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February 27, 2013

Noelene Allen: The Trials, Tragedies & Triumphs: Kelly Women

by vipsinc



Noelene Allen to speak about her first book: The Trials, Tragedies & Triumphs: Kelly Women

at the VASFHO Conference: Under the Southern Cross – A Gold Fields Experience


Whilst much has been written about Ned, his mother Ellen – the one person Ned loved more than life itself – has largely been neglected through the pages of Australian history. Ellen Kelly’s story has been constantly over-shadowed by her son’s legendary exploits.

Ellen: a woman of spirit is the extraordinary true story of a woman whose life journey is told in this long awaited book with sympathy, compassion and above all honesty. The reader will become immersed in the trials, tragedies and triumphs of this woman. The love of Ellen’s life is taken from her at an early age; she is faced with the task of bringing up her children on her own. She will do anything for her children including spending time in jail for protecting her teenage daughter from the unwanted advances of a police officer. No mother should experience the tragedies and losses that this woman endured throughout her long life; she outlived seven of her twelve children. The strength of the women of the Kelly family becomes clear as the reader shares many previously untold anecdotes of the life of the mother of Australia’s most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly.


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Author Noelene Allen leads the reader into a fascinating journey through the harsh landscape of poor nineteenth century Australia through countless trials, tragedies and triumphs of this woman known as Ellen Kelly. By the time Ellen died at aged ninety-one in 1923 she had outlived seven of her twelve children.

Noelene Allen was born in Sydney and moved to Tamworth in Northern NSW. Following a successful career in retail management and teaching at TAFE, a move to Beechworth in 1999, when the Beechworth Historic & Cultural Precinct was in its infancy, saw Noelene join the band of Precinct Volunteer where her interest in Ellen Kelly and the women of the Kelly family began. She was the Coordinator of the Beechworth Historic & Cultural Precinct until her retirement in 2009.

“The Trials, Tragedies & Triumphs: Kelly Women” is her first book and the many people who have enjoyed her talks and tours will no doubt be eager to see in print her intimate knowledge of the previously untold extraordinary story of Ellen.


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Under the Southern Cross – a Goldfields Experience:


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