extraordinaré Nicky Cowie presents a web
site which attempts to dispel the rumours and set
the record straight. Big on content with thousands
of words on the topic of all things Ned, this is
a site that you will keep coming back to time and
DICTIONARY OF BIOGRAPHY ONLINE is brought
to you by the Australian National University
and Melbourne University Publishing. As Australia's
pre-eminent dictionary of national biography,
you will find over 10,000 scholarly biographies
of significant Australians who died before 1980
including our own Ned Kelly.
link points to Ned Kelly but the site is massive.
In his entry alone there are enough cross links to
keep you busy for days (just remember to come back
here eventually!). Wikipedia is an international
Web-based free-content encyclopedia project. It exists
as a wiki, a web site that allows visitors
to edit its content; the word Wikipedia is
a portmanteau of the words wiki and encyclopedia.
Wikipedia is written corroboratively by volunteers,
allowing articles to be changed by anyone with access
to the web site Wikipedia's main servers are located
in Tampa, Florida, with additional servers in Amsterdam
HISTORY PROMOTIONS Prolific researcher and
writer Brian McDonald finally enters the cyber
world with an impressively designed and maintained
web site (which puts many current offerings to
shame). Dedicated to reproducing rare and informative
historical books and publications for
historians and those with a passion for
Australia's unique heritage, the site succeeds
in its aim to promote Australia's rich and fascinating
past through the medium of the printed word.
Australia's Web Archive, is a growing collection
of Australian online publications, established
initially by the National Library of Australia
in 1996, and now built in collaboration with nine
other Australian libraries and cultural collecting
organisations. The name, PANDORA, is an acronym
that encapsulates our mission: Preserving and Accessing
Networked Documentary Resources of Australia. Ironoutlaw.com
is regularly archived by PANDORA. You can view
earlier incantations by clicking on the link above.
CENTRE FOR HISTORY EDUCATION A virtual warehouse
of must read bytes which is now that little bit
fuller thanks to a reference for ironoutlaw.com
under the title “Taming or Blaming Ned Kelly” an
electronic journal for middle to upper secondary
MORNING HERALD Their Ned Kelly archives lists
numerous stories featured over the years as well
as photographs and recommended links — such
JOHN RED KELLY Neds
father finally gets his own web site Read all about
Red Kelly including the story how he stole the two
pigs and some background as to why he did it. As
the site states It
is pertinent to remember that in the 1840s
we are dealing with the most wretched period in modern
Irish history. The majority of the Irish population
of over eight million people (1841) were chronically
poor tenant farmers and cottiers. The Kellys,
it would appear, were just another poor, near landless
family whose plight was of little concern to the
alien administration in control at that time. Definitely
worth a visit.
KELLY BY THE ABC The
Australian Broadcasting Commission's summary
on the life and times of Mr Kelly. Check
it out, after all it's your ABC (well,
until Packer decides to buy it)!
PAST Although a
New Zealand based web archive coordinated by their
National Library there is still plenty of information
on Ned Kelly and his Gang. Seems even across the
Tasman Ned kept the papers selling.
NED KELLY GPS TOUR is an all-in-one audio book, tour guide and satellite navigation system which provides the user with a unique travel experience. Now with the touch of a screen, travellers can be entertained and informed with historical information and legendary local stories as they journey across Kelly Country.
to the most famous hold up in Australian history,
and where Ned tried to get his manifesto printed.
Unlike Euroa, Jerilderie has managed to hold onto
some of it’s Kelly heritage. The old bank
may be long gone but the telegraph office still
stands. Well worth a visit.
THE VINE HOTEL Located in the heart of North East Victoria, The Vine offers contemporary Australian cuisine in a charming atmosphere that dates back to the 1860s and the Ned Kelly era. Enjoy dining al fresco during the lazy summer months, or rent out our function room for special occasions. Don't forget to visit their cellar museum and be sure to check out 'Ned Kelly's escape and entrance tunnel.'
ONLINE Documents of the Kelly Outbreak at the
Public Record Office Victoria. Design wise, this
is the most impressive site I've seen on Ned (besides
ironoutlaw.com), but with it's content heavy, flash
enabled structure it does take a while to warm
up. Nevertheless, this is a must see site!
NOLAN GALLERY Every detail of the Kelly
series by Sir Sidney Nolan including the gallery's
address at Lanyon, Tharwa Drive, Tharwa and the
hefty admission prices of $1.20 for adults and
60 cents for children.
