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Ned Kelly to be holed up at the Bunker

‘Ned Kelly: Hero or Villain?’ features a selection of cartoons about the bushranger, including this one by Ron Atkinson, from the Coffs Cartoon Collection.
‘Ned Kelly: Hero or Villain?’ features a selection of cartoons about the bushranger, including this one by Ron Atkinson, from the Coffs Cartoon Collection.

AUSTRALIA'S most notorious anti-hero - Ned Kelly - is the subject of a special showing at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery alongside this year's Rotary Cartoon Awards.

'Ned Kelly: Hero or Villain?' features a selection of cartoons about the bushranger from the Coffs Cartoon Collection. 

"Ned Kelly still fascinates more than 130 years after his death," Gallery Curator/Director Dr Leigh Summers said.

"His enduring appeal is perhaps partly the unanswered question of whether he was a bad man or one fighting for the rights of the underdog against the system. 

"Either way, his story and image have become an iconic symbol in Australian art and culture."

One of the cartoonists whose work is included in the exhibition is Monty Wedd OA. Monty produced the history of Ned Kelly in a comic strip 'The Ned Kelly Story' for the Sydney's Sunday Mirror, which appeared from 1974-77.

The entire series of 'The Ned Kelly Story' was recently published in one volume - 'Ned Kelly, Narrated and Illustrated by Monty Wedd'.  

In celebration of the book release, Monty's family has kindly loaned the Gallery four of the original pages, a watercolour portrait of Ned Kelly, a photographic portrait of Monty at his drawing table and an antique reproduction of Ned Kelly's famous helmet and body armour.  

'Ned Kelly: Hero or Villain?' opens on September 20 and runs until November 1. Entry costs $2 for Adults and $1 for children. Children under five have free entry.

Topics:  bunker cartoon gallery, coffs harbour, ned kelly



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