1880 – Ned Kelly, Australian bushranger and son of Tipperary transportee, is hanged in Melbourne.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

‘Ah, well, I suppose it has come to this’, as the rope was being placed round his neck.

Edward ‘Ned’ Kelly was an Australian bushranger of Irish descent. His legacy is controversial; some consider him to be a murderous villain, while others view him as a folk hero and Australia’s equivalent of Robin Hood. Kelly was born in Victoria to an Irish convict father. The Australian Dictionary of Biography states Kelly was “the eldest son of John (Red) Kelly and his wife Ellen, née Quinn. John Kelly was born in Co Tipperary in 1820 and sentenced in 1841 to seven years’ transportation for stealing two pigs. He arrived in Van Diemen’s Land in 1842.”

Kelly is famous in folklore for the metal army plate and helmet he wore when captured the previous 28 June. He was convicted of the willful murder of a Constable and was sentenced to death by…

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