Washed deep with the convict stain, Ned Kelly’s destiny was cast in a defiant mold. The story of his short life was one that saw Ned, his brother Dan and their two mates, Joe Byrne and Steve Hart, take on corrupt police, greedy land barons and an ill-informed government in a crusade to change their world for the better. Wrongly accused, they survived a deadly shoot out with police in 1878 that saw the Gang outlawed with the largest reward ever offered in the British Empire – dead or alive.
Over the next eighteen months the Kelly Gang held up two country towns and robbed their banks – without firing a single shot; wrote numerous essays explaining their actions; and became folk heroes to a generation. Their grand plan to derail a special police train, seize the hostages and declare a Republic of North East Victoria came to a fiery end at Glenrowan where they donned their famous but cumbersome armour against an overwhelming police force.
Ned Kelly: A Pictorial History explores the legend of Ned Kelly in never-before-seen interactive detail. Readers can now view photographs and documents in high definition and track the pictorial history of Ned in a clear and concise manner. As a bonus this edition also includes the entire collection of Ned Kelly related correspondence from his 1870 letter to Sergeant Babington at age fifteen to his last correspondence to the Marquis of Normanby the day before his execution.
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