home at the end of Kelly Street
Small township where Ned Kelly was born
Beveridge is a small township located 42 km
north of Melbourne along the Hume Highway which
is sustained by the surrounding agricultural and
pastoral industries. It is located in the
fertile Goulburn Valley which was explored by
Hamilton Hume and William Howell in the 1820s.
Although it has little more than 100
inhabitants, Beveridge is guaranteed a permanent
place in Australian history because it was the
birthplace of legendary bushranger, Ned Kelly,
whose impoverished father, John, settled in the
town at a time when the less affluent pioneers
were subject to harassment from the wealthy and
Things to see:
The Kelly family home still stands. The town's
most impressive building is the former Roman
Catholic Church, where the Kellys presumably
worshipped. Perched on a hillside, this
bluestone gothic church was constructed between
1857 and 1862, with the exception of the
sacristy and chancel, which were added in 1877.
It was originally registered as both school and
church, in order to qualify for a school grant.
Another structure of historic interest is the
post office on Pretty Sally Hill, which served
as a hotel in the 1860s.
|A sad comment
on our desire to preserve our history -
the remnants of the Kelly home
6 km north of Beveridge is the Wallan Woolshed,
where you can see sheep being shorn and herded
by sheepdogs, throw a boomerang, dance to a bush
band, eat a traditional Australian meal and be
regaled with tales of rural Australia. Bookings
can be made for lunch or evening visits. Contact
Wallan Woolshed (03) 5783 1214.
Accommodation and Eating
There is no accommodation available in the town