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Ned Kelly - Saint or Sinner

Posted 26 June 2009 by (Hurstville News)

Ned Kelly: Fact and Fiction traces the story of the young man who gained notoriety as Australias most famous bushranger. Kelly vowed to fight the authorities on behalf of the poor and oppressed before being captured and hanged in 1880.

The exhibition, developed by the National Museum in Canberra, is on show at the St George Regional Museum from 30 January until 10 May 2007.

“The Ned Kelly legend evolved over time through folklore, film, art and song,” said Hurstville Mayor Clr Vince Badalati. “There is just as much myth surrounding him as there is fact which has resulted in opinion on Ned Kelly being very much divided. To some he was a national hero whilst to others he was a criminal who met a just end.”

“Ned Kelly was a striking figure in life and death - and the Kelly armour remains an iconic image within Australias national history,” said National Museum Curator, Mr Denis Shepard. “Whether Ned Kellys life actually measures up to the myth is a constant source of debate.”

Kellys story is told through the places and people that shaped the man and the legend. Historic and contemporary photographs feature along with a replica of the armour worn by gang member Joe Byrne and pages from Kellys Jerilderie letter, transcribed by publican John Hanlon.

The exhibition also has the helmet worn by the Rolling Stones Mick Jagger in the 1970 film, Ned Kelly, along with various Kellyana - souvenirs and advertising material bearing the famous Kelly icon.

Ned Kelly: Fact and Fiction examines Kellys progression from a petty thief to an outlaw, outlining the familys clashes with the police, the formation of the gang, the murders at Stringybark Creek, the search for Kelly and help from his supporters.

The battle of Glenrowan, Kellys death, the rumours that followed it and the subsequent development of the outlaw legend are also explored.

The St George Regional Museum is open Tuesday to Thursday from 10am - 4pm and the first and fourth Saturday of every month from 10am - 3pm. Other times by appointment. Entry to the exhibition is free.

For images, interviews or more information about the exhibition please contact Elissa Blair at the St George Regional Museum, 14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville on 02 9330 6444 or Leanda Kitchen at the National Museum on 02 6208 5338, 0438 620 710 or media@nma.gov.au

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