Ned Kelly’s passionate letter to the press offered a rare insight into his feelings. Ned Kelly’s Jerilderie Letter is not your standard bushranger confessional, it’s a searing document of prophecy and self-mythologisation. State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. Object Name Jerilderie Letter. Object/Collection Description Only two original documents by Ned Kelly are known.

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Queensland black trackers arrived to replace them. The original Jerilderie Letter was donated to the State Library of Victoria inwhere it can now be read online.

It reflects the voice of a man who feels he has been deeply wronged. Then in the mid to late 19th century bushranging re-emerged in response to new issues. This death mask was purchased from a private collector.

Ned Kellyp. The heading Hanlon gave to his copy of the letter is “Ned Kelly’s Confession”. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Jerildrie and Privacy Policy.

Page 37 I do not call M c Intyre a coward as he is as good a man as wears the jacket he had the presence of mind to know his position directly he was spoken to it is only foolishness to disobey an outlaw it was cowardice and foolhardiness made Lonigan fight it was is foolhardiness to disobey an outlaw as it means a speedy despatch to Kingdom come I would advise all those who joined the Stock Protection to with draw their money and give it to the poor of Greta where, I have spent and will again spend many happy days fearless free and bold Page 38 as it only aids the police to procure false witnesses to lag innocent men I would advise them to subscribe a sum and give it to the poor of their district as no man could steal their horse or cattle without the knowledge of the poor and they would rise as one man and find it if it was on the face of the earth, the police cant protect you.

M a sentence that there is no law to uphold, therefore the minister of Justice neglected his duty in that case but there never was such a thing as justice in the English laws, but any amount of in justice to be had, out of over thirty head of the very best horses the land.


In reality sympathisers and even people closely connected to the gang came from a diversity of nationalities including Irish, British, German and Australian born. For several years, tensions remained high in north eastern Victoria between Kelly sympathisers and the authorities, while official policy denying sympathisers the right to select land nearly led to a second rebellion.

Ken GelderUniversity of Melbourne.

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Joe Byrne kept watch over the hostages at the station while the rest of the gang carried out the leter, and some of the hostages recalled seeing Byrne working on a long letter. Petter might not be Joycean, but there may well be something proto-modernist about it. In mid, following his mother’s imprisonment on perjured police evidence and feeling that the police were harassing him, Kelly took to bushranging with his brother, DanJoe Byrneand Steve Hart.

As a teenager he was in with the police and was arrested several times and served time in prison.

He met his end without fear. I would love to have a chat with Ned one day, and get it from the horses mouth, so to speak. The police continued to fire; Byrne was shot in the thigh as he stood at the hotel bar, jsrilderie bled to death. Doctor died or he jerilerie have proved Hall a perjurer, Hall has been tried several times for perjury, but got clear as this is no crime in the Police force it is a credit to a Policeman to convict an innocent man but any muff can pot a guilty one, Hall’s character is well known about El Dorado and Snowy Creek and Hall was considerably in jeriledrie to M r L O’Brien and as he was going to leave Greta M r O’Brien seen no other chance of getting his money so there was a subscription collected for Hall and with the aid of this money he got James Murdock who was recently hung in Wagga Wagga to give false evidence against me but I was aquitted on the ierilderie of horse stealing and on Hall and Murdock’s evidence.

Dan went into hiding; Mrs Kelly, her son-in-law, William Skillion, and a neighbour, William Williamson, were arrested and charged with aiding and abetting the attempted jfrilderie of Fitzpatrick. Kim Houhlias rated it it was amazing Jul 13, Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons license.


Howl and the Jerilderie Letter are both expressions of the predicament of someone outside the law whose vision of the world has already absorbed the cultural logic of his own incarceration and death: Object Name Jerilderie Letter. Kelly jeerilderie for justice for his family and for other poor Irish families who had settled in the north-east of Victoria.

Jerilderie letter transcription

The Lteter are quite helpless but Flood can make a cheque single handed he is the greatest horsestealer with the exception of myself and George King I know of, I never worked on a farm, a horse and saddle was never traced to me after leaving employment since February I worked as a faller at M r J Saunders and K. The letter is evidence of the unrest on the gold fields, the importation of ideas of democracy and emancipation with the migrant miners and the experience of Selectors and jerilderoe Irish.

But points for keeping that lack of punctuation in. Help us bring facts and expertise to the public. Most of the captives in the hotel had succeeded in leaving the building, the last of them emerging about 10 a. Byrne and Dan then joined Ned and Hart at Glenrowan, where they took possession of the hotel run by Mrs Ann Jones and detained about sixty people.

Jerilderie Letter, p. 43

You have to listen to these texts precisely because the authors say so. Sharni Hastings rated it liked it May 16, Hanlon gave it to him after Living promised he would subsequently return it. Books by Ned Kelly.

Three policemen were shot dead at Stringybark Creek in October Finally, at Glenrowan in Junethey donned suits of armour to make a dramatic but doomed stand against the Victorian police.