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Film History Popular Culture The Kelly Gang

The Armour

The Kelly armour is one of the most famous, and popular, symbols in Australian culture. It has helped to elevate Ned Kelly from being a mere bushranger to being a symbol of rebellion. But, how did it come to be and how have these four steel suits become such important historical relics? This article will give you all you need to know.

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DR. NICHOLSON’S ACCOUNT

An account of the events at Glenrowan told by the medic who attended Superintendent Hare and Ned Kelly.

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Film Popular Culture

Glenrowan on Film: True History of the Kelly Gang

How was the Glenrowan Siege portrayed in Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of Peter Carey’s novel, and how does it compare to what we know of the history?

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Research The Author Speaks Writing

The Author Speaks: On Ned Kelly

The core of the Glenrowan story is Ned Kelly. Everything that occurs is either directly or indirectly linked to him and his decisions. Naturally this should position him as the protagonist of the story, though protagonist usually implies that character is the “good guy”. As I’ve discovered, simplistic terms like “good”, “bad”, “hero”, or “villain” are just completely inadequate to describe someone as complex as Edward Kelly.

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Supt. Sadleir’s recollections

Extracts from Superintendent John Sadleir’s memoirs concerning the Glenrowan Siege and the events that led to it.

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Ned Kelly Interviewed by Sadleir at Glenrowan

When Kelly lay on the floor in the railway van Inspector Sadlier appealed to him to send some signal to his comrades and spare further bloodshed, but he replied, “I cannot. They will never give up, and you cannot take them alive.”

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The Author Speaks Writing

Why Glenrowan?

Where did the idea for the novel originate? What makes the story of the Glenrowan siege so compelling?