Vic­to­ria Po­lice Am­bush

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A spe­cial tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion from the Vic­to­ria Po­lice Mu­seum will be dis­played at the Jer­ilderie RSL hall ex­clu­sively for this week­end’s Let­ter Event.

The ‘Am­bush: Ned Kelly and the Stringy Bark Creek Mur­ders’ ex­hi­bi­tion will pro­vide view­ers with a unique in­sight into the mur­ders by the Kelly Gang in Oc­to­ber 1878, and how the po­lice dealt with them.

One of the high­lights of the ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes a map de­pict­ing the site of the Stringy­bark Creek am­bush, hand-drawn by the sole sur­viv­ing po­lice of­fi­cer, Con­sta­ble Thomas Mcin­tyre.

Also dis­played is Ned Kelly’s blood-stained car­tridge bag, re­cov­ered by Sergeant Steele at Glen­rowan in 1880.

This ex­hi­bi­tion has fas­ci­nated view­ers in its re­cent trav­els, and guar­an­tees to be a hit at this year’s Let­ter Event.

A key part of the liv­ing his­tory of the Ned Kelly leg­end will be ac­ces­si­ble to the public this Satur­day as part of the bi­en­nial Jer­ilderie Let­ter Event.

The re­stored Jer­ilderie Print­ery will be of­fi­cially opened as part of to­mor­row’s fes­tiv­i­ties.

The restora­tion of the print­ery, which is lo­cated next to the li­brary, was funded by a her­itage grant pro­vided to Jer­ilderie Shire Coun­cil in 2011.

In­fa­mous bushranger Ned Kelly at­tempted to have the now fa­mous Jer­ilderie Let­ter pub­lished at the site in 1879 to share his man­i­festo and demon­strate the in­jus­tice he felt he and his fam­ily had suf­fered.

The build­ing has had sev­eral oc­cu­pants and uses, in­clud­ing a chemist, from circa 1890 un­til the 1930s. The print­ery then be­came part of the ad­join­ing res­i­dence, ‘Banksi’.

In 2008 the Jer­ilderie Coun­cil pur­chased Banksi in or­der to save the print­ery and pro­vide a site for the cen­tral li­brary.

The print­ery will host the ‘Do­ing the Bolt’ Ex­hi­bi­tion, which opens from 11am to­mor­row. It will in­clude an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of ex­act repli­cas and orig­i­nal items re­lat­ing to the Aus­tralian con­victs and bushrangers.

The print­ery com­prises two build­ings, the main build­ing with three rooms, kitchen and cel­lar.

The print­ery is one of six build­ings still stand­ing which played an im­por­tant role in the Kelly Gang’s raid on the town in 1879.

The com­mem­o­rated Jer­ilderie Let­ter is one of only two orig­i­nal doc­u­ments by Ned Kelly known to have sur­vived.

The Jer­ilderie Let­ter is ex­hib­ited at the State Li­brary of Vic­to­ria, along with Ned Kelly’s ar­mour.

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