Sunday, February 7, 2016

Artist Rebecca Wilson's Kate Kelly book launched!

NSW. This fresh approach to Kate Kelly's short but eventful life provides an exploration of facts, folklore and imaginings, as Kate's spirit remembers
.....tells a tale of Kate Kelly's intriguing and tragic life. A resourceful, brave and talented woman, Kate played a big part in the legend of the Ned Kelly.

Kate Kelly adored her brothers and assisted them while they were hiding out, riding as a decoy and a messenger. She met with the Governor of Victoria and marched in the streets of Melbourne to try and to spare Ned Kelly's life. For a short time after Ned's death she travelled with her brother Jim and performed to huge crowds. They were shut down by the police and mocked in the press.

Kate lived out the last fourteen years of her life in Forbes. She married William "Bricky" Foster and they had six children but only three survived. She died under mysterious circumstances when she was only 36 years old. Missing for over a week, Kate's body was found in the lake in October, 1898. An inquest found that Kate had drowned but it was unclear how she ended up in the water.

This story is based on paintings and research conducted over five years by Hill End artist Rebecca Wilson whom grew up in Forbes her life to us from the 'other side'.

This book is a great introduction to the life & times of Kate Kelly but also explains the wider Kelly story and can be enjoyed as a family or individually for adults and teenagers.

Books are available for $30.00 from:
Books Plus, Howick Street Bathurst.
Collins Booksellers, Summer Street Orange
Edgars Books & New, Murphy Street, Wangaratta

or contact Rebecca Wilson at

Limited edition prints are also available from the artist.
Unframed $280.00 Framed $450.00 

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