G O O D D AY E D W A R D K E L L Y
and Ellen Kelly, were now married and needed a home of their own. Their first
child was nearly due when James Quinn allowed John & Ellen to take a small
block of land on his property for their new home.
John built a
good strong home for their up coming family, and on the 25th of
February Ellen gave birth to a daughter and
their first child, Mary Jane, she was baptised at Kilmore not far from
Wallan But un-fortunately, she died, it is not known exactly when she
died, more than likely not long after her birth. Mary Janeís report of death
wasnít written until ten years
later as Ď Deceased
the Kelly family very much. Mary Janeís grand-parents James & Mary Quinn,
were very upset also, as Patrick, their son, drowned in the Murray river only 2
1853, Ellen gave birth again, this time, as before she had girl. Her name was to
be Annie Kelly. Annie was baptised by father Galen at St Francis catholic church
December 1854, Ellen gave birth again this time a boy, he was named Edward
Kelly. Mrs David Gorman helped Ellen to give birth to Edward. Mrs Gorman lived
not far from John and Ellenís
home. Edward was baptised by priest Charles O'Hara
nicknamed early in his life as Ned Kelly. Later on 10th of August
1857 Ellen gave birth to a girl, Margaret Mildred Kelly. Margaret was baptised
by father Lorenzo J. O'Hara in
St Paulís catholic church in Coburg.
On the 31st
of July, 1859, Ellen gave birth once again to a boy, his name was James Kelly.
He was baptised by like Margaret, Lorenzo J. O'Hara
in St Paulís catholic church in Coburg.
Kelly and her brother Ned Kelly attended the tiny little catholic school with a
church, there was only thirty-six pupils at the school.
Then on the
1st of May 1861 Ellen gave birth
to a boy his name was Daniel Kelly. Daniel was baptised St Paulís
catholic church in Coburg.
Catherine Kelly was born on 12th of July 1863, and was baptised by
father O'Hara at Kilmore.
Ellen were now in trouble. John owed lots of money for different things. He was
forced to sell his home at Beveridge to pay for these things and move further
on. The Family settled down in the township of Avenel, not far from Seymour in
farm was quite large as John was paying rent to live in it. Ned, Annie, Jim
& Maggie attended the Avenel common school. On the 30th of March
1864 Inspector Gilbert Brown visited the school, to test the children to see
what they have learned.
passed reading, writing and spelling, but failed maths, grammar and geography,
the inspector wrote down each childís name that he tested, Nedís was written
years and three months ď making him born around December 1854.
At this time
there was no water around, which made it all the more harder for the Kelly
family. One day during the high no-water times in 1865, a stray cow walked onto
the Kelly farm, John Kelly being desperate, hungry and weak decided to kill the
cow and he and his family could eat it.
He did just
that, and the family had a big feast. The owner of the cow was a man named
Morgan the Kellyís next door neighbour, he went to the police and reported
what had just happened.
The next day
Constable Dock knocked at the door of the Kellyís home, he had a warrant for
stolen meat. Dock found the meat and arrested John for killing and eating
something that was not his.
John went to
the Avenel court house on the 29th of May 1865, and was found guilty
of the crime and had to pay twenty-five pounds or six months in jail. John spent
his time in prison but was released early for some reason that is not known, he
served four of his six months in jail.
During 1865, while Ned was on his way to school, a son of the Avenel pub owner Richard Shelton, was crossing Hughes creek which is a big creek which travels through Avenel. Suddenly Richard fell into the raging waters of the creek.
ran and leapt into the creek swam over to Richard who was drowning. Ned saved
young Richard and took him back to the pub which his parents owned.
brave thing Ned did, Richards father gave Ned a big green silk sash, which Ned
wore on special occasions. Ned was the hero of Avenel, everyone was talking
about this young boy who was so brave. This may answer why John was released
early from jail, perhaps the Sheltonís
the twenty-five pounds for his release.
returned home, he was very sick. In prison he got a disease called ď Dropsy
ď which makes you very sick and can make you die.
eventually killed John he died on 27th of December 1866, he was
buried in the Avenel cemetery where he still lies today.
decided that the Morganís were to blame for Johnís death and she went next
door and began to swear at them. Again they charged Ellen with offensive
language and she was fined one pound and told to be friends and be good.
packed up her children and decided there was nothing left for the Kelly family
in Avenel, the packed up and moved further North-East to be with her parents,
brothers & sisters. But there was worse to come.