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Ned Kelly's boyhood home

Beveridge, VIC, Australia

 

"The boyhood house of Ned Kelly.

 

This house was built by Ned Kelly’s father, John ‘Red’ Kelly, in 1859.

It is where Ned lived for perhaps four years of his boyhood and

where his brothers Jim and Dan and sister Kate were probably born.

 

The Kellys came to Beveridge in 1854.

They ran dairy cows and Red did carpentry

jobs and speculated on land purchases with

money earned from the gold diggings.

His holdings are shaded on the map below.

 

In 1859 he bought 21 acres and built this cottage

using accessible bush materials – saplings for

the frame, split weatherboards for the walls,

timber shingles for the roof, and local bluestone

for the chimney and well. Refinements such as

wall linings, ceilings and timber floors

were absent. There were just two rooms,

although a calico partition in the main room

created a third, dividing living and sleeping

quarters. The second room was a small dairy or

coolstore, and beyond the house were a milking

shed and stables. The family settled here in time

for the birth of second son, Jim in July 1859.

 

Success was short-lived for the Kellys; the town

failed to prosper and the family fell into debt,

Moving to rented accommodation in Avenel.

By then, there were six children and another

on the way. James Stewart bought the house

in 1864 and added nine more rooms.

 

The former Kelly house is included

In the Victorian Heritage Register."

   

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Taken in September 2012