrive at Glenrowan

When the train was stopped by Mr Curnow I got out of the carriage through the window and opened the door for Sup Hare. (Argus5/7/80) (RC10301)

I arrived at Glenrowan by train at about 2.30 am on the morning of the siege.

Begining of the siege

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

I had a firearm and went forward with the police to the ditch for a time. (RC10033)

We helped the police. Many of the men had taken wrong ammunition with them, and the consequence was that they had to send back for ammunition, and Mr.McWirther and myself sorted the carbine and Martini Henry ammunition and gave it out to the men as the messengers came to the station for it. (RC10331)

Capture of Ned Kelly

I was present when Ned Kelly was captured. (RC10349)

Release of the civilians


Burning of Jones's Inn


See my report in The Argus. (Argus29/6/80 )

Photograph Ned Kellys Trial /10/1880 Royal Commission I gave evidence to the Reward Board. One of the few witnesses (Argus16/4/81)

I gave evidence to the Royal Commission on 7/6/1881

What did the press have to say about my evidence (Argus8/6/81)

Early Career Later Career .


wife ?... children ?.... home >..

What happened to Joseph Melvin's family