Perry Rowsell McGarrigle Treuren and Pyjamas Kelly all posted what I think will prove to be prematurely gleeful barbs aimed at me about the Tower : ‘aneurysms aplenty’ and “Bwahaha egg on their faces much: idiots” crows Perry, “must be having a fit”, and “ignoramuses on another page predicting the Kelly Outbreak would be buried forever with their ‘government influence’”says Rowsell.
Well if what we have all learned from the press and from commentary offered by Noeleen Lloyd is anything to go by, the BBM cult members are the ones who are going to end up with egg on their faces, and here’s why .
Firstly, Roswell’s gutless practice of slapping down a straw man continues in his assertion that I represent ‘cancel culture’ and am trying to bury the story of the outbreak and make it disappear. I’ve denied that dozens of times but the fool keeps repeating his lie – proving his engagement is entirely bad faith.
Has he ever wondered why this page is called ‘The True Story? Its because what I have been advocating from the very beginning is not deletion of the story but correction of it, making the narrative conform to the historical facts and the evidence, telling the true story. And, to my absolute delight this is exactly what Noeleen Lloyd has claimed is what’s done at the Tower.
“There is no interpretation. The story is told in the words of the day. The quotes of the day and the players. No interpretation from anyone. Just the facts as we know them”….and again “It’s clever, it’s incredibly simple yet delivers the story of the Siege in an honest, respectful and truthful way – again all from primary and contemporaneous documents, photos and drawings. No interpretations. Just the facts as given at the time.”
So, if what Noeleen Lloyd has posted is correct, there will be at least one huge gaping hole in the narrative told there, the once central pillar, the claim that only ten years ago dominated the now crumbling Jones – Kelly mythology : The Republic of North East Victoria. It will be gone because it was never part of the narratives told at the time, it was an invention spun in to the story many decades later. And there should be other holes as well, such as the idea Kelly was a hero, that he was Robin Hood figure who cared abut his family, that there was a sympathiser “Army”, that he was persecuted and oppressed – none of these elements of the Jones-Kelly Myth are based on the historical record – they are myths dreamed up and promoted by family and by Jones – Kelly sycophants. And if its all about the historical record of the time there wont be any mention of Jones , which will be a huge first after a half century of being told he was Australias foremost authority and being given almost unlimited licence to champion his fake Kelly legend. BBM members who posted the story isn’t going anywhere are blind : the story is being radically transformed in front of your eyes, from myth into true history.
Jones himself said – correctly – that without the Republic as its inspiration, what Kelly planned for Glenrowan was a ‘criminal atrocity on a monstrous scale’. It would seem that’s what’s apparent at the tower, going by the recent Border Mail headline: “You’ll see the horror of it, that it’s not a myth or a fairy tale”.
And here’s something else that Noeleen Lloyd wrote that gave me great reassurance but would have sent shivers up and down the spines of legions of Kelly sympathisers “Leo Kennedy sat with us on this and it was a fabulous collaboration- we all agreed that we did not need to revise or rewrite anything. Just let the words of Ned, the police, others and the reporters tell the story as they said it then.”
And right at the entrance to the tower the first words of Kelly you’ll read are these “I expect a special train will be sent from Benalla and I am going to kill the lot”
So bring it on I say, let the tourists come and learn the true story, the story which would never have been told if Ian MacFarlane hadnt been brave enough to stand up and call the old one out, the one that was full of fanciful myths and lies. Without him and the others who followed like Dawson, Morrissey, Kennedy, Kieza, Dufty and Brad Williams the Tower would likely have been what the BBM cult members and sympathisers generally are still hoping and praying it will be – some sort of shrine to their adored hero, a criminal police killer.
However it seems very much as if thats what the Tower will NOT be, and if the early indications turn out to be right, the Glenrowan Tower will be a giant leap in the right direction for truth in history telling in the north east, something thats been lacking up that way for half a century. A big win for the true story…..all will be revealed next month.