Glenrowan, Victoria

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1 glenrowan aerial panorama 2018.jpg
Aerial panorama of Glenrowan
Glenrowan is located in Rural City of Wangaratta
Coordinates36°28′0″S 146°14′0″E / 36.46667°S 146.23333°E / -36.46667; 146.23333Coordinates: 36°28′0″S 146°14′0″E / 36.46667°S 146.23333°E / -36.46667; 146.23333
Population963 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Rural City of Wangaratta
State electorate(s)Ovens Valley
Federal Division(s)Indi

Glenrowan is a small town located in the Wangaratta local government area of Victoria, Australia. It is 236 kilometres north-east of Melbourne and 14 kilometres from Wangaratta and near the Warby Ranges and Mount Glenrowan. At the 2016 census, Glenrowan had a population of 963.[1]


Glenrowan was named after farmers James and George Rowan who ran farms in the area between 1846 and 1858; the township was settled in the late 1860s, the Post Office opening on 22 February 1870.[2] It is famous for the bushranger Ned Kelly, who made his last stand and was eventually captured there in 1880 after a siege and shootout with police; the local railway station opened in 1874 and closed to passengers in 1981.[3]

The town gives its name to the Glenrowan wine region which was formally defined in 2003, with the first grape vines planted in 1866.[4]

The town today[edit]

Statue of Ned Kelly on the main street of Glenrowan

Glenrowan is a popular rest point for those travelling on the Hume Freeway. In the township of Glenrowan, off the highway, tourists can rest, walk and examine the famous Kelly siege sites.

The town has an Australian rules football team competing in the Ovens & King Football League.[5]

Works on the area and Ned Kelly[edit]


Though a very small locality many books on the Kelly Gang's final siege at Glenrowan exist. Though many works discuss land selection, social conflict etc., they all have many details, photos, maps, sketches and facts about 1880 Glenrowan, its railway, the two hotels, and planned train derailment.

  • Kenneally, J. J. The Inner History of the Kelly Gang, 1929 (many reprints available- this was a watershed pro-Kelly work) shows pictures of Glenrowan during the 1880s
  • Brown, Max. Australian Son, Georgian House, Melbourne, 1948 (plus subsequent reprints) shows pictures of Glenrowan in the 1940s
  • Carey, Peter, True History of the Kelly Gang, Vintage, 2001 (this is fiction; not a history)
  • Cave, Colin (ed.) Ned Kelly Man and Myth, Cassel North Melbourne, 1963. (an important watershed work in lifting the Kelly story into the academic arena)
  • Jones, Ian. Ned Kelly: A Short Life, Lothian, Port Melbourne, 1995. (a comprehensive work including sketches of Glenrowan and the Kelly siege)
  • Prior,Tom. et al., A Pictorial History of Bushrangers, Paul Hamlyn, Sydney, 1968. (many photos of Glenrowan in 1880 taken during and after the Kelly siege at the hotel)
  • Molitorisz, Sacha. The Romance of Robbery: Australian Bushrangers, Murray David, French Forest, 1998, ISBN 1-876411-01-5 (photos and contemporary drawings of Ned Kelly at Glenrowan)
  • McQuilton, John. The Kelly Outbreak 1878-1880, Melbourne University Press, 1979. (a watershed academic work which discusses land selection in the vicinity of Glenrowan)
  • Phillips, John, The Trial of Ned Kelly, The Law Book Company, North Ryde, 1987.
  • Clune, Frank. The Kelly Hunters, 1954.
  • Osborne, Charles. Ned Kelly, Sphere Books, London, 1970.
  • Sadlier, John, Recollections of a Victorian Police Officer, (1913)Penguin Colonial Facsimiles Ringwood, 1973. (autobiography from a Kelly Gang police pursuer and conflicts in the Glenrowan locale)


  • Douglas Stewart, Ned Kelly, 1943. (play for radio broadcasts)

TV movies[edit]

Fictional novels set around Glenrowan[edit]

Aerial view from the east


  1. ^ a b "2016 Census QuickStats Glenrowan". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
  3. ^ Turton, Keith W. (1973), Six And A Half Inches From Destiny, Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division), p. 102, ISBN 0-85849-012-9
  4. ^ Halliday, James. "Glenrowan Wine Region". James Halliday's Wine Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  5. ^ Full Points Footy, Glenrowan, archived from the original on April 30, 2008, retrieved 2008-07-25

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