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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 […]

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History News Reports The Railway

Death of Jesse Dowsett

Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 – 1954), Thursday 4 June 1931, page 33 GUARD OF KELLY TRAIN DIES Mr Jesse Dowsett, who was a guard in the special train which took police to Glenrowan when Ned Kelly was captured in June, 1880, died at his home in Dandenong, early today, aged 88. Mr. Dowsett assisted […]

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Detective Ward History News Reports The Police

FORMER. SUB-INSPECTOR DIES

“FORMER SUB-INSPECTOR DIES” The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 – 1954) 27 May 1921: 7. FORMER. SUB-INSPECTOR DIES | Regret was expressed in the Police Department today at the death of Mr. Michael Edward Ward, 76, formerly sub-inspector in the Criminal Investigation Branch, which occurred at his home, Airdrie road, Caulfield, this morning. Mr. Ward […]

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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 […]

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Captain Standish History The Police

DEATH OF CAPTAIN STANDISH

Obituary for Captain Standish.

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Creative Writing

An Extract from Chapter Two: Ned Kelly’s Masterplan

Joe Byrne holds a clandestine meeting with the Sherritts in this extract from the second chapter of Glenrowan.

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History News Reports Superintendent Hare The Sympathisers

DESTRUCTION OF THE KELLY GANG: FURTHER PARTICULARS.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 – 1900), Monday 5 July 1880, page 5 DESTRUCTION OF THE KELLY GANG. FURTHER PARTICULARS. [From the Argus of July 1.] Further intelligence of an exciting nature reached town yesterday with regard to the state of affairs in the district in which the Kelly gang has for too […]

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History News Reports The Railway

Ned Kelly’s Last Stand – ONE GLENROWAN SURVIVOR

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 […]

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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 […]

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Film History Popular Culture The Kelly Gang

The Armour

The Kelly armour is one of the most famous, and popular, symbols in Australian culture. It has helped to elevate Ned Kelly from being a mere bushranger to being a symbol of rebellion. But, how did it come to be and how have these four steel suits become such important historical relics? This article will give you all you need to know.