Edward "Ned" Kelly (June 1854 or 1855 – 11 November 1880) was an Irish Australian bushranger. Kelly's 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.

Edward "Ned" Kelly (June 1854 or 1855 – 11 November was an Irish Australian bushranger. Kelly's 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.

Kate Kelly (aka Catherine Ada Kelly) (12 July 1863 - October 1898) was the sister of famous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. It is believed she drowned in Lake Forbes, a small pond situated in the middle of Forbes, while saving an Aboriginal child that was in trouble during a flood of the lake. She was buried in Forbes Cemetery, aged 36.

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The Kelly Gang - L - R - Ned Kelly, Joe Byrne, Steve Hart and Dan Kelly (N. Kelly's brother)

The Kelly Gang, consisted of Ned Kelly and brother Dan, Joseph Byrne and Steve Hart.

The History of Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly after defeating Isaiah "Wild" Wright in a bare-knuckle boxing match, August 1874

James kelly , Neds brother

Ned Kelly's youngest brother Jim Kelly in Old Age. Jim Kelly was in prison at the time of the Kelly uprising

Ellen Kelly, photographed in 1911 at age seventy-nine, with two of her grand-daughters, Lil and Alice Knight, daughters of Ellen junior. This amazing woman would live a further fourteen years and witness the birth of the motor car in Australia as well as listen to the horror stories from grandsons who survived the front lines of World War One.

Ned Kelly's mother, Ellen, aged with two of her grandchildren.

Ned Kelly's Skeleton | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Ned Kelly's relics were returned to the family however their was no skull. A DNA sample taken from Melbourne school teacher Leigh Olver, who is Ned’s sister Ellen’s great-grandson, confirmed the remains were those of Kelly’s.

Ellen Kelly, aged 79, with 2 of her grandchildren

Ned Kelly's mother, Ellen, aged with two of her grandchildren.

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