STYLE Artist Maree
Coote has redesigned Ned for the new millennium. And
she's done a very impressive
job (in fact I'm a little jealous!). This site has
links and images to a number of Kelly works and collectibles
that would put many of those trinket shops hocking
Kellyana out of business. A few of these pieces can
been seen in our Collectibles section.
THEATRE Sitting at the
end of the Glenrowan tourist strip lies Bob Hempel's
Bushranger Show. While not exactly a tourist attraction
in my eyes it's still worth one visit in a lifetime
(especially if you're keen to waste 40 minutes and
$22 dollars). It claims to have
been built for 5.5 million but I'm guessing that was
NED KELLY FORUM After all the rubbish Kelly related forums that have littered the internet these past few years it is refreshing to finally see people with passion and persistence come up with a site that deserves not only recognition but participation as well. My new mates Trent Cupid and Steve Jager have put together a great platform which allows like-minded Kellyites to discuss all things Ned. And knowing these guys, they won't put up with the crap that littered KC2000. To quote the site, 'This forum is a celebration to the Australian Legend and we encourage open minded and considerate discussion in our forum. We welcome those from all over the globe to share in our conversation.'
ELEVEN MILE CREEK is the brain child of prolific researcher and writer Sharon Hollingsworth along with Dr Brian Stevenson the Kelly brainiac who very nearly won the ABC's 2005 The Einstein Factor grand final with this red hot topic. The blog is a treasure trove of thousands of words on the legend of Kelly. Quoting Stevenson, '... we hope that those who read this blog will benefit from the differing points of view that emerge on all sorts of issues. Sharon and I have also had a lot of fun as well, and we are not above sending up this very serious topic, something which would probably see us excommunicated from other arenas of expression. Differences in outlook notwithstanding, we can always laugh, most of all at ourselves. We certainly enjoy each other's online company, and we hope that you enjoy ours!'
NED KELLY TALES is the official site of one A.D. Crichton, the same man that's filled tens of ironoutlaw.com pages with his thoughts, reports and rants. At Ned Kelly Tales you can order his books online and send them anywhere around the world. I'm sure there are a few people in the Arctic circle who haven't heard of him (well, maybe...).
AS NED KELLY is [according
to their web site] the world's first
board game based on the history of the Kelly Gang.
Inspired by the true life story, the game play incorporates
acts of heroism, team strategies, shoot outs, heartbreak
and a clever mix of action cards that add to the drama
of the game. Action cards also contain a wealth of
facts about the fascinating Kelly story, which teaches
a part of Australian history in an enjoyable way [much
to life Australian national treasures - with The
Jerilderie Letter by Ned Kelly. Devised and
performed by Peter Finlay, a Melbourne theatre veteran,
a founding member of TheatreWorks and author. Peter
also has film and TV credits including Dying
Breed and City
Music by Malcolm Hill, Rock Troubadour. Highlights
of his career include touring Australia supporting
Nick Cave, and an underground star of the cult feature
film The Last of
the Wild Bohemians.
PRINTS Home to Australian Artist Keith
Pulver who specialises in producing Ned Kelly Drawings
and Australian Colonial and Country Sketches.
KELLY PETITION I can not explain this in only
one paragraph so instead check it out for yourself
and when you are finished mailing the petition
off (if it prints out with such a shocker of a
background colour) check out the rest of the site
dealing with Ned Kelly right here.
NEDUCATE That man
Paul O’Keefe (great great grand nephew
of Steve Hart) has put his money where his mouth
is and started up a new innovative venture — taking
Ned and the Boys to our primary and secondary schools with educational talks and lectures. Check
out his site and book him for an appearance.
You never know, after a visit from Paul to the
classroom, your kids may just teach you something
GRAHAM FRICKE Retired County Court judge Graham Fricke's self titled site features a speech he gave at the Ned Kelly Beechworth Weekend, back in the days when the weekend was actually about Ned Kelly! Graham also wrote the book Ned's Nemesis.
GAME NED KELLY Yes, it’s actually
a great piece of entertainment! 100% designed
and built in Australia, Ned
based on an ancient Nordic game called Hnefatafl (The
King's Table). This two player tactical game
comes complete with 37 playing pieces and a washable
canvas cloth housed in a practical cardboard
tube, allowing for easy pack and carry. Perfect
for any age from 8 to 80.
BADASS OF THE WEEK This site is a homage to all things tough as steel including our own Ned Kelly. The author uses very colourful language to describe the deeds of this iron outlaw but it's fun, entertaining and slightly educational. Well worth a visit.
Movies And Movies
NED KELLY MOVIE SOUNDTRACK Needless
to say the sound that came out of the movie
was better than the celluloid. The soundtrack
album for Ned Kelly features performances
from Mick Jagger, Waylon Jennings and Glen
Tomasetti. Mick Jagger adds a cappella version
of Wild Colonial
Boy to the soundtrack.
Featuring words and music by acclaimed author
and poet Shel Silverstein, and vocals by
Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Tom
Ghent, the soundtrack is very western sounding
with twangy bawdy ballads and hoe-down music.
Well worth the buy.
KELLY THE MOVIE Visit the official
Ned Kelly 2003 movie web site.
AUSTRALIA While not exactly a Ned Kelly site,
they do have a Sidney Nolan Kelly helmet as their
logo and give Ironoutlaw.com as one of the links
to find out more about Ned. So they deserve some
sort of mention here. I
did say we draw long straws on this page
KELLY OPTION Pat Drummond writes the words so
you can sing out loud.
KELLY GANG is
the brain child of musician Daryl Melbourne who has
set up this web site to promote his three volume
recording featuring some of the most recognisable
voices in the Australian entertainment industry including
Richard Clapton, Dave Gleeson, Mark Gable, Michael
Spiby, Anne Kirkpatrick, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell,
and Doc Neeson. "Daryl
J Melbourne has written an exciting homage to this
important piece of Australian history.This
15 song epic is now available in
a special three part series that will only be offered
for purchase through Daryl's web-site. Part 1 is
a limited offer special edition release of 600 numbered
copies, personally signed by the author, and will
go on sale from July 1 2006. As an added bonus, purchasers
will have their names printed along with a tribute
message, in a special booklet titled The
be released with Part 2 of the series.
NED KELLY WAS KING by MIDNIGHT OIL In
1981 Midnight Oil made a pilgrimage to London
to play and record with legendary British producer
Glyn Johns. Johns' label, A&M, refused to release
the tapes as the band did not concede to A&M's
wish that the band “go back and record
a couple of singles”. The resulting album, Place
Without A Postcard was, ironically, the
most distinctively Australian album Midnight
Oil has yet recorded. Many of the songs including If
Ned Kelly Was King spoke directly of Australian
experiences. Place Without a Postcard was
their first real hit. Amongst the multitude of
information here, the Midnight Oil web site also
contains hundreds of playable excerpts from every
album they have produced, including If Ned
Kelly Was King.
INDEPENDENT AUSTRALIA Editor David Donovan presents an impressive online journal of Australian identity and democracy. His work is first class (seeing he also uses some of my articles) not to mention the fact he runs the Australian Republican Movement web site and facebook page.
you wanted to know about the campaign to get rid
of the Union Jack and finally give us a flag fitting
this grand country of ours. The site includes a history
of flags in Australia, an update of where the campaign
is at the moment, a gallery of new flag designs,
and some fascinating debates between Ausflag and
the bearded lady Kerry Jones. Just remember the ANZAC’s
did not fight under the Australian flag, so that
old argument goes out the window!
REPUBLICAN MOVEMENT They may have lost
the battle but they definitely haven't lost the
war. Next time there will be no John Howard sabotaging
the referendum or a warbling James Blundell spreading
disinformation across this big brown land. Rudd
and Turnbull both want it and so do the majority
of real Australians, and with that crazy pants
man ex Governor General Peter Hollingworth you
can’t help but wonder how the Queen keeps
hanging in there. In the meantime you can check
on the campaigns progress and even join the ranks.
LEAGUE Courtesy of a silver spoon from
millionaire daddy Mr Moran (big dollar backer
of the Liberal party and owner of numerous retirement
home cashcows) comes daughter
Ms Jones and that weird looking five oclock
shadow. Her dad may be rich but this site is
both content and design poor. Talk about a shoe
string budget. This site is full of rubbish about
the inbred royal family as they swagger across
the world bringing cheer to the masses. You can
download a picture of her majesty for your desktop
or better still buy a Kerry Jones T-shirt to
wear to your next Dag party. They
even put the New Zealand flag in a fundraising
brochure to raise money for the No campaign.
As Forest Gump said Stupid is what stupid
does with Kerry Jones and the gang
at the Monarchist League as living proof.
BUSHRANGERS Okay, this web site
really has nothing to do with Ned, Joe, Steve
or Dan except for the logo used by the Victorian
State Cricket Team. Yes our Ned (or another member
of his armour clad gang) is featured wielding
a cricket bat (instead of a Spencer Repeating
Rifle) in the official VCA corporate id. Far
enough too, after all, like our antiterrorist
cricketing icon Deano,
Ned and the boys were Victorians too!
I lie awake at nights worried people may think
me too left wing. Then I get up in the morning and
spend the day being a capitalist. I'm also the editor-in-chief
of this web site, so I can link to who I like! It's
a pity there's no Keating protégé in
the current Federal Labor Party otherwise Abbott
would have been pensioned off years ago.
content to just spew forth wise words on
Ned Kelly, I decided to branch out and
tell everyone what I think about Australian
and world history — in this new web
site full of essays from the keyboard of
And Still They Come
NED KELLY ART is a potentially impressive web site choc full of Kelly related art including sculpture, statuettes and t-shirts. All artworks are original and feature a stylised characterization with a 'bold new look at the Bushranger in a medium worth collecting at a great price'. The sculptural portraits are made from cold cast bronze, copper and brass metal powders bound with polyester fibreglass giving the artworks a look of metal at a fraction of the weight and cost.
THE NED KELLY RING
A great addition to any finger, it's the Ned Kelly Ring. Here's what it says on the web site, 'A Sterling Silver Ned Kelly Ring Australian Bushranger Masked Hero with high polish and marked 925. The Dimensions of the top are: 25 mm x 21 mm and the average weight is a large 18 grams depending on the size This is stunning Silver ring that is hand-made, solid Sterling Silver 925, Has high detail - check out the bullet holes.'
THE NED KELLY GAME - A NOVEL
For lovers of crime thrillers, Lea Scott's
novel brings the Ned Kelly story to the masses. It
juxtaposes the plight of Ned Kelly and the fate of
his missing skull in its historical background, alongside
a modern-day murder mystery. Visit her site and join
her campaign to find Ned Kelly's skull so that he may
finally be laid to rest, in one piece!
NED KELLY This site is home
to an old PC based learning program by NewByte
which states that the game is A fantastic
way to involve your primary and secondary students
in Australia's history. This adventure simulation
provides your students with a wealth of opportunities
to discover the truth about Ned Kelly and his
notorious Kelly Gang. Say no more.
OFFICIAL NED CONEY WEBSITE This is a
weird site and pulling a quote straight from
its pages youll understand what I
mean. In memory of the infamous Aussie
bushranging cone whose reign of terror spanned
a score and four years. Modelling himself on the grandfather of
all bushrangers, Ned's life of crime crossed
five States and Territories. Although loved as
an underdog by most Australians, Ned however,
finally met his match in the form of Trooper
Shamus O'Rourke of the Cone Outlaw Prevention
Squad (C.O.P.S.) who spent many arduous years
following his trail of havoc throughout the rugged
Australian bush and outback.
KELLYS RETREAT New to the theme scene
comes Australia’s only true restaurant based
on the Australiana / Ned Kelly concept, located
in Adelaide, South Australia. If you are visiting
the city of churches and would like to make a booking
you can phone them on 08 8396 2955.
KELLY WOOD HEATERS Oh this site really
burns me up (get it: wood heaters, burns...).
Anyway, like most of the URLs in this section,
the site hasnt much to do with Ned at all
except for the strange names the company calls
their stoves (sorry, wood heaters).
INNOVATIONS Their site states: Ned
Kelly has been sculptured typically with his
armour in a stance of defiance. He is a legendary
figure within the Australian culture. Ned is
Ceramic Innovations ambassador to the world.
There is no limit of edition and is promoted
to inform the public that there is a collectable
range, of which Ned is 'Bar Piece' No 1. Presented
in a wooden box, he stands approximately 45cm,
glazed a brown oxide that gives a matt brown
finish to a gun metal gray. He is also the
first of our 'Heritage Collection'. Also available
from good liquor outlets in Australia.
KELLY'S STEAKHOUSE This sounds like one
happening place. I'm figuring this eatery is
geared to the naive American consumer searching
for a feed of Australian heritage And I'm guessing
they'll come away far hungrier than when they
arrived. Good grief!