Ned Kelly: Australian Iron Outlaw | Hero | Legend
Aboriginal Mounted Police, usually described as ‘blacktrackers’, pose at Benalla with, from left, Senior Constable King, Stanhope O’Connor, Superintendent Sadleir and Chief Commissioner Standish. The Aboriginal troopers were the only police pursuers Ned truly feared, referring to them as ‘six little demons’, although in reality only five survived with Corporal Sambo perishing enroute.
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Ned Kelly and his gang fashioned for themselves suits of armor that covered the head and torso, made from iron plowshares. "Kelly Country," a novel about Ned Kelly, showed a picture of his armor on the cover; he looked like a combination of a medieval knight and a gunslinger from the American West. The armor worked so well that when the police brought him down, they did it by shooting him in the arms and legs, which were still unprotected.