MANSFIELD

ON THE NED KELLY TOURING ROUTE

Mansfield was the base for police search operations and it was the murder of three Mansfield policemen at Stringybark Creek that put a price on Ned’s head along with the other three Kelly Gang members.

Since European settlers first came to the area from 1839, Mansfield has been the centre of the High Country. In fact, the original ‘runs’ or ‘stations’ converged at the roundabout in the centre of Mansfield from 1846, which is a significant local landmark today. Edward Mansfield was one of the first settlers here.

Gold was discovered in the region in the 1860s, leading to a booming economy. Many of the buildings you see in Mansfield and other High Country towns were built with proceeds from mining.

All that cash brought another sort of speculator … Bushrangers stole from the rich then relied on their excellent bushcraft to keep ahead of the law. They often hid in the impenetrable bush of the Wombat Ranges north-east of Mansfield.

Before becoming a bushranger, Ned worked in the area as a timber-getter after his release from prison in 1874.

Mansfield’s other significant claim to fame is as the location for filming of the 1982 feature film The Man from Snowy River, based on the Banjo Paterson poem of the same name.

Today, Mansfield is a pretty and prosperous place with fabulous views across the Alpine ranges and plenty of rivers and lakes nearby. It attracts visitors all year round and is the gateway town to Mt Buller, Lake Eildon and the Alpine National Park.

Kelly Sites

The Kelly sites in Mansfield are really sites for the police and victims. The Ned Kelly story is often retold without full appreciation of the loss endured by the murdered policemen’s families.  The Mansfield policemen were murdered in the line of duty and it was a devastating blow for the small community.  Stringybark Creek – the site of the murders is close to Mansfield, half a day by horse or 45 minutes by car.  Once there, one may find a new appreciation for the task of being sent out to bring in the Kelly Gang.

  • Police memorial – in honour of the three Victoria Police members Sergeant Kennedy and Constables Scanlan and Lonigan murdered by the Kelly Gang at Stringybark Creek in 1878. The impressive marble Troopers’ monument was funded by public subscription.  It is the feature of the roundabout in the centre of the Mansfield Township and listed as a Victoria Police significant site.
  • Mansfield Cemetery  – is home to the graves of the three police members murdered by the Kelly Gang at the Stringybark Creek incident (on the left from the entrance).
  • Mansfield Courthouse – over the road from the Police memorial is the Mansfield Courthouse from which Ned was proclaimed an outlaw. The court is still used today – Wednesdays are generally court day with a noticeable increase in activity albeit in relation to far less serious charges than those that faced Ned.

Getting to Mansfield

Mansfield is 176km north-west of Melbourne via the Maroondah Highway and 106km south of Benalla via the Hume Freeway and Midland Highway.

Close to Mt Buller and Lake Eildon, Mansfield is the gateway for snow skiing, water sports and the magnificent high country as depicted by the Man from Snowy River movies.

Visitor Information

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