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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Read Ned Kelly's famous Jerilderie Letter - original and transcription




Read the Jerilderie letter, dictated to Joe Byrne by Ned Kelly in 1879, and now one of the historic documents of Australian history. Around 8,000 words, the letter is an amazing epistle from a self-taught man, a young man who had only known the wilds and bush ways of Australia's rough-and-tumble early years. The original disappeared until donated to the Victorian State Library in November 2000. They have now generously put it on display for the world to read via the Internet. (Ned should have been a Twitterer!)

http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/collections/treasures/jerilderieletter/jerilderie00.html

2010 photos of Kelly's house by Deb Matthews-Zott. Thank you, Deb. The house was built by Ned's father, John, and housed the Kelly family in the early years of Ned's life. It is now in a serious state of disrepair.

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