Edward (Ned) Kelly First Hand Accounts History The Kelly Gang

Ned Kelly’s own account of Glenrowan

Ned Kelly tells his own version of what happened at Glenrowan in a letter from the condemned cell at Melbourne Gaol.

First Hand Accounts Glenrowan History The Railway

Statement of the Stationmaster

An account of Glenrowan from the Glenrowan stationmaster, John Stanistreet.

First Hand Accounts History Sub-Inspector O'Connor and the Queensland native police The Police

O’Connor’s Letters

The following are letters written by Sub-Inspector Stanhope O’Connor in an effort to set the record straight (as he saw it). It was included in the 1881 Royal Commission and was published in this form by The Argus on 19 March 1881, page 9. The Farm, Flemington, September 7 ,1880 Sir, – I have the […]

History News Reports The Kellys

Mrs. Kelly interviewed

Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth, Vic. : 1855 – 1918), Tuesday 17 May 1881, page 3 THE POLICE COMMISSION. [FROM THE ARGUS REPORTER.] On Saturday morning the commission went by road from Benalla to Glenrowan, passing through Greta. En route a short stay was made at the residence of Mrs Kelly, mother of the late […]

History News Reports The Railway


Nepean Times (Penrith, NSW : 1882 – 1962), Saturday 22 February 1930, page 3 Ned Kelly’s Last Stand ONE GLENROWAN SURVIVOR During the last few moments of freedom enjoyed by Ned Kelly he waged a revolver duel at close quarters with Jesse Dowsett, the guard of the railway train that had taken the police to […]

Film Popular Culture

Glenrowan on Film: The Last Outlaw

To date the most accurate dramatic on-screen depiction of the Kelly story is the 1980 television mini-series The Last Outlaw. Though far from perfect, it comes very close at times to being spot on. The series was originally imagined as a sprawling epic over around a dozen movie-length episodes like the previous production by the […]

The Author Speaks

The Author Speaks: The Rest of the Trip

Previously I posted about my first trip to Kelly Country since the lockdowns but was in the middle of the trip when I wrote it. Evidently the rest of the trip was too busy for me to finish writing up about what else happened at the time, so here we go with a quick recap […]

The Author Speaks

The Author Speaks: First time in Kelly Country since the lockdowns

With the “ring of steel” between Melbourne Metro and the rest of Victoria now dissolved movement is freer than it has been in months. It also means that I can finally visit the places that feature so prominently in my book. To say that the inability to bring Glenrowan to the places where everything happened […]


In the news, November 11 2020

Earlier this week was the commemoration of Ned Kelly’s execution and in relation to that Glenrowan was the feature of an article in the Border Mail by journalist Anthony Bunn. The story was mirrored on other news sites as well, some of which are behind pay-walls and some of which aren’t. Below is a transcript […]

Daniel (Dan) Kelly Edward (Ned) Kelly Sales The Kellys Writing

An exclusive extract from chapter one of Glenrowan

An excerpt from chapter one: Loyalty concerning the outlaw Kelly brothers and their siblings.