Her­alded myth busted in book

The Tatura Guardian - - News - For book­ings, phone Goul­burn Val­ley Li­braries on 1300 374 765. Con­tact Nagam­bie Li­brary by Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19, Euroa Li­brary by noon on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20, and Co­bram and Shep­par­ton Li­braries by Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 23.

Au­thor Leo Kennedy will be speak­ing about his new book, Black Snake: the Real Story of Ned Kelly, this month, vis­it­ing Euroa, Nagam­bie, Co­bram and Shep­par­ton li­braries.

Mr Kennedy is the great-grand­son of Sergeant Michael Kennedy who was one of the po­lice­men mur­dered at Stringy­bark Creek in 1878.

Black Snake tells the vic­tim’s side of the story from the boy who was raised in the shadow of his great-grand­fa­ther’s mur­der.

Mr Kennedy wrote Black Snake with Mic Looby, who is also the ed­i­tor and il­lus­tra­tor of the book.

Goul­burn Val­ley Li­braries se­nior projects li­brar­ian Jan Sut­ton said the story of Ned Kelly was Aus­tralia’s most her­alded myth.

‘‘The story of Ned Kelly is also the un­told story of Michael Kennedy, the po­lice sergeant slain and robbed by the out­law 140 years ago,’’ Ms Sut­ton said.

Kennedy and Kelly were Ir­ish im­mi­grants strug­gling to make their way in the new colonies of Aus­tralia.

‘‘Kennedy was com­mit­ted to de­fend­ing the law, while Kelly was break­ing it,’’ Ms Sut­ton said.

When their paths crossed one fate­ful day at Stringy­bark Creek, it trig­gered the end for one and the be­gin­ning of an in­cred­i­ble­myth about the other.’’

Mr Kennedy will be speak­ing at Euroa Li­brary at 2 pm and Nagam­bie Li­brary at 7 pm on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 23, and at Co­bram Li­brary at 2 pm and Shep­par­ton Li­brary at 7 pm on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 24.

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Right:tells the vic­tim’s side of the Ned Kelly story and was writ­ten by Leo Kennedy, the boy who was raised in the shadow of his great-grand­fa­ther’s mur­der.

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