[Ned Kelly cummerbund]

Australia, 1973

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This collection of films has been generously donated by the Benalla Historical Society. The collection features moments in Benalla’s history and surrounding areas, including visits by the Governor of Victoria Sir Rohan Delacombe, ceremonies revealing various commemorative plaques, and the return of Ned Kelly’s cummerbund, thought to have been lost.

This silent footage shows a member of the Benalla Historical Society displaying the donated original green, bloodstained sash or cummerbund worn by Ned Kelly at the Glenrowan siege. The sash was given to Ned at the age of ten by a family whose child Ned saved from drowning. He was wearing it at the Glenrowan siege when captured in 1880. A doctor who tended to his wounds took it off while Ned was unconscious and kept it. The family then donated the sash in 1973 to the Benalla Historical Society. It is now on display in the Benalla Costume and Kelly Museum.

This film, likely captured for the purpose of editing, corresponds with interview footage of a news story for GMV-6 Shepparton.

Selected Highlights List (time codes from Access Overscan)

00:00:25:00 A member of the Benalla Historical Society presents the green sash
00:00:53:00 Close up showing supposed bloodstains
00:01:25:00 The member demonstrates how the sash is put on and worn
00:02:09:00 The member shows an old photograph of a man, perhaps the doctor who tended to Ned’s wounds
00:02:43:00 The member shows a violin made by John Nicholson in Benalla in 1905

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No spoken word




Black and White


MOV file ProRes4444; Digital Preservation Master - presentation

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MOV file ProRes4444; Digital Preservation Master - overscan

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