On one occasion the outlaws had arranged to have apicnic some distance from Violet Town. The Kellys’ friendsflattered the constable and shouted freely for him. He gotpretty full and someone suggested dancing on the green.Good music was available and Ned Kelly took the merryconstable as his partner in a buck set. Historical record

This is just a story. If I were making a film I could have thepoliceman and the members of the gang in disguise butthis is as impossible as the horse in The evening. It’s a fantasy.Sidney Nolan Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010


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