...... I give fair warning to all those who has reason to fear me to give 10 out of every hundred towards the widow and orphan fund ... after reading this notice, neglect this and abide by the consequences, which shall be worse than the rust in the wheat in Victoria or the druth of a dry season to the grasshoppers in New South Wales I do not wish to give the order full force without giving timely warning. but I am a widow's son outlawed and my orders must be obeyed.,

spurted Ned Kelly in February 1879


"a certified photograph of Ned Kelly - not long ago auctioned by Christie's for $19,000 - does not, in fact, show Ned." researched by an ARC Research Fellow, and a Professor, of Melbourne University.


Photo Not Available ...the creature appeared from behind police lines. It was nothing human, that much was evident. It had no head but a very long thick neck and an immense chest and it walked with a slow ungainly gait directly into a hail of bullets. Shot after shot was fired without effect and the figure continued to advance on the police, stopping every now and then to move its headless neck slowly and mechanically around. ...

Ned Kelly is an Australian legend

The era of Ned Kelly and his gang is one of the most remarkable episodes in Australia's history. Spanning just two short years between 1878 and 1880 the 'Kelly outbreak' has assumed epic proportions in the Australian psyche, and Ned Kelly is arguably Australia's best known historical character. His short and violent life has been a continuing inspiration for poets, writers, artists and filmmakers. Being "as game as Ned Kelly" is regarded as an admirable trait - courageous, resolute and independent. Just, who was Ned Kelly? behind the head piece of his famous and crude suit of armour was a man of many faces. He was a common criminal. He was a hero to Irish immigrants, who was persecuted by the establishment. He was a bushranger who held up a whole down, not just banks. He was intensely protective of his family, and avenged a police officer's assault on his sister. Ned Kelly has never faded from our consciousness. Indeed the passing years have served to build Kelly's legendary stature. Why? Perhaps because he had so mamy qualities ordinary people admire. He was a larrikin. Loyal to his family and ready to sacrifice himself for his mates. Represented the struggling classes. Thumbed his nose at the establishment. And he was fearless. Whatever the truth, Ned Kelly is a central figure in the Australian national identity, characterised by his ambivalent status as both a hero and a villain. He is a part of our folklore, our popular culture and our art.
a. Photographs of Ned Kelly.
b. Recent official movie on Ned Kelly.
c. Story (I) about Ned Kelly.
d. Story (II) about Ned Kelly.
e. Story (III) about Ned Kelly.
News!On May Day (01/05/2005), Melbourne's May Day march commenced from Ned Kelly's Old Melbourne Goal 888 place. Australian Communist Party, Socialist Association and other unions and communities are the main attendance of the march. Clearly, Ned Kelly's socialist or communist ideal was partly implemented.
f. Story about Ned Kelly in Chinese.
g. Watch a film clip on Ned Kelly:
h. Ned Kelly: Australian Ironoutlaw
(Note: Ned's poetic and passionate famous letter (though Ned was barely educated) to Minister of Victoria Province Government can be found from here: Declaration of Independence of "Ned Thomas Jefferson".)
"Kelly left his voice for us in his Jerilderie letter. These 120-year-old pages are like Ned's DNA, and for a writer it is a thrilling moment, when you realize you can raise your character from the dead and finally have him speak and walk around." (Peter Carey, "Nobel Prize in Literature" winner, [& B.Sc. in {bio(/nano)technology?} Science of Monash University (but failed first-year exams)])
i. Ned Kelly's World.
j. Ned Kelly Bushranger
k. Ned Kelly Online
l. Edward "Ned" Kelly
m. Recorded by Wikipedia --an encyclopedia
n. Flim clips of 1923 & 1950 on Ned Kelly
o. A film clip recorded in the Old Melbourne Gaol

Maps for visiting Ned Kelly's "Kingdom of North-eastern Victoria":

