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Imperial Hotel Avenel, AVENEL, VIC

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17 Mitchell St
3664
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03 5796 2418
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About Imperial Hotel Avenel: 

The new owner of the mid-19th century Imperial Hotel, in Avenel, Victoria, need only walk a few hundred metres to a creek where he can best reflect on his debt to the bushranger Ned Kelly.

Avenel-born Bill Shelton, 68, says it is close to the likely spot where a 10-year-old Kelly saved Shelton's grandfather, Richard, aged 7, from drowning in the swollen Hughes Creek.

"He was a champion bloke, an absolute bloody champion," Mr Shelton said of Kelly, whose family lived there for a few years before they moved to Eleven Mile Creek after Ned's father died in 1866. "Because of him, here I sit."

The Avenel Pub and will install a district information centre, celebrating, among other things, Ned Kelly's boyhood.

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