There were several photographers at Glenrowan during the siege, all arriving after the shooting had started.

    When you look at the photos taken you can hardly believe that these are genuine shots taken on the day. At Stringybark Creek some scenarios were recreated for the photographer, at Glenrowan they were taken as the action unfolded.

    Unfortunately, newspapers in 1880 could only illustrate the battle via woodcuts. Often these woodcuts were created from original photographs. 

    After the siege was over more photos were taken of the ruins of the inn and the spot where Ned fell. Police involved in the siege also had their photos taken. The armour and weapons were photographed as was the bodies of Dan & Steve and the following day Joe’s stiffened corpse.  All of these sold well and photographers did a roaring trade indeed.

John Lindt took this photograph of Arthur Burman as he prepared to take a photograph of Joe Byrne.

Here listed are the known photographers names:
Madeley, Oswald Thomas took some fantastic shots of the inn including as it started to burn.
Barnes, William Edward ‘Benalla’ took publicity photos after the siege of several police, and had a photograph of
Steve Hart which he offered to the police to assist in Hart’s capture.


Bray, John ‘Beechworth’.


Below a photo by Bray, note the same props as seen in the picture of Aaron Sherritt.

Burman, Arthur. Burman was not at the siege, however he (and Madeley) produced
what was called ‘A complete Series of Photographic Views in connection with the Kelly
Outrages’. There were eighteen photographs in total. (see below)

An interesting little known fact is that Burman had his own set of replica armour made.
It was very close to the original. So much so that some modern paintings/prints have
inadvertently used this armour. The helmet is different to the original and the artists have
missed this fact.

Lindt, John William.
(above, Lindt taken in 1890 SLV.)
Lindt arrived late on the scene at Glenrowan. Took the image above of Joe Byrne strung
up on the door at Benalla.
For more information on Lindt visit: http://www.alisonholland.com/lindtbiog.htm
Krutli, Herman. (according to Corfield, his name was actually Ernest)
Herman was Lindt’s assistant at Benalla and Glenrowan.
The following is from a geneological web site,
( http://homepages.picknowl.com.au/krutli/1st%20generation.htm )

Florence was living in Neutral Bay at the time of her death. Herman Carl was the third Child of Ernest and Maria KRUTLI.
No record has been found for Herman Carl’s birth. His age on Ella Augusta’s and Charles Frederick’s Birth Certificates places his birth in 1866. Herman Carl finished school at the age of twelve or thirteen and started a Photographic apprenticeship with a Mr. J.W.Lindt.
Herman spent the next five years under the supervision of Mr. Lindt and received no pay while in his Apprenticeship. During his Apprenticeship he travelled to Glenrowan station in the spring of 1880 with Mr. Lindt, who had been assigned by an enterprising Melbourne newspaper to accompany the special police train expedition against the bushranger Ned KELLY. While Mr. Lindt scouted around with his camera, Herman stood by ready to sensitize the plates. After the arrest, record photographs were made and used by the newspaper as a guide to their woodcut artist. (thanks to Sharon for sending this in).


The following is from the Australian Dictionary of Biography (Online ed)
NETTLETON, CHARLES (1826-1902), photographer, was born in north England, son of George Nettleton. He arrived in Victoria in 1854 accompanied by his wife Emma, née Miles. In Melbourne he joined the studio of T. Duryea and Alexander McDonald and specialized in outdoor work. He carried his dark tent and equipment with him everywhere, a necessity in the days of the collodion process when plates had to be developed immediately after exposure. He became special photographer for the government and the Melbourne Corporation and is credited with having photographed the first Australian steam train when the private Melbourne-Sandridge (Port Melbourne) line was opened on 12 September 1854.
Nettleton systematically recorded Melbourne’s growth from a small town to a metropolis. Every major public work was photographed including the water and sewerage system, bridges and viaducts, roads, wharves, diversion of the River Yarra and construction of the Botanical Gardens. His public buildings include the Town Hall, Houses of Parliament, Treasury, Royal Mint, Law Courts and Post Office and he also photographed theatres, churches, schools, banks, hospitals and markets. His collection of ships includes photographs of the Cutty Sark, and the Shenandoah. He photographed the troops sent to the Maori war in 1860, the artillery camp at Sunbury in 1866 as well as contingents for the Sudan campaign and the Boxer rising. The sharp delineation of his pictures taken at six seconds exposure was a credit to his skill.

Nettleton visited the goldfields and country towns, photographed forests and fern glades, and rushed to disaster areas. In 1861 he boarded the Great Britain to take pictures of the first English cricket team to come to Australia. During the Victorian visit of the Duke in Edinburgh in 1867 he was appointed official photographer. He was police photographer for over twenty-five years and his portrait of Ned Kelly, of which one print is still extant, is claimed to be the only genuine photograph of the outlaw. Nettleton had opened his own studio in 1858. His souvenir albums were the first of the type to be offered to the public. However, when the dry-plate came into general use in 1885 he knew that the new process offered opportunities that were beyond his scope. Five years later his studio was closed. His work had won recognition abroad. His first success was at the London Exhibition of 1862 and in 1867 he was honoured in Paris. He was not a great artist but a master technician.

Nettleton was an active member of the Collingwood Lodge of Freemasons and a match-winning player of the West Melbourne Bowling Club. Aged 76 he died on 4 January 1902, survived by his wife, seven daughters and three sons.
Select Bibliography
J. Cato, The Story of the Camera in Australia (Melb, 1955); Age (Melbourne), 6 Jan 1902; Argus (Melbourne), 6 Jan 1902.
Author: Jean Gittins
Print Publication Details: Jean Gittins, ‘Nettleton, Charles (1826 – 1902)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 5, Melbourne University Press, 1974, p. 329.