October 2001 — July 2002
Old Melbourne Gaol
About The Exhibition
The Exhibition at the Old Melbourne Gaol opens to the
public on Monday 22 October 2001, and will run for
nine months. Ned: The Exhibition is a once in a lifetime
opportunity to view original artefacts from the life
and times of Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang. On display
will an unparalleled collection of Kellyana, with many
items never before seen by the public. Ned: The Exhibition
is the culmination of many years’ research
and dedication by Brendan Pearse and others to Ned’s
Ian Jones, acknowledged Kelly authority and Author
of Ned Kelly: A Short
Life says of Ned: The Exhibition, “I’m
confident that the exhibition will be a major Kelly
landmark – offering the general public a unique
level of contact with the Kelly story. Quite apart
from telling the story, the exhibits will give the
whole thing a touchable reality, a sense of involvement
that’s only been possible in the past for those
of us who’ve been privileged to share the trust
of many, many people who’ve been linked directly
or indirectly with the events of the Kelly Outbreak.”
Simply, Ned: The Exhibition is the biggest Ned Kelly
related event ever staged, with over 200 items on display.
We look at the Kelly story in three distinct areas:
Ned Kelly’s life
Actual items from Ned’s life. Objects he touched,
documents and relics relating to his story.
Ned Kelly in literature and film
We look at the many movies based on this incredible
story. From the world’s first full length feature
film made in 1906 to the Mick Jagger movie, the television
mini series The Last Outlaw and everything in between.
Ned Kelly in popular legend
We look at the merchandise and souvenirs, and the
mountains of literature on Ned Kelly from the books
to newspaper articles.
Items Featured Include
A Snider Enfield Carbine that was “souvenired” by
Ned during the Euroa bank hold up in December 1878.
This was Ned’s favourite weapon; so much so that
he called it “Betty” and he engraved a “K” into
Kelly Homestead Door
The original door from the Kelly’s Greta home,
as built by Ned himself in 1877. Inscriptions from
Dan and Grace Kelly have survived, as well as its original
Quinn Homestead Door
The forge door from Ned’s grandparents’ Wallan
homestead. Engravings of ‘EK’ made by young
Ned in the 1860’s remain.
Ned’s Whisky Still
The remains of Ned’s pot whisky still from the
Kelly’s Bullock Creek hideout near Mansfield.
The Kelly’s were panning for gold and making
the whisky to help finance their mother’s trial
after the famous ‘Fitzpatrick Incident’ in
April 1878. It was from Bullock Creek that the Kelly’s
descended on the police camp at Stringybark Creek,
and into history.
As used in Ned’s famous last stand against the
police at Glenrowan. The revolver was souvenired by
railway guard Jesse Dowsett after Ned’s capture.
Items from the many movies relating to the Kelly story.
Items range from Mick Jagger’s armour from
the 1970 Tony Richardson movie Ned Kelly, props and
special effects firearms from the 1980 mini series
The Last Outlaw, movie posters and other associated
Many photographs from the Kelly era, showing the main
players in the story, locations and buildings as
they were in the 1870’s and beyond. Some photographs
have never been seen before by the public.
The sword awarded to Sergeant Arthur Steele by the
Stock Protection Society after Ned’s capture.
From police files, official letters and telegrams,
reports and prosecution briefs. Ned’s last
letter from his condemned cell to the Victorian Governor,
Ned’s letter to Sergeant Babbington (the only
example of his handwriting known to exist), Birth
and Death certificates, Ned’s father’s
Convict Records and many more. Significantly, Ned:
The Exhibition is proud to announce that we will
be showing, for the first time in history, Ned Kelly
and Joe Byrne’s Jerilderie letter. This will
be shown on two occasions during the nine-month exhibition
period, including the exhibition opening. The exhibition
includes many other items of interest, including
the Kelly Gang armour and original reward notices.
Child: $8.00 (under 16 years)
Family: $40.00 (2 adults, 3 children)
Concession: $10.00 (Students and pensioners)
Do not miss this unique opportunity! Do you know of
a significant Kelly related item that has been hidden
away for all these years? If you do, we’d love
to speak to you! See you at Ned: The Exhibition!
Ned: The Exhibition wishes to advise that due to the
damp conditions inside the Old Melbourne Gaol, and
in the interests of preserving relics for future generations,
we are unable to show original paper items. Instead,
we will show the highest quality direct copies. Ned:
The Exhibition is proudly presented by Ned: The Exhibition
Pty Ltd in association with The National Trust Of Victoria.
Ned: The Exhibition will benefit The Alana and Madeline
Foundation and The Variety Club Of Victoria.
Link: Buy the book 'Ned The Exhibition'