Friday, 21 October 2016 04:53

Funding to restore Ned Kelly's childhood home

Ned Kelly’s childhood home  built by his father John ‘Red’ Kelly, will be restored with $1 million in funding provided by the Victorian Government.

The dilapidated hut is on on Kelly Street, Beveridge, about 40 km north of Melbourne.

John Kelly was an Irish convict sent to Tasmania for stealing two pigs, and following his seven year sentence, he found work around Donnybrook and Kilmore. He built the Kelly family home in 1860, when Ned was five years old.

Historians have found the home is significant because its construction is similar to a traditional Irish cottage, while other elements, such as bush poles, roof detailing, shingles, guttering and a lack of eaves make it unique.

A Heritage Victoria audit found the property needs urgent stabilisation works as the structure is slumping, verandah posts are rotting and downpipes and guttering no longer work.

Heritage Victoria will oversee the restoration works, drawing on traditional trade skills and finishes to protect and enhance the integrity of the property.

The home will become part of a local heritage trail which has been drafted by the Victorian Planning Authority as part of a broader precinct structure plan for land north of Beveridge.

The precinct structure plan covers 290 hectares of land north of Beveridge, which will one day be home to 10,000 people living in about 3500 homes.

Consultation will begin in November for the plans, which include a heritage trail around the Kelly House Park, shops, sports fields and will be near the future Merrifield Business Park, with railway access from future stations planned for Lockerbie and Beveridge.

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