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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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This edition contains a helpful introduction that places the letter in its historical context and informative footnotes appear regularly throughout.

Police morale was abysmal throughout Victoria and New South Wales, corruption was rife and discipline was arbitrary. Aug 06, Cameron Evers rated it did not like it. The women and children were then left to cope in the running of the farm. A former police trooper wrote in a Queensland newspaper: He outlines cases of alleged police corruption and calls on corrupt policemen to resign. The page document he tried to have published at Jerilderie in February appears to be the final working of one that was first circulated at Euroa in December Secondary sources — like the one quoted here — can sometimes champion one point of view.

Kelly calls for justice for his family and for other poor Irish families who had settled in the north-east of Victoria. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Page 5 with that place called Tasmania better known as the Dervon or Vandiemans land, and M c Cormack being a Policeman over the convicts and W omen being scarce released her from that land of bondage and tyranny and they came to Victoria and are at present residents of Greta and on the 29 th of March I was released from Prison and came home.

Two copies were made of Ned Kelly’s letter, one by publican John Hanlon and one by a government clerk. Ned Kelly in the dock. It is one of only two original Kelly letters known to have survived.


One local paper estimated that eight hundred men were ready to support the Kellys, and the sympathy cut across racial divisions, with local Chinese helping to supply the gang. Your loyalties will be tested and you may even question what is right or wrong.

Jerilderie Letter

Expert Database Find experts with knowledge in: Maywin rated it it was amazing Jul 28, The land under cultivation rose from 22, acres in toinyet the small farmers fell into such jerilderke that over seventy per cent of the land selected after took more than two decades to purchase.

Although there is little use of punctuation and correct grammar, the letter is a powerful insight into his feelings and his desire to set the record straight:. Legend and myth remains, complementing that of the Vinegar Hill Uprising and the Eureka rebellion creating enduring myths of resistance to authority and capitalism and the yeoman dream of economic independence in rural utopia.

Ned returned, still clad in armour, looking huge and grotesque in the early mist. Dan, Byrne and Hart took refuge in the hotel and Ned went into the bush.

There were also digs at Kelly’s reasonings for their outlaw. But both Ned Kelly and Joe Byrne could read and write, and wrote letters to the press and others, explaining their situation and calling for justice.

The letter remained in private hands until it was donated to the State Library of Victoria in The judge, Sir Redmond Barry, sentenced her to imprisonment for three letger and the two males for six.

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He was just a criminal and murderer but it is easy reading this to be swept up in the legend. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. What is most disgusting, are the published images of Ned and his young mates after they were hung. It is the only document providing a direct link to the Kelly Gang and the events with which they were associated.

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It would be easy to assume that jerilrerie Kelly Gang members were tough, ignorant, uneducated men who mindlessly pursued a career in crime.

Object Name Jerilderie Letter. The content featured is no longer current and is being made available to the general public for research and historical information purposes only. Carries Ned’s strong but angry voice, leaving readers to make their own decision about Ned’s justice versus legal justice. It does appear that elements of Irish republicanism, and recollections of the convict era, merged with contemporary grievances to provide at least a quasi-political rationale for the Kelly outbreak.

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It is believed that Living allowed Hanlon to read the document and make a copy of it before Living left the hotel taking the original with him. The Melbourne Jerklderie published the synopsis on 18 February You have to listen to these texts precisely because the authors say so.

The transcript became known as the Jerilderie Letter. An old man named Cherry was in a detached kitchen, fatally wounded by a police bullet; young John Jones, son of the hotel-keeper, was similarly shot in the lettef and died in hospital.

Jerilderie letter transcription

The text is from a copy of the original letter made in or by a government clerk, and is printed here with such spelling, punctuation, etc, as the clerk or Kelly and Byrne, or all three possessed. Families lived in wattle and daub huts with earthen floors, and poverty drove them to break the Selection Jerildeire that were supposed to protect them. It also calls for the resignation of a corrupt police force that, Kelly maintained, preyed upon Irish Catholic settlers.