The Big Ned Kelly - Glenrowan VIC
Ned Kelly has been immortalized by being made into a towering 6 metre statue in the town of Glenrowan which is the place of the last siege of the Kelly Gang and the deaths of three of it's members.
Chris & Rod Gerrett, proprietors of Kate's Cottage Gift & Souvenir Shop, commissioned the statue asking for one "befitting a national legend." Big Ned was made by special effects technician Kevin Thomas at Proto Patterns, in the Sydney suburb of Ingleburn. At 6 metres high and 1 1/2 tonnes, the fibreglass composite was too big for his usual workshop and a larger shed to do the 4 months' worth of work in had to be hired.
The text on the plaque at the bottom of the Big Ned:
Ned Kelly - Hanged a murderer in Melbourne, November 11,1880 - not 26 years old - described as a rebel, bushranger by necessity, a bush battler, underdog, sometimes gentleman, sometimes larrikin and a man with a strong sense of family.
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