ON THE NED KELLY TOURING ROUTE
Beveridge, shadowed by the Hume Freeway, was Ned’s first home town. Ned’s father Red built their first home here in 1859 using materials he could obtain from the bush, including local bluestone for the chimney.
Red struggled to make ends meet doing carpentry jobs, a little gold mining and speculating on land. On the farm he bought, he ran dairy cattle. Meanwhile the family kept growing and by the time they left there were six children with another on the way.
Ned and siblings attended school in the Beveridge Catholic School, which was run out of the bluestone church you can see on the hill.
Red Kelly used to drink at the pub called The Hunters Tryst, built in 1845 by Andrew Beveridge, a Scottish grazier who had arrived in Australia in 1839. The Hunters Tryst has been enlarged over the years and features the dining room (in the original bar), a large bar area with two pool tables and murals on the walls depicting key stages in the life of Ned Kelly. The hotel also has accommodation, a rose garden and large balcony beer garden. The post office is also located in this building.