1820 - Born in Ireland as Henry Johnstone or Johnson.
1840 - Transporated to Australia 7yrs for stealing a pair of shoes
1841 - (May) Arrived in Tasmania
1847 - Received a Ticket-of-leave went to Victoria.
1852 - Received 13 years for stealing a horse served some of it in the Hulk “SUCCESS” in Hobson’s Bay.
1862 - Released, but ignored the conditions of release and headed to the North East.
1864 - 7yrs for horse stealing under the name of Harry Power at Beechworth.
1869 - Escaped from Pentridge by hiding in a rubbish cart. Is thought to be responsible for a spate of robberies of coaches & travellers & horses. Known as “The Gentleman Bushranger”.
1870 - Captured and sentenced at Beechworth Court to 15yrs hard labour at Pentridge for 3 armed hold ups.
1885 - Released an old & sick man, acted as a tour guide on the ‘Success’.
1891 - Drowned in the Murray River at Swan Hill.
Harry is known to have tutored Ned Kelly in a life of crime & probably committed 80 more robberies than Ned Kelly.
Harry Powers Cell - Beechworth Old Town Hall
where the ‘Gentleman Bushranger’ and mentor to a young
Ned Kelly spent many months on remand , and he was tried in the Town hall itself between 1863 and 1870.
Ned Kelly Walking Tour
Did you know Ned Kelly won a bare knuckle fight in Beechworth that lasted 20 rounds? Have you heard Ellen Kelly was sentenced to 3 years hard labour for the attempted murder of a policeman, and spent some of that time in the Beechworth gaol?
Join the Ned Kelly walking tour and learn more about this famous bushranger’s connection to Beechworth. Click here for more info
Echoes of History Walking Tour
Join expert guides and discover the stories behind historic buildings, people and events that helped shape Beechworth. Click here for more info
One of the finest remaining gold-rush courthouses in Australia. Built in 1858, the courthouse served many judicial purposes until its closure in 1989. The courtroom was the scene of countless trials involving Ned Kelly, his mother Ellen, bushranger Harry Power and Elizabeth Scott. Click here for more info
and many more... come see us at the Beechworth Visitor Information Centre and start your journey into history.