Without explanation, he dragged Ned from the
saddle and tried to shoot him in the head. The revolver
missed fire and a fight started, brought to an end when
some workmen pinioned Ned and Hall tried to beat him
unconscious with the barrel of his revolver.
Ned and Dan heard of boasts by one of the
Greta party that he would kill Ned Kelly and put a
revolver in his hand to make it look as though there
had been a fight. The Mansfield party was equipped
with specially made straps to sling bodies on a pack
Knowing that other police were closing in
on them, he decided to disarm the four troopers, take
their horses and send them back to Mansfield. Two friends,
Joe Byrne and Steve Hart, happened to be with Ned and
Dan that day.
On The Run
He apologised that he couldnt pay for
the meals and they headed off on the last weary leg
of this desperate 350 kilometre ride. Two weeks later,
Ned returned to leave eight shillings for the publicans
They needed money to live outside the law,
so within two months they carried out the two most
perfectly executed bank robberies in Australian bushranging
history. And they turned them into public relations
events, designed to show that they had never set out
to be police killers and bushrangers.
...They were brilliant trackers, superb horsemen, fierce fighters the
only men in the police pursuit capable of matching the Kelly Gang in their
mastery of bushcraft. Ned called them six little demons...
An old enemy of Joes and Aarons,
Detective Ward, realised that Aaron was duping the
police. He came up with a murderous plan to incriminate
Aaron in the eyes of the Gang so that they would come
and kill him, breaking cover after sixteen months of
Dance On The Lid Of A Coffin
Joe and Dan arrived with the news of Aarons
death. And they all waited for the police train to
come. As their four suits of ploughsteel armour
waited in a back room.
The Siege Of Glenrowan
Police reinforcements arrived by train and
on horseback, completely surrounding the Inn, cutting
Ned off from Dan and Steve. So, as dawn approached,
he armed himself with three revolvers and gathered
strength for one last attempt at rescue.
The Last Stand
It seemed huge, inhuman, a metal monster
with an oilskin coat draped over its shoulder. A trooper
yelled a warning, fired a shot. No effect. The thing
drew a revolver, fired back. And all hell broke loose
as Ned Kelly, all but unconscious from loss of blood,
attacked 34 police and tried to drive them away from
the side of the Inn.
Will See You There, Where I Go
Perhaps more than a little irritated by the
outlaws eloquence, Barry eventually sentenced
him to hang. Ned had the last word. I will go
a little further than that and say I will see you there,
where I go.
Short Walk To Eternity
Eventually petition forms with 34,424 signatures
were presented to the government. Another 28,000 were
said to have been collected within days. Reprieve was
refused. Neds execution was set for 11 November...
I do not pretend that I have lived a blameless
life, or that one fault justifies another. But the
public judging a case like mine should remember that
the darkest life may have a bright side...