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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Article Alert: Rare Ned Kelly Documents Go Under The Hammer

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[Seems they have updated the article to now include the selling price of $25,000!]

In an article entitled "Rare Ned Kelly Documents Go Under the Hammer" it tells of the auctioning of the ledger of the Beechworth Court of General Sessions which contains Ned Kelly's first court appearance at age 15.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Article Alert: Last Man Standing (about Ian W. Shaw and his new Glenrowan book)

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In the Sydney Morning Herald of April 22, 2012 there is an article called Last Man Standing, which is about the author Ian W. Shaw and his new book "Glenrowan: The Siege that Shaped a Nation."

The article begins with:

There have probably been more films, plays, songs, nonfiction books and novels written about Ned Kelly than any other Australian in history.

So why would a Canberra civil servant who works in the federal Attorney-General's office think we needed another volume about the country's most famous criminal?

''I've always been intrigued by Ned Kelly,'' says Ian W. Shaw, 61.

''Not Kelly himself so much as the siege at Glenrowan."

''Everyone knows a little bit about the siege but no one ever seems to know the full story....''

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(I beg to differ on the bit that says "no one ever seems to know the full story" as there are quite a few of us out here that have made the siege somewhat of a focal point of our long-term studies and have accessed much of the research/archival material he talks about in the article. But, yes, admittedly, there are many who will be very well served by the book to educate them on the finer points of the Kelly Gang's Siege of the Glenrowan.)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I got a mention in the bibliography of the new "Glenrowan" book!

Back at the end of 2011, after being tipped off by Michael Ball, I had reported that a new book called "Glenrowan: The Siege That Shaped a Nation" by Ian W. Shaw was to be released on April 1, 2012. I have not yet gotten a copy, but Mark Perry did and he told me that I got a mention in the bibliography of it! I was very gratified to see that someone appreciates my research and found it to be of use. Michael Ball was kind enough to scan it in for me and here it is:

 It was for my article on Jane Jones I did for the nedonthenet and glenrowan1880 sites. I had written it back in 2010 (not 2007) and if anyone wishes to read it they can go to either of the links provided below to do so. Seems that it is not available on the sitemap or menus at either site, nor are any of my other View From Abroad articles that this was a part of, but is still findable for now under google. I suppose when, or if,  they cease to be found at all I can perhaps eventually add the best of them to this blog for archival purposes.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My Review of Encounters With the Kellys [Sharon Hollingsworth]

Recently I did a book alert about "Encounters With the Kellys: A Plea for Freedom from Dan and Ned Kelly" by Delta Shannon in which I said I was going to order it. It has arrived and I have had a chance to read it and would like to give a review of it here after I put the synopsis/blurb for it from the publisher's website that I had put in the previous alert (just to refresh everyone's memories):

“I first met Dan Kelly in a museum gift shop …”

So begins Delta Shannon’s journey of discovery with Dan and Ned Kelly. For five years after that first meeting with Dan, her life would be consumed by the Kellys, as she channelled their spirits. Together, they now work to share this message, as well as the truth about the Siege at Glenrowan, with the public.

Dan and Ned Kelly speak here, to and through Shannon. They want people to know that their spirits are earthbound, that they are restless and angry, and that they no longer wish to be bound to this plane. Somewhat ironically, it is the iconization of their name and legacy (not to mention the merchandising of the Kelly name) that keep them from achieving peace, and they want it to stop.

The people of Australia can release Dan and Ned and allow them to go beyond the higher realms and heal their souls. In Encounters with the Kellys, Shannon lets the men share their side of the story and shares how modern-day readers can help these two trapped souls find rest.

Their message is clear: They are lost. They are in pain. They want to be free.

Go to the link below and click on "Free Preview" to read the introduction to the book that gives so much more.

Ok, let me start off the review by saying that this book might not be for everyone. I know that some out there will think this book is maybe all just baloney, or a scam/hoax, or a product of someone's overactive imagination or what have you. Maybe these scoffers/unbelievers should not bother with it if it will annoy them that much (or maybe they should give it a chance to change their outlook?). But to others with an open mind and open heart to the things of this world and beyond, then this book and its message may resonate with you.

The book is a slim one with around 76 pages (the first section is Roman numeralized). The text covers 39 pages with the final pages (40-63) showing the actual images of some of the automatic spirit writing that is transcribed in the first part.

Both Dan and Ned Kelly have their say, so to speak, about many things through the author Delta Shannon in this book (she has "As channelled by Delta Shannon" on the title page). A couple of the things regarding the death of John 'Red' Kelly and something that they allege happened to their mother at the hands of the Victorian police gives me a bit of a pause, but sometimes things are open to different interpretations, so I just went forward past all that.

Moving on there are very many things in this book that are heart wrenching and thought provoking. If you have gone and read the introduction to the book at the Balboa Publishing site linked above you will have an idea of what the book contains and what the tone is. I was very interested to hear that Dan Kelly wants the whole family buried together, that no one escaped to Queensland (as many of us have always said!) and that it was he, Dan, who did not trust Steve Hart, not Ned like has been said elsewhere. Dan weighed in about the archaeological diggings in Glenrowan and in particular about the finding of a certain bullet and how he is "sick of the 'so-called legend' being kept alive for the sake of making money and Australian tourism." I also found of interest Ned's take on how the Victorian police were always targeting them even before the formation of the Kelly gang and about the English vs Irish type of racism they suffered under. Ned told how he kept many things back from his brother Dan who he claimed was a "worrier" and he says that "my spirit needs to be released, and all the while they keep rehashing the past and keeping the lie alive, I cannot and am unable to rest in peace, or Dan for that matter."

Dan Kelly had the most plaintive plea:

"People nowadays keep the legend alive by putting us down continually. Please, I ask, let it go so we can be released. It's forgiveness that we seek, and understanding.......Recognise us for what we were; not villains and thieves, but martyrs and soul men, loving the animals and the bush. Why were we not just left alone? My soul will never rest in peace until this becomes such. To be at peace with one's self is to recognise the truth, and as the superficial tourists know not what this means, I wish to make it quite clear to leave us alone and continue no more to rape the Kellys' name of their dignity and pride..."

I am glad that I discovered this unique little book, it gives one much to ponder on!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Article Alert: Ned Kelly's Remains Still in Limbo

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In the Herald Sun of April 6, 2012 there is an article called Kelly's Remains Still in Limbo.

Excerpt from the article:

...The bushranger's remains were formally identified last year, and the State Government decided to give them to his family.
RMIT adjunct professor Peter Norden, a former Pentridge chaplain, said the developer was holding up the process.
Prof Norden urged the Baillieu Government to ensure the remains were given to Kelly's family.
The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine identified the remains last year using the DNA of a family member.
Attorney-General Robert Clark subsequently decided that the remains would be given to Kelly's family.
A source familiar with the issue said the developer wanted to keep the remains, possibly as a feature for the development.
The issue has become complicated because the exhumation certificate indicated that the remains would be returned to Pentridge. The source said the developer has indicated he was considering legal action.....

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