Bill always maintained that he was entirely within his rights to do what he did at the so-called “Kennedy Tree”, but the people who were annoyed that he had done metal detecting at the tree they think is a sacred site went ballistic and made all kinds of hysterical claims about it being destroyed and damaged beyond repair and vandalised.
One of the KTG team called Bill a criminal in a comment that was later removed. Aidan Phelan published a sustained and incendiary piece that he admitted was a personal attack on Bill, an attack that Facebook immediately removed. Brad Webb promptly and gleefully reposted Aidan’s emotional outburst on his web site and Aidan thanked him for doing so. Leo Kennedy went to the press and with his support they published a grossly inaccurate and misleading article that was another attack on Bill, and the KTG immediately reposted it to their Facebook page. I politely challenged their decision to repost such an inaccurate and directly personal attack on Bill, and when later asked to justify my claims about that article being hyperbolic and inaccurate, my response was deleted along with the original enquiry. Just recall that this was the group who when they first entered the Public arena made a great show of having nothing to hide and wanting to be open and transparent. Their spokeswoman, dismissing my concerns said to me they can post whatever they like on their page.
Frankly, it was a display that reminded me of a fox hunt, with trumpets being sounded by the leaders of a bloodthirsty pack that charged wildly forward barking and baying for innocent blood. It was quite horrible, and shameful.
So what happened to their many strident complaints about vandalism, criminality, desecration and digging up the site and destroying it?
The answer is out now, on Bills page.
The answer is that DELWP watched the Video, interviewed Bill, had a meeting with him and sent him a letter that declared he hadn’t done anything wrong. No fines. No imprisonment. No nothing.
But surprisingly, and to Bills credit, he told them about a 0.31mm lead Ball he and Leo Kennedy had discovered years earlier when they detected a tree that bares at least as many resemblances to the tree in the Burman photo as the Kennedy Tree groups tree ( see photo above). They told him the ball had to be handed in, which he did, and it’s going to go on display at the State Library alongside objects unearthed at SBC by Adam Ford the archaeologist! Well done Bill!
It also seems Heritage Victoria indicated to Bill that the KTG tree isnt going to be investigated by them. If the KTG want something more than metal detecting at the site, they will have to develop a proposal, get Heritage to approve it and fund it themselves.
So Aidan and Brad, Jim, Steve, Paul, Noeleen, Jack, Michael, Bob, Greg, Brendan, Leo and all the other members of the pack whose complaints and vilification of Bill have been dismissed, who is going to be big enough to admit they were wrong and apologise to Bill?
I am sure he realises he hurt your feelings but that’s not a crime either.