Note: I just realized I introduce this show as #302 when it’s actually #303. Meh.

As you may know, I’ve recently become slightly obsessed about Ned Kelly. While I’ve been interested in the subject for several years, since I realized during a trip to Glenrowan in 2004 that I didn’t know much of the story, a recent trip to the Old Melbourne Gaol prompted me to investigate further.

Here’s the thing people: Ned Kelly was and is a true Australian hero. He wasn’t a “bushranger” – he was a freedom fighter, an Irish Catholic who stood up to the British Protestant authorities and threatened them with a rebellion. He was a political leader, whose life and career was brutally cut short by corrupt authorities. He is a hero who gave his life to make a stand and we should celebrate him as a hero.

My guest tonight, Paul O’Keefe, is a direct descendant of the Kelly Gang, who travels to schools around the country to set the story straight.

Links for further reading:

  1. Paul’s site: Kelly Gang Educational Services
  2. Ned Kelly: Iron Outlaw
  3. Wikipedia: Ned Kelly
  4. The Jerilderie Letter

Ned Kelly armour

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