Ten fun facts about Ned Kelly


Fact 1
Kelly's legacy is controversial; some consider him to be a murderous villain, while others view him as a folk hero and Australia's equivalent of Robin Hood.

Fact 2
After his death, Kelly became part of Australian folklore, and the subject of a large number of books and several films.

Fact 3
The Australian term "as game as Ned Kelly" is a common expression.


Fact 4
Although 5' 8" in height, Ned was physically imposing.

Fact 5
Films included the first feature film, The Story of the Kelly Gang (Australia, 1906), another with Mick Jagger in the title role (1970), and more recently Ned Kelly (2003) starring Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush.

Fact 6
Although the exact number is unknown, it is estimated that a petition to spare Kelly's life attracted over 30,000 signatures.

Fact 7
A TV mini series of four episodes The Last Outlaw (1980) highlighted the plight of the selector and the social conflicts and battles between selector and squatters.

Fact 8
During the 1960s, Ned Kelly graduated from folk lore into the academic arena. His story and the social issues around land selection, squatters, national identity, policing and his court case are studied at universities, seminars and lectures.

Fact 9
In the time since his execution, Ned Kelly has been mythologized among some into a Robin Hood, a political revolutionary and a figure of Irish Catholic and working-class resistance to the establishment and British colonial ties.

Fact 10
Ned Kelly's armor weighed 44 kilograms (97 lb).


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