Edward (Ned) Kelly History The Kelly Gang The Kellys

Ned Kelly Fact Sheet

A quick overview of key points about the historical outlaw.

Extract from Kelly’s prison record [PROV]

Full name: Edward Kelly

Date of Birth: Unknown (supposed to have been between December 1854 to June 1855)

Date of Death: 11/11/1880

Parents: John Kelly & Ellen Quinn

Siblings: Anne, Margaret, James, Daniel, Catherine, & Grace; Ellen, John & Alice (half-siblings)

Religion: Roman Catholic

Occupation: Labourer

Education: Read & write

Native place: Victoria (Australia)


Recorded features: Height – 5’10”; Weight – 11st 4oz; Complexion – sallow; Hair – dark brown; Eyes – hazel; Nose – medium; Mouth – medium; Chin – medium; Eyebrows – dark brown; Visage – broad; Forehead – low; Particular marks – scar top of head, two scars crown of ditto, scar front of head, eyebrows meeting, two natural marks between shoulder blades, two freckles lower left arm, scar ball of left thumb, scar back of right hand, three scars left thumb.

Kelly’s prison record [PROV]

Convictions: November 1870 – 6 months for assault and lewd conduct; August 1871 – 3 years for receiving a stolen horse; October 1880 – death for murder.


* “Ned Kelly was wearing when he left the station on the night of the 10th last, a blue sac coat, brown trousers and vest, striped grey Crimean shirt, lavender tie, brown felt hat and elastic side boots.” (December 1878)

* “Ned Kelly does not in any way resemble the likeness as shown in the illustrated journals. He stands nearly six feet high, and wears a beard about two and a half inches long. He is well built, and appears a very active and powerful man. He has a thorough command of the gang, and allows nothing to be done without his sanction. Without doubt he is the man who concocts all the plans, and makes the others carry out his wishes.” (February 1879)

* “Edward Kelly, about 26 years of age, 5 feet 11 inches or 6 feet high, black hair cut short, whiskers nearly black, moustache and beard dark-reddish, the beard about four inches long, dark complexion, dark eyes, active appearance ; dressed in light tweed strapped trousers, and vest, light-color felt hat, and elastic-side boots, no coat.” (March 1879)

“Ned Kelly” by Norman Lindsay [SLV]

By AJFPhelan56

Father, writer, artist and bushranging historian residing in Melbourne, Australia. Author of 'Glenrowan' and the popular website A Guide to Australian Bushranging.

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