Our Man Ned

16 Apr

Bushranger name

It has occurred to me that many of you may not understand why our boat is called ‘Bushranger’.

Well, I have been remiss, and will remedy that, forthwith:

Once upon a time, in a faraway land called Australia (all you Aussies out there, please bear with me), there were folks who did things that ‘those in charge’ (read, the government) did not like at all. In fact, these folks used to rob banks, cause havoc with railroads, even occasionally shoot up duly appointed law-enforcement agents! Of course, there were folks like this in the US, too, like Billy the Kid and Jesse James; but in Australia, these folks were called Bushrangers! …and the most famous Bushranger of all was Ned Kelly.

Now Ned had a sad story…his Dad died when he was 12, he became a juvenile delinquent and ended up in jail at the age of 16, yada-yada-yada…right! So, he had a tough life. Well, life got even tougher for him one day, due to some miscommunication with the local authorities (four lawmen were sent to ‘apprehend him’, but Ned noticed that their horses were outfitted with straps designed to drag corpses, so Ned killed three of them (what’s a guy to do?!?) efficiently consigning the lawmen’s bodies to those corpse-dragging straps). Pragmatically, Ned and his gang then disappeared into the bush.

Right! Now we get to the cool part of the story. If Ned had just wandered off, or been captured (and hung), his name would have disappeared from Australian legends… but, Ned was meant for greater things. For two years, Ned and his gang wandered the bush (supporting themselves with the occasional theft and plunder) and gaining local support by being courteous to those they robbed and even demanding, then burning, all the local mortgage documents from evil money-lenders (aka, banks); thus, securing his place as a veritable Robin Hood of the outback.

 Now the government is really pissed off (they’re the bad guys in this story, remember), and Ned has a brilliant idea. He beats a bunch of plowshares into a kind of armor (okay, fine…maybe it looks like a guy wearing a garbage can with a bucket on his head)…

Ned Kelly

courtesy of http://www.aaac.100megsfree5.com/ pics/nedkelly04.jpg

…and has a proper, no-kidding shootout! Unfortunately, he didn’t make any armored shoes. So, after being shot in the feet, he was tried and hung, uttering these immortal words, “Such is life”.

So, there ya’ have it…we named our boat after a bunch of guys who were unafraid to stand and face the world (even if you have to wear a bucket on your head) and never give up…


…so, in the immortal words of Ned Kelly, “Such is life”…

…pretty deep, huh?


9 Responses to “Our Man Ned”

  1. Bron April 16, 2015 at 15:31 #

    Now all you need is a poster with Ned and ‘Such is Life’ written on it – or maybe a stubbie holder? Hehe

    • ACRES Webmaster April 16, 2015 at 15:32 #

      I like the stubbie holder idea! (a perfect XMas gift for your dad!)

  2. Heather Rutherford April 16, 2015 at 17:24 #

    Loved your entertaining recount of Ned Kelly. He was a ‘courteous gentleman’ – he visited my great-great grandma on an isolated farm and asked for food for his gang. He insisted on leaving enough food for the farm menfolk when they returned from the fields. What a legend!

    • ACRES Webmaster April 16, 2015 at 17:30 #

      Very cool! I’ve never heard that story before. ..very, very cool!

  3. Chris April 17, 2015 at 00:14 #

    You’ve got a Nespresso! Did you know you can order the coffee pods from Costco? They’re a different brand but work fine — and are about 1/3 the price of the real ones. And the coffee isn’t bad, either!

  4. acresinfo April 17, 2015 at 13:11 #

    Now I get it!!! Bushranger has a lot to live up to…


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