The Parkes letter [by Ned Kelly, 1879]

[Editor: This was a letter composed by Ned Kelly in 1879 and sent to Sir Henry Parkes (Premier of New South Wales).] [Background: In the Parkes letter, Ned Kelly states that he is in Bathurst. It is possible that this was written to aggravate Sir Henry Parkes (Premier of New South Wales) in retaliation for […]

The Cameron letter [by Ned Kelly, 1878]

[Editor: This was a letter composed by Ned Kelly in 1878 and sent to Donald Cameron (a Victorian politician).] [Background information: On 9 December 1878, the Kelly Gang took over Younghusband’s station property at Faithfull’s Creek near Euroa. Twenty-two people at the sheep-station were rounded up and locked in a storeroom while the Gang’s horses […]

The Jerilderie letter [by Ned Kelly, 1879]

[Editor: This was a letter composed by Ned Kelly in 1879, intended for publication in Victorian newspapers.] [Background: The Jerilderie Letter, dictated by Ned Kelly to Joe Byrne, has been described as Ned Kelly’s “manifesto”, and gives a detailed account of Ned’s relations with the police, including the unjust treatment his family had received at […]