Ned Kelly: Australian Outlaw or Hero?

Ned Kelly: 

                   Ned Kelly


Basic Information is taken from Kids.Net.Au to make the blog suitable for children.

For non-Australian students, I have added maps and extra information.  

Introduction to Ned Kelly:

Edward “Ned” Kelly’s actual date of birth is unknown, but he was born between 1854-1855 in Australia.  He died on November 11, 1880.

Some people call him a criminal and that he deserved to be hung on November 11, 1880.


Other people saw him as a hero who fought against the injustices of his day. They state that the police were out to get the Kelly family and that a policeman named Fitzpatrick may have wrongly accused Ned of injuring him.

Australia At That Time in History 

At the time that Ned Kelly lived, Australia was a land (colony) ruled by Great Britain.  Ned’s father (like so many others) had been sent to Australia as convicts.  In Ireland there was a famine that started in 1847 and many people were hungry and starving to death.  Ned’s father was caught stealing pigs and was sent to Australia as a prison sentence.  It was natural for people like Ned’s father to hate the English.  They had allowed Irish people to starve to death.  Not only were Irish sent to Australia for petty (little) crimes, but so were the people of Scotland, Wales and England.  Many people think that Great Britain wanted to bring people to Australia and this was a good way to do it.

Ned’s Early Life

Ned was born in the state of Victoria.  See map.

As a boy he attended school and risked his life to save another boy who was drowning. As a reward he was given a sash, which he would wear under his armour during his final show down with police.

The Death of Ned’s Dad

Ned’s father died when Ned was only 12, and he was forced to leave school to help take care of his family. It was at this time that the Kelly family moved to the Glenrowan area of Victoria, which to this day is known as Kelly Country.

Ned grew up in poverty in some of the harshest conditions in Australia, and folk tales tell of his sleeping on the ground in the bush during the winter

Ned The Teenager

In 1869, when he was 14, Ned was arrested for assaulting a Chinese pig farmer named Ah Fook.  He was found not guilty.  He was also charged with being in the gang of a criminal named Harry Power, but again he was found not guilty.

Perhaps, at this time, young Ned was feeling angry against the police. He had been accused twice when he was innocent.  The next year in 1870 he was arrested again for assault (fighting) and was sentenced to six months of hard labour. (Hard labour would be working in the sun and it would be hard on the body of a person).  Was he guilty or innocent?  Did the two times he was not accused upset the authorities.?

Arrested Again.

Three weeks after his release, he was arrested again for being in possession of a stolen horse. This time he was sentenced to three years of hard labour.


Policeman Attacks Ned’s Sister

The Kelly family were being watched by the police.  Ned’s older brother was arrested for stealing cattle.

A constable (Police man) named Fitzpatrick, visited the Kelly farm.  He  accused Ned Kelly of injuring him.  There is no evidence that Ned was actually at the farm.  Fitzpatrick has been called a worthless and unreliable person. So did he lie about Ned?  The police authorities believed Fitzpatrick and issued a warrant to arrest Ned for attempted murder.  Then, the police accused his mother of supporting and helping Ned and she was sent to jail for two years.

Ned may have felt that the police were against him and his family.  His father was dead and his mother was in jail.  Life did not seem fair to Ned.  He had to run for his life.  If caught, Ned would serve a long prison sentence or might possibly be hung.  He had nothing to loose.

Ned on the Run

Ned and his outlaw friends were discovered by police.  Three of the policemen were killed.  Now, it became a matter of hanging Ned and the others.  However, they escaped.   Now, Ned was a wanted man throughout Australia.

The police would not stop until he was brought to justice.

Nothing to Lose

Ned Kelly and his gang had now killed police officers.  He knew that he and his men were going to hang. Sometime in his life, Ned had noticed armour worn by German soldiers and armour in a Chinese parade.  To protect himself against being shot by the police, Ned decided to make armour for themselves.  To make the armour, Ned needed money.  To get the money, Ned and his men robbed two banks.  He was only 20 years of age.

Pull Aluminium Pop/Soda Tabs for Kids Cancer Camp


I know that parents and schools are trying to replace soda or pop drinks with milk or fruit juices such as orange or apple juice.

It is the right thing to do.  This blog is about collecting aluminium tabs – and hopefully they will be from juice cans.

If you know of people who still drink soda or pop from cans, please ask them to save the tabs.

Now, you have to gather 20 lbs of tabs before you can recycle them for charity.  That is a lot of tabs, but if you started in elementary school and collected through high school, you would help send a kid with cancer to “Fantastic Summer Camp.”

The information is here.  Perhaps, your parents work in a restaurant or in a convenience store.  They might have a small box for these tabs.

Cloony the Clown by Shel Silverstein

Cloony The Clown

by Shel Silverstein


I’ll tell you the story of Cloony the Clown
Who worked in a circus that came through town.
His shoes were too big and his hat was too small,
But he just wasn’t, just wasn’t funny at all.

He had a trombone to play loud silly tunes,
He had a green dog and a thousand balloons.
He was floppy and sloppy and skinny and tall,
But he just wasn’t, just wasn’t funny at all.
And every time he did a trick,
Everyone felt a little sick.

And every time he told a joke,
Folks sighed as if their hearts were broke.
And every time he lost a shoe,
Everyone looked awfully blue.

And every time he stood on his head,
Everyone screamed, “Go back to bed!”
And every time he made a leap,
Everybody fell asleep.
And every time he ate his tie,
Everyone began to cry.

And Cloony could not make any money
Simply because he was not funny.
One day he said, “I’ll tell this town
How it feels to be an unfunny clown.”
And he told them all why he looked so sad,
And he told them all why he felt so bad.

He told of Pain and Rain and Cold,
He told of Darkness in his soul,
And after he finished his tale of woe,
Did everyone cry? Oh no, no, no,
They laughed until they shook the trees
With “Hah-Hah-Hahs” and “Hee-Hee-Hees.”

They laughed with howls and yowls and shrieks,
They laughed all day, they laughed all week,
They laughed until they had a fit,
They laughed until their jackets split.
The laughter spread for miles around
To every city, every town,

Over mountains, ‘cross the sea,
From Saint Tropez to Mun San Nee.
And soon the whole world rang with laughter,
Lasting till forever after,
While Cloony stood in the circus tent,
With his head drooped low and his shoulders bent.

And while the world laughed outside.
Cloony the Clown sat down and cried.

Breeder Puppy or Rescue Dog. You Decide.

There are some beautiful puppies out there to bring home.  Friends of mine decided to get a cockapoo (a puppy whose mother and father were a cocker spaniel or a poodle).  They paid a lot of money.  This was their decision.  Yes, they are cute.  Here are pictures of cockapoos.


A coin has two sides – often called “heads” or “tails.”   Sometimes, there are different views.

Let me tell you a story about Max.   He was in an animal rescue shelter for nearly three years.  The problem with Max was he barked non-stop.  People didn’t want to adopt him.  Then, a worker decided to bring Max home.  He did not bark.   He was just trying to tell people, “Please get me out of here.”   Of course, humans did not understand the message of his barking.

People breed cute dogs for money, but there are already dogs in need of a loving home.

Here are cute dogs that are living in shelters.

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It’s your coin – you decide.