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Ned Kelly: Australian Ironoutlaw

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Ned Kelly was born in June 1855 to a proud Irish Catholic family whose resentment of the British set the precedent for his life. Washed deep with the convict stain, Ned’s destiny was cast in a defiant mold. The story of his short life was one that saw him and three mates take on corrupt police, greedy land barons and an ignorant government in a quest to change their world for the better and, in the process, saw Ned Kelly become Australia’s most enduring legend.
Ellen Kelly’s release from prison in February 1881 is commemorated by this photo taken at the Kelly homestead. Scarcely more than two months later, Constable Robert Graham visited here with Father Thomas Egan of Wangaratta and gained Mrs Kelly’s help in defusing the ongoing Kelly rebellion.

Ellen Kelly’s release from prison in February 1881 is commemorated by this photo taken at the Kelly homestead. Scarcely more than two months later, Constable Robert Graham visited here with Father Thomas Egan of Wangaratta and gained Mrs Kelly’s help in defusing the ongoing Kelly rebellion.

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Isaiah ‘Wild’ Wright ‘lost’ a horse while at the Kelly homestead and failed to tell Ned Kelly that it was stolen. Ned found the horse and rode it past the Greta Police Station to earn a brutal pistol-whipping from Constable Hall, who also tried to shoot him. Wild was sentenced to eighteen months while Ned was sentenced to three years hard labour.

Isaiah ‘Wild’ Wright ‘lost’ a horse while at the Kelly homestead and failed to tell Ned Kelly that it was stolen. Ned found the horse and rode it past the Greta Police Station to earn a brutal pistol-whipping from Constable Hall, who also tried to shoot him. Wild was sentenced to eighteen months while Ned was sentenced to three years hard labour.

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The November 1880 Australasian Sketcher drawing of the execution shows Ned Kelly with his arms strapped behind his back and the hood ready to be drawn over his face walking towards the hangman Elijah Upjohn.

The November 1880 Australasian Sketcher drawing of the execution shows Ned Kelly with his arms strapped behind his back and the hood ready to be drawn over his face walking towards the hangman Elijah Upjohn.

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Aboriginal Mounted Police, usually described as ‘blacktrackers’, pose at Benalla with, from left, Senior Constable King, Stanhope O’Connor, Superintendent Sadleir and Chief Commissioner Standish. The Aboriginal troopers were the only police pursuers Ned truly feared, referring to them as ‘six little demons’, although in reality only five survived with Corporal Sambo perishing enroute.

Aboriginal Mounted Police, usually described as ‘blacktrackers’, pose at Benalla with, from left, Senior Constable King, Stanhope O’Connor, Superintendent Sadleir and Chief Commissioner Standish. The Aboriginal troopers were the only police pursuers Ned truly feared, referring to them as ‘six little demons’, although in reality only five survived with Corporal Sambo perishing enroute.

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Steve Hart, Dan Kelly’s mate, was nineteen when he was declared an outlaw. A sometime jockey, Steve was the son of a respectable Wangaratta family.

Steve Hart, Dan Kelly’s mate, was nineteen when he was declared an outlaw. A sometime jockey, Steve was the son of a respectable Wangaratta family.

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Site of the Stringybark Creek gunfight, taken by a photographer by the name of Burman a week after the police killings. Locals represent, from left, Ned Kelly, Thomas McIntyre and Michael Kennedy. Due to the number of times McIntyre would perjure himself up to, and including, Ned Kelly’s trial, the positions are very rough estimations.

Site of the Stringybark Creek gunfight, taken by a photographer by the name of Burman a week after the police killings. Locals represent, from left, Ned Kelly, Thomas McIntyre and Michael Kennedy. Due to the number of times McIntyre would perjure himself up to, and including, Ned Kelly’s trial, the positions are very rough estimations.

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Ellen Kelly, photographed in 1911 at age seventy-nine, with two of her grand-daughters, Lil and Alice Knight, daughters of Ellen junior. This amazing woman would live a further fourteen years and witness the birth of the motor car in Australia as well as listen to the horror stories from grandsons who survived the front lines of World War One.

Ellen Kelly, photographed in 1911 at age seventy-nine, with two of her grand-daughters, Lil and Alice Knight, daughters of Ellen junior. This amazing woman would live a further fourteen years and witness the birth of the motor car in Australia as well as listen to the horror stories from grandsons who survived the front lines of World War One.

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Originally penned in 1879 by Joe Byrne as dictated to him by Ned Kelly, this letter was first published in the 1948 edition of 'Australian Son'. Introducing it, Max Brown said, ‘Following is an 8,300 word statement I have called The Jerilderie Letter. This is the document Kelly handed to Living ... It is one of the most powerful and extraordinary of Australian historical documents, and represents over half of Kelly’s extant writings and by far his best single written statement.'

Originally penned in 1879 by Joe Byrne as dictated to him by Ned Kelly, this letter was first published in the 1948 edition of 'Australian Son'. Introducing it, Max Brown said, ‘Following is an 8,300 word statement I have called The Jerilderie Letter. This is the document Kelly handed to Living ... It is one of the most powerful and extraordinary of Australian historical documents, and represents over half of Kelly’s extant writings and by far his best single written statement.'

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The burning structure of the Glenrowan Inn just prior to it’s collapse. The bodies of Dan Kelly and Steve Hart were incinerated in one of the back rooms.

The burning structure of the Glenrowan Inn just prior to it’s collapse. The bodies of Dan Kelly and Steve Hart were incinerated in one of the back rooms.

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Charge sheet for the murder of Constable Thomas Lonigan – the crime for which Ned stood trial in Melbourne. At the Beechworth hearing he was also charged with the murder of Constable Michael Scanlon but the prosecution case was demolished by Ned Kelly’s solicitor.

Charge sheet for the murder of Constable Thomas Lonigan – the crime for which Ned stood trial in Melbourne. At the Beechworth hearing he was also charged with the murder of Constable Michael Scanlon but the prosecution case was demolished by Ned Kelly’s solicitor.

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