NED KELLY CENTRE GLENROWAN
The building should be serene – a place for contemplation – yet stimulating to encourage
view is taken from the overpass pedestrian station ramp somewhat from
The building houses diverse functions: Commercial, iconic, exhibition, display, food
Our aim has been to segregate the diverse functions into four distinct realms.
Distances from viewing window,
3. Providing a lookout tower.
Landscape model; My original offer to the Glenrowan community to build a landscape model to
There is a problem to consider regarding the existing overpass.
The four following images indicate model view perspectives.
View looking over 'The Last Stand Theatre' to the new building, General overview. The down ramp from the overpass could be
This has been a preview of work we have done to date issued in the spirit of 'work in progress' for
information to the Steering Committee, Glenrowan Improvers and, eventually, all interested parties.
This information is issued now to avoid any confusion as to our intent and well meaning efforts to
assist the promotion of a Ned Kelly Centre at Glenrowan.
Please do not hesitate to contact us and thank you for visiting this website.
Penleigh Boyd and Bill Denheld
10 October 2003
May 2004. The Glenrowan Revitalisation Project is now underway following the provision of $1.8 million
Community Support Fund grant provided by the Victorian State Government. The grant allocation will be
provided over two financial years with the major works being undertaken in 2004/05. As per the agreed
funding guidelines the works to be undertaken will be focused within the Heritage Siege Precinct and
the commercial sector of Gladstone Street. Work is currently being undertaken to put Power lines underground.
To date, without clear insight offered by Council as to where the N. K. Centre is to be located, -
and considering Council has drawn streetscape plans for ' tender' by contractors to execute those plans,
one would expect the location of the Centre was paramount to those plans ?
The feasibility study plan ( March 2003) shows a N K Centre located opposite Ned Street - a fair
distance from the town centre and some 250-300 metres away the siege site. This siting may not be a
serious proposal, rather a starting point by the creators of the excellent Feasibility Study.
June 2005, the Siege Precinct site at Glenrowan was awarded National Heritage Listing, and is now a
place of National Significance and is on the National Heritage Register. This high status will allow
Federal Gov funding to be attracted for the development of Ned Kelly Interpretive Centre.
With National Heritage listing, project planning for the building should now become the focus.
With uncertainty regarding the future of the overpass connecting both sides of the town, we decided to
ask all the people of Glenrowan what they thought of our proposal.
August 2005, An Open Letter to the People of Glenrowan -
300 residents in the town were contacted with the questionnaire below.
The Open Letter found that the majority of townsfolk wanted a Ned Kelly Centre in Glenrowan,
they felt that the town would benefit from the Centre, they felt they had been consulted enough about the
generalities of the proposal and that the authorities should now actively pursue the final design
and construction of the Ned Kelly Centre.
Then by 29th August 2005 here are the comments as recorded -
Thank you to all the town's
residents who participated in the above Questionnaire.
This information has been forwarded to the The Rural Shire of Wangaratta planning Management
Committee for the project. Late arrived mail input will be factored in to the final outcome.
Further FEEDBACK is welcome. A feedback page will be added at the bottom of this page
With overwhelming support for the concept so far presented, there have been some views expressed
about the modern look for the proposed building. We can understand those sentiments, but please read
the following statement in response from the architect. - Penleigh Boyd
Penleigh Boyd Architect, Canberra, 16 August 2005
The Wangaratta Chronicle 5
Sept 2005 reported " Mixed response to Ned Kelly design" in which
positive Questionnaire results were outlined together with our statement regarding Council having ignored our
concept design proposal since 2003. The 'mixed response' refers to Council's lack of response and not the results.
In answer, Council responded that "Council rejects Kelly Design" (Chronicle 7 Sept 05) -
mainly on the basis " the design is located across a National freight line between Melbourne and Sydney ".
There are several examples where major buildings have been built over rail lines. - Federation Square,
Spencer Street Station and Chapel Street South Yarra in Melbourne to name a few. Concern for safety is
of course paramount, but is demonstrated to be not an issue with this type of building development.
Our design criteria is to take advantage of empty air space over established rail lines to minimise precious
siege precinct land use. We are pleased to note that Council plans to have an ' open process' in the development
of a design for the Ned Kelly Centre.
More updates to follow
Site creation 19 September 2003 - updated 8 Sept 2005 -
updated 14 Nov 2006 regarding the landscape model now at the Old Police Station rooms.