Do you need a gun for your mailbox?

Ned Kelly mailbox 1

Ned Kelly mailbox 1

Strange and bizarre it may seem, but two of our latest mailboxes have guns!

Not real guns of course, but if one is to have Ned Kelly standing at your gate, he would look a bit out of place without his gun!

Ned Kelly was an infamous bushranger who used to frequent the mountain ranges in northern Victoria in Australia. A much feared highwayman and murderer in his time, he was known to all by his rather bizarre armour.

Ned Kelly (image from Wikipedia)

Ned Kelly (image from Wikipedia)

Getting about with the equivalent of a tin can on his head, he managed to frighten a lot of people as he went about his life of crime.

Ultimately, the law caught up with him and he met his end while incarcerated in a gaol. For more information on Ned and his life of crime, Wikipedia has some interesting facts.

Ned Kelly mailbox 2

Ned Kelly mailbox 2

Ned Kelly mailbox 3

Ned Kelly mailbox 3

A rather odd person to have as a national ‘hero’, Kelly was famous well before he died and his fame has not diminished over time. The fascination with this man and his amazing life is evident in these photos – some of his more modern fans have their own Ned Kelly mailboxes! These three different versions were spotted in the same district (nowhere near where he lived!), all on the same trip.

Would you create a mailbox which celebrated a villain or do you think it would be rather bad taste?

The makers of these mailboxes have done a great job. There is no doubt that they are all outstanding Ned Kelly tributes!

Do you know of any unusual or quirky mailboxes? How about posting an article about them and adding them to our collection. You will find all the others listed on the Amazing Mailbox Quest main page and some instructions on how to link your post to the collection.

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9 Responses to Do you need a gun for your mailbox?

  1. We have plain, old-fashioned country mailboxes at farms. I’ve haven’t come across such imaginative ones as these, but three? 😀 Mail delivery is being discontinued in my part of the world. The post office is cutting expenses and mail carriers. They look something like these:
    https://www.canadapost.ca/cpotools/apps/cmb?execution=e1s1

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    • Madoqua says:

      I think that the intention is to discontinue mail here too Tess. I have heard rumblings to that effect. Personally, I am all in favour – I am tired of junk mail and it is such a waste of paper!
      So all the more reason to capture these mailboxes before they joing the age of the dinosaur!
      I will check out your links and add your mailboxes!
      Thank you!

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      • Mail carriers here used to make great money. My sister was one years ago. I don’t know about today. Without carriers, think of all the money they’ll save.
        Isn’t everything about trim, trim and cut?

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        • Madoqua says:

          I used to love getting the mail when letters from friends and special packages turned up. (Remember when we used to send away for collector cards and books from the cereal boxes when we were kids?!)
          But then the mail mostly became bills. So nowadays, I prefer to get emails that can be logged straight onto a calendar. So perhaps I am part of the ‘dying mail service’ problem 😉

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  2. valens87 says:

    This is the first time I’ve heard of Ned Kelly, seriously!!!
    These mail boxes are a bit creepy but original. No bad news are allowed in these letter boxes… 😀
    xoxo

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  3. scrapydotwo says:

    What people won’t do to make money! Still interesting mailbox

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