Ned Kelly

The University Melbourne Archives holds several collections relating to the bushranger, Edward (Ned) Kelly (1855 - 1880).

The Francis Hare collection comprises 54 letters and documents covering 1859-87 received by and relating to Superintendent Francis Hare, one of Kelly's pursuers and briefly in charge of the first stage of Kelly's capture. Nicely complementing his published memoir, The Last of the Bushrangers (London, 1892), the collection includes letters by some of the key figures of the Kelly gang story including the Police Commissioner Frederick Standish, Superintendents Nicholson and Sadleir, Detective M. Ward and John Sherritt, as well as items by Hare. These letters are now available online.

The second is the 'Brief for the Prosecution' (Ms copy, annotated) in the case of The Queen versus Edward Kelly for the Willful murder of Thomas Lonigan. Central Criminal Court, Melbourne. This document comprises witnesses accounts for the Prosecution from: Thomas McIntyre, Samuel Reynolds, George Stephens, James Gloster, Frank Becraft, Robert Scott, Robert McDougall, Henry Dudley, Edward Richard Living, John Kelly. Edward Kelly was subsequently found guilty of the murder of Constable Thomas Lonigan at Stringybark Creek. Redmond Barry, the judge presiding over the case, sentenced him to death by hanging.

Two protraits and five scenes from the Glenrowan Railway Station shortly after the capture of Ned Kelly from the Howship Studio collection which are digitised and can be seen via the University of Melbourne Image Catalogue.

Ned Kelly, shackled and standing against a stone wall

Howship Studios Collection UMA/I/5753