Report details potential to enhance Kelly story
INDIGO Shire mayor Cr Jenny O’Connor has welcomed the Ned Kelly Alive Report released by Tourism North East and Regional Development Victoria last Friday.
The report looks to reimagine the region’s Ned Kelly tourism experiences to create an engaging, immersive and connected offer that brings the story of the outlaw to life.
Beechworth is home to the most significant collection of historic buildings connected to the Kelly story in regional Victoria.
“The Ned Kelly story is such a big part of our history and it attracts many visitors to the region every year,” Cr O’Connor said.
“We welcome the recommendations in the Ned Kelly Alive Report, including a proposed expanded Kelly Experience at the Old Beechworth Gaol and Beechworth’s Historic Precinct Courthouse ‘Kelly Trials’ concept.”
“It is exciting to see two concepts proposed for Beechworth - it recognises Beechworth’s existing Kelly credentials and collection as well as future tourism opportunities.
The Ned Kelly collection is made up of around 100 items, of which approximately 90 per cent are privately owned.
It includes many rare items such as Sidney Nolan’s final painting ‘Shot’, Ned Kelly’s rifle, as well as original photo- graphs and documents.
Burke Museum manager Cameron Auty said the owners of the collection in the Ned Kelly Vault have expressed a wish to expand the exhibition and experience.
“They want to showcase more of this world-class collection for all visitors to enjoy and moving it to the Old Beechworth Gaol as part of the Kelly Experience concept is a great way to ensure that the collection stays in Beechworth,” Mr Auty said.
“We hope it will also allow more items from the community to be sourced and displayed.”
“We’re excited to tell the Kelly story in new and innovative ways, and revitalise the his- toric precinct with an immersive interpretation of the Kelly Gang and family’s trials at the Beechworth Courthouse.”
This project looks to position Victoria’s High Country as the home of the Kelly story – a narrative that is part of the country’s history and a ‘must-do’ Australian experience.
The Ned Kelly Alive Report was funded by Regional Development Victoria, into the tourism potential of the life and times of Ned Kelly was released by commissioning partners, the Rural City of Wangaratta, Indigo Shire, Mansfield Shire and Benalla Rural City.
The full report can be viewed online through the Tourism North East website.