Heroes were few and far between on the ground at Glenrowan.
You don’t hear much about them however there were more than a couple of persons who committed heroic acts.
Arthur saved Mrs Jones from being shot by Sgt Steele. Steele had bragged that he had shot her in the ‘tits’.
It was this officer who saved Ned from being killed by Sgt Steele.
Father Matthew Gibney was on his way back to Western Australia when he was asked to give the last rites to Ned Kelly who had been captured. Father Gibney was a brave man who entered the burning Inn to try and save the two bushrangers. He was the main witness who saw the dead bodies of Dan and Steve. It was on his evidence that we know the bodies were the outlaws. Personally I wonder how he could be certain who they
were since he was from another state.
Seen as a hero to many, a traitor to others, Thomas Curnow was responsible
for saving countless lives by stopping the train.
Jesse Dowsett carried Margaret Reardon to safety during the siege.
Railwaymen risked death when they ferried police to the siege and also at times when they had to change the tracks and this required them standing in the open!
According to eye-witness Mrs McDonnell, a line repairer climbed the telegraph pole and fixed on a wire.
She said he was very brave because ‘bullets whistled all around him’.
Neil McHugh carried Johnny Jones out of the Inn under the risk created by constant gunfire.