Edward “Ned” Kelly was born at Beveridge, Victoria in January 1855, the son of an Irishman convicted and transported to Australia, and died at the hangman’s noose on 11 November 1880 at the Old Melbourne Gaol. He is Australia’s most famous bushranger even today stirs emotions and rivalry between his descendants and opposers.
While much of his bushranger life is well documented, it is often forgotten that as a young boy he risked his life to save another boy, Richard Shelton, from drowning. He was awarded with a green sash from the Shelton family and wore it under his armour during his final showdown with police in 1880. Ned Kelly was at early age accused of assaulting and robbing a Chinese pig farmer named Ah Fook and was detained for 10 days before being released. He later met Isaiah ‘Wild’ Wright who had, unbeknown to Ned, stolen a horse from the Mansfield postmaster. Wright asked Ned to look after the horse and Ned was subsequently arrested for the theft and for assaulting police Constable Hall. Ned served 3 years for the crime Rajasthan Police Constable Result 2021.
Soon after he was sent to prison his brothers Jim, then aged 12 and Dan, aged 10 where arrested for riding a horse that belonged to a local farmer. The boys spent a night in gaol before being released. Two years later Jim was arrested for cattle-rustling. While he pleaded he did not know that some of the cattle did not belong to his employer Tom Lloyd he still received a five-year sentence. It was incident dubbed ‘The Fitzpatrick Incident’ that sent Dan and Ned Kelly into hiding. The Kellys refuted the claims of Constable Alexander Fitzpatrick that he was attacked by revolver wielding members of the Kelly family including Ned, Dan and Ellen, and family friends Bricky Williamson and Bill Skillon, but believing they would be unable to convince police they went in to hiding and were later joined by friends Joe Byrne and Steve Hart Rajasthan Patwari Admit Card 2021.
The Kelly’s were hiding out in the Wombat Ranges north of Mansfield when a search party of four police officers, Sergeant Kennedy and Constables McIntyre, Lonigan and Scanlon set up camp nearby. After a confrontation and shot out, three of the police officers were killed and Constable McIntyre eventually escaped. They Kelly Gang was now a wanted band of bushrangers and an 8000 pound reward was placed on their heads on February 15 1879. The Kelly Gang roamed the north eastern part of Victoria robbing banks until a final violent confrontation with police at Glenrowan. With all of his Gang dead Kelly made a final stand. While his armour protected his upper body shots to his legs eventually brought him to the ground and he was captured Ned Kelly survived to stand trial, and was sentenced to death by the Irish-born judge Sir Redmond Barry. When Judge Barry uttered the words “May God have mercy on your soul”, Ned is reported to have replied “I will go a little further than that, and say I will see you there when I go”.