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Editing Research The Author Speaks Writing

The Author Speaks: on inclusion and exclusion

Aidan Phelan discusses the challenge of working out what to keep in snd what to take out when adapting history into a narrative text.

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Daniel (Dan) Kelly Edward (Ned) Kelly History Joseph (Joe) Byrne Stephen (Steve) Hart Superintendent Sadleir The Kelly Gang

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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Daniel (Dan) Kelly Edward (Ned) Kelly History The Kelly Gang The Kellys The Sherritts

Ned Kelly Interviewed (August 1880)

“I do not pretend that I have led a blameless life, or that one fault justifies another ; but the public in judging a case like mine should remember that the darkest life may have a bright side, and that after the worst has been said against a man he may, if he has told his story, in his own rough way, that, will perhaps lead them to reverse the bent of their thoughts against him and find as many excuses for him as he would plead for himself.”

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Aaron Sherritt History Joseph (Joe) Byrne The Byrnes The Cave Party The Kellys The Police The Sherritts The Sympathisers

“Sherrett’s connection with the Kellys” (July 1880)

The special correspondent of the Melbourne Daily Telegraph gives the following particulars of the man Sherrett, who was murdered by Byrne on Saturday: —

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Aaron Sherritt Edward (Ned) Kelly History The Kelly Gang

Ned Kelly Interviewed (July 1880)

Hay Standard and Advertiser for Balranald, Wentworth, Maude…(Hay, NSW : 1871 – 1873; 1880 – 1881; 1890 – 1900), Wednesday 7 July 1880, page 6 NED KELLY INTERVIEWED. On Friday morning, by virtue of an order from the Chief Secretary, Mr. Charles Cox, the publican of Jerilderie in whose hotel the prisoners were confined when […]

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Captain Standish History The Police

Captain Standish’s Royal Commission Testimony

The following is extracted from the 1881 Royal Commission into the police force, where the newly retired Captain Standish gave an account of his involvement in the Kelly pursuit. The extracts contain information directly relevant to the Glenrowan siege and the police that were placed to protect Aaron Sherritt.

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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?