Siege site sale

GLENROWAN farmer and apiarist Linton Briggs in 1952 partnered his father, Jack, to buy Ann Jones’ Glenrowan Inn – site of the notorious police siege in June 1880 which led to the destruction of the Kelly Gang. Jack Briggs was for more than 20 years Glenrowan’s police officer and had joined the force as a mounted trooper before his posting to the North East in 1926. He became a friend to Ned Kelly’s brother, Jim, and sister, Grace, during his career. The Briggs family’s respect for the events which took place at the Glenrowan Inn led them to maintain the block as a vacant site since 1976. It is now for sale by tender. PHOTO: Jamie Kronborg

INTEREST to purchase one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks in the nation’s history, the Glenrowan siege site, has been vast with tenders closing yesterday.

Linton Briggs’ family have owned the National Heritage Listed vacant block of land for 65 years, where Ned Kelly was captured on June 28, 1880 and was later hanged for murder.

Local lawyer John Suta has partnered with a resident from Wollongong, offering an amount of $137,500 for the piece of history where Ann Jones’ Inn was burnt to the ground on the day of Ned’s capture.

The pair have a vision to potentially develop the site to better tell what many believe is the most significant part of the Kelly story.

Their submission joins others, including one from the State Government.

Garry Nash and Co Real Estate agent Mike Noble said the siege site is one of the most unique properties that has been placed on the market during principal Garry Nash’s 40-year career.

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