One of Australia's most notorious bushranger gangs, the Kelly gang comprised of Ned Kelly, his little brother Dan and their friends Joe Byrne and Steve Hart. Between October 1878 and June 1880 they were the most wanted men in the British Empire. Here we see them in oilskins and armour (minus helmets) as they were at Glenrowan for the infamous siege.
Ned Kelly is considered by many to be Australia's greatest folk hero. Some look at him as Australia's answer to Robin Hood while others considered him a psychopathic thug. Kelly was a bushranger who operated in Victoria and New South Wales in the late 1870s before fighting the police in home-made armour in 1880. He was hanged in Old Melbourne Gaol.
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