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Painting of Ned Kelly
From: Susie Toldi – 9 Jan 2017
Dear sirs. Good day. I’m sending a photo of an oil on canvas of Ned Kelly. Which I owned for about 30 year. Painting dated 1969. You will be able to zoom into signature. Could you tell me anything further about this painting. Looks like Ned’s been on the tacos. Must have been painted during his ‘bandito’ years…
Valuation of Kelly books for insurance
From: Lynelle Oder – 6 Jan 2017
My husband and I are looking at getting some contents insurance and I would therefore like to have an idea of the approximate value of my Ned Kelly books. I have 80 or so books plus some cds and dvds. Can you help with any suggestions about how I might go about getting this? Would you suggest I contact second hand book sellers or speak with valuers? Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks. I’d check out some of the more established second hand dealers if I were you.
Hatcher initials transcribed from Ned’s Cameron letter
From: Michael – 24 Dec 2016
Should this not be W rather TH ?
Book featuring Kelly
From: Lawrence Scariano – 10 Dec 2016
Really didn’t know this site was still active. Some years back, I sent in a letter mentioning a book featuring Ned Kelly my kids and I were writing. As a learning activity, my kids were instructed to pick an obscure (for Americans) historic character and work him into a story; Justa and the Victorian Rogue was the result. This was followed by a novel, lutherous Nie and the Warriors of Faith, which also features my interpretation of Kelly. We are currently laying out a third in the series which, I haven’t decided, may give Kelly an honorable and heroic death. These stories have little to do with Australia, and they are totally fiction, and I’m sure some may feel our presentation of Victorian speak comic or even insulting. While both of these manuscripts are available commercially (though never advertised), I’d love to provide them free to anyone willing to give me critical feedback on “my Kelly”. One day We will finally visit your beautiful country so I can get a real “Kelly fix”. If anyone is interested please contact me at email@example.com. Apparently we’ve been ‘active’ since 1995…
Hero or Villain
From: Mark Sasse – 30 Nov 2016
Hi, I am yet to form an opinion of Ned Kelly and at times have had a foot on either side of the debates. I think it comes down to one question that if answered competently should sway my opinion. African Americans are too fighting oppression in the US. Therefore are the killings of police officers justified and should we celebrate these often martyrs as heros? And does this therefore mean killing police in Australia is a valid response to oppression This is a sincere query that aims to find answers to an ongoing personal inner debate as to is NK a hero or villain. I also aim to gain a deeper understanding of Australian culture and the psyche within. Best regards.
From: Michael – 28 Nov 2016
I think he was inocent.
From: Yvonne Hicken – 25 Nov 2016
Hi. Bit of a vague query this one but do you have any information on an Englishwoman Annie Moss (nee Worth) from Kingsbridge Devon England in connection with “sheltering Ned Kelly”…. as I say a bi of vague enquiry. With thanks.
From: David Durost – 28 Jul 2016
I am interested in knowing more about Ned Kelly. I remain uncertain as to how I should view him. He is considered Robin Hood of the “OutBack.” Critics say he not someone to be glorified since he was a thief and murdered in cold blood. Was he an evil man? I know that’s over simplified question but I want the truth. I understand people like Ned Kelly had difficulty with the English controlling the affairs of Australia. Were his actions warranted? I think there’s a web site that might help you out – if I could only remember it’s name…
My connection to the Kelly Gang
From: Phillip Cole – 27 Jul 2016
Hello I have a connection by the way of John Studders who was arrested for stolen horses but was found not guilty. He is mentioned in a few books one by Ian Jones and a few others but I thought I would share something interesting about the horse theft. At the same time the trials were happening another Studders family member arrived in Kyogle (northern New South Wales) with 8 or 9 of the finest horses they had ever seen. I wonder if John took the rap whilst the horses were taken north? It is interesting. Just thought I would let you know about my connection.
From: Craig Giles – 30 Apr 2016
Hi. I live in England and have been told from an early age that I’m a distant relative of Ned and his family, my mothers maiden name is Kelly and the story goes that her cousin who lives in Conemara, county Sligo in Ireland has a ring that was possibly Red’s (neds father) wedding ring. Now with the advent of Internet genealogy websites you would think that it would be easy to trace family lines but unfortunately I have reached a dead end. Maybe in the future I’ll be able to confirm the story to my own children but until then it remains a family myth.
From: Dale Laws – 4 Oct 2015
Hi my names dale laws on fb was just wondering if at all u may have some good pics of ned in his armour plz for drawing and paint for my self plz and thank you if u could send me the via fb. Easier if you just look over the web site…
From: Melinda Walters – 1 Oct 2015
I am also interested in an article on Jesse Dowsett – Railway guard. If you could send me a copy or re-print it, I would be grateful. I have only just found you Iron Outlaw and now I am wondering how much I have missed! Just type the name in the search panel and up the stories will come…
Ned Kelly Research
From: Monique Hutchinson – 29 Sep 2015
Hi Ellen, we are so glad that you have created this page. We are a homeschooling family and for history our 11 yo son has chosen to learn about Ned Kelly. We have recently viewed the video “BESIEGED: THE NED KELLY STORY” and would love to learn more. Yes, those fake beards made for some entertaining viewing!
From: Eileen Powell – 9 Sep 2015
Hi, Redmond Barry was my great, great great . grandfather. I would like to contact Alex McDermott for some discussion about Ned Kelly and Redmond Barry. Thanks. Just look under the nearest rock…
From: Steve – 28 Aug 2015
Team, seeking someone who may want to take a look at a photo that has come into my possession a while back now. The elderly person that passed it on to me never really gave me many details other than he believed that his parents spoke of it being from a major event that happened in Euroa last century. Is this a possible photo of Ned Kelly with The Euroa Bank Manager Robert Scott in the foreground? There appears to be (although I am no historian or authority…) three bank tellers are wearing 1870’s style banking uniforms. I have never seen a photo of Mr Robert Scott the NAB Bank Manager so I cant say for certain that this is what it is, however it is interesting that the image of (Ned) is also wearing the same clothes as the other (bank employees). Its also interesting, the posture of (Ned) as he appears to have adopted the same hand/arm pose as him in the final prison photo, same sloping shoulders, similar cowlick and similar shaped forehead. Apologies for the quality of the first image. I guess I could try and enlarge it with better quality if there is any interest. The original I have is on a tin plate and not paper. Any information would be grateful. I’m not holding out any false hopes about this image and do not have any concrete evidence as it being what I think it “maybe” so in any reply I would be grateful if you could shed any light on the matter. If I was a betting man (which I am), I’d put a $100 on the horse called ‘No Chance’!
From: Ron Sheedy – 17 Aug 2015
Good Arvo Iron Outlaw, I am a constant viewer of your Web site . Last year i read an article on Jesse Dowsett Railway guard. I would like to get a copy of it could you rerun it or tell me how I could get a copy of it.Jesse Dowsett is an unsung hero , I would appreciate your help. Be for I go Your Web Site does a great job filtering out bits of golden info for blokes like me, the piece on Harry Power is a great example. Please keep the trickle of info coming we love it. Hear from you soon.
Ned Kelly Candles
From: Natalie – 3 Aug 2015
Has any body ever seen any candles sculptue’s of ned kelly?? I remember when I was a kid my nan had 1 it was awsome every little detail was perfectly but it was the only 1 i have ever seen & i wont 2 get my hubbies 1 its his b.day soon he loves ned kelly stuff
From: Bart Bartholomew – 14 Jul 2015
Just looken for the magazine that had the ned Kelly story about how they took ned Kelly and hanged him in jail and how it takes a thousand men like ned to hoist the flag of stars with the southern cross flag as the back drop ,just wondering if you got the picture? Did someone says magazines?
Steve Hart/ William Hart
From: Brenda Hart – 8 Jun 2015
Love to hear from anyone with information on Steve Harts older brother William Hart born 1852 in Yass NSW. Many Thanks.
From: Ron Taylor – 25 May 2015
I have heard storys that sir john monash or even a taylor held neds reins of his horse while he robbed the bank. do u know of any story regarding this? Just another old wives tale…
Ned’s Culture – Jerilderie Letter
From: Brett Fitzgerald – 11 Apr 2015
Hi, in the past few years, I studied my ancestry, which leads to 2 dominant cultures of Irish people. Catholic and Protestant. 2 sides of my Maternal family, were into the Law/Parliament of Ireland from Medieval times till around the mid 1840s. In that time, I’ve learnt quite the culture, on what it is to be Irish. Ned Kelly could not have learnt this hard culture of the Irish, unless he was born there, as we know he was born In Australia. The only way that he could do that was learn about “the old ways”, was through his Family and or Irish friends that he grew up with. As far as I am concerned, Ned’s culture lands with his Father’s “trouble’s” in Ireland. The disdain of the words -“British Gov” – “Overlords” etc etc, was taught to him by his Family’s past troublesome times. The reason I am giving feedback, is that I have just read an old book, by Bill Wannan, which explained Ned is a small sentence that struck a real chord. “Australian Folklore” 1970s edition states that Ned had “an odd mixture of Irish Nationalism and Australian Republicanism”. How could Bill depict Ned as showing “Nationalism” if he technically wasn’t Irish?
This is where, my Family Ancestry knowledge comes in. I am descended from a MacNevin family in Ireland. These MacNevin’s were the forefront of Irish Nationalism predominantly during the 1840s. The Family were directly connected with Daniel O’Connell (The Great Emancipator). A distant Uncle to me, was named Thomas MacNevin – a Co-Contributor to “The Nation” magazine. If you know the names of Sir Charles Gavan Duffy and Peter Lalor, Thomas MacNevin actually had the same sentiments as these 2 men. Duffy and MacNevin worked together. Ironically, Thomas’s Nephew came to Australia and became a higher order Clerk/Judge/Magistrate/Coroner in Sydney for many years.
Through this line of knowledge I have been able to find a bit more on Ned and why he was the way he was. From a Catholic Family, who he thought had been “hard done by” and he was just showing that he’s a fighter in a “Republican way”. In essence, I think he was channeling his Father’s ideals and the above Catholic notables lives, in justifying that he was just human but he had to fight for his life all the way through. And like the above people, fought their way through the “Catholic” bigotry red tape in Australia. Duffy had the same issues when he came to Australia too. Can you help me understand if you seen Ned in this same light? (This one sentence of Bill Wannan’s depiction of Ned, has now cast quite a different thought to Ned than previous). I suppose the only thing missing from Ned’s resume, like Duffy and Lalor’s lives, that he should have put himself in for being a Member of Parliament… The Jerilderie Letter and the Euroa letter, were almost “Parliamentarian-esq” speeches. That’s a folklore tale right there.
Ned – A New Musical
From: Keagan Vaskess – 8 Apr 2015
Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that there is a new Australian musical based on the life of Ned Kelly opening at Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre from Friday May 22nd. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the official website at nedmusical.com.au
A Maltese Ned Painting
From: Michael Wright – 28 Mar 2015
Hi Ironoutlaw, here’s a Maltese Ned Kelly painting for you. I’ve attached a large picture, and it’s on my website with an explanation at lemakoo.com/malta-australia-paintings.html (you’ll need to scroll down the page a bit). He’s actually just been sold to a lady in Sydney, it was kind of fitting that he was sent to Australia, again. All the best, great site, well done.
Kate Kelly Exhibition
From: Rebecca Wilson – 5 Mar 2015
Hello there – just wondering if you might be interested in mentioning my upcoming exhibition on Kate Kelly. It’s a travelling exhibition launching in Blackheath 12 April and going to Bathurst, Orange and Forbes for the River Arts Festival there. My web site rebeccawilsonart.com has the details.
Ned Kelly by Peter FitzSimons
From: Les Case – 19 Jan 2015
Hi. Love this Web site, my question is, have you reviewed Peter Fitzsimons book on Ned Kelly, not sure if I should buy it. Thankyou. Paul O’Keefe’s contributions make it worth buying