Equipment, Claw Hammer; unknown maker; ?; RX.2001.19


Equipment, Claw Hammer

About this object

This may look like just an old hammer, but, looks can be deceiving as this hammer belonged to Ned Kelly. No, not the infamous Australian bush ranger who met an untimely end but Central Otago's own gold mining recluse Ned Kelly.

Ned left his wife Noan when she contracted throat cancer and instead went off to find gold on the banks of the River Clutha at Fourteen Mile just above Roxburgh where he worked the river for twenty five years. Every week his supples were dropped into a mailbox on the other side of the gorge and he had to cross the river by flying fox to collect them which he did up until the time he died even though he had a seriously bad leg. It was only when his supplies were not picked up for a number of days that anyone realised there may be a problem with old Ned.

The hammer was found after his death in his hut which is now deep under Lake Roxburgh when it was filled in 1954.


unknown maker

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Medium and Materials

processed material, metal, iron
organic, vegetal, wood

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l 235mm x w 120mm x h 25mm
wt 522g

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