THE NED KELLY STORY
Ned Kelly is an Australian legend. He epitomised many qualities that ordinary Australians admire. He was a larrikin, loyal to his family and ready to sacrifice himself for his mates. An underdog, he represented the struggling classes and thumbed his nose at the establishment. He was inventive, he was fearless and charismatic.
Ned was barely educated, yet his famous letters were poetic and passionate. He killed police officers, was outlawed and could be shot on sight by anyone. Yet when he was sentenced to hang, more than 30,000 people signed a petition asking for a reprieve.
We mustn’t forget that there are many sides to the legend of Ned Kelly.
Yes, he was a criminal and had numerous brushes with the law from a young age. But was he merely following his father and uncles’ lead and a product of his environment? In the context of the times, he was a hero to Irish immigrants, who felt they were being persecuted by the establishment. It’s claimed that most of the takings from his famous bank robberies went to help his supporters, so many say Ned was an Australian Robin Hood.