AN original ledger of court proceedings against bushranger Ned Kelly has been found among the estate of a North-West Coast man.
The record of proceedings against Kelly in Victoria’s Beechworth Court of General Sessions on August 3, 1871, when he was aged just 15 years, is to be auctioned in Hobart tomorrow.
The item, part of the estate of Devonport man Reginald Dixon, is expected to be highly sought after and auctioneers expect it to sell for $10,000 to $15,000.
Tasmanian Valuers and Auctioneers managing director Russell Thomson said it wasn’t every day an item of this calibre was put forward for sale.
“It’s a major item, it’s been in the family for a long time,” he said.
“He was a collector and a researcher, and one of the things that interested him were activities of bushrangers.”
Tomorrow’s auctioneer, Graeme Potter, said: “It’s a really interesting piece”.
“It’s quite rare we get something of that calibre,” he said.
A university professor agreed, saying any documentation relating to Kelly was noteworthy and created interest.
“It’s quite rare,” said University of Melbourne director of cultural materials, Professor Robyn Sloggett.
“It’s important because it acts as the absolute point of identity when doing research on Ned Kelly, it is the actual documentation of the time.
“There are lots of stories about Ned Kelly, but a handwritten transcription of the time is irrefutable.”
The beneficiaries of the estate did not wish to comment.
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This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.