1880 – Ned Kelly, Australian bushranger and son of Tipperary transportee, is hanged in Melbourne.

Edward “Ned” Kelly was an Australian bushranger of Irish descent. His 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. Kelly was born in Victoria to an Irish convict father. The Australian Dictionary of Biography states Kelly was “the eldest son of John (Red) Kelly and his wife Ellen, née Quinn. John Kelly was born in Co Tipperary, in 1820 and sentenced in 1841 to seven years’ transportation for stealing two pigs. He arrived in Van Diemen’s Land in 1842.”

Kelly is famous in folklore for the metal army plate and helmet he wore when captured the previous 28 June 28. Mick Jagger played Ned Kelly in the 1970 movie of the same name.



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