Stringybark Creek- "Bail Up!" (Ghost bushranger series)

Penny Hetherington

Joined March 2008

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Lately I have been working on acrylic paintings about the history of Australian bushrangers. In this painting is Ned Kelly (and his gang) ‘bailing up’ the police at the camp site at Stringybark Creek, Victoria, Australia. Ned was fed up with the law accusing him for crimes he did not commit, for example: being accused of stealing every horse or cattle that went missing in his area and it was the last straw when his mother was thrown in jail for being accused of attempting to murder Constable Fitzpatrick.

Here in this painting, I have Ned ‘bailing up’ 3 of the 4 constables who had plans to capture The Ned Kelly Gang and arrest them. It was on 25th October 1878, that resulted in Ned shooting down 3 policemen (allowing the fourth member to run free). Ned claims that he shot the police in self defence.

If you would like to read more about the Stringybark Creek incident, you can find it here:

http://www.nedkellysworld.com.au/history/murder...

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