Site of Glenrowan shoot-out between police and Ned Kelly's is up for sale for the first time since 1952

Piece of history: The site of the Kelly Gang siege is on the market for the first time in 65 years. A fig tree is the only remnant of what existed on the block when it housed Ann Jones' Glenrowan Inn. Picture: GARRY NASH REAL ESTATE

Piece of history: The site of the Kelly Gang siege is on the market for the first time in 65 years. A fig tree is the only remnant of what existed on the block when it housed Ann Jones' Glenrowan Inn. Picture: GARRY NASH REAL ESTATE

WANGARATTA’S mayor is keen for his council to buy the block which hosted the Kelly Gang’s infamous Glenrowan siege in 1880.

The Siege Street land that once housed Ann Jones’ Glenrowan Inn, but has been empty of buildings since 1976. is up for sale for the first time since 1952.

Owner Linton Briggs, who is seeking interest via Wangaratta real estate agent Garry Nash until July 4, said the time was right to sell.

Historic location: The remains of Ann Jones' Glenrowan Inn after the Kelly Gang siege in June 1880. The site is up for sale for the first time in 65 years.  Picture: COURTESY STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA

Historic location: The remains of Ann Jones' Glenrowan Inn after the Kelly Gang siege in June 1880. The site is up for sale for the first time in 65 years. Picture: COURTESY STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA

“I’m not getting any younger, I’ll be 88 next time around and I’ve got to settle a few affairs and we’ll see where this tender process takes us,” Mr Briggs said.

The site has national and state heritage status and Mr Briggs expects the footprint of the inn, where the siege occurred will be preserved under new ownership.

Mr Briggs has kept the site vacant “out of respect to the descendants of Grace Kelly, Ned’s younger sister” and those killed at the site.

“To me it is a sacred spot, a sacred place,” he said.

“There’s been a lot of feeling in the town and district about this whole business and how it ended.

“I grew up and lived and worked with those people (affected) and I had no wish to do anything there that would upset anybody.

“I have too much respect for those people and what happened on the place.

“I think the way is clear for proper sensitive development of the property.

“There’s never been a better opportunity than the present time to do something meaningful with the property.”

Timing right: Block owner Linton Briggs is hopeful the sale of 1 Siege Street will result in the site of the Kelly Gang siege being preserved.

Timing right: Block owner Linton Briggs is hopeful the sale of 1 Siege Street will result in the site of the Kelly Gang siege being preserved.

Wangaratta mayor Ken Clarke will discuss buying the site with councillors at a closed forum on Monday.

“The possibility is there for the community to do something with it, if we purchased it,” he said.

“That’s my personal opinion but I’ve got to get the other six councillors to spend the money.”

Cr Clarke believes rural city residents would approve such an acquisition.

We dig it: Archaeological experts combed the earth below the siege site in 2008 as part of a mission to uncover artefacts linked to the inn which was the scene of the Kelly Gang's siege.

We dig it: Archaeological experts combed the earth below the siege site in 2008 as part of a mission to uncover artefacts linked to the inn which was the scene of the Kelly Gang's siege.

“I think we would get support from ratepayers because they’re certainly interested in the preservation of things that happened in 1880,” he said.

“I think they would be in favour of it.

“There’s no doubt that’s where the siege took place, so if we can do something with it, it would be in the interests of the city.”

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