Stuff' was a series of Kelly articles during 2003 on webpage Iron-Outlaw
by Dave White.
Much has recently been made of
metal detecting near the base of a tree (by me), with the
objective to help prove or disprove the validity of this
particular tree by a group of researchers known as the Kennedy
tree Group, that have based their whole Stringy Bark Creek (SBC)
- scenario and layout for where they believe the police party
The KTG group were mortified
that by such a simple act as raking the leafy forest material to
expose the top ground layer for metal detecting, they called it
vandalism and I should go to gaol !
The problem it seems has more to do with destroying their faith
in their holy tree being the same one as shown in a 1878 photos.
Its a bit like recognising a man in the street as being
identical to Ned Kelly, so they reckon it must be Ned, - how
This article at right, and images below record a rational approach by
amateur historians taking on the task to identify historic
locations as it's clearly not the duty of the authorities to do
Please read Dave White's full report by clicking on the image at
It needs to
be understood that at the time in 2003, it was believed the police camp site
was on the East bank of SBC, while the two huts were on the West bank
opposite a site erroneously identified by Ian Jones in 1993.
Images below: January
Stringy Bark Creek hut 2 fireplace, most probably the Shingle hut Ned
wrote about in his Jerilderie Letter. Right image: Group
detecting fireplace No1, Dave holding crockery chip, while Nicky and
Bruce (with detector) look on as Bill examines a molten brass powder
flask fragment. Today the fireplaces are still in exactly the same
condition having been covered with mesh, all except for the careful
metal detecting in the area to secure any easily detected items
found awaiting full scale archaeology.
Image below: July 2004.
Gary Dean sits at fireplace No2 - the Shingled hut at SBC. In the
foreground a shovel handle marks one of several rubbish pits used by the
huts occupants, and some objects un earthed from it. Gary was a training
archaeologist, and we had permission from DSE historian to undertake the
dig. Gary is custodian of the items dug up. At Right: Some
of the items detected at this hut site in Oct 2002. Drawings were made
of the finds locations, one being half a gun powder flask, other items
and melted glass outside the fireplace area, roof wire loops in straight
lines on the ground indicate the hut was burnt down either before the
police camped there or it was set afire to - by the Kelly gang when they
left the scene. In the White Stuff report I found it interesting
Dave mentioned the prospectors who had occupied the huts, one being
friend of the Kellys- Walter Lynch, Percy Bromfield and Willie Reynolds
who helped find Sergeant Kennedy's body about a week later.
To give you an idea of what the Two Huts site looked like in 2010, compare with Burman
photo 138ys earlier.
Ironicon - Two huts at Stringy Bark Creek - Bill Denheld 10