On this day …….. 27th of January 1868

How easy history can be changed. On this day in 1868 a young Ned Kelly, his brothers and sisters, their mother and her sister were rescued from almost certain death in a house fire, which had been deliberately lit. The culprit was Ellen’s brother in law, James Kelly. Kelly was sentenced to death by Sir Redmond Barry. The sentence was commuted to ten years. James Kelly however would die in the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum.


ON THIS DAY – January 6, 1859

Mr Cornelius Green, commission agent of Bruthen and Omeo, was shot by bushrangers whilst on his way from Omeo with gold on this day in 1859, Mr Green left Swift’s Creek in company with a mounted trooper and Mr Thomas Jenkins. His gold supposed to be about 1000 ounces was secured on a packhorse. A short distance from Swift’s Creek the party were fired upon by bushrangers. Mr Green was shot dead, and Mr Jenkins severely wounded and the mounted constable had his arm broken when shot. Cornelius Green is buried in the Omeo, and a stone monument marks the location of the attack at Swifts Creek.