POOR NEDBy Red Gum, 1982. Eighteen-hundred & Seventy-Eight was the year I remember so well They put my father in an early grave and slung my mother in gaol Now I don't know whats right or wrong but they hung Christ on nails Six kids at home and two still on the breast they wouldn't even give us bail Poor Ned, you're better off dead at least you'll get some peace of mind You're out on the track They're right on your back Boy they're gonnahang you high You know I wrote a letter 'bout Stringy-Bark Creek so they would understand That I might be a bushranger but I'm not a murdering man I didn't want to shoot Kennedy or that copper LonniganHe alone could have saved his life by throwing down his gun Poor Ned, you're better off dead at least you'll get some peace of mind You're out on the track They're right on your back Boy they're gonna hang you high You know they took Ned Kelly and they hung him in the Melbourne Gaol He fought so very bravely dressed in iron mail A no man single handed can hope to break the bars There's a thousand like Ned Kelly who'll hoist the flag of stars we sing...
THE STORY OF NED KELLY... A policeman, Alexander Fitzpatrick, came to the Kelly household in Greta (pictured) looking for Ned in relation to a stolen horse. Ned was not there The accusation is that Fitzpatrick began to force himself on Neds sister Neds brother stepped in, taking Fitzpatricks gun and threatening him with it. Fitzpatrick fled. Ned returned and he, his brother Dan, Dans friend Steve Hart and Neds friend Joe Byrne all went into hiding in The Bush at a place called Stringy Bark Creek.
STRINGY BARK CREEKThe events that took place here, and ones interpretation of them, sets the tone for how most people view Kelly and his Story. In groups you will research the following and identify the differences and key moment in the Kelly narrative. Research Kellys View Research The police View
WANTED For this act Kelly was now wanted for the sum of 2000 pounds That is $1,000,000 in todays money
OUTLAW Now Ned truly became an outlaw a bushranger Over the next 12 18 months he robbed several banks. On one occasion burning all the mortgage deeds before he left He even crossed over into the neighbouring colony of New South Wales. The reward was now $2,000,000 in todays money.
The Jerilderie Letter, 10th February, 1879. During one such robbery he took the entire town hostage and with Joe Byrne drafted the Jerilderie Letter. The letter records his version of events to that point. Ned opened the bar while he drafted the letter.
I have been wronged... This extract is the most often quoted from the 8000 word document Read this and use quotes to identify: Neds attitude to the police; Another influential person in Neds life; Neds comic side, and; Neds brutal side. Who was Ned angriest at? I have been wronged and my motherhas no alternative only to put up with the brutal and cowardly conduct of a parcel of big ugly fat-necked wombat headed big bellied magpie legged narrow hipped splaw-footed sons of Irish Bailiffs of English landlordsI am a widows son outlawed and my orders must be obeyed.
NED THE WIDOWS SON Ned made mention of his mother numerous times. Her Husband, and Neds father, Red Kelly had died when Ned was very young. Can you imagine what life would be like for a single mother in the 19th Century? Ellen Kelly, Ned's mother, with granddaughters Lil and Alice Knight. C. 1911
THE GLENROWAN HOTEL The penultimate act of Neds life took place at the Glenrowan Hotel back in Victoria. Again Ned took the town hostage. He and his men planned to derail the trainload of police he knew were coming. Some suggest he was aiming to generate a wider rebellion but the authorities at least were really worried about this. A school teacher (!@#$) managed to talk his way out but then warned the police, using his wifes red petticoat, who then laid siege to the hotel.
THE LAST STAND Ned and his band came forth donning suits of armour they had made It was raining After the first fight Ned escaped into the surrounding bush. The others retreated inside.
INGLORIOUS END Dan Kelly and Steve Hart held out until morning. The police decided to burn down the Hotel with them inside. Dan Kelly and hart committed suicide. The police probably thought Ned was inside as well.
Joe Byrne was shot while hiding inside.
KELLYS CAPTURE Ned had actually slept the night away close by under a log. He returned and attacked the police again but was captured after being shot in the arm and leg. This picture was taken while in gaol for Neds family. What evidence of the injuries sustained at Glenrowan can you see?
SUCH IS LIFE. These were the last words of Ned Kelly just before he was hanged in Old Melbourne Gaol on 11th November 1880. What do these words and his final actions reveal about the character of Ned Kelly?
WOULD THE REAL NED KELLY PLEASE STAND FORWARD. The Real Ned Kelly on the eve of his execution The POP Culture Icon, Ned Kellys helmet
Ned Kelly became an incredibly popular person Then... And now.
SOME POINTS TO CONSIDER WHAT SORT OF CONFLICT WAS THIS? Local quarrel? Family quarrel? Colonial quarrel? Class quarrel? Ethnic quarrel? WHY WOULD A CHARACTER LIKE NED KELLY BECOME SO POPULAR AT ALL? Recall the title of the first slide.
Itll take a thousand like Ned Kelly to hoist the flag of starsRedgum, Poor Ned. 1982. Kellys actions also bought into the idea of class struggle which had turned violent at the battle of the Eureka Stockade at Ballarat, Victoria in 1854 where 22 rebels and 6 authorities were killed. The Flag of Stars refers to the flag flown by the rebels at the Eureka Stockade.
POST SCRIPT... A cast of Neds head was taken after his death. His grave has possibly been located during excavations at Pentridge Prison.
POST POST SCRIPTThe mayor of Ipswich, an armature historian, claims that Dan Kelly escaped and is buried in the Ipswich town cemetery.