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AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT BY JOHN CHARLES LOWE OF THE KELLY GANG'S LAST STAND
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AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT BY JOHN CHARLES LOWE OF THE KELLY GANG'S LAST STAND
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 9,600 AUD
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AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT BY JOHN CHARLES LOWE OF THE KELLY GANG'S LAST STAND

the hand-written manuscript, dated 1st of March 1933 encased in a leather bound slip, accompanied by documentation from the Australian Bicentennial Historic Records Search indicating the piece's historical significance and photocopies of relevant articles


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This eyewitness account was written by John Charles Lowe at the age of 77, 59 years after the event.  He had been asked many times to write his account of the historic events, but in later life decided to detail the facts as he saw them.
The account describes the Kelly Gang's Last Stand at the Glenrowan Pub on the 27th of June 1880.  John Charles Lowe describes his coercion by Ned Kelly to remove the tracks from the Glenrowan track to prevent the arrival of the police train.  Lowe comments upon Ned Kelly's release of the local teacher, Thomas Curnow and how this was his greatest mistake.  Curnow was responsible for stopping the train at Glenrowan station and thus preventing the wreck that Ned Kelly had planned for the police train. 

With the arrival of the police at the Glenrowan Pub a shoot out ensued.  Lowe recounts his pleas to stop firing as there were civilians in the buildings.  His account of Joe Byrne's death differs from the widely held view that he was drunk when he was shot, arguing rather that Byrne and other members of the Kelly Gang refrained from drinking that night. 

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