All who have written of the fight at Glenrowan seem to be misled by a few loose statements by persons, too excited and too full of dread of their position, to be able to give any accurate account of what happened.’ Sadleir.
There were many people at Glenrowan during the siege. Not just the prisoners, but also those who arrived after the siege began, police, sympathisers, railway workers and others. In fact it was reported
that anywhere from 500-1,000 persons were present to witness this historical event.
There were several detailed eye-witness accounts of the siege.
Eye-witness accounts differed considerably because of their physical location and their outlook on the siege.
A sympathiser recorded the goings on differently to a policeman for example.
A person terrified saw things differently to one who was watching from the relative safety of the railway station.
No matter what their perspective, these accounts give us a feel of what it must have been like those few days.
By clicking on the links to John Lowe and T.H.Cameron, you will be taken to two detailed eye-witness accounts.
One is a copy of the handwritten account of the siege. It was given to me to see if I could work out who the author was. Thanks to Mark, a N.S.W. police officer who originally sent it in.
The second is a copy of a letter by T.H. Cameron to his brother concerning the siege.