Ned Kelly was an outlaw who was a native of Australia. During the 1870’s he became a notorious bushranger (a thief who lived in the Australian bush) whose activities created a sensation in Australia. He also became famous for wearing a bulletproof suit of armour during his last shootout with police.
Ned Kelly was born in Beveridge, Victoria, Australia in 1855. His father, who was from Co Tipperary, Ireland died when Ned was twelve years old. Ned left school to work on the farm but was in trouble with the law by the time he was fourteen.
In 1878 there was a violent confrontation with a policeman at the Kelly home. Kelly’s mother was imprisoned and Kelly fled to the bush with his brother and two associates. Three policemen who were pursuing them were shot. The Kelly gang became involved in bank robberies and began wearing homemade bulletproof armour.
In 1880 they took over the town of Glenrowan about 236km (212 miles) north-east of Melbourne. In the gun battle with police which followed Ned Kelly, though seriously wounded was the only survivor. He was later tried, convicted and sentenced to death.
Ned Kelly, an outlaw who was a native of Australia, was hanged in Melbourne in the year 1880 On This Day.
Statue of Bushranger Ned Kelly
Ned Kelly’s armour