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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

2 August 2006

Australian Government funding helps tell Ned Kelly’s story


The tale of Ned Kelly’s last stand will now be made available to thousands of visitors, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell said today as he announced funding of $30,000 to help interpret the Glenrowan Heritage Precinct.

“I am extremely pleased to announce the Australian Government is providing $30,000 to the Glenrowan Improvers in partnership with the Wangaratta Council to help share with all Australians the story of the Kelly Gang’s siege,” Senator Campbell said during a visit to the historic site.

“The Glenrowan Heritage Precinct is where the Kelly Gang were finally confronted by the Victorian police on 28 June 1880, after being hunted by the law for almost two years.

“The ensuing battle between the police and gang members, who were clad in heavy armour made from ploughshares, ultimately led to the deaths of all four gang members. Three gang members were killed during the siege while Ned Kelly was wounded, captured and hanged five months later.

“Glenrowan is therefore one of Australia’s most important heritage places, and in recognition the site was included in the National Heritage List in June 2005.

“Funding of $30,000 will be used to develop interpretative materials such as signs and brochures to mark Glenrowan’s role in our national story.

“In his day Ned Kelly was more likely to relieve governments of money rather than receive support, and the debate continues today as to whether he was a hero or villain.

“More than 125 years later, we are all familiar with the figure of a faceless bushranger in heavy blackened armour. This is an image that has haunted and inspired many of the nation’s greatest talents to express the Kelly story through art, literature, film, music and other forms of popular culture.

“One thing is certain, Ned Kelly has become a part of Australia’s story and is one of our best-known historical figures. It is appropriate then that this funding be used to tell this part of his story,” Senator Campbell said.

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