Ned Kelly

By Gen Reiprich (Reporter)

Bush Ranger Report

Ned Kelly was a Irish Australian bushranger. His legacy is controversial. Many consider him to be a folk hero and symbol of Irish Australian resistance againts the Anglo-Australian ruling class, while others emempisise his involvement in killing.


Kelly was born in Victoria to an Irish convict father, and as a young man he clashed with the Victoria Police. Folling an incident at his home in 1878, police parties searched for him in the bush. After he and his colleagues killed three policemen, the colonial government proclaimed Kelly and his gang wanted outlaws.


A final violent confrontation with police took place a Glenrowan on 28 June 1880. Kelly, dressed in home-made plate metal armour and a helment, was captured and sent to jail. He was convicted of three counts of wilful Murder and hanged at Old Melbourne Jail in November 1880. His daring and notoriety made him an iconic figure in Australian history, folklore, literature, art and film.


In August 2011, anthropologists announced that a skeleton found in a mass grave in Pentridge Prison had been confirmed as Kelly's. His Skull, however, remains missing.