Ned Kelly was an outlaw who rode a horse, put on a suit of armour and fought police. Today, Ned Kelly is an Australian legend.
Ned, the eldest of eight children, was born to Irish parents in Victoria in 1854.
He was just twelve years of age when his ex-convict father died and his family settled near relatives at Greta, two hundred and forty kilometres northeast of Melbourne.
In Ned's time it was wild, rugged country and life was hard.
The best land was held by a handful of wealthy so called squatters.
But Ned's family was poor and the only opportunity they had to own land was as 'selectors'.
Under the selection system families took up areas of land set aside by the government and paid them off bit by bit.
As part of the scheme they also had to improve the property by clearing it, building a house, putting up fences and growing a crop. If they didn't the land could be taken away
Ned Kelly went to school for to years he had books and friends and fun but that all changed when his father died. The family was poor they had to move to a farm that was nothing grand ned soon learnt that those in charge took all the good rich land ned was fair but had hit a man and helped an outlaw on the run police wanted him for crimes and sometimes even for none. The ned helped a stranger by swapping a horse it was stolen but ked didn't know ned was arrested for having that horse but the stranger was free to go.