Born in January 1855 and was hung to his death on the 11th November, 1880. Born near Melbourne to an Irish Convict father, as a young man he soon came into conflict with the police. After killing three policemen, he and his gang became known as The Kelly Gang , and entered a two-year career of killing and bank robbery. A final violent confrontation with police at Glenrowan, with Kelly dressed in home-made plate metal armour and helmet (Pictured below), led to his capture and trial. He was hanged at Melbourne Gaol in 1880. His daring and notoriety led to him becoming an iconic figure in Australian history, and the subject of literature, art and film.
Melbourne Gaol (more commonly known as The Old Melbourne Gaol) is a museum and former prison located in Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It consists of a bluestone building and courtyard and is located next to the old City Police Station and City Courts buildings (both now occupied by RMIT University).
Built in 1864, the gaol was the setting for 135 hangings, the most infamous being that of bushranger Ned Kelly in 1880. The jail was closed in 1926. Special candlelight night tours can also be arranged and enhance the already spooky environment of the Gaol - reports of strange sights and sounds occur more often at night.
The Glenrowan statue of Ned Kelly. Take a short tour of Glenrowan HERE, it is a great place to visit and to stop through for a Devonshire Tea, not a disappointment.