(The Inn starts to burn)
The Glenrowan Inn played a pivotal role in the siege.
The Inn was owned and operated by Mrs. Ann Jones. The following information provides
an interesting insight into what the small weatherboard building was like prior to the arrival
of the Kelly Gang.
Source: Minutes of Evidence taken before board appointed to inquire into claim made
by Mrs. Jones for compensation for the destruction of the Glenrowan Hotel.
Friday November 18 1881 at Benalla. (from the Victorian Archives)
Present; Longmore, Templeton, Tyler, Dwyer (Council for Jones), Chomley (For Crown)
Builder of the Inn: Mr. Emery (carpenter) from Wangaratta &
The original plan was enlarged by Mrs. Jones.
Built around 1878 at a cost of 200 pounds.
Was up almost two years before the fire.
Was a weatherboard house with an iron roof.
The Inn was better made than McDonnell’s across the road.
The Inn was all sawn timber, better fitted with a better counter and boarded floors and
larger than McDonnell’s.
The stables were not as good however as McDonnell’s.
There was poultry about the place.
Full value of establishment about 500 pounds.
Jane Jones has never been the same after the fire.
Jane Jones had a bullet through the head.
Ten gallons of spirits were destroyed in the fire.
The Inn was doing a good trade before the fire.
Goodwill was worth around 300 pounds.
The class of person visiting the Inn was the ‘working class’.
When asked her age, Mrs. Jones said “Rising forty”.
Before she built the Inn Mrs. Jones lived ‘lower down’ in Glenrowan.
(half a mile lower down the line, in a hut on Crown land)
Mrs. Jones had lived 17 years at Glenrowan previous to the building of the Inn.
The block of land where the Inn was built cost 6 pounds.
The following is reproduced from www.nedkellysworld.com.au
(Ovens & Murray Advertiser)
Thursday, August 17, 1882.
THE GLENROWAN INN.—The “Benalla Standard” states that it is rumored that the hotel recently
erected by Mrs Ann Jones, at Glenrowan, on the site of the building in which the Kelly gang of
bushrangers was annihilated, is to be utilised as a police station. It will be recollected that the
proprietress of the intended hostelry was unable to obtain a license, and hence her alleged
decision in renting it to the authorities for police purposes. From the plan, it would appear to
be a very commodious and somewhat ornamental structure, containing seven rooms, in add-
ition to a well-built stable and other buildings. Its central situation renders it most suitable for
a police station, although we hardly think the thought of the outlaws’ enemies being the occu-
pants of a site on which they caused so much blood to be spilt ever entered the minds of the
large concourse assembled at the siege of Glenrowan. Yes, if we are rightly informed, such
will eventually occur, and with it the better—if not more comfortable—accommodation of the
constables. During the summer months the carriage of water may occasion some trouble,
but probably this will be avoided by the laying of a pipe from a permanent spring, which is
situated some 200 yards off in the direction of the “Lookout,” to the station, thereby securing
a supply of water adequate for all purposes.