Kidding Around … Ned Kelly’s Birthplace, Beveridge, Victoria

Anyone who has travelled between Melbourne and Seymour on the Hume Highway, has undoubtedly driven past the small town of Beveridge, Victoria. Beveridge is a small country town 42 kilometres North of Melbourne at the Southern end of Mitchell Shire and is famous for being the birthplace of bushranger Edward “Ned” Kelly. Ned was born in Beveridge in December 1854 and lived there for 9 years before moving with his family to Avenel. By the time they left Beveridge, there were six Kelly children with another on the way – wouldn’t that have been a fun road trip!

We decided to take a small tour around the Ned’s home town to see what was left of Australia’s most infamous bushrangers’ early life.

Our first stop was Ned’s boyhood home of 4 years (from approximately 5 – 9 years of age) on the corner of Kelly St and Stewart St that was built by his father John “Red” Kelly in 1859.

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Ned Kelly’s boyhood home. A house built by his father John “Red” Kelly in Beveridge.

The house is surrounded by a wire security fence and has a printed sign out the front that gives a short description of his life. Tim and the kids didn’t get out of the car and I walked around to take a few photos. It is so disappointing that the house has been not been maintained and essentially has been left to rot even though it was added to the Victorian Register of Historic Buildings in September, 1992. It is falling down in places and is definitely not safe to explore!

I stood there wondering what life would have been like in the 1800’s, and used our outing as a way to begin teaching Australian history to Alegría. We discussed who Ned Kelly was and he had lots of questions about the types of toys Ned would have had, as well as his siblings, bed, plates, cutlery and pets. Alegría was perplexed as to why “a bad guy would be so famous and make history?” Tim and I weren’t too sure how to answer that one! Out of the mouths of babes …

ned 3 ned 4If the house was restored and open to the public on weekends, I am sure it would be a popular tourist attraction. I can just imagine them selling walking tour maps, souvenirs and perhaps light refreshments.

We then drove to the former St John’s Catholic Church in Spring Street, but the church gate was locked so we couldn’t walk around and take a look. Ned and siblings attended Beveridge Catholic School, which was run out of the Gothic bluestone church. To our knowledge, the church is not open to the public – which is a shame.

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You would think by now we would be feeling dejected, and to a certain degree we were. Tim and the kids had not been out of the car and I just wanted to jump the fence and have a look (please don’t call the police, I didn’t!!) so we pressed on to our last destination, the Hunters Tryst. We are so glad we did!

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The Hunters Tryst is worth visiting (even if you are not doing the Kidding Around Australia Ned Kelly tour!) and dates back to 1845. It was built by Andrew Beveridge and it has been said that Ned’s father Red used to drink in the bar (which is now the dining room).

The Hunters Tryst has been enlarged over the years and features the dining room (the meals are super yummy!) and a large bar area with two pool tables.  The post office is also located in this building. Ned Kelly memorabilia lines the walls and the Hunters Tryst oozes rustic charm with good ol’ country hospitality! If you want to stay the night, the adjoining hotel also has accommodation, a rose garden and large balcony beer garden.

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The Hunter’s Tryst is located at 5/9 Old Hume Highway, Beveridge, Victoria and are open for Lunch from 12 to 2pm and Dinner from 6pm to 8.30. For more information you can visit their Website, call them on (03) 9745 2422 or find them on Facebook.

If you would like to follow in our footsteps, here is a map we prepared for you! Enjoy!

Ned Kelly tour Map

Please note all details quoted are correct at the time of publishing. All details are subject to change without notice and Kidding Around Australia takes no responsibility for information contained in this post. Please check the appropriate website to ensure that information is still correct and current.

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Competition Time… Silvers Circus, Wallan – Round 2

Logo larger style Silvers CircusROLL UP, ROLL UP!

SILVERS CIRCUS IS HEADING TO WALLAN, VICTORIA!

WE PROMISED WE HAD MORE TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY AND WE DO!!

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Enter Now

1. LIKE our page on Facebook (click HERE to be taken to our Facebook page).

2. LIKE Silvers Circus on Facebook (click HERE to be taken to their Facebook page).

3. Fill out your details below and answer the question!

4. Once you have submitted the form, you will be sent an email. Please confirm your subscription to Kidding Around Australia (this will only be for new subscribers). If you don’t confirm your subscription your entry will be invalid.

*If you can’t see the entry form please go to our website as some phones and media do not support this application.

Competition closes 11:59pm AEST Thursday 20 August 2015.  Winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

Terms and Conditions:

Open to residents of Victoria, Australia only.  By entering this competition, you agree to subscribe to the Kidding Around Australia mailing list, if you are not already subscribed. Your privacy is protected and you can unsubscribe at any time. 

