Visit to Benalla in August 2019

At the beginning of the month we travelled again to Benalla to visit our son. This time we took the train to Benalla. We arrived in Benalla on Sunday, the 4th of August. Our return journey was on Thursday, the 8th of August. We had a great time in Benalla. Twice Martin went with me to the Benalla Swimming Centre. Peter did not want to come with us even though we assured him that the water was well heated.

Every day Martin drove us to a different place. So we saw at Glenrowan a multi-million Dollar anamatronic show. It was Ned Kelly’s LAST STAND at the Glenrowan Tourist Centre. I took the following pictures:

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I copied below what I cold find about the show. Maybe you’d like to have a look at this:

https://www.glenrowantouristcentre.com.au/the-show/

The Show

“This mulitimillion dollar anamatronic show  IS NOT A PICTURE THEATRE it is an interactive theatre production

Through the brilliance of animation and computerised robots, you will be transferred back in time, over 100 years, to witness the events that led up to the capture of the Kelly Gang.

Starting as hostages in the Hotel, and then onto gunfights – burning buildings – a decent hanging, and finishing in our magnificent painting gallery.

The show is educational, historically correct and entertaining.

The show runs for 40 minutes every half hour (separate rooms) from   10:00am   to 4.30pm daily.

The Glenrowan Tourist Centre is fully air conditioned. The theatre can seat up to 50 people at any one time.”

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g552175-d2569926-Reviews-The_Ned_Kelly_Story-Glenrowan_Victoria.html

https://www.nma.gov.au/defining-moments/resources/ned-kelly

1880: Ned Kelly’s last stand at Glenrowan, Victoria

“On 28 June 1880, Victorian Police captured bushranger Ned Kelly after a siege at the Glenrowan Inn. The other members of the Kelly Gang — Dan Kelly, Joseph Byrne and Steve Hart — were killed in the siege.The gang had been outlawed for the murders of three police officers at Stringybark Creek in 1878.

Ned Kelly was tried and executed in Melbourne in November 1880.

The Kelly Gang’s last stand has become an Australian folk legend, however views are divided about how it should be remembered. . . .”

After the show in Glenrowan Martin drove with us to Wangaretta where we had an excellent lunch in the Preview Cafe.

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We also had coffee and some desert!

The next pictures are from the following day:

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We did stop at the Tolmie Tavern, and true enough: Nothing did happen! And we had thought, we’d get some lunch there! Everything looked closed and deserted.

We ended up having lunch a bit further on. I think it may have taken us close to two hours before we actually did have some lunch and decent toilets! Before we arrived at that beautiful old Tatong Tavern we had a good look at the Stringybark Creek Historic Reserve:

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So, at the Tatong Tavern we ended up having a splendid lunch. I asked for vegetarian and did get this beautiful meal:

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We also had coffee and some desert!

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This was probably on Tuesday when we were here at the Tolmie Tavern, and true enough: Nothing did happen! And we had thought, we’d get some lunch there! Everything looked closed and deserted.

We ended up having lunch a bit further on. I think it may have taken us close to two hours before we actually did have some lunch and decent toilets! Before we arrived at that beautiful old Tatong Tavern we had a good look at the Stringybark Creek Historic Reserve:

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So, at the Tatong Tavern we ended up having a splendid lunch. I asked for vegetarian and did get this beautiful meal:

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8 thoughts on “Visit to Benalla in August 2019

  1. Hello, Uta..your trip to Glenrowan looks interesting, but for the automon display there trivialising of the Kelly Gang siege…As you know, I have written on the Ned Kelly phenomenom and the Irish / Anglo conflicts surrounding it.. ( https://polyfeministix.wordpress.com/2021/03/19/the-arrogance-of-power/ )…it is a pity that such an important moment in Aust’ history..as important I’d claim as the Eureka Stockade Uprising…is so easily dismissed as a act of criminal intent. Anyone with a sense or knowledge of history..and THAT would by lazy indolence exclude the majority of Australians..who had read Kelly’s “Jerilderi Letter” would see that here was a rebel WITH A CAUSE…and a very legitimate cause who did his culture and people, AND US, proud.

    The fact that we citizens today lack an appreciation of radical rebellion is shown by the cultural cringe with which we tackle any display of an ethnicity’s cultural pride and courage…we belittle those who carry their ethnic heritage as a badge of honour, or we trivialise and scorn their art and culture…when all the time we too have a developing history of a cultural base of rebellion and protest against the tyranny of colonialism…such was the rebellion of The Kelly Gang…it is a pity that a half-breed Italian has to remind so many of the Aust’ working-class on social media blogs just where their loyalties ought to lie..You don’t see many Italians disparaging Garibaldi!

    It is a pity in a land as “free” as ours, where so many migrants from many different ethnicities and cultures, so proud to wear their nation’s culture and history as a badge of honour, we have so many “home-grown” Australians still cringing under a yoke of Anglo-centric colonialism.

    1. Joe, you say that we have so many “home-grown” Australians still cringing under a yoke of Anglo-centric colonialism. I find it most interesting to learn about all this and to imagine what leads people to behave in a certain way. At least we are free here to have an opinion about the issue of colonialism. Of course, for some people slow moving changes are not enough, and they want radical changes. I think a lot depends on a humanistic general education of people. 🙂

      1. Unfortunately, Uta..” slow moving changes” are little more than cunningly managed “non-changes” …like the promised wages / Aged pension rises over the last number of years…or the recognition of indigenous rights and women’s rights…ie : NO CHANGE until some disasterous event demands it!….Radical change brings about REAL CHANGE…it may not end well, as your own experience knows..but it does alter some things for the better and brings a kind of justice to those who deserve it.

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