Ned Kelly’s childhood hideout could be yours
In the tiny town of Beveridge a piece of Australia’s bushranging history is up for auction
TINY Beveridge, a quiet rural township of barely 100 people about 40km north of Melbourne, doesn’t seem the kind of place that could produce a criminal, but it was a childhood home to Australia’s most notorious outlaw, Ned Kelly. And now, it could be home to you. The legendary bushranger’s childhood home, a historic 1859 cottage built by his father John “Red” Kelly, is up for sale.
The property at 44 Kelly Street, being marketed by Andrew Bellino and Rocco Di Battista of Ray White Craigieburn, retains many of its original features, including a bluestone chimney, the original iron grates and wood-grained ledged and braced doors. Much of the building, unsurprisingly a little worse for wear, was built using materials found in local bushland.
The original cottage has been listed on the Victorian Heritage Register because of its unusual architecture, thought to be because of the Irish heritage of its builder.
The cottage has an earthen floor, with drainage running between rooms that reach the peak of the corrugated iron roof.
But the 1.45ha property also comes with a newer house, a modern, four-bedroom home built in 2002.
“This property not only includes a well-kept family home that is ready to move into, it’s also an opportunity to secure a piece of Australia’s history,” Andrew Bellino says.
“The heritage listing in place means that the former Kelly home has never been and will never be changed. The building as it stands today is exactly as it was when Ned Kelly lived there as a child.”
Kelly was born in Beveridge, but was thought to have moved to the house when he was four or five and lived there for half a decade.
The town itself is full of historical gems. The former Catholic church where Kelly attended school for a number of years, built from the same local bluestone in a gothic style, is perhaps the most impressive building.
Bellino says it is difficult to put a price on the property.
“There aren’t a lot of sales in the area and certainly none that are comparable to this property,’’ he says.
“Throughout the marketing campaign we’ll listen to what the market is saying and that will guide the price expectations on the property.”
The property is scheduled to be auctioned at 2pm on September 20.