New exhibition reveals the extraordinary history of the Irish in Australia.

The Irish in Australia sounds like something out of a fantasy, but a new exhibition at the Museum of Australia charts the “surprising but true history” of Irish people down under.

Not Just Ned, showing at the National Museum of Australia, reveals the amazing narrative of Irish influence over Australia.

From the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 to the young Irish travellers of today, this amazing show features nearly 500 “rare and unique” objects from Australian and international collections.

Some of the highlights include the complete set of the Kelly gang’s armour, the very pistol explorer Robert O’Hara Burke held in his hand when he died and the Melbourne Cup won by Vintage Crop in 1993.

There will be a dedicated Irish resource room for people to dig a bit deeper as well as family history specialists every Friday to offer advice and assistance to visitors.

Ned Kelly was an infamous Irish-Australian bushranger equally loathed and admired by fans and critics alike.

The late Heath Ledger starred as Ned Kelly in the 2003 movie biopic of the same name.

The show ends July 31st 2011.

Written by Ruth Norris

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