Past Events

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2019 Greta: The Armour: the myths, the facts

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From 10.00am
Saturday 23 February 2019
Greta Hansonville Hall
448 Reserve Road
Victoria 3675

Greta Hansonville Hall Committee and presents The Armour: the myths, the facts held on Saturday 23 February 2019. The day was filled with discussions focusing on the Kelly Gang’s armour – how it was made, why it was made, and the impact it has had on history, folklore, and popular culture. Noeleen Lloyd presented a discussion on the concept and impact the boy’s armour had not only on the sympathisers but on colonial society. Brad Webb presented a talk on the evolution of Ned Kelly in folklore and how the imagery of the Gang’s armour has transcended pop culture on multiple levels from cinema to comic books. Artist Joe Zapp who started a Kelly painting as the event began then discussed, near the end of proceedings, the painting: the process and the subject – Ned. Joe then auctioned the painting with the lucky winner John Suta receiving a one-off signed painting with 50% of the proceeds going to the Hall. Joe also donated four signed #1 prints from his Ned Kelly series for the silent auction which also included signed books and other collectable items such as some lovely signed bottles of wine donated by Bob Morrison. There was a demonstration of traditional blacksmithing methods by well known local blacksmith, Nick Hawtin who also gave a talk on the process of making the armour. Nick owned the famous Rutherglen Forge and has produced some well crafted pieces including replica armours for the Jerilderie Shire (these are still on display and are made to the exact weight and size of the originals). There was also a number of additional presentations and displays along with a Q&A session. Admission was $25 per person and included morning tea and a light lunch. Due to the size of the hall, tickets were strictly limited to a maximum of 80 seats (there was no standing room!). Along with a packed hall and program, there was opportunities to pick up merchandise and maybe take home a prize in the raffle. Most important of all, it’s a day where everyone came together to talk about and debate history, and keep it alive. All proceeds went to the continued upkeep and refurbishment of the Greta Hansonville Hall.

Enquiries: Noeleen Lloyd

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2019 Chiltern: the town that sparked the Kelly outbreak

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From 10.00am
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April 2019
Main Street
Victoria 3683

Chiltern: the town that sparked the Kelly outbreak is a commemoration of the rise of the Kelly Gang which will be held in and around the Star Theatre, on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April, 2019. The weekend event will include a Saturday night dinner at the Vine Hotel complete with bush band, and an impressive Kelly display at the Athenaeum. The town of Chiltern played a major role in the Kelly story as it was here that Dan Kelly’s arrest warrant was issued. Speakers covering the Kelly outbreak will include Brad Webb (author of Ned Kelly: the iron outlaw), Noelene Allen (author of Ellen: a woman of spirit), Alan Crichton (author of Far beyond the falls), Noeleen Lloyd (Greta Heritage Group), and Kelly researcher Steve Jager (on Ned’s republic). Proceeds raised will go towards the ongoing preservation of the Chiltern Athenaeum Collection. For further updates, news, and details visit Facebook.

Saturday 6 April, 2019
10:00am – Welcome
10:15am – Ian Jones’ documentary The Story of Ned Kelly
11.15am – The Fitzpatrick Conspiracy presented by Alan Crichton
12:00pm – Lunch at The Vine (bookings essential)
1.30pm – The Kelly Outbreak presented by Brad Webb
2.30pm – The potato famine and the Kelly Gang presented by Noeleen Lloyd
3.30pm – Proclamation of North East Victoria presented by Steve Jager
7:00pm – Dinner at Crawford Stables with bush band Swag’Billy (bookings essential)

Sunday 7 April, 2019
10:00am – Ellen Kelly a woman of spirit presented by Noelene Allen
10:00am – Artist Joe Zapp begins to paint a Ned Kelly canvas for a fundraising auction
11:00am – T.B.A
12:00pm – Close and Lunch

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2018 Greta: 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 publisher Brad Webb and editor Chester Eagle along with fifty guests celebrated 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 included 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. After the talk there was 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 was $15 per person and included morning tea. Each member of the audience also received a limited-edition free mini-mag of Chester Eagle’s The Armour which he happily signed when asked. All proceeds went to the Greta Hansonville Hall for its continued improvement and upkeep.

Enquiries: Noeleen Lloyd

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 was on again for 2015 from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th August and was 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 marked 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 team up with the event organisers and participated in historical reenactments and explored the stories. Throughout the weekend the township of Beechworth stepped back in time and brought 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 was the attendance of the cast of The Last Outlaw including well known Australian actor, Steve Bisley, who attended a special dinner over the weekend. The dinner was co-hosted by Kelly family descendant and State Opposition Minister, Stephanie Ryan and Major Mathew Brooks C.M.T. Elsewhere during the weekend you could walk in Ned’s shoes, sit in the same gaol cell, and stroll through Beechworth to take in other events set amidst landmark buildings and locations that have not changed since the time of the Kellys. There was also be historic displays of equipment and clothing used in this era.

People were able to purchase tickets for the Kelly trials to watch as Mrs Kelly is sentenced to three years hard labour on the word of a liar. Later they saw Ned stand defiantly in the dock against the judge. There was also children’s activities and competitions including the chance to their photo taken in the Gangs armour. You could also stroll through the market style village where you could 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, and all other business partners.

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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