Indigo Shire mourns the loss of Ian Jones

Published on 06 September 2018

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Indigo Shire Council sadly acknowledges the death of Ian Jones.

Ian was an accomplished writer, journalist, producer and director and was widely acknowledged as the leading authority on the life of Ned Kelly.

Ian first visited Beechworth in 1959 and relocated to live here in 2004. He quickly embraced Beechworth and became a well-known figure around town.

Mayor Jenny O’Connor said Ian Jones was a much-loved and highly respected member of our community.

“Ian will be sorely missed and we send our condolences to his family and friends,” Cr O’Connor said.

“He was a passionate and authoritative advocate for the preservation of Beechworth’s unique heritage. He was particularly instrumental in the success of the Ned Kelly Vault, dedicating many hours of enthusiastic support to the museum over many years.”

“Ian also had a long association with the Burke Museum and generously donated the proceeds from his final book to the museum,” Cr O’Connor said.

Ian had a long and successful career as a pioneer of Australian television, including many iconic Australian television shows including Homicide, Matlock Police, Hunter, The Sullivans and many more. His writing credits include The Friendship That Destroyed Ned Kelly in 1992, Ned Kelly: A Short Life in 1995 (widely regarded as the definitive biography of Ned Kelly) and The Kellys and Beechworth in 2014.

Recent tributes from the community acknowledge Ian’s immense knowledge of the Kelly story and Beechworth, his generosity and his willingness to share his knowledge with members of the community.