Now you can explore for yourself the many pieces of the Kelly puzzle by visiting the various Kelly sites in Melbourne, north east Victoria and southern New South Wales. From the gallows at Old Melbourne Gaol, to the spectacular views of Powers Lookout in the King Valley and the broad plains of Jerilderie, ..., the region is renowned for its picturesque villages, scenic touring ...
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Old Melbourne Gaol: Ned Kelly was executed at the Gaol on 11/11/1880, aged 25. Shortly before his death, Kelly reportedly uttered the famous words, 'Such is life'. A suit of Ned Kelly's armour worn at Glenrowan during the 'last stand' shoot out with police and his revolver 'lastly used' are displayed here.
Avenel: Ned showed bravery early in life. As an 11 year old he rescued a boy from drowning in Hughes Creek and was presented with a green silk sash for his bravery by the boy's grateful parents. The sash, which Ned wore during the Glenrowan Siege, is on display at Benalla's Costume and Pioneer Museum.
Euroa:Following the events at Stringybark Creek the Kelly Gang recognised the need to secure adequate resources to support their life on the run. On 10 December 1879 the Gang staged a daring raid on Euroa and robbed ther National Bank of 2,000 pounds.
Benalla: As the major town closest to Ned's home, it was the epicentre of Kelly's bushranging days and was police headquarters for the Kelly Gang manhunt. Sidney Nolan's 'Glenrowan', a tapestry depicting the siege, is displayed at the Benalla Art Gallery. At the Costume and Pioneer Museum you can step inside the portable cell once used to hold Ned Kelly. The Museum also holds the green silk sash presented to Ned. The cemetery where gang member Joe Byrne is buried, the courthouse where the Kelly family appeared on various charges, and the bootmaker's shop where Kelly was once involved in a fight with several police are around here.
Stringybark Creek: The infamous shoot out between police and the Kelly Gang took place here on 26/10/1878. The Gang surprised the police at their camp and, in the ensuing gun battle, 3 policemen were killed. Here the natural bush setting is largely undisturbed and can be reached by a well-graded dirt road, but take a caution: Logging trucks frequently use this road.
Glenrowan: On 28/06/1880 the Kelly Gang bailed up the townfolk of Glenrowan in the Ann Jones Inn as part of their grand plan to create a Republic of North East Victoria. The cups of beers were paid by Kelly. Dan Kelly, Steve Hart and Joe Byrne died during their epic shoot out with the police. Although Ned wearing his unique hand-made armour, he was finally brought to the ground and captured after sustaining 28 gunshot woulds in his final dramatic battle with the police.
5 dollars to visit Ned Kelly Museum, 3 dollars to visit Kelly Family Homestead, etc, etc..
Beechworth: All 4 members of the Kelly Gang spent some time in the Gaol here, Ned for a total of 2 years. Ned appeared in the Courthouse here on 6 August 1880 on a charge of murder. He was committed to stand trial here before returning to Melbourne for his Supreme Court trial and subsequent hanging. Ned's mother, Ellen, also appeared in the Court here, in 1878, and was held in the Gaol here for a short time, before being taken to Melbourne to complete her sentence.
Jerilderie: The Kelly Gang Captured the southern New South Wales town of Herilderie in February 1879, and robbed the local bank of 2,000 pounds. Here, Ned gave his Jerilderie Letter to the bank's accountant for publication as well as printing in the Jerilderie Gazette. The Telegraph Office which was disabled by the Gang to prevent news of their robbery spreading is here.
Powers Lookout: Here teenaged Ned was 'apprenticed' for a time, hid himself in the ranges at the head of the King Valley. His camp was located near a hollow tree, through which holes were bored to give him a complete view of the valley.
Mansfield: The 3 policemen killed are buried in this Cemetery. From the Courthouse the proclamation resulting in the Gang members being delcared outlaws was made; the Courthouse is still in use today.


This web page was made by Dr. J. Zhang on 29/02/2004.


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Famous sayings of Ned Kelly:

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"It's no use blaming anyone now.... It is not that I fear death. I fear it as little as to drink a cup of tea. On the evidence that has been given, no juryman could have given any other verdict. That is my opinion. But, as I say, if I'd examined the witnesses, I'd had shown matters in a different light... For my own part, I don't care one straw about my life, nor the result of the trial; and I know very well from the stories I've been told, of how I am spoken of- that the public at large execrate my name... But I don't mind, for I am the last that carries public favour or dreads the public frown. Let the hand of the law strike me down if it will; but I ask my story be heard and considered."
"I do not pretend that I have led a blameless life, or that one fault justifies another, but the public in judging a case like mine should remember that the darkest life may now have a bright side."
"If my lips teach the public that men are made mad by bad treatment, and if the police are taught that they may exasperate to madness men they persecute and ill treat, my life will not be entirely thrown away."
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...Such is life...
...Kelly was then led onto the platform. He had not been shaved or cropped, but was in prison clothes. He seemed clam and collected, but paler than usual, although this effect might have been produced by the white cap placed over his head, but not yet drawn down over his face. As he stepped on the drop, he remarked in a low tone, "Such is life". ...The body was allowed to remain hanging the usual time, and the formal inquest was afterwards held. The outlaw had requested that his mother might be released from Melbourne Gaol and his body handed over for burial in consecrated ground. Neither of these requests were granted, and the remains were buried within the precincts of the gaol (Peter Carey). Yet when he was sentenced to hang, more than 30,000 people signed a petition asking for a reprieve.

"The day will come when we will all have to go to a bigger court than this.", Ned Kelly to Justice Sir Redmond Barry on being sentenced to death in October 1880. Just in very few months Redmond Barry also died quickly. this is also a legend.

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