once an important coach stop for Cobb & Co on
the route from Melbourne to Albury and for
travellers to the goldfields in the north.
Historic six arched sandstone bridge completed
in 1869 to span a widely flowing Hughes Creek.
Originally had a tollgate and toll keepers
"Red" Kelly, father of Ned
Kelly, took up residence in 1866. He arrived in
Van Diemen's Land in 1842 after being sentenced
to 7 years transportation.
resident is Arthur Wellesley Bayley (1865 -
1896) who is known as the legal discoverer of
gold at Coolgardie in WA. His story is a
fascinating one but is too large for this site.
His tombstone is rather obvious if you look
around the cemetery.
A perfect park to
bring a picnic to. There are Aboriginal scar
trees along the creek, evidence of their
activity in the area.
rented a 40 acre farm in the area from 1864 to
1867. Ned's youngest sister Grace was born here.
Annie, Ned & Maggie Kelly went to the Avenel
Common School, Ned being in the top third of his
class. About 150m downstream from the bridge is
where Ned rescued Richard Shelton, whose family
owned and operated the Royal Mail Hotel.