NED THE TOUR - THE SUNDAY AGE MAY 19TH 2002
The Age newspaper made an excellent summary of the very first 'Ned Tour' Which I (Mike for people who don't know who I am for more information on me check out my why a Kelly gang site?) attended in May 2002.
The report highlighted everything I saw on the very first Ned Tour. Even I as mentioned in the article, the editor, John Elder, wrote that " Perhaps the greatest surprise is Mike Lawson, a 15 - year - old from Broadmeadows, he discovered Ned at the age of 9 and runs his own Kelly website, (www.kellyoutbreak.dot.nu ) Like Pearse and Shore, Mike Lawson wants to make Ned Kelly his life's work. His parents are moving the family to Glenrowan to help him get started. And that's only what you hear over a cup of tea."
Ned: The Exhibition in conjunction with Ned Tours proudly presents Ned: The Tour. For three weekends only: April 27th to 28th, May 11th to 12th, and June 1st to 2nd. Stopping at all the major Kelly Gang Sites, including:
- Ned's birthplace, only surviving Kelly home and Ned's first school
Only $299 per person plus GST. Single supplement / provision to share. Bookings are absolutely essential. Further details, please call:
NED IN KELLY COUNTRY - AGAIN! - 20/04/02
For those of us on the run who don’t have time to stop and have a detailed read on all recent aspects of the Kelly saga, this page will contain ALL the latest at a glance and will be updated regularly. If there’s anything we miss, please yell out-loudly!!
The Exhibition at the Old Melbourne Gaol continues to draw large crowds. In
Russell St, the show will go on until July. The catalogue, by renowned Kelly
author Ian Jones, can be purchased at the Gaol, Kates Cottage in Glenrowan and
Tapsells books in Beechworth.
new Kelly movie is currently lensing in Kelly Country itself-in the Warby Ranges
near Wangaratta. Interiors are to be filmed in Box Hill later in the year.
Initially, movie was a straight adaptation of Robert Drewes book, “Our
Sunshine”. Ian Jones tells me now the
movie may be an amalgam of “Our Sunshine”, Peter Careys “True History of
the Kelly Gang” and Ian Jones own “Ned Kelly- A Short Life”. Let’s hope
whatever shape the script is in, Heath Ledger does a good job!! Incidentally,
although it hasn’t gone down well with a lot of Kelly fans, Ian liked “Our
Sunshine” and said it captured an atmosphere very effectively.
The Tour” kicks
off shortly too! At this stage, there will be 3 coach trips run to Kelly
Country,leaving from Old Melbourne Gaol, bookings essential. Week-end
dates are 27th April, 11th May and 1st June.
All the major Kelly sites will be visited in Benalla, Beechworth, Greta,
Glenrowan, Beveridge and Avenel. Contact Sue Barnett Travel Agents at 89
Whitehorse Rd. Balwyn Vic. Ph: (03) 9816 9922. E mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
recently sold at Christies Auction for nearly $20k continues to be the subject of
debate. You decide! Is it Ned? Send us an E mail. The photo has not been widely
published but can be seen at Ned: The Exhibition and on the cover of recent
Christies Catalogue, an excellent reproduction. The Beechworth studio photograph
was taken during the time “Ned Kelly went straight”. (And that doesn’t
mean he was gay!)
“Ned book” from
Ian Jones is a look at The Last Stand, through the eyes of Thomas Carrington, a
newspaper artist of the day. Probably his most well known Kelly image is “Ned
Kelly at bay”. A re-issue of Ians “The Friendship that destroyed Ned Kelly-
Joe Byrne and Aaron Sherritt”, is soon to be available under the title “The
Fatal Friendship” (whew!). This excellent book looks at the relationship
between gang member Joe Byrne and his life long mate Aaron Sherritt and the
almost demented vigour with which they operated.
continues to make the news in Adelaide.
“Neds Emporium”, a discount “dollar dazzlers” type chain in SA continues
to thrive, sporting a brown and gold cartoon depiction of Ned in armour as its
logo. “Ned Kellys Retreat”, a restaurant in the northern suburbs has now
been with us for 2 years and is decorated with replica armour and posters from
Kates Cottage. The food is adequate but it’s the theme that draws the patrons.
The director of the South Australian museum said recently 2 of Australias
greatest icons, Ned Kelly and The Man from Snowy river are not uniquely
Australian. He says they were merely acting out foreign dramas with an
Australian back drop. Instead, he paid tribute to farmers who “carved a niche
in in our harsh conditions and adapted to the land.” And so the debate