were the deaths and or injuries caused by the
If you believed what you saw in the movies you would be forgiven for thinking that Glenrowan was a bloodbath. Perhaps if things had been allowed to continue on their path and Curnow had not intervened, then it may well have been a bloodbath. However, forgetting the maybes and what ifs for a moment here are the actual deaths and casualties.
Deaths prior to the Siege.
Aaron Sherritt, killed by Joe Byrne. Whilst this was not at Glenrowan, it was the day prior and was very much a part of the overall plan. Police were also fired at in Aaron's hut, however none were hit.
Deaths during the Siege.
Dan Kelly died in the Inn from unknown cause. (Dan was possibly wounded in the leg).
Steve Hart died in the Inn from unknown cause.
Joe Byrne died in the Inn, from a wound to the groin from a police bullet. (possibly as he toasted the Kelly Gang) Also Joe was wounded in the leg at the start of the shooting.
Martin Cherry (Prisoner) shot by a police bullet, died as soon as he was removed from the Inn.
John (Jack) Jones (Publican's son) shot by a police bullet in the stomach (or hip), died the following night in hospital. (he cried out, "Oh Mother, I am shot")
Wounded during the siege.
Superintendent Francis Hare, wounded in the wrist by the gang (Ned) at the start of the battle.
Ned Kelly wounded approx 28 times by police bullets (incl in tally, swan drops), executed by the Victorian Government 11 Nov 1880.
Jane Jones, wounded on the forehead by a police bullet, died 1882. (listed here as she never recovered from the events of the siege)
George Metcalf wounded in the eye or 'eyes' by a police bullet and died several months later. (It is also possible Ned accidentally shot George in the eye)
Bridget Reardon wounded by a police bullet receiving a grazed forehead.
Michael Reardon, wounded by being shot by a police bullet in the shoulder but recovered. He would suffer from these injuries for the remainder of his life, his Dad reportedly said "I would sooner have seen him killed."****
Blacktracker Jimmy, wounded by a bullet in the forehead shot by the gang during the siege. (Gary Dean says his name was 'Corporal', Frank Clune says it was 'Jimmy'. The Kelly Reward Board confirms it was Jimmy, O'Connor says Jimmy)
One final interesting injury occurred, Sgt. Steele told the Kelly Reward Board, that he was injured in this way: "In the rush of constables the outlaw was rolled over on my left leg with the armour on, besides two or three constables on top of him, but in the excitement I did not feel the injury for some time, and until I helped to carry Kelly to the van of the railway station."
SUMMARY OF DEATHS AND INJURIES.
POLICE X 0
CIVILIANS X 2
POLICE X 2
GANG X 1
X 4 (Note: 2 wounded civilians would die from these injuries,
Note: Aaron Sherritt is not listed in this summary.
Not directly related to the siege, however
****Reardon would end up on a
pension for life. Of this Mrs Jones said the following:
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