Much like America's Jesse James or Billy the Kid, Edward "Ned" Kelly is a much-loved folk hero to many Australians for his defiance of colonial
authorities. Born in Melbourne in January, 1855 to an Irish convict father, he clashed with police early on, becoming a hunted man after he and his gang were accused of killing three policemen.
During a final violent confrontation at Glenrowan, dressed in home-made plate metal armour and helmet, he was captured and tried. He was hanged at Melbourne Gaol in 1880, but his daring and notoriety have
made him an Australian icon, celebrated in stories, books, songs and film. Just go online for more information about this fascinating character.