Paintings Pulled , Poetry Promoted.

I got this earlier today from the as yet unidentified Art promotor:

Dear Dee
sorry to have to inform you and your readers that for various Logistical reasons the planned Ned Kelly Art Exhibition has had to be cancelled. There is a possibility that it will go ahead next year sometime, and if that does happen I will certainly let you and your readers know in plenty of time

Once again, Apologies

“Kelly Art”

This Art Exhibition got me thinking about Kelly Art, and in my explorations, came across a Ned Kelly Limerick Competition HERE

This was the Winning Entry:

There once was a man called Ned Kelly 
Put your hand up if you are a rellie 
Cos it seems that the truth 
Will come down to a tooth 
And, struth, you could end up on telly!

The Limericks were so funny they got me laughing, which made me think the Kelly World needs a good laugh right now. So I am announcing the Kelly Legend Poetry Competition
No topic is out of bounds.

The Winner will get a Double Koala Stamp and be announced later this month.

Send em in folks!

PS I’ll be back in Australia at the end of the week, just in time for the Vaults great Unveiling ( which I think is going to be of the Photo we have already shown you here, so it will be bit of an anticlimax) so might have  to start writing proper Posts again. 

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38 Replies to “Paintings Pulled , Poetry Promoted.”

  1. Tom Cruiser says: Reply

    There was a young robber called Ned
    Who wanted blood money they said.
    He dobbed Harry Power
    And now every hour
    He shivers with fright in his bed.

  2. North East Rugby Club says: Reply

    Twelve feet above the floor (Ned Kelly)

    Ned Kelly wore a cabbage tree hat
    To hide his rotten heart
    He put the hat strap under his nose
    And did a massive

    Twelve feet above the floor, boys
    Twelve feet above the floor
    Give the bastard plenty of rope
    Twelve feet above the floor

    He was brave when he had a gun
    And waved it round about
    Bravado oozed from every crack
    Of the stupid mindless lout

    Twelve feet above the floor, boys
    Twelve feet above the floor
    Give the bastard plenty of rope
    Twelve feet above the floor

    Thank god they caught the murdering swine
    Before he killed some more
    And sent him to the fatal drop
    Twelve feet above the floor

    Twelve feet above the floor, boys
    Twelve feet above the floor
    Give the bastard plenty of rope
    Twelve feet above the floor

  3. ABC Behind The News

    “I think Ned Kelly is radical. I learned about him in years 2 and 3” – Bianca.

    “I think that the story on Ned Kelly and his gang was really cool and that Ned Kelly rocks.” – Liam.

    “wow now that we watched this clip we know way more about Ned Kelly (we are doing activites on it!). It has taught everyone so much and it has been great fun!” – S & J.

  4. Robin Hood says: Reply

    Ned Kelly was never like me,
    He stole from the poor now I see,
    Don’t lend him my name
    He’s a figure of shame
    I’d hang him myself from a tree.

  5. Elijah Upjohn says: Reply

    @ElijahUpjohn evening all #MelbourneGaol

  6. Dick Turpin says: Reply

    There once was a poet called Joe,
    Who liked to write songs in the snow
    He loved to sing
    As he stole dead men’s rings
    And wore them from then on for show.

  7. Henry Lawless says: Reply

    Ned Kelly was a Gentleman,
    At least that’s what they say;
    He picked his nose with toothpicks,
    And he smelled the roses gay.

    He wandered fearless, free and bold,
    Across the rolling hills,
    And plundered banks across the land,
    And shot the traps for thrills.

    Two hundred horses then he stole,
    And maybe eighty more.
    Pity then that most of them
    Were horses of the poor.

    A farmer had draft horses,
    So he could plough his land.
    But Kelly didn’t give a hoot
    When money was to hand.

    He took the farmer’s horses all,
    Across to News South Wales.
    He sold them near Jerilderie
    And other border sales.

    He’d rob another farm and then
    He’d head on back down south.
    Who cares if farmers’ lives were wrecked
    By thieving drunken louts.

    He stuck up ordinary folk
    While he was on the run.
    Like Edward Doyle, Neil Christian,
    And others with his gun.

    It doesn’t have the drama
    Of the banks and of the armour,
    But that was what he mostly did,
    He robbed the local farmer.

    I don’t know why you love him so,
    The sympathiser crew.
    But probably it’s just because
    He isn’t robbing you.

  8. Goodman’s Store, Winton says: Reply

    Ned Kelly was a Zero

    Ned Kelly was a zero and despite what some do say
    The story of his cruel heart is known at last today
    As greedy as Ned Kelly is a well-known Aussie quote
    The leader of the Kelly gang most wrongly stays of note

    The Kelly gang were common thieves who often broke the law
    You hear they robbed the squatters but they mostly robbed the poor
    Ned Kelly and his brother Dan were brothers there in crime
    And larrikins Joe Byrne and Hart they met while doing time

    The most contemptible Australian in Australia's history
    At last his trial and hanging gave his victims some release
    Though better people far than them are long gone and forgotten
    The legend of the Kelly gang smells on with all that’s rotten

    The gang were far more savage then than now they’re said to be
    They’d like to peg informers to an ant-hill, bellies opened if you please
    They’d boil their guts and pour the hot fat down their throats for fun
    They’d cast foes out unburied like their Stringybark practise run

    Ned Kelly was a zero and 'tis said that he died white
    His face was like a sheet, he nearly ** himself with fright
    And whatever way you see him, on one thing most agree
    That overrated loser should be scrapped from history

  9. Henry Lawless says: Reply

    Ned Kelly and the Black Snake

    I wonder who the bugger was
    That lagged on Harry Power?
    I heard it might have been Young Ned
    That’s with us this past hour.

    I heard from Sergeant Babbington
    That our Young Ned’s a snake,
    The sort of phony gentleman
    Who’d lag upon his mates.

    At first I thought he’d made it up,
    I always trusted Ned.
    But then I got to thinking it
    Was others, too, that said.

    His good old uncle Jacky Lloyd
    Five hundred pounds he gained,
    For helping take in Harry Power;
    For that he can’t be blamed.

    He pissed it up against the wall,
    T’was gone within the year.
    Now Harry’s doing years of hard,
    While Jacky Lloyd is clear.

    Ned put old Harry in, for sure,
    That double-dealing kid.
    We all look after number one,
    The same as Harry did.

  10. Harley Quinn says: Reply

    I always remember Ned Kelly
    He wore woollen socks that were smelly.
    He said “In the gaol,
    There was only a pail,
    They didn’t even give us a telly”.

  11. There once was a young man named Ned
    A hero, so everyone said
    But he hid behind women
    And Joe cursed at the 'blimmin
    Dumb armour he wore on his head

    If Neds scheme to blow up the train
    And cause dozens of cops to be slain..
    ..had succeeded as planned
    His name would be banned
    as he was obviously totally insane.

  12. Ned Kelly was an Outlaw.
    Who lived in the North East.
    He had a small gang, this doesn't rhyme
    And I don't give a shit.

  13. Josh Ellis says: Reply

    James Wallace referred to Joe Byrne as "Poet". What doggerel would he have written here?

  14. Sgt Steele says: Reply

    Ballad of the Kelly Gang

    The Kelly Gang were thick as thieves
    As most thieves often are
    They practised endless banditry
    It didn’t get them far

    And when they really needed cash
    They couldn’t raise the bail
    They had to borrow fifty quid
    To keep Ned’s mum from gaol

    They really were a stupid lot
    And if not for the armour
    They’d never be remembered now
    Just crooks who stole from farmers

  15. Boxing Ned at the Star and Garter

    Ned Kelly was crossing the bar room floor
    When a Wild man jumped in first
    Now hold back, Ned, the Wild man cried
    I’ve got a bigger thirst

    Ned Kelly looked the Wild man up
    And looked the Wild man down
    And said, you think that you’re so good
    I’ll go you twenty rounds

    The Wild man laughed and raised his glass
    And said I’ll see you Ned
    Get changed into your boxing strides
    And hop into my bed

    The lads all laughed as they knew Ned
    Was GLBTI
    He liked to roll around the hay
    While looking at the sky

    Ned’s face went pink as he raised a blush
    He said I’ll see you there
    The publican took bets all round
    And brought his scoring chair

    He made a ring right there out back
    And spread it with a rug
    They covered themselves with olive oil
    And gave a starting hug

    The bell went then the boys went round
    And eyed each other off
    The Wild man winked at Ned who grinned
    And took his trousers off

    “Do not grab like Lonigan”
    Called out the referee
    “No fear of that” the boys cried back
    “We’re here for fun you see”

    They rubbed each other gently down
    And got each other fired
    No fear was there of Heenan’s hug
    With love they were inspired

    The watching lads all cheered and stripped
    And joined them in the ring
    And on that warm and sunny day
    All had a happy ending

  16. Elijah Upjohn says: Reply

    @ElijahUpjohn big night in tomorrow #MelbourneGaol

  17. Victorian Idiot Teachers Secretariat says: Reply

    Now don’t you go threaten our teachers
    For we know much better than you
    In our coffee shops
    They are always bad cops
    And bushrangers hearts are all true

    Our collegial friend Mr Mason
    His departure you will not hasten
    So think what you like
    But we’ll go on strike
    If you criticise Kelly or Mason

  18. Principal’s Office, Bogheads SC says: Reply

    I need a quick word, Mr Mason
    About what you’re teaching young Jason
    Stop promoting bushrangers
    Or you’ll be a stranger
    I’ll find you another location

  19. Jason's teacher says: Reply

    Well done, A-plus for you Jason
    You’ve really done well in your lesson
    I think you’re a star
    And you will go far
    A gold star from me, Mr Mason

  20. Today they taught us at school
    Ned Kelly was ever so cool
    It was so sad
    The police were all bad
    And that’s what they taught us at school

  21. Strathbogie Jack says: Reply

    Glenrowan (unfinished)

    Ned Kelly came like Frankenstein,
    A-lurching through the mist,
    According to old Annie Jones,
    The boys were mighty pissed.

    I was standing watching there,
    I thought it was a monster.
    I started then to write it down,
    To sell it to a songster.

    I wrote it on a dunny wall,
    But where I’ve quite forgotten.
    Maybe I’ll never finish now,
    My memory’s that rotten.

  22. There once was a bad man called Ned,
    Whose dad was a fellow called Red.
    He was so bad
    That the people were glad
    When they strung him up till he was dead.

  23. The Wallabies says: Reply

    Ned Kelly Was Born In A Ramshackle Hut

    Ned Kelly was born in a ramshackle hut,
    A grog house up Beveridge way
    He grew up with duffers and bad men and thieves
    And those were his lessons all day.

    Ned Kelly would ride from the back-country hills,
    He'd crawl around town like a sneak,
    He'd steal all the poor farmers’ horses, and then
    He’d deny everything to the beak.

    At sixteen young Ned was a mean vicious lad,
    He tried to ride down a hawker
    But he was arrested, remanded, and then,
    They put him in gaol as they oughter.

    When he came out, he was bitter and hard,
    Far worse than he ever had been,
    As thick as a post, he never did learn
    That it’s best to be honest and free.

    He shot at Fitzpatrick then blamed the police
    Who were looking for Dan on that day
    They left their mother to deal with the shit
    While they ran like cowards away.

    He shot down the troopers who came on his track,
    And laughed at the price on his head,
    He well deserved to be shot on the spot,
    With never a tear to be shed.

    Down at Glenrowan they held up the pub,
    They were trying to derail a train,
    But thanks to the guts of a truly brave man,
    The Kellys they waited in vain.

    They put on their armour the four little curs,
    Then hid behind prisoners in fright.
    When Steele threatened after to blow Ned to hell,
    He begged for his miserable life.

    They took him to Melbourne, and nursed him to health,
    The Judge said, 'You're guilty!' to Ned,
    A rope from a rafter, the sun in the east,
    And the swinish Ned Kelly was dead.

    So listen now children whenever you hear
    The Kellys were heroes and brave,
    It’s only the lies that came out of his mouth
    When he had a gun there to wave.

  24. Elijah Upjohn says: Reply

    @ElijahUpjohn objectionable work was expeditiously performed without any sign of faltering #MelbourneGaol

  25. Tom Collins says: Reply

    Hour of Reckoning, 11 November 1880

    Thirty thousand people signed petitions to save Ned;
    The dreadful gallows loomed while the petitions they were read.
    But just a flamin’ minute, some bright eyed person said,
    Half of them are signed the same, the ones that I have read.

    Has anybody bothered the petitions to compare?
    And count the actual numbers that are said by them to care?
    And how many of these people, were wanting to save Ned?
    The abolition movement would save anyone it said.

    Another massive fraud by the Kelly sympathisers,
    Who pretend the armoured villain was a champ in other guises,
    Who like to think that Kelly was then just misunderstood,
    That he was not a psychopath, but somehow very good.

    “I don’t care less for Sherritt, and the traps deserved to die”,
    Cursed Kelly in his cell before they launched him to the sky,
    An evil human savage with a cold and callous heart,
    That did the world a favour when it with him did part.

  26. Anonymous says: Reply

    And I'll be raising a glass (or 2!) tonight in celebration of this glorious day.

  27. Voice of Ballarat says: Reply

    Ned Kelly was no hero

    Ned Kelly had a tiny brain
    He came from Avenel
    He shot the troopers three in all
    And now he rots in hell

    Ned Kelly was no hero, no
    He ambushed them by stealth
    A coward with a gutless and
    Perverted mental health

    He never faced a real man
    Without a loaded gun
    A baby fed by family
    When he was on the run

  28. Strathbogie Jack says: Reply

    Bushranger Daze

    I sit in pubs a-drinking, and a-talking up myself,
    I’m a dinkum Aussie legend, not an empty-headed elf.
    In my imagination I’m so fearless free and bold,
    I wish I could have been the one that went and stole the gold.

    I wish I had of lived back in them bushranger days,
    I’d of met Ned in the park and I’d of wished him g’day,
    ‘Cause he never hurt a woman, he’s a friend to the poor,
    Except for some with reason sympathisers ignore.

    He stole selector’s horses and he sent their farms to rot,
    If he didn’t like the neighbours he would freely take a shot.
    His cousin bashed a woman down in Winton for a lark,
    And when farm fences burned, it was Kelly lit the spark.

    A prisoner-taking psycho with a penchant for lies,
    Got his mates dressed up as girlies as a kind of disguise.
    He thought armed rob on banks was OK, it is true,
    But his conscience was as clear as the snow in Peru.

    If he’d had himself a chopper back in them olden days,
    He’d ashowed ’em what for, till they was singin’ his praise.
    He went wild and robbed corpses and he don’t give a toss,
    He got ‘em to beg, and then he showed ‘em who’s boss.

    He got little Delaney down there by the gate,
    He wasn’t fool enough to think Delaney a mate,
    Waved a gun in his face, and threatened his life,
    If he hadn’t kissed up Ned he’d be in all sort of strife.

    It kinda makes me misty eyed to boast of old Ned,
    And even though I make it up they never see red.
    I get away with murder in the lies that I tell,
    When I praise mighty Ned and say I think the boy’s swell.

  29. Elijah Upjohn says: Reply

    @ElijahUpjohn he wasn’t much anyway #MelbourneGaol

  30. Anonymous says: Reply

    The loftiest place is that seat of grace
    for which all worldlings try:
    But who would stand in hempen band
    Upon a scaffold high,
    And through a murderer's collar take
    his last look at the sky?

    Oscar Wilde 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'

    Love from Captain Jack – Oscar's a much better poet than I.

  31. Jimmy Forster says: Reply

    Executioner Upjohn had to be helped by the other warders because he was an incompetent convict fool. He was as gross as Ned!

  32. Friends of Upjohn says: Reply

    Upjohn's first execution, but was not assisted by other warders; no source says that. Efficient, not incompetent:
    Argus 12 Nov 1880, p. 6. “It was all over by five minutes past 10 o'clock, and was one of the most expeditious executions ever performed in the Melbourne gaol.”
    Kilmore Free Press, 18 Nov 1880, p. 4 “This was his first execution, and his objectionable work was expeditiously performed without any sign of faltering or nervousness.”
    Agree that the pair of them were as gross as each other.

  33. Jimmy Forster says: Reply

    The governor of the gaol later stated that at Kelly’s execution Upjohn "did little more than pull the bolt and had it not been that the warders helped him in a variety of ways, there would probably have been a scene on the scaffold". [The Kelly Gang Unmasked, p. 154 – a reference is given also]

  34. Elijah Upjohn says: Reply

    @ElijahUpjohn Have to see if Castieau will let me out to see "The Genealogist" Sept 1993 for that reference. You could have given me the direct Castieau source there, Jimmy. For now a good team effort, let's say. Still did a better job than the guy who strung Burns up on the door at Benalla.

  35. Jimmy Forster says: Reply

    You are a very well read hangman Elijah!

    I didn't like the story of how, travelling to a later execution, he defecated out the window of the train, soiling the steps. He was also fond, as you know, of molesting women and girls around Coburg.

    Are you doing any flagellating these days?

  36. Josh Dunn the poet says: Reply

    P o o r o l d N e d
    Your legend is dead.

    *This is by far the shortest, pithiest, rhyming, award-winning entry!

  37. Elijah Upjohn says: Reply

    @ElijahUpjohn Only self-flagellation. Sort of penance. Spoke to Castieau who confirmed that the quote in the Genealogy mag is correct, but don’t have time to search the prison correspondence records as physical access only, not online. But an eye witness from the Daily Telegraph, 12 November 1880, 3 (reprinted Kilmore Free Press, 18 November 1880, 4) reported that despite any fears Castieau may have had, ‘the whole proceedings were so quickly and effectively carried out that any scene was avoided’. There was nothing unusual in Kelly being escorted out of the condemned cell by the warders, standard procedure, to walk about six feet to the noose as pictured in the Australasian Sketcher. All went downhill after that.

  38. So far I have only found that exact Castieau quote in two places online. One is from an article about Upjohn from the The Age of April 12, 1989 and the other is from a family history group quoting from "The Old Melbourne Gaol – A history on CD-ROM." Neither gives the original source of the quote. Perhaps the Genealogist article will have the proper sourcing if someone can access it.

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