Ned Kelly

Pinto, Sarah (2012). Ned Kelly. In James E. Bennett and Rebecca Beirne (Ed.), Making film and television histories: Australia and New Zealand (pp. 205-209) London, United Kingdom: I. B. Tauris.

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Author Pinto, Sarah
Title of chapter Ned Kelly
Title of book Making film and television histories: Australia and New Zealand
Place of Publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher I. B. Tauris
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9781848859449
Editor James E. Bennett
Rebecca Beirne
Chapter number 41
Start page 205
End page 209
Total pages 5
Total chapters 56
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Filmic histories of the story of Edward 'Ned' Kelly (1855-80), that quintessentially Australian bushranger hero, have been a feature of Australian cinema since its beginnings at the turn of the twentieth century. The very first feature film produced in Australia was in all likelihood Charles Tait's Story of the Kelly Gang in 1906, and new versions of the events of Kelly's life and death have been appearing on Australian screens ever since. The endurance of this story is hardly surprising; Kelly is nothing if not a compelling historical figure. The son of an Irish convict, Kelly and his family were well known to the colonial authorities of central Victoria, a direct result of either the Kellys' wide-ranging criminal activities or persistent and unwarranted police harassment, depending on your perspective. Kelly himself was arrested on several different charges as a teenager and first spent time in prison as a I5 year old. Following an incident at the family home in 1878 during which a young police constable, Alexander Fitzpatrick, claimed to have been attacked and shot, Ned and his brother Dan went into hiding, joined hy two friends, Steve Hart and Joe Byrne, who together would become the Kelly Gang. When the gang shot and killed three members of a police search party, they were outlawed. On the run, the Kelly Gang robbed hanks, shot and killed an associate they believed had turned informant, and took hostages in a siege at Glenrowan that led to the deaths of Hart, Byrne and Dan Kelly. Ned survived the siege only to be sentenced to death for his crimes after a very public trial in Melbourne, and was hanged on 11 November 1880.
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Additional Notes Section seven: Icons, Crime and the Imagination

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Created: Fri, 16 Mar 2012, 11:42:34 EST by Dr Sarah Pinto on behalf of School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry