Red and Ned Kelly

Many people know about Ned Kelly, but few know about his father, ‘Red’ Kelly. Here is a father-son relationship where the son follows in his father’s path, but with fatal consequences. It is clear that Ned was very loyal to his father. The subjects were also chosen to illustrate one aspect of the links between Ireland and Australia.

John ‘Red’ Kelly was born around 1820 in Clonbrogan, Tipperary. His family was very poor, and like many people around them, landless. John was transported to Australia in 1840, having been found guilty of stealing two pigs. He was sent from Dublin on the Prince Regent with 182 convicts on board. They finally arrived in Tasmania (Van Diemen’s Land) in January 1842, having set off the previous July. John worked out his sentence and got his ‘Ticket of leave’ in 1845 and then his Certificate of Freedom in 1848.

He worked as a carpenter in an around Melbourne and in 1850 married Ellen Quinn from Ballymena in the North of Ireland. He evidently made some sort of a living at horse dealing, dairy farming and even a bit of gold mining. It is apparent that he bought and sold a number of farms but by the 1860s John and his seven children did not seem to be thriving. The family had moved north to Avenel where they rented a 40 acre farm (no doubt, very small by Australian standards). Edward, Ned, was born in 1855.

In 1865 Red was charged with stealing a calf and was sentenced to six months in jail. But his health was failing and he died in 1866. He was 46. It was Edward, Ned, who had to report his death to the authorities. Ned was just 12 years of age.

This must have had a profound effect on the young Ned, even allowing for the toughness of that environment. It is clear that he was a brave and fearless boy – he rescued a child from drowning and the family gave him a green silk sash which he wore under his armour the day he was arrested.

Ned worked hard, herding cattle, fencing, breaking horses, logging, but got into trouble early. He was arrested at 14 for stealing. Thus began a ‘career’ that was to escalate in daring and danger. He was arrested several times and became an outlaw after an incident where his mother was falsely accused of injuring a policeman and sent to prison. There were bank robberies, the shooting of a policeman in his bushranging life. At one point, Ned wrote a 25 page letter talking about the fate of his family and indeed of his countrymen. This is the famous Jerildene Letter. But in the end he was caught at Glenrowan after a stand-off with the police and sentenced to death. He was just 25 years old.

Ned Kelly is still a very controversial figure – a romantic hero to some, a violent troublemaker to others.



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