below are a selection of Kelly related magazines that
I have had the pleasure to review. If you feel I have
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The rating system is quite simple, the more Neds shown
the more impressive the book with 5 Neds being the ultimate.
Last Outlaw Les
This is probably the best $2.50 I, well probably
my mum, has ever spent back in 1980. It
details the making of the most impressive
Ned Kelly drama ever. The attention to
detail was amazing, then again what more
would you expect when you see that the
credits included Ian Jones and Bronwyn
Binns. If you spot this magazine buy it,
they're scarce as hen's teeth!
Theatre Newtown First published
is the original theatre programme for
the Elizabethan Theatre play Ned Kelly
by Douglas Stewart. As a piece of Kelly
literature this brochure is priceless
(well worth the $35 I paid for it). It
makes for fascinating reading, especially
considering the play was cancelled not
long into it’s season. For a more
detailed look at the play head over to
Kelly Centenary Festival Festival director Peter
Galvin First published 1980
by New Chum Promotions
Forget Woodstock in the
60s! Arr, to be back at Winton in
1980. This would have been a Kelly enthusiasts
dream to wander the dusty showground sampling
the delights of the Centenary Festival.
Oh well, at least I have the program to
Weekly Times First published 1980 by The Herald and
Weekly Times Ltd
This tabloid sized magazine
recorded "the events that made the
man a legend, as reported at the time in
picture and story in The
Weekly Times and
Sketcher". The front
cover features artist Thomas Carrington,
who went to Glenrowan to illustrate events,
and titled this on-the-spot sketch "Ned
Kelly at Bay". The drawing first appeared
on the front page of The
Australasian Sketcher dated Saturday, July 3rd 1880. Add this
to your collection if you can find a copy.
Culture Reconstructing Ned Kelly Beth Dolan First published 2003 by State Library of
As the catalogue for the
Library’s Ned Kelly exhibition, at
five dollars a booklet, this is a must
have. While the insipid cover belies a
treasure trove of information, the publication
does forget to list any online resources.
Obviously the internet doesn’t rate
too highly at the State Library of Victoria.
So as Redmond Barry stands outside in the
freezing cold of another Melbourne winter,
inside the Library his nemesis Edward Kelly
continues to attract the public’s
Kelly In Pictures Les
First published 1980
by Southdown Press
For the uninitiated, this
magazine is a great introduction to the
legend of the Kelly Gang. It features over
50 original photographs and line drawings.
The narrative gives an overview to the
Kelly uprising and should hopefully ignite
the readers interest to follow up with
some in-depth research such as Max Browns'
great piece of literacy work Australian
Ned Kelly Johnson and Turner First published
1977 by The Jabiru Press
As the intro states "Activity
books for young Australians which are carefully
designed for children between the ages
of 8 and 11 to stimulate their interest
in the country in which they live by encouraging
them to participate directly in the discovery
of information about it". In other
words, a Ned Kelly colouring in book. Great!
Kelly Beyond The
Legend legendofnedkelly.com First published 2003 by BBMT Promotions
This multi-faceted publication
contains a wealth of Kellyana information
and is a perfect starting point for anyone
interested in studying the phenomenon that
is Ned Kelly. School children in particular
will find this a valuable resource for
any upcoming history assignments. Although
sporting images pulled directly from Ned:
The Exhibition (many uncredited from the
lens of Matt Deller) the purchase cost
alone is enough to make you want to buy
Kelly Country Greg
published 1997 by Robert
Brown and Associates
A well documented publication
outlining the various environs relating
to the Kelly Gang. Backed up by numerous
colour photographs (most featuring the
wife and kids), this magazine is a must
for anyone setting out in search of the
once hidden trails along Kelly Country.
Just dont take Powells map
skills as the gospel.
Of Iron National Trust of Australia
(Victoria) First published 1998
by The Herald Sun
A bare bones but highly
educational catalogue showcasing the Men
Of Iron exhibition held at the Old Melbourne
Gaol between October 1998 and January 1999.
The suits may have been more muddled than
George W. Bush, but the Sidney Nolan drawings
made the event a must see.
Bushrangers Models by Derek Brown
Written by Sheena Coupe First published 1984
by Ashton Scholastic
The concept of this book
is to pop out cardboard models and recreate
bushranging scenes. The idea works well,
even though the Steve Hart listed never
sported a beard. While Sheena Coupe couldn’t
write to save herself, Derek Brown’s
illustrations are well constructed and
bump up our rating from a zero (if we had
to rely on Coupe’s poor grasp of
Australian history) to three out of five.
Kelly & His Gang Bryce Courtenay First published 1997
by Kidcorp Pty Ltd
Aimed at primary school
children (judging by the illustrations),
this booklet could be procured when purchasing
a Cadbury block of chocolate (any excuse).
The history lesson given by
its author Bryce Courtenay has more
holes in it than an Aero Bar. But then
again if you want to learn about the real
Ned Kelly youre not going to get
far looking inside a chocolate bar (or
in the pages of Careys book either).
Still, if you come across a copy its
worth a two minute read.
False Impressionists 3 Written and published
by Imaginate July 2002
Continuing the story from
Issue 2, our time travellers manage to
escape the buring inn — unfortunately.
This story is as convulted as the illustrations
supporting it. Once again don’t expect
to find this comic in your local newsagency.
False Impressionists 2 Written and published
by Imaginate December 1997
An Australian comic book that
introduces us to (in issue 2), the Kelly
Gang through some sort of weird time travelling
experience. Don't expect to find this comic
in your local newsagency.
While not everyone wants to read about Ned Kelly or the ANZACs or
even The Great Depression, we hope they
want to learn something about
Australian History. From the ex-Prime Minister
John Howard to a confused ex-NSW Education Minister Carmel Tebbutt
(see the 'ex' pattern here?) a number of politicians have jumped on the teaching history bandwagon. But at what
cost? From right wingers
to a multitude of meddling State Governments, it seems
everyone has an agenda. We'd like to let the readers decide
what is worth learning. Here at IronOutlaw.com we
present the facts, the fiction and everything in between. It
all adds to the experience and hopefully makes history an exciting
place to be while also proving it doesn't always have to be written by the victors. [site map]
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