Ned Kelly © wood engraving (ed. 40) image: 7 x 5 in. $100.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)
Edward (Ned) Kelly became an Australian folk hero in the late 1800s. Ned and his gang of friends and a couple of his brothers were often in fights and were frequently hunted by the police. They eventually went into hiding in the outback. At a place called Stringybark Creek they ambushed a party of police and killed the officers. They followed this up with a series of bank robberies and raids on police stations. In 1880 the Kelly gang attacked a town called Glenrowan where they expected a trainload of police to arrive. They hid in the Glenrowan Inn to wait and Ned put on armour fashioned from plows and other metal farming equipment. When the large contingent of police arrived and surrounded the inn Ned came out, dressed in iron, with guns blazing, thinking to take on the company of police himself. The police bullets bounced off the armour covering his head, chest, stomach and back, but he had neglected to design the armour to protect his arms and legs. It wasn't long before he was unable to walk or shoot. Ned managed to survive long enough to stand trial and attend his hanging.

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