2018 Australian Son 70th Anniversary

From 10.30am
Saturday 24 February 2018
Greta Hansonville Hall
448 Reserve Road
Victoria 3675

On Saturday 24 February 2018, at the Greta Hansonville Hall join publisher Brad Webb and editor Chester Eagle as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Max Brown‘s definitive story on the legend of Ned Kelly Australian Son: the story of Ned Kelly. Starting at 10.30am the event will include discussions on Max and his writing, the evolution of Australian Son, the development of Max’s final revised edition, and select readings from his work. Join us after the talk for a BBQ lunch (at Bunnings prices) and a chance to buy an Australian Son hardcover signed by the editor for only $25. Entry to the event is $15 per person and includes morning tea. Each member of the audience will also receive a limited-edition free mini-mag of Chester Eagle’s The Armour which he’ll be happy to sign for you. All proceeds go to the Greta Hansonville Hall. Please note, due to the restricted size of the venue seating is strictly limited.

Tickets: Noeleen Lloyd noeleenlloyd@gmail.com

Link: Australian Son 70th Anniversary (facebook)

Download: The Armour by Chester Eagle (PDF)

2015 Beechworth Ned Kelly Weekend

August 7 – August 9, 2015
103 Ford Street
Victoria 3747

Beechworth_Kelly_LogoThe annual Beechworth Ned Kelly Weekend is on again this year from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th August and IronOutlaw.com is proud to be one of the sponsors for the big event. The 2015 weekend commemorates the 135th anniversary of the committal hearing of Ned Kelly at the Beechworth Courthouse in August 1880. It also marks thirty-five years since the filming of the most accurate depiction of the Kelly story, Ian Jones’s mini-series The Last Outlaw. Once again this year the cast of the hit series will team up with the event organisers and participate in historical reenactments and explore the stories. Throughout the weekend the township of Beechworth will step back in time and bring the Ned Kelly story alive with a host of family events including:

  • Walking tours of Beechworth
  • Story telling
  • Ned Kelly Vault
  • Dinner with the stars
  • Reenactments
  • Children’s activities (including treasure hunts, pony rides and biscuit making)
  • Live music

Events-Beechworth-02The Ned Kelly Weekend Beechworth is now in its nineth year, with visitors and enthusiasts travelling from all over the world to attend this annual event. The Ned Kelly Weekend Beechworth attracts over 5,000 people annually. A special attraction at this years event will be the attendance of the cast of The Last Outlaw including well known Australian actor, Steve Bisley, who will be at a special dinner over the weekend. The dinner will be co-hosted by Kelly family descendant and State Opposition Minister, Stephanie Ryan and Major Mathew Brooks C.M.T. Elsewhere during the weekend, walk in Ned’s shoes, sit in the same cell in gaol and stroll through Beechworth to take in other events set amidst landmark buildings and locations that have not changed since the time of the Kelly’s. There will also be historic displays of equipment and clothing used in this era.

Be sure to purchase your ticket for the Kelly trials to watch as Mrs Kelly is sentenced to three years hard labour on the word of a liar. Later see Ned stand defiantly in the dock against the judge. There will also be children’s activities and competitions including the chance to get your photo taken In the gangs armour. Stroll through the market style village where you can view and purchase Ned Kelly items directly from those who have made them, sit on the grass in the evening and see the capture of Ned Kelly and the burning of the Glenrowan Inn. The Beechworth Historical Reneactment Group Inc would like to thank all sponsors of this event including the Melbourne Mint, Freeman on Ford, Old Priory, Beechworth Bakery, IronOutlaw.com and all other business partners.

Link: Further Details and Purchase Tickets

2015 Imagining Ned

March 28 – June 28, 2015
Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street
Bendigo 3550

Events-Imagining-NedNed Kelly remains a highly mythologised character in Australian history. Some say he was a murderous villain and outlaw, while others proclaim him a misunderstood folk hero – an Australian Robin Hood. The story of Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang has long captured the imaginations of Australian artists, writers and filmmakers, and this exhibition allows us to consider the motivations of artists and their connection to this truly Australian narrative. Imagining Ned presents the history and legend surrounding the Kelly gang through original artefacts, such as Kelly’s famous armour, letters, weaponry, associated ephemera and other historic items, as well as a survey of artistic output exploring images of Ned. The most iconic artistic engagement with the legend of Ned Kelly is undoubtedly the work of celebrated Australian artist Sidney Nolan. The exhibition will feature a selection of Nolan’s important works alongside those of other artists such as Arthur Boyd, Adam Cullen, Juan Davila and Norman Lindsay. Literary references are also be included in the exhibition, including significant work by Peter Carey, and an excerpt of the first Australian feature film, The Story of the Kelly Gang, first screened in 1906.

Link: Imagining Ned