Gravel Contractors’ Encampment
Gravel Contractors’ EncampmentContributors
Rural City of Wangaratta
This is the site of the gravel contractors’ encampment, where the first hostages were taken. Thinking they were railway platelayers – whose skills and tools would be important to the Kelly Gang’s plans to derail the Police Special Train – they were taken at about 2am on Sunday 27th June. The four contractors were taken after Ned Kelly and Steve Hart failed in their first attempt to sabotage the railway line. One of the men, Alfonso Piazzi from Benalla, outraged at the intrusion on his tent, put up a fight, but was subdued by a warning shot by Ned.
(Text: adapted from Linton Briggs/ Glenrowan Improvers)
The site of the contractors' encampment is along the gravel, immediately in front of the grass section.