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Bushranger history

Bushrangers were prolific in north-east Victoria during the gold rush, with Ned Kelly, Harry Power and 'Mad Dog' Morgan three of the most infamous. The bloody siege and capture of the Kelly Gang in Glenrowan is arguably the most famous chapter in Australian bushranger history.

Visit the many Kelly and bushranger-related attractions throughout the region:

  • Explore the site of the Kelly Gang's siege and capture in Glenrowan
  • See the 6 metre high Ned Kelly statue, complete with homemade armour and helmet, which 'guards' Glenrowan, and visit the town's Kelly Museum and Kellyland
  • Take a guided tour or pick up a map of the Siege Site Walk and follow it past several sites in Glenrowan that featured in the Kelly Gang's capture
  • Stand in the cells and the dock where Ned Kelly stood for his preliminary hearing in August 1880
  • See the Ned Kelly death mask at the Burke Museum in Beechworth
  • Visit the Benalla Art Gallery and see the famous 'Glenrowan' tapestry by Sidney Nolan
  • Visit Benalla's Costume and Pioneer Museum with its extensive collection of Kellyana. Step inside Ned Kelly's portable cell and see the blood stained sash he is said to have worn under his armour
  • Visit the grave of the infamous 'Mad Dog' Morgan at the Wangaratta Cemetery
  • Drive up to Power's Lookout for a panoramic view of the upper King Valley and the Alpine National Park. Located off the Mansfield-Whitfield Road, the lookout was named after Harry Power, who used this outpost as a vantage point to view approaching troopers
  • Visit the Kelly Tree at Stringybark Creek (40.5 kilometres from Mansfield), the site of the 1878 gun fight where Ned Kelly shot three policemen, Lonigan, Kennedy and Scanlan
  • Follow the Mansfield Historical Walk that includes the Trooper's Monument on High Street - a memorial to Lonigan, Kennedy and Scanlan - as well as the cemetery where they are buried. 

For additional information, pick up the Ned Kelly brochure at visitor information centres.

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