Sidney NOLAN, Stringybark Creek Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 1

Sidney NOLAN

Carlton, Victoria, Australia 1917 – London, England 1992

  • England and Australia from 1950

Stringybark Creek [Death of Sergeant Kennedy at Stringybark Creek] 1947
Collection Title: Ned Kelly Series
Title Notes: 09
Materials & Technique: paintings, enamel paint on composition board

Primary Insc: not signed, dated reverse u.l., chalk "26-1-47"
Dimensions: 90.7 h x 121.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
Accession No: NGA 76.285

If left alive Kennedy would, Kelly said, be left to a slow torturing death at the mercy of ants, flies, and the packs of dingoes. Therefore he decided to put an end to the sufferings of the wounded sergeant, and, as the latter momentarily turned his head, Kelly fired and shot him through the heart.
Historical record


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

If left alive Kennedy would, Kelly said, be left to a slow torturing death at the mercy of ants, flies, and the packs of dingoes. Therefore he decided to put an end to the sufferings of the wounded sergeant, and, as the latter momentarily turned his head, Kelly fired and shot him through the heart.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra