Family buys Ned’s house
THE Broadwater home where Edward "Ned" Kelly was beheaded last June has been sold to new owners who plan to turn the property into a children's "fairy wonderland".
Mr Kelly's eldest sister Margaret Simmons said the wonderful news of the sale to a young family from North Queensland came after a lengthy period on the market. It proved difficult to sell as several real estate firms withdrew their interest.
Mrs Simmons said when a neighbour from Broadwater, Elaine Faulkner, found out about the family's plight, she put them in touch with Brad Dickinoski of First National Evans Head who sold the property before it went to auction.
"They (other real estates) thought it was too hot after Neddy was murdered and they said give it six months or more and they might be interested," she said.
"But after I called Mr Dickinoski he said he would be honoured to try to help us sell the property."
After Mr Kelly was killed, his siblings Judith Keating, Josephine Davis, Joseph Engelsman and Mrs Simmons spent weeks painting cleaning and preparing the house and its myriad of gardens for sale.
"This family from Queensland with two young children took an interest and when Brad told the man what had happened he said 'I would be okay with that but I'm not sure how my wife would handle it'."
"The first thing that she said was 'Oh I love the feel of the place', there is no bad energy and it's so peaceful there."
"This family could see my brother's dream and all the hard work he had done and all they want to do is enhance it...they want to make it a fairyland for their children."
Mr Dickinoski said the sale of the property settled last Friday and the family were travelling from North Queensland to move in this week.