Beware of Foreign Made Ned Armour or sites that claim their product to be Licensed or Official Ned Kelly Products.
Australian Icon, Australian Made
Let Me start by saying Ned Kelly was a Proud Australian Born son , born in Beveridge Victoria, in 1854 and hanged in the Melbourne Gaol on the 11/11/1880. to Irish parents , he proudly classed himself as a Native of this land. He was heard to say , when confronting the Traps (troopers) at the Glenrowan Inn. " I'll show you what a native Australian can do"
It is really getting under my skin to see Our Australian Icons Such as the Legendary Ned Helmet and Armour being sent off shore to be made , for a couple of measly dollars an hour (Slave Labour) just to line the wallets of fat-necked wombat headed big bellied magpie legged narrow hipped splaw-footed , money-hungry bastards .
And it also pisses me off that some other sellers (on E-Bay in particular) have to put down other Artists work in a poor attempt to sell their own product. If we are to keep this Iconic Legend alive we need to co-operate. Each artists interpretation is slightly different , which is great as we are not all turning out identical products.
Surely We have enough Talented Artists and Metal workers here to Make our own Icons and what's more these pieces of crap being made offshore are selling for the same prices or higher than ones made Locally.
You have to agree it's all wrong and a stop has to be put to it. It'd be naive to think we can halt this cancer , but we can certainly stand and fight. Insist on the Ned Kelly Gear you buy is Australian Made
I have started to contact other Australian Ned Artists to form
a Group of Australian Made Gear.
these will feature on my Web site as they become available. It's Our Heritage , be Proud of it.
"Australian Icon , Australian Made"
Ned Kelly Market ?
It has been suggested to me that maybe a Ned Themed Market ( Open to Australian Artist made Products only) would be a good Idea , Run Maybe 2-3 times a year at different locations around Melbourne to start with. If you make or know any artist who is making Ned themed Gear , please give me a call or e-mail let me know if you think this market would be an attraction?
Australian Ned Kelly Artists Alphabetical order more to come Austen Mengler - Art