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

The Weekend Australian - Life - - PROPERTY -

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.

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