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Ned Kelly's burial
Ned Kelly was finally be buried in the Greta West cemetery in north-east Victoria, near where his mother Ellen lies in an unmarked grave, during a private burial on Sunday 20th January (after a memorial service the previous Friday in Wangaratta). A statement from the Kelly family says they wanted the burial to be in keeping with the bushranger's last wish before his execution in 1880. 'The descendants of the Kelly family wish to give effect to Ned Kelly's last wish and that he now be buried in consecrated ground with only his family in attendance in order to ensure a private, respectful and dignified funeral. The family wish for their privacy to be respected so that they may farewell a very much loved member of their family.'
Link: Ned's last wish: bushranger to be buried with family
Ned Kelly GPS tour
IronOutlaw.com is proud to be associated with the development and launch of the Ned Kelly GPS Tour, 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. Our interactive guide encompasses a planned route rich in multimedia content and direct navigation instructions to chosen Kelly Country locations. With the Ned Kelly GPS Tour you and your family, from the comfort of your own vehicle, will be taken on a journey back in time to nineteenth century Victoria! Available to hire for one, two and three day Kelly Country tours.
Link: Ned Kelly GPS Tour
Brighton cemetery walkthrough
On Sunday March 18th from 2pm, Brighton Cemetorians Inc will conduct a Kelly Gang walkthrough at the Brighton General Cemetery to highlight a number of people whose lives were interwoven with Ned's. The walk will cover a variety of gravesite stories including the Sherriff of Victoria who signed Ned’s Death Warrant. The organisers promise some interesting and little known facts relating to the life of Ned Kelly. Brighton General Cemetery is located in North Road, Caulfield South in Victoria. For further information regarding the walk email Brighton Cemetorians.
The girl who loved Ned Kelly
In 1926 a woman dies in Balmain Hospital, taking to her grave one of the greatest untold love stories in Australian history, she was the love Ned Kelly left behind. With recently released and previously unseen historical documents, on Wednesday 7 March from 6:30pm at the Balmain Library, Paul O’Keefe, her great, great grandson paints an amazing and tragic picture of a remarkable young woman who was an integral part of this defining period in Australian history. While this is a Free Event bookings are essential on 02 9367 9211.
Link: The Girl who loved Ned Kelly
Check out Steve Meacham's interview with Paul O'Keefe in the Sydney Morning Herald. Paul talks about his maternal great-great-grandmother Ettie Hart (sister of Steve) and her love for the great man, Ned Kelly.
Link: Childhood Sweetheart Ned's Secret Love
Touring the State Library
it's always fun to watch the pigeons crap all
over the hanging Judge Redmond Barry's head
outside the State
Library of Victoria in Swanston Street,
apparently it's also worth a visit inside.
Seems not only is there lots of books to read
very own Airi Repetti has been taking punters on a Kelly inspired
tour of the establishment for the past four years now. However, the tours will finish up at the end of February 2012 as Airi plans to depart Melbourne and see the world. So the remaining tour time table is
Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 1pm. Contact the State Library of Victoria on 03 8666 7214 or visit their web site for more details.
a Finnish Girl ended up as a Kelly Tour Guide
Something for the weekend?
When our English correspondent Michele Eve decided to once again pack her bags and head down-under and visit North-East Victoria to catch up on the 2010 Ned Kelly Beechworth Weekend where she could enjoy the company of intellectuals at the ironoutlaw.com dinner (and maybe check out the 4 suits of armour) there was no way we were going to miss out on the chance for her to file a report. And here it is with a few added extras. We're already looking forward to her next trip to Australia .
Link: Something for the Weekend?
Back in Ned's day there was this inept Victorian Chief Commissioner called Captain Frederick Charles Standish who was ripped a new one after the 1881 Royal Commission. Fast forward a few years to 2010 and it seems we have another bird-brained Chief Commissioner in Simon Overland. This goose carried live ammo on board a Qantas flight and, unlike any other punter who'd end up in chains, got a rap over his hairless knuckles for being a moron. Perhaps Simple-Simon should stick to doing very bad 'Sam the Eagle' impersonations instead of carrying around a loaded gun! And don't get me started on ex Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon and her hunger pains...
Link: Victorian Police
Captain Jack to the rescue
Jack Hoyle turns his attention to 19th century journalism and their uncanny ability to sensationalise and embellish. Something we're use to everyday but back then it was an art form. This time around we look at a piece titled Chit Chat about the Kellys. You'll be left wondering how the big mouth interviewee didn't end up with a lead pellet in his head...
Link: Chit Chat about the Kellys
Ambushed? You bet ya!
In a belated attempt to rewrite history the Victorian Police Museum is putting on a exhibition lovingly titled 'Ambush: Ned Kelly and the Stringybark Creek murders'. Now you can learn the horrible truth about Ned Kelly while skimming over any mention of Constable Thomas McIntyre and the number of times he perjured himself after Stringybark Creek. I'm also guessing there will be no mention of the corrupt police which roamed the North East during the 1870s like Hall, Fitzpatrick, Smith, Steele, etc... And if you do go don't mention the people shot and killed by the police during the Glenrowan siege! Poor dead Martin Cherry and the child Johnny Jones. Police were also responsible for wounding his sister Jane Jones in the forehead (later to die), Michael Reardon in the shoulder, and William Metcalf in the eye. Maybe they could get that speed demon Ken Lay (the guy with the girly voice) to put some 'spin' on this sham exhibition. Feel free to let the Museum know what you think, after all, they seem an open, affable bunch of whingers...
Tom Baxter is giving everyone a headache
I've banged on about this nutbag Baxter for years. Everyone in the know reckons he is as crazy as a cut snake. The head he loves to cradle to sleep each night is not Ned Kelly's skull. Sure it has an EK etched into it's side but the initials stand for Ernest Knox, who was executed in 1894 for the shooting death of a jeweller's son during a bungled armed robbery. The real skull was stolen from the Old Melbourne Gaol back in 1978 as a university prank by a well known ex-Prime Minister's son. Trouble is he forgot to give it back. How Baxter got to keep this skull is weird enough, but it probably says more about the complete stupidity of the West Australian police (the Freddo Frog saga is proof enough) more than Baxter being a modern day Indiana Jones...
Link: Claimed Ned Kelly Skull returned
comes another Ned Kelly documentary
ABC1 presents the
Kelly Uncovered tonight (9th July) at 8:30pm,
hosted by well-known British actor, author and presenter
Tony Robinson (from Blackadder). Based on an archaeological
dig undertaken in Glenrowan, the show will reportedly
'unearth' new details of Ned Kelly's infamous last
gun battle in 1880. Will the dig site shed new light
on the motivations of a man cast into legend by history?
Or have souvenir hunters destroyed any chance historians
have of uncovering the truth? While I'm sure we are
all looking forward to Ian Jones' commentary, the
same cannot be said for that other 'expert' Alex
on the air
Annie Hastwell's report on the 2008 Beechworth Weekend
went to air on Saturday March 28th on ABC
Radio National AM 621 in Victoria on the new features
program 360. To quote the report, 'He has been dead
for almost 130 years but Ned Kelly continues to dominate
the lives of a surprising number of Australians. We
meet some of them at Beechworth's annual Ned Kelly
Festival. Beechworth is actually the town where Kelly
was committed for the trial that resulted in his hanging,
but ironically, these days, he's the town's favourite
son.' Check out the site to listen to the program's
podcast and while you're there check out some of Alan
Crichton's photos from the event.
police and that Beechworth weekend
news that former Victoria Police assistant commissioner
Noel Ashby has been ordered to stand trial on 13 counts
of perjury, it'll be interesting to see what spin these
'experts' (and just who the hell is Dr Robert Haldane?)
put on these crooked events during the pro-police forum
at the Kelly Beechworth Weekend Saturday
night 'gala'. As McDermott refuses to acknowledge
any wrong doing on behalf of Standish, Steele, Ward
and the numerous other dodgy cops which littered the
Victorian Police force at the end of the 19th century
who wouldn't want to fork out $33 each to listen to
such 'enlightened' garbage...
it all turn to dust
Drafting the 'Save The
Kelly House At Beveridge' petition which will
be sent to the Federal Heritage Minister Peter Garrett
(remember when he really stood for something?) is
well under way. However this little story Our
Oldest House? caught my attention as it parallels
the plight of Ned's boyhood home. Watch this space...
oldest house? Demolisher's delight
'Bud" Tingwell is dead
actor Charles 'Bud' Tingwell has died today (15 May
2009) in a Melbourne hospital after a battle with
prostate cancer. His agent confirmed the 86-year-old
iconic star of 'The Castle' and TV cop show 'Homicide'
passed away this morning. I met Bud at the launch
of the Heath Ledger Ned Kelly movie in Melbourne
a few years ago and got a chance to ask him about
his association with Ned through the movies. He said
it was one of the privileges of a long acting career
which allowed him to feature in such iconic Australian
movies like 'The Glenrowan Affair'. Tingwell was
born in the Sydney beach side suburb of Coogee on
January 3, 1923. It was not until after his mother
died that he discovered why he had been nicknamed
Bud - when she was pregnant, friends at the Coogee
Surf Club asked her 'what's budding in there?' which
became 'how's the bud?'. Such is life...
Joe Byrne photo debate
Seems the Feedback at
end of 2008 was all about Joe Byrne and his altered
image. Just which photo is or isn't Joe. Caption Jack
Hoyle attempts to answer this perplexing question in
a well thought out and forthright piece. Check out
his words of wisdom in our Writings section.
Hempel's Ned Kelly Animated Theatre in Glenrowan
under went some minor renovations (again) thanks in
large part to Mr Sparky (some dodgy electrical wiring)
starting a few fires. As reported in the local news,
'Proprietor Bob Hempel tells the Gazette that the main
problem seems to be to find the source of the fire
- probably some kind of electrical fault. He is happy
to say that nobody has come to any harm and that there
was not much material damage.' There's a joke there
somewhere but I just can't put my finger on it...
sad case of history repeating
When I read this quote from 'UN
to hear of Victorian woman's brutal bashing' it
sounded strangely familiar, '...The
disgrace of this situation is the Government gives the
power to police to arrest, to carry firearms and to charge
people, yet denies they're servants or agents when they
do the wrong thing ... They
need to take responsibility for the actions of their
police, their employees; or they're sending a message
to the coppers that they can get away with anything...' Familiar
because 128 years ago Ned
Kelly wrote, 'If
my lips teach the public that men are made mad by bad
treatment, and if the police are taught that they may
not exasperate to madness men they persecute and ill-treat,
my life will not entirely be thrown away.'
Link: Real Villains
Kelly Beechworth weekend report
those of you unable to make it to Beechworth for the 2008
Ned Kelly Weekend, we have just posted a full
report from our roving reporter Alan Crichton. Also,
I've uploaded my Saturday afternoon talk at the Courthouse
Kelly and the Emergence of Technology in our
Kelly Beechworth weekend
The first weekend in August
marks the start of the annual Kellyfest
at Beechwort. Featured acts include Ashley
Davies and Ian Jones, Peter
Finlay, and yours
truly banging on about ironoutlaw.com,
technology, and all things Ned. A full run down has
been released including what, where and when so get
your mouse into gear and click up a storm. I expect
a big ironoutlaw.com turn
out to this three day event. Hopefully I'll get a chance
to share a beer or three with every one of you (those
under eighteen I'll shout you a flavoured milk).
news everyone. As part of 2008 Law Week, in Melbourne,
Ned Kelly was once again found
not guilty in the latest retrial. All we have to
do now is put all the bones back together, hunt down his missing skull and brain (pssst, it's at Melbourne University), hire Dr Frankenstein
and get him and Igor to hook the remains up in their
lab then wait for a massive electrical storm. After that
we can give reanimated Ned a pat on the back, say sorry
for killing him, and share a beer and a good laugh.
'not guilty' in trial re-enactment
a Nut Job!
For a bloke whose never had a
real job (except as a Danny Bonaduce look-a-like) Alex
McDermott has a lot to say. What I find amazing is
that for years he's been riding Ned's coat tails in
a vain attempt to get noticed. Well he's succeed, again.
Not content with publishing garbage thinly disguised
as 'academic research' (see Books)
or getting his backside whipped by Ian Jones (see Documents)
Danny is at it again with his own twisted take on the
dig at Glenrowan. So click on the link below then send
him an email to
show your support.
up Ned - all over again
out on Mr Brown
Chester Eagle, life long
friend of the late author Max
Brown, wrote a mini libretto about Max and his
inspiration in writing the masterpiece Australian
Son. Chester, owner of Trojan
Press, was the editor of the fully revised edition
Son, available for purchase in our Shop section.
up the past
found at the Glenrowan Inn! Amazing as it sounds these
MUST be the same bullets used
during the siege because surely that block of land hasn't
been used either before or after that! Still, once they
clear away all that 'mess' they can finally build the Jones
Drive- Inn Bottle Shop first mooted by one of
the Glenrowan Improvers a few years back.
finds in Ned Kelly dig
having trouble pitying the poor sucker who forked out
seventy thousand dollars (yes, $70,000.00) for a revolver
that has about as much to do with the Kelly outbreak
as that body buried in the Ipswich cemetery (contrary
to that nut-bag Councilor Tully's claims). Thank's
to an Age investigation it has now come to light that
the weapon was built in 1884, long after Fitzpatrick
left the force in disgrace and Kelly swung in the Old
Melbourne Gaol. Next sucker please...
house to probe Kelly gun
no bones about it
Kelly's bones have been discovered among a
group of 32 prisoner remains at the old Pentridge
Prison. This would be the same prison where his
bones were already known to have been buried BUT
according to this new find the original location
of his resting place was all wrong. Guess they'll
have to unbolt that helmet attached to the grave
marker in Ronald Ryan's plot and mothball it until
this new discovery is officially recognised – with
family DNA. Perhaps in this trade-off the Government
will let his family finally bury Ned (although
he may still be buried under RMIT). Confused?
Kelly's bones found
grows in stature
Those generous folk at ConnectEast
have given the masses something to gaze at as they
sit in traffic jams along the EastLink. Ned by
artist Campbell Robertson-Swann (yep, that's the blokes
name) has taken inspiration from Sidney Nolan, a bucket
load of cash from the State Government, and five tons
of steel to create this homage to an Australian icon.
It can be found on the EastLink Trail, north of High
get a Neducation
O’Keefe, a descendant
of the Kelly Gang's Steve Hart, runs an educational
performance business known as Kelly
Gang Educational Services that
was originally started for schools in New South Wales
but which has now been expanded along the East Coast.
His school lectures and shows are enjoying rave reviews
from teachers and students alike.
Link: Paul O'Keefe Interview
While news reports abound with stories of Ned Kelly's
missing bones not a word is mentioned about his stolen
skull? Back in December 1978, Kelly's cranium was lifted
from the Old Melbourne Gaol in what appeared to be
a university student prank. One of the culprits was
rumoured to be an ex-prime minister's son, yet to this
day no one knows what happened to it. While a dirt
farmer by the name of Tom Baxter in Western Australia
claims he has the skull buried in a tin can in his
backyard, evidence has consistently disproved his claim.
For while Tom allegedly carries one of the skull's
teeth on a necklace, it is in fact Ernest Knox's skull
(hence the EK engraved on the skull). This EK was executed
in 1894 for murder, after the shooting death of a jeweller's
son during a bungled armed robbery. Either way, they
are human remains and the befuddled Western Australian
police should have confiscated this skull when they
first heard his claim.
See: Stand and deliver Ned's skull