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Ned Kelly: Australian Ironoutlaw
Ned Kelly: Australian Ironoutlaw
142 years ago today, on 10 November 1880, this photo of Ned Kelly was taken by the official Melbourne Gaol photographer, Charles Nettleton, as a keepsake for Ned's mother, Ellen.

Ned also dictated his final letter to the Marquis of Normanby. In it, he stated, "I know now it is useless trespassing on your valuable time because of the expense the Government has been put to which is not my fault. They will only be satisfied with my life, though I have been found guilty and condemned to death on a charge which, of all men in the world, I should be the last one to be guilty of. There is one wish, in conclusion, I would like you to grant me, that is the release of my mother before my execution as detaining her in prison could not make any difference to the Government now, for the day will come when all men will be judged by their mercy and deeds; and also if you would grant permission for my friends to have my body that they might bury it in consecrated ground."

A day later, on 11 November 1880, Ned was executed at 10:00am. However, his final wish that his mother be released was ignored. His body was decapitated and buried in unconsecrated ground. It wasn't until 18 January 2013, that he was reunited with his family at the Greta Cemetery. And until his skull is returned, he shall not fully rest in peace...
Ned Kelly: Australian Ironoutlaw
Ned Kelly: Australian Ironoutlaw
Today we say our goodbyes to an extraordinary friend - Alan Crichton. In 2008, I had the pleasure of publishing his novel 'Far Beyond The Falls'. Still, Alan was better known around the Kelly world for his poetry and his semi-regular IronOutlaw column 'Keep Ya Powder Dry' (https://www.ironoutlaw.com/tag/alan-crichton/), where he shone an extremely bright light on the serious and the ridiculous in equal measure.

Alan's sharp wit and eye for detail, coupled with his ability to enjoy himself (no matter what the circumstances), made this fellow a joy to be around. We shared many an hour drinking and talking proportionately about the contemplative and the balderdash. If I knew Alan was going to a particular Kelly event, it usually convinced me to join in as well. He was that much fun to be around.

Quick to laugh at and with, he could give shit and take it with ease. He was a dear mate and a friend to many. My thoughts go out to Ros and the family. Alan Crichton, you will be sorely missed, my comrade-in-arms...
Ned Kelly: Australian Ironoutlaw
Ned Kelly: Australian Ironoutlaw
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A final ‘hail and farewell’ to our beloved Chester Eagle. No doubt he’s deep in conversation with Max Brown, Ian Jones, John Molony, and Hal Porter over the virtues of Australian History which involves a hearty discussion over our Ned Kelly. We miss you deeply… #nedkelly #australianliterature #trojanpress
Ned Kelly: Australian Ironoutlaw
Ned Kelly: Australian Ironoutlaw
The ABC News Vote Compass asks Australians to consider two statements I think Ned would find very interesting...

1) Australia should end the monarchy and become a republic.

2) How supportive are you of Prince Charles becoming King of Australia upon the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

If you have 5 minutes to spare and are keen to use some "colonial stratagem" have you say via the link below...
Ned Kelly: Australian Ironoutlaw
Ned Kelly: Australian Ironoutlaw
R.I.P. Greg Young aka Captain Jack Hoyle (retired) who was taken too soon after a short illness, leaving behind his loving partner and their young son. Greg’s Great Grandfather was Tom King, who travelled from Queensland with the Aboriginal Trackers, to work with the Victorian Police, after the Stringybark Creek tragedy. The Captain was a much-admired contributor to Ironoutlaw and his wit and charm will be sorely missed by all that knew him. For those keen to read some of Captain Jack's musings just click on this link: https://www.ironoutlaw.com/category/captain-jack/
Ned Kelly: Australian Ironoutlaw
Ned Kelly: Australian Ironoutlaw
Commemorating the 141st anniversary of Ned Kelly's death. 'I do not pretend that I have led a blameless life...'