19.04.2014 - 20.04.2014 21 °C
Day 35 At Oxley
The overnight temperature was only 4 deg C so it was king of chilly to say the least. The sun came out and it soon started to warm up so we got in to the English Gengt’s car and drove to Wangaratta to have a look around, do some laundry and shopping.
Wangaratta is a fairly large place but apart from the business centre it doesn’t seem to have much else going for it.
We drove to Glenrowan which was where the famous bushranger, Ned Kelly made his last stand before being shot. He was subsequently hanged in Melbourne.
Edward "Ned" Kelly (June 1854 or 1855 – 11 November 1880) was an Irish Australian bushranger. Kelly's legacy is controversial; some consider him to be a murderous villain, while others view him as a folk hero and Australia's equivalent of Robin Hood.
Kelly was born in Victoria to an Irish convict father, and as a young man he clashed with the Victoria Police. Following an incident at his home in 1878, police parties searched for him in the bush. After he and his colleagues killed three policemen, the colonial government proclaimed Kelly and his gang wanted outlaws.
A final violent confrontation with police took place at Glenrowan on 28 June 1880. Kelly, dressed in home-made plate metal armour and a helmet, was captured and sent to gaol. He was convicted of three counts of wilful murder and hanged at Old Melbourne Gaol in November 1880. His daring and notoriety made him an iconic figure in Australian history, folklore, literature, art and film.
In August 2011, anthropologists announced that a skeleton found in a mass grave in Pentridge Prison had been confirmed as Kelly's. His skull, however, remains missing.
List of victims killed or wounded
Name Injury Date
Constable Fitzpatrick wounded 15 April 1878
Sergeant Michael Kennedy shot dead 26 October 1878
Constable Scanlan shot dead 26 October 1878
Constable Lonigan shot dead 26 October 1878
Aaron Sherritt shot dead 26 June 1880
Martin Cherry shot dead 28 June 1880
John Jones (11yo) shot (died) 29 June 1880
C. C. Rawlins wounded 28 June 1880
Superintendent Hare wounded 28 June 1880
Martha Jones (14yo) wounded 28 June 1880
We had lunch in a very nice little café then returned to Oxley and the vans to put away fresh food purchased in Wangaratta then continued on down the road to the town of Milawa where we visited the Cheese factory there. Did some tasting but didn’t buy anything – well, we didn’t, the Pommy fellow did though.
Back to the vans. The boys are out on their motor bikes again and there is a lovely horse and cart going around.
There is a lovely gum tree near our caravan.
Day 36 – Parolas Bend on the Ovens River
Our car wouldn’t start this morning, almost flat battery. Luckily one of the other campers had a jump start unit and we were able to get going.
We drove into Wangaratta and bought a new battery after they tested it as faulty. Well, we’ve had it for just on 4 years so it has done well.
Onwards then through the village of Peechalba to Bundalong then back to our overnight campspot at a freebie on the banks of the Ovens River at Parolas Bend. There are many campers here but a long way between each group. We walked for over a km and still there were more ahead.
There are a lot of boats on the water – It’s the Easter long weekend which explains why so many campers and boats are here.
There was a rather weird cloud for a brief period while we were having lunch.
We collected quite a lot of firewood so a good campfire for tonight.