Ned Kelly’s plan was starting to fray at the edges. Since Saturday morning he had been in charge of an ever-growing collection of locals; women and children were held in Stanistreet the station-master’s house under the watchful eye of Steve Hart and the rest were over at Ann Jones’ Glenrowan Inn. It was now Sunday and the locals were growing restless – how to entertain them? How else but a dance! Continue reading Spotlight: The Dance At The Glenrowan Inn Before The Fight
Many people have a very clear image in their head of Ned Kelly: tall, muscular, bushy beard and pompadour hairstyle. This image is Ned Kelly a day before his execution, almost six months after he was nearly shot to pieces … Continue reading Looking for Ned: Life versus Legend
In the 1860s printing technology did not allow for photographs to be published in newspapers so photographs were copied by artists and turned into etchings – a kind of engraving that could be used as a stamp. The quality of … Continue reading Spotlight: Ben Hall, The Bushranger (etching)
As technology did not exist to replicate photographs in print at the time, artists employed by publications were given the task of dramatising events in illustrations or producing portraits of the key players based on descriptions or existing photographs. Continue reading Spotlight: Scott (Moonlite)
This engraving of Ben Hall was published twenty days after his death. Continue reading Spotlight: Ben Hall, the Bushranger.
Bushrangers were the spiritual descendants of the English highwaymen (also known as tobeymen) such as Dick Turpin, Plunkett and MacLeane, and “Gentleman Jack” Sheppard. Continue reading Spotlight: “BAIL UP” – AN INCIDENT OF BEN HALL’S TIME.
This dramatic image is a woodblock engraving that was featured in The Illustrated Melbourne Post. Engraved by Samuel Calvert from a drawing by George Stafford. Continue reading Spotlight: Bushrangers At Work