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Ned Kelly’s last words were not ‘such is life’

The issue here is - why is this news? Max Brown wrote about Ned's last words in the 1948 edition of Australian Son - 66 years ago... 'Arr well, I suppose it has come to this...' Ian MacFarlane is just trying to dredge up readership for his woeful publication 'The Kelly Gang Unmasked'. Save your pennies people and read Paul Terry's book 'The True Story of Ned Kelly's Last Stand' instead.

Link: Ned Kelly’s last words were not ‘such is life’, Queensland psychiatrist and Melbourne historian claim

Ned Kelly’s boyhood Beveridge house inspires National Trust preservation bid

The National Trust is finally showing some real interest in helping restore Ned Kelly's boyhood Beveridge house by either buying it outright, or helping the next owners restore it. The Trust has set up an appeal where they hope to raise $600,000 in donations to fund the works. The Trust has kicked in $100,000. Donations are tax deductible too.

Link: Ned Kelly’s boyhood Beveridge house inspires National Trust preservation bid

Old letter reveals fresh insight on Ned Kelly's fabled capture

Interesting article in The Age today detailing a letter from an eye witness account to the siege at Glenrowan. The letter will join Ned Kelly's armour and the Jerilderie Letter in the State Library of Victoria's 'Changing Face of Victoria' exhibition. Written by Scottish immigrant Donald Sutherland, the letter includes the following passage, 'Ned does not at all look like a murderer and bushranger – he is a very powerful man aged about 27, black hair and beard with a soft mild looking face and eyes – his mouth being the only wicked portion of the face.' Unfortunately the article also quotes our red headed 'friend' Alex McDermott, but we'll forgive The Age this time.

Link: Old letter reveals fresh insight on Ned Kelly's fabled capture

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 Wing Liberals to the multitude of State Governments, seems everyone has an agenda. We'd like to let the readers decide what is worth learning. Here at 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 needn't always have to be written by the victors.
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Ned Kelly: A Pictorial History available on the iPad App Store
If you're looking for that perfect gift then head over to our shop where we are featuring Max Brown's 312 page hardcover limited edition novel Australian Son: the story of Ned Kelly for $34.95 with free Australia wide postage (or $14.95 international postage). All of Max's books come with a bonus Australian Son bookmark. These books are only available for purchase online (and not through book shops). Of course the money we raise goes back in to building the world's greatest Ned Kelly web site.

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