Kelly col­lec­tion still draw­ing peo­ple in

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RE­GARDED as one of the best places to learn about Aus­tralia’s most fa­mous out­law, the Ned Kelly Vault in Beech­worth’s His­toric Precinct last week wel­comed visi­tor num­ber 80,000.

The mu­seum opened in 2014, and is a unique part­ner­ship be­tween Indigo Shire Coun­cil, the Burke Mu­seum and a com­mu­nity of sup­port­ers.

It is staffed by vol­un­teers from the Beech­worth area, with cu­ra­to­rial ex­per­tise pro­vided by the Burke Mu­seum.

The Vault houses re­gional Vic­to­ria’s most ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of Ned Kelly arte­facts and mem­o­ra­bilia, drawn from pub­lic and pri­vate col­lec­tions across Aus­tralia.

Key ob­jects on dis­play are Ned’s death mask, Dan Kelly’s pis­tol, Ned’s favourite ri­fle ‘Betty’, the original ta­ble from the Ann Jones’ Inn at Glen­rowan that shows the scars and bul­let holes from the in­fa­mous siege, as well as pop cul­ture items in­clud­ing ‘Shot’ - Sir Sid­ney Nolan’s fi­nal Kelly paint­ing.

Burke Mu­seum man­ager Cameron Auty said the suc­cess of the Ned Kelly Vault is a clear in­di­ca­tion of the in­ter­est in the Kelly story from both Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors.

“Ned, his gang and the po­lice and peo­ple of North East Vic­to­ria are cen­tral fig­ures in Aus­tralian folk­lore,” he said.

“Their tale show­cases themes of crime, jus­tice and in­jus­tice, im­mi­gra­tion, the gold rush, the cre­ation of cre­ation of mod­ern Aus­tralian iden­tity.

“The Ned Kelly Vault is a great place to dive deep into these sto­ries and more.”

With the Ned Kelly Alive re­port due to be re­leased soon Mr Auty said it was an ex­cit­ing time at the vault.

“The re­port, by Tourism North East and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Vic­to­ria, in con­junc­tion with lo­cal govern­ment au­thor­i­ties from the re­gion, will show­case im­mer­sive and en­gag­ing cul­tural tourism ex­pe­ri­ences across Vic­to­ria’s High Coun­try based on the Ned Kelly story.

“This is a great time for cul­tural her­itage around the Kelly story.

“We are telling the story in deeper and richer ways than ever be­fore, and this vis­i­ta­tion mile­stone to the Ned Kelly Vault shows that peo­ple con­tinue to be fas­ci­nated with the Kelly’s and their im­pact on Aus­tralian his­tory.

“We’re ex­cited about big things to come for the Vault and for Ned Kelly in Beech­worth.”

OUT­LAW IN­TER­EST: The Ned Kelly Vault in Beech­worth’s His­toric Precinct which opened in 2014 con­tin­ues to be a pop­u­lar draw­card for vis­i­tors to the town.

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