Ned Kelly Armour

Ned Kelly Armour
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From violent cop killer to a champion of the working class, bushranger Ned Kelly is a solid gold Australian icon and folk hero.

By the time Kelly was captured in June 1880 after the famous siege at Glenrowan – a precinct included on the National Heritage List – the bearded bushranger had won the hearts of Victorians.

When he was sentenced to hang five months later for the murder of three police officers at Stringybark Creek, 30,000 people signed a petition demanding clemency.

The iron armour that saved – or some might say cost him – his life is preserved as a national treasure in the State Library of Victoria.

Did you know:

  • Ned Kelly’s suit of armour was half his own body weight.
  • Before being hanged at the Melbourne Gaol Ned Kelly uttered his famous words, 'Such is life'.
  • Twelve days after Ned Kelly was hanged in 1880, Sir Redmond Barry, the judge who sentenced him to death, himself died as a result of a carbuncle on his neck.

Australia's Heritage: National Treasures with Chris Taylor is also available for purchase from the NFSA Online Shop.