A lock stolen from the former Benalla court house has been replaced by Corrections Victoria.MONIQUE FREER July 4, 2014 3:05am
Corrections Victoria operations manager Stephen Payne, Corrections Victoria acting supervisor and locksmith Ashley Sheffield and Holy Trinity Anglican Church parish priest David Still with the new lock and key at the former courthouse.
The history of Ned Kelly’s time in Benalla has been preserved thanks to the hard work by locksmiths at Corrections Victoria.
A 1960s lock from a prison cell at Pentridge Prison was installed at the old Benalla courthouse late last month after an irreplaceable antique lock was stolen from the site in May.
The cast-iron lock was jemmied off and removed from Ned Kelly’s holding cell at the former courthouse, leaving only the screws behind.
Corrections Victoria acting supervisor and locksmith Ashley Sheffield said the government organisation became aware of the theft when Benalla locksmith Leigh Robinson contacted them for assistance in finding a replacement.
‘‘It was very difficult to find a lock like this,’’ Mr Sheffield said.
‘‘It was great to support the local community, as it’s out of the normal for us. We don’t get the opportunity often to support communities, so we do when we can.’’
In the late 1870s Ned Kelly was on trial at the former Benalla courthouse and was kept in the holding cell. He escaped from the courthouse and was captured across the other side of Arundel St.
The stolen lock was the original lock on the building during Kelly’s trial.
The replacement K-lock was manufactured for corrections in the 1960s and was used at Pentridge Prison — the site of Ned Kelly’s grave for many years.
The key was modified to fit the lock, and does not fit into any other prison door.
Holy Trinity Anglican Church parish priest David Still said he was thrilled with the installation.
‘‘It means a lot that we’ve got the door complete again and it’s part of our place in preserving a part of Benalla’s history,’’ he said.
‘‘When it was stolen it was a little bit of Benalla’s history and heritage taken without consideration of the wider community.
‘‘It’s a lock from within the system and it’s used for a similar manner.’’
The Benalla cell forms part of the Ned Kelly trail, which visits towns and sites where the bushranger — perhaps Australia’s most famous — spent his short life.
A Tatura mother of two young girls says she has lost everything after fire engulfed her house.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons scored a 20 point victory over the Myrtleford Saints at the JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
Moama’s Lachie Schultz made his state league footy debut on Sunday for Williamstown’s Seagulls.
FOUR Rochester residents did more than their bit for women’s cancers mid last month when they trekked 60km around Melbourne to raise funds for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Tongala Football Club lost to Rumbalara in the Murray Netball League on Saturday by 14 points.
Four generations of Comi girls this Mother's Day
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
DESPITE criticism from within the community over a perceived lack of use, the O’Keefe Rail Trail has enjoyed good traffic over the past couple of weeks, with more to come.
The usual yellow and black colours at Katamatite Recreation Reserve will be replaced this Mother’s Day as pink will be the colour of choice.
Jake has babies to thank for surviving cancer.
Fonterra suppliers are reeling after the announcement of a big cut in the milk price from $5.60/kg to $5 for the full current year.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.