By entering this competition, you are also agreeing to all other terms and conditions.

This is a game of skill not a game of chance. Entries not filling in all the required fields and answering the question will be deemed invalid. The winner will be chosen by originality and creative merit, by a non involved party. The Judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The winner will be drawn 21/08/15 at 7:00 am AEST and announced on this website. The winner will also be contacted via email.

There are four (4) prizes each consisting of four (4) tickets to the Silvers Circus, Wallan, Victoria Saturday 22/8/15 1pm performance or Sunday 23/08/15 11am performance.

One entry per household. Prizes are not transferable, changeable or redeemable for cash. Kidding Around Australia will not be held responsible for any loss, injury or damage that occurs in connection with the prize or the winners participation in the promotion.

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TOUR DATES AND TIMES

Location: WALLAN: Hadfield Park 

Dates: Wednesday 19th August – Sunday 23rd August  

Tickets: Ticketmaster 136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au or call the circus direct on 0413 880 044 or  0400 456 157

Prices: Adults From $30 Child (3-12 years) From $25 Concessions from $25

SHOW TIMES

AUGUST

Wednesday 19th   7.30pm

Thursday 20th      7.30pm

Friday 21st             7.30pm

Saturday 22nd      1.00pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 23rd          11.00am

Winners Announced … Silvers Circus, Wallan

What fun we had reading all of your entries … there were literally hundreds of entries and alas we could only pick five winners …

So, Roll up, Roll up … and give congratulations to our five lucky winners …

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Jessica, Josh, Cassandra, Leanne and Cherie please keep an eye out for an email from us to confirm delivery details for your tickets for Silvers Circus, Wallan!

And guess what? WE HAVE MORE TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY!!!! Keep an eye out on Facebook and on our website for more details!


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TOUR DATES AND TIMES

Location: WALLAN: Hadfield Park 

Dates: Wednesday 19th August – Sunday 23rd August  

Tickets: Ticketmaster 136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au or call the circus direct on 0413 880 044 or  0400 456 157

Prices: Adults From $30 Child (3-12 years) From $25 Concessions from $25

SHOW TIMES

AUGUST

Wednesday 19th   7.30pm

Thursday 20th      7.30pm

Friday 21st             7.30pm

Saturday 22nd      1.00pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 23rd          11.00am

COMPETITION TIME… SILVERS CIRCUS, WALLAN

Logo larger style Silvers Circus

ROLL UP, ROLL UP!

SILVERS CIRCUS IS HEADING TO WALLAN, VICTORIA AND WE HAVE TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY!

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Enter Now

1. LIKE our page on Facebook (click HERE to be taken to Facebook).

2. Fill out your details below and answer the question!

3. Once you have submitted the form, you will be sent an email. Please confirm your subscription to Kidding Around Australia (this will only be for new subscribers). If you don’t confirm your subscription your entry will be invalid.

ENTRIES HAVE NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU!

*If you can’t see the entry form please go to our website as some phones and media do not support this application.

Competition closes 5pm AEST Thursday 13 August 2015.  Winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

Terms and Conditions:

Open to residents of Victoria, Australia only.  By entering this competition, you agree to subscribe to the Kidding Around Australia mailing list, if you are not already subscribed. Your privacy is protected and you can unsubscribe at any time. 

By entering this competition, you are also agreeing to all other terms and conditions.

This is a game of skill not a game of chance. Entries not filling in all the required fields and answering the question will be deemed invalid. The winner will be chosen by originality and creative merit, by a non involved party. The Judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The winner will be drawn 13/08/15 5.30pm AEST and announced on this website. The winner will also be contacted via email.

There are five (5) prizes each consisting of four (4) tickets to the Silvers Circus, Wallan, Victoria performance on Wednesday August 19 2015 at 7:30pm.

One entry per household. Prizes are not transferable, changeable or redeemable for cash. Kidding Around Australia will not be held responsible for any loss, injury or damage that occurs in connection with the prize or the winners participation in the promotion.

MORE INFORMATION

TOUR DATES AND TIMES

Location: WALLAN: Hadfield Park 

Dates: Wednesday 19th August – Sunday 23rd August  

Tickets: Ticketmaster 136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au or call the circus direct on 0413 880 044 or  0400 456 157

Prices: Adults From $30 Child (3-12 years) From $25 Concessions from $25

SHOW TIMES

AUGUST

Wednesday 19th   7.30pm

Thursday 20th      7.30pm

Friday 21st             7.30pm

Saturday 22nd      1.00pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 23rd          11.00am

Kidding Around … Silvers Circus

Logo larger style Silvers Circus

ROLL UP ROLL UP 

SILVERS CIRCUS IS HEADING TO A TOWN NEAR YOU! 

INCLUDING A BREATHTAKING NEW ACT – ‘ANTIPODIST’ – THE FOOT JUGGLER – 

THAT WILL HAVE YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT AS SHE JUGGLES BALLS OF FIRE!

Silvers Circus is a household name in Australia and after nearly three decades on the road maintains all the sparkle, glamour and death defying acts expected of Australia’s premier circus. Silvers Circus continues to provide jaw dropping entertainment for the whole family with new locations just announced:

  • Wallan, Hadfield Parknever been before!19 August – 23 August
  • Plenty Valley, Westfield Plenty Valley, McDonalds Rd, Mill Park 26 August – 13 September 

Established in 1976, Silvers Circus provides world class family entertainment and fun. With extraordinary artists continually arriving from all parts of the world, Silvers are proud of the ever changing program they are able to present.

Silvers have introduced a new act to the show this year, Antipodist which means foot juggling.  Klara J not only juggles footballs, and manages to shoot a ball into a hoop she juggles fireballs, an idea developed and only performed by Klara J in this country.

The 2 hour action show, featuring Ringmaster and Master of Illusions, Simon Tait will also include:

  • Wheel of Steel. Two young men with nerves of Steel, Dominik Gasser and Ramon Kathriner, run, jump, skip and flip through a routine of sheer physical ordacity, just as the apparatus they challenge defies description. Its wheels osolate and revolve from group level to dizzying heights. This spectacle will leave you chewing your nails and squirming in your seats! The Wheel of Steel…. (for strong constitutions only!!)
  • The Globe of Death. The world famous Phoenix Riders speed around inside a 3-1/2 meter diameter metal globe on motorbikes, missing each other by mere millimetres.
  • Hire Wire ActIt’s electrifying. Watch as the artist uses his talents to bravely step out into thin air on a silver wire thread high above the circus arena.
  • Hoola HoopsUp to 80 hoola hoops at once are managed while a balancing act is taking place upon a mobile mirror ball all at the same time
  • ClownsExpect the unexpected.  This act is guaranteed to tickle the funny bone
  • The Roman Rings. A very unique act which is performed with extreme strength and elegance. Little girls will be amazed by the beauty and grown men in awe of the control and physicality.
  • Illusionist.  Ringmaster Simon Tait has over 25 years’ experience in circus and will mesmerise the audience with his celebrated illusions and audience report.

MORE INFORMATION

TOUR DATES AND TIMES

Location:WALLAN: Hadfield Park 

Dates:Wednesday 19th August – Sunday 23rd August  

Tickets:Ticketmaster 136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au or call the circus direct on 0413 880 044 or  0400 456 157

Prices:Adults From $30 Child (3-12 years) From $25 

Concessions from $25

SHOW TIMES

AUGUST

Wednesday 19th   7.30pm

Thursday 20th 7.30pm

Friday 21st         7.30pm

Saturday 22nd  1.00pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 23rd          11.00am

Location: PLENTY VALLEY: Westfield Penty Valley, McDonalds Rd, Mill Park 

Dates: Wednesday 26th August – Sunday 13th September   

Tickets: Ticketmaster 136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au 

call the circus direct on 0413 880 044 or  0400 456 157

Prices:Adults From $30 Child (3-12 years) From $25 

Concessions from $25

SHOW TIMES

AUGUST

Wednesday 26th 7.30pm

Thursday 27th 7.30pm

Friday 28th 7.30pm

Saturday 29th 1.00pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 30th 1.00pm & 4.00pm

Monday 31st No show

SEPTEMBER

Tuesday 1st No show

Wednesday 2nd 7.30pm

Thursday 3rd 7.30pm

Friday 4th7.30pm

Saturday 5th1.00pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 6th1.00pm & 4.00pm

Monday 7th No show

Tuesday 8th No show

Wednesday 9th 7.30pm

Thursday 10th7.30pm

Friday 11th7.30pm

Saturday 12th1.00pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 13th11.00am

For all show details visit – www.silverscircus.com.au

Kidding Around the McIvor Farm Autumn Festival, Tooborac

We love supporting local events and businesses and when we heard about the McIvor Farm Autumn Festival that was being held in Tooborac, Victoria we were excited to attend!

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Quite a crowd gathered throughout the day to experience the best the region has to offer!

The organisers were blessed by Mother Nature as it was a gorgeous day! The sun shining and with temperatures in the mid-20’s, it was the perfect weather to enjoy what this wonderful community had on offer. Tooborac is a small town in the Mitchell Shire, the kind of town where everyone knows everyone and country hospitality is alive and well.

We were welcomed at the front gate by event staff and were given a recycled material armband, program and booked onto the McIvor Farm Tour.

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Story time with local author Tai Snaith, was just about to start, so we hurried to the blankets and hay bales underneath a huge pine tree to listen to Tai’s latest stories. Tai was entertaining and interactive and her illustrations are amazing!   Tai has published two popular children’s books; The Family Hour in Australia (2012) and Sticks and Stones, animal homes (2014), both with Thames and Hudson.

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Tai Snaith reading her books under the shade of the huge pine trees!

Kids were definitely on the minds of the organisers as there was plenty to keep them entertained! Aside from the onsite playground and CFA trucks there was play-doh, pencils and paper, chalk for drawing on the concrete verandah and later in the day the older kids were participating in old-school games such as sack and egg and spoon races on the oval.

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Play-doh fun!

A large crowd gathered around fourteen year old Josh, from Josh’s Rainbow Eggs, to hear about how he started his own egg production business at only 9 years old! Alegría and Isaac kept coming back to the three hens that were on display and were lucky enough to be able to have a cuddle with them!

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The crowd listening to Josh speak about his egg production business, Josh’s Rainbow Eggs
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Good looking chicks!

At the Fat Spaniel Nursery stand, it was time to get grubby! Alegría loved planting her nasturtium seed with Jo Anne, drawing on the label and watering it whilst Isaac just loved playing in the soil! His rocket seeds have already sprouted and we are looking forward to enjoying the fruits of his labour! This activity cost $2 per person to cover the cost of materials.

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Jo Anne taking time to nurture some budding green thumbs!

The atmosphere surrounding the Heathcote & District Community Bank Stage was fantastic as local musicians Pat WardSarah Carniegie, Talisa JobeCassJarrod and Sarah played blues/folk/country music whilst everyone tucked into the best food, produce, beer and wine, lunch and grazing plates all grown, brewed, roasted or baked within a stones throw of Tooborac.

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Pat Ward entertaining the crowd!

Georgina Says

The food was so fresh and tasty – the average price was about $10, so factor that into your budget. I had the Food Exchange’s “Tooby Taco” and it was delicious! There wasn’t a huge selection for children so make sure you bring lunch and snacks for the kids. There was free drinking water provided which made filling up drink bottles easy!

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In the hall and on the verandah, cooking demonstrations, workshops and lectures were popular with visitors keen to get some tips and hints from industry experts. The program was extensive with topics such as sourdough baking, craft beer 101, pork dumplings, sausage making, preparing wild rabbit, free range farming and preserving olives at home.

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Nick from Mason’s of Bendigo demonstrating how to make pork dumplings.

Once again the children weren’t forgotten, as the children were all given a chef’s hat and invited to participate in pasta making with Chef Sonia of Mason’s of Bendigo. They say “many hands make light work”, and there was definitely many hands in the pasta dough!! Unfortunately, we had to leave to go on our McIvor Farm tour before the pasta dough was put through the machine so we grabbed a recipe card to make it at a later date!

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Chef Sonia and Alegría making pasta dough!
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Chef Sonia’s home made pasta recipe! You can thank us later!

We boarded a minibus and took a short drive out to the McIvor Farm to see the pigs. The pigs were doing what pigs do (let’s not mention the “piggy-back” that Alegría pointed out!) and we learnt about regenerative agriculture & ethical food production.

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Berkshire pigs at McIvor Farm

By the end of the day, we were all exhausted but very happy! Next year, you should grab your friends and family, pack the picnic blanket and enjoy the best of what this region has to offer. Please check the McIvor Farm Autumn Festival website or Facebook page for 2016 festival details.

MORE INFORMATION

Days and Times: Sunday the 22nd of March 2015 – 10am to 4pm

Location: Tooborac Recreation Reserve, Northern Highway, Tooborac, Victoria

Cost:

Adults                         $12 online / $15  on the day
Concession                $10 online / $12 on the day
Children                     $8 online / $10 on the day (under 3 are FREE)

Family (2a & 2c)      $36 online

Website: www.mcivorfarmautumnfestival.com.au

Please note all details quoted are correct at the time of publishing. All details are subject to change without notice and Kidding Around Australia takes no responsibility for information contained in this post. Please check the appropriate website to ensure that information is still correct and current.

ALL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES ON THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WEBSITE ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA AUTHORS. ALL IMAGES ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT AND CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA.