The Complete Inner History of the Kelly Gang and Their Pursuers [by J. J. Kenneally]

[Editor: The Complete Inner History of the Kelly Gang and Their Pursuers, by J. J. Kenneally, was first published in 1929. Reproduced here is a copy of the 5th edition (1946). For many years, this book was considered the definitive history of the Kelly gang, although there now exists a wide range of books about the Kellys. As this publication did not have a contents page, a list of the contents has been provided so as to enable easier access to the text. In the contents list the section headings have been listed under each relevant chapter; some extra headings have been added (in square brackets) where deemed appropriate.]

Front cover of the 1946 edition

Front cover of the 5th edition (1946)

Title page of the 5th edition (1946)

Title page of the 5th edition (1946)

Front cover of the 1934 edition

Front cover of the 3rd edition (1934). The text on the original cover was printed on a bit of a slant.

The Complete Inner History

of the

Kelly Gang


Their Pursuers

By J. J. Kenneally

With Foreword by
G. C. Stanley

[The Melbourne “Herald’s” review]

Map of the Kelly country

Foreword by Gerald. C. Stanley, J.P.

[Letter from Robert Jon Clow]

Chapter I.
Original settlers.
The Billy-Jimmies.
The Kellys
John (Red) Kelly.
Mrs. Kelly.
Ned Kelly.
Kate Kelly.
Dan Kelly.
Constable Flood.
Steve Hart.
Joe Byrne.
The admission.

Chapter II.
The Fitzpatrick episode, April 15, 1878.
[Letter from William Williamson]

Chapter III.
Trial at Beechworth.
Judge Barry