This town is the scene of Ned Kelly’s last battle with the Victorian police – and is now a tourist town.  On the surface Glenrowan is a small town now by-passed by the Hume Freeway. In reality, because of the famous events which occurred in June 1880 when the Kelly Gang, with Ned Kelly dressed in his famous armour, were captured in the town after a violent and bloody siege, it has become a magnet for tourists. Today, not surprisingly, it is a popular tourist town built around a single theme: Ned Kelly.  It is located 234 km north-east from Melbourne just off the Hume Freeway, between Benalla and Wangaratta. It is 220 metres above sea level.  Although it sounds as though it is the name of a village or valley in Scotland, the town was actually named after James and George Rowan who came to the area in 1846 and farmed the land until 1858.