Amazing Australian Legends
Ned Kelly, an Australian legend. His famous armour
and a replica of his head in the Old Melbourne Goal
A few Aussie people and things over the
years have managed to gain legendary status...
It might have taken Ned Kelly and Don Bradman many
years to become a Australian legend but thanks to the modern technologies
of mobile phone camera, internet and Youtube, 16 year old Aussie
schoolboy Casey Heynes became a instant legend overnight in March
The Year 10 student had been bullied for many years because of his
weight and when a Year 7 student started punching him repeatedly
he decided after a few punches that he'd had enough, so he picked
up the bully and smacked him on the ground.
The video was posted on Youtube and went viral around the world,
congratulations came in from as far as Russia, and Aussie media
fought to be the first one to interview him. The instant legend
appeared on national TV shows such as Today Tonight and A Current
Affair, the website caseyheynes.com
hit the web and the story was beamed all over the USA by Fox News.
We had the Youtube video embedded on this webpage but Youtube keeps
on removing it so it never works for more than a day, just go to
type Casey Heynes in the searchbox, somebody will have put it back
up again for your enjoyment.
We agree with Youtube's policy that prohibits violent movies on
their service but we reckon this video is a source of hope and inspiration
to bullied kids around the world, and they could make an exception
here, if there were more Casey Heynes' in this world then bullying
might become a thing of the past.
You can also see the infamous video on caseyheynes.com
That's not a knife.... THIS is a knife.....
Crocodile Dundee, in real life known as Paul Hogan, rose from
national to international fame with these legendary words
in his Crocodile Dundee movie.
Paul used to paint the Sydney Harbour Bridge ( a never ending
job as once you finish at one end after ten years it's time
to start at the other again) so took up a career as a TV comedian
which he continued through the 1970s and did tourism commercials
in the US . But it was his performances in the Crocodile Dundee
movies where with Aussie bushman skills he managed to defeat
well armed American gangsters that really made him a legend,
and it caused him to dump the missus for blonde bomb- shell
movie co-star Linda Kozlowski.
Don Bradman was a legendary Australian cricket player that
retired from the game in 1948 but thanks to his outstanding
performances was made a 'Sir' and his legend still lives on
in as if he was playing only last week. Originally from Bowral,New
South Wales, he started at the age of 20 with the local cricket
team in 1920.
If this means anything to you ( to many overseas people the
way cricket works is a total mystery); he played for Australia
in 52 international cricket test matches where he averaged
99.9 runs each time he batted ( normally 50 is deemed to be
a good effort) and totally demoralized English players to
the point where they started trying to hit him with the ball
rather than trying to get the ball somewhere near his bat.
In his final test innings he nearly got his average up to
a 100 but narrowly missed out.
Australian singer Paul Kelly immortalized him further in one
of his songs.
At one time the Aussie Immigration Department even used Don
in their assessment of immigration applicants, they had a
test to see how much you know about Australia, and they considered
lack of knowledge of Don Bradman as showing a lack of interest
in Australia and its culture!
Greg Norman, also known as the Great White Shark, is an
Australian golf legend who plays the game that well that his
personal fortune in 2006 was estimated around the $278 million!
Pity that he is just about to divorce his wife Laura who might
take 200 of the 278 with her.
He owns his own Gulfstream helicopter with Great White Shark
emblem on the side, a mansion in Florida and a 1200ha ranch
with golfcourse in Colorado, Great White Shark Enterprises
that owns and operates 40 golfcourses in 12 countries and
a few other little investments that generate around $50 million
Not a part of the Great Barrier Reef but located well
away from the ocean in Central Australia. According to legend it
is a huge "reef" of solid gold, discovered by Swedish
Mr. Lasseter ( a sailor, not even an outback explorer). Unfortunately
Mr. Lasseter died so nobody could verify his discovery or get any
instructions on how to get there but since then many people have
exhausted themselves or even died wandering the deserts trying to
find this amazing reef of gold, all with no results at all so many
other people believe Mr. Lasseter might have had a bit too much
sun on his head causing him to imagine this huge gold deposit.
Actually named Edward Kelly, this enterprising young
Irish lad from convict parents managed to gain fame by starting
a crime career in 1870 at the age of 14 by robbing a Chinese man.
He received his first jail sentence at the age of 16 for receiving
a stolen horse.
His career lasted ten years in which time, together with his brother,
he robbed travellers, banks, shot and kiled at least three policemen,
took posession of an entire town and held the population hostage
in the local pub and even forced workers to remove railway tracks
when they knew police were on their way by train. The police managed
to find other transport and after a big shoot out witnessed by 600
people wounded and captured him and took him to Melbourne where
he was hanged on 11 november 1880. Some of his accomplices were
still holed up in the Glenrowan Hotel but died when the police burned
His legend lives on today, his reputation of a Robin Hood resisting
authority and helping the poor people in his area made him a folk
hero. Also his home-made armour has inspired many artists in their
paintings and at the National Gallery of Victoria you can admire
Sir Sidney Nolan's 'Ned Kelly' series of pictures. In 1906 one of
the world's first feature films 'The Story Of The Kelly Gang' was
filmed in Australia. Years later Yahoo Serious made the movie 'Reckless
Kelly' and around 1990 it even inspired Mick Jagger into a brief
acting career playing Ned Kelly but the movie was not hugely succesful
and he wisely returned to the microphone.
Ned Kelly's remains were at the Pentridge prison grave site, Melbourne,
and his head was on display at Old Melbourne Gaol before being stolen
in 1978. His death mask, armour and the gallows on which he died
are on display at ye Old Gaol.
It has long been disputed where and how the armour was made; was
it made by blacksmiths or did Ned and his gang make it themselves
out in the bush? In 2005 the armour was taken to the Lucas Heights
nuclear reactor in Sydney where a whole range of test was carried
out, including X-rays that could determine how hot the metal would
have been. The results were quite patchy, it showed some of the
surface had been heated for long periods up to 750 degrees ( the
approximate heat a forge in the bush would have been able to reach,
a black smith in his workshop would be able to reach higher temperatures)
and other parts of the armour surface had been formed at much lower
temperatures, this indicated that it most likely would have been
Ned's own handywork out in the bush.
Peter Carey has written an excellent book based on historical records
and diaries titled ' The true history of the Kelly Gang ' which
is recommended reading, it tells a tale of how Ned was basically
an honest man who was not afraid of hard honest work but with a
corrupt police force of English background that did not like the
Irish it was pretty well impossible to not get in trouble with the
law from time to time.
Phar Lap was a New Zealand born race horse that conquered
the Australian racing scene during the Great Depression years
in the 1930's, recording 36 wins from his last 41 starts.
He also won what was once North America's richest race, the
Agua Caliente Handicap, in 1932.
Phar Lap's enormous heart (weighing 6.2kg, compared with a
normal horse's heart at 3.2 kg) powered him to many victories.
Nowadays The Canberra museum has his heart and the Museum
of New Zealand has his skeleton. Phar Lap's stuffed body first
went on display at the Melbourne Museum in 1933 after it was
prepared by a taxidermist in New York City.
During the 1990s in the days when police in different states
could not yet see the point of working together Brendan Abbott
traveled around Australia for years robbing banks so all he
had to do was move from state to state to elude capture and
felt that confident he even used to tease the authorities
by sending them postcards. After a career spanning a decade
and reportedly stealing about five million dollars he was
finally captured in Darwin, N.T. in 1998 . He was sentenced
to thirty years maximum security at Longland jail in Brisbane
and early november 2003 went on a hungerstrike for one day
claiming to be a political prisoner, he also has lawyers traveling
to the U.S. to try and exploit some United Nations legislation.
Later a movie, titled The Postcard Bandit, was made of his
escapades, though some criticized this as romanticizing a
Though this series only ran for three years and finished
in 1971 Skippy is still world famous.
The series showed the adventures and mishaps in the life of a park
ranger and his family but there was always a happy ending as Skippy
would save the day and a few lives at the end of every show.
Legend Steve Irwin is no longer with us after a lifetime
career of do-not-try-this-at-home stunts with dangerous animals
came to an abrupt halt when a stingray whacked a 20cm. barb into
his heart while he was snorkelling at Batt Reef off the coast of
Port Douglas on Monday 4 September 2006, he was 44 years old. He
became worldfamous through forever risking his life in front of
the camera by confronting huge, dangerous and poisonous animals
while pouring out colourful Aussie language at the same time. Many
Australians consided him way over the top and an embarrassing ocker
but his mad adventures made him a super hero in the U.S. where his
TV series and movie made millions and in november 2003 he auditioned
mad Americans to join a reality TV show to be filmed at his wildlife
park. Over the years he has received numerous bites, one of those
was on stage in Alice Springs at a Toyota conference where a two
metre long Perenti lizard latched on to his arm. He is also reported
to have trade marked the name Crocodile Hunter, as was pointed out
in a letter from Steve's lawyer to real crocodile hunter Mick Pitman
who claims to have roamed the north for 20 years, much of it with
legendary croc hunter "German Jack", and who is outraged
his primary job description has been hijacked. He claims he was
hunting crocodiles while Irwin was still in nappies and says that
Steve is only a 'crocodile photographer'. The hype has gone that
far that Steve was even nominated for Australian of the Year, though
this is more for his generosity in sharing the proceeds of his crazy
crocodile empire with numerous charity organizations.
Despite making it to Queenslander of the year he came under fire
early 2004 when he held his baby son Bob a metre from the mouth
of a 4 metre crocodile at his Australia
Zoo to teach him to become completely familiar with crocodiles.The
stunt was slammed by child support groups and compared to the furore
caused by whacko Jacko dangling his newborn baby over a German hotel
balcony in 2002. After this stunt his chances of becoming Australian
of the Year diminished and it was Steve Waugh that snatched that
title away from him. This stunt caused the Queensland workplace
health and safety division to re-draft crocodile handling guidelines
which included a ban on children entering crocodile enclosures.
On 5 January 2008 a crowd of 4500 people paid $90.- each to get
in to a show at the Australia Zoo where controversial American psychic
John Edward was supposed to make contact with the deceased Steve
A nd....you guessed it, nothing happened....
The Irwin's family spokesman John Stainton announced in 2007 that
15 November had been declared Steve Irwin Day, the Irwin family
was hoping that everyone would take a day off work, and they hoped
that it would even become a national public holiday, also people
were encouraged to wear khaki to work.
The Queensland Premier Peter Beattie said there were no plans at
all to make November 15 a public holiday, and he doubted Steve himself
would have wanted that much fuss.
A few people saw it as just another ploy to get more crowds to come
to the Australia Zoo festivities and spend money....
The American cartoon show South Park has devoted a whole show to
John Edward in which he wins the award of Biggest Douche In The
Universe, beating several douche contestants from other galaxies.
Do you know of (or are) an amazing Australian legend?
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