Ned Kelly’s childhood home, built by his father John ‘Red’ Kelly (John Kelly) is located at the township of Beveridge 42km north of Melbourne CBD. John Kelly an Irish Convict was sent to Tasmania for stealing two pigs and arrived in Hobart on 2nd January 1842 aboard ship ‘The Prince Regent’. After receiving his ticket of leave in 1845 he is believed to have reached Melbourne in 1849. He found work around Donnybrook and Kilmore. After marrying Ellen, John Kelly lived at the Quin Family house (House of Ellen’s parents) in Wallan. Then he purchased a 41-acre farm at Beveridge but had to sell it later and bought a smaller 21-acre property at Beveridge. John Kelly built this cottage in a typical Irish way with materials he could obtain from the bush. Ned Kelly lived here from the age of five to nine and then moved to Avenel to escape the continued police harassment.
In 2016, the house was restored by the Victorian State Government taking into account its heritage value and tourist potential. The rural township of Beveridge is marked for future development as a housing estate.
Edward “Ned” Kelly was an Australian bushranger, outlaw, gang leader and convicted police murderer. He by far is the most famous bushranger in Australia best known for wearing a suit of bullet proof armour during his final shootout with Police at Glenrowan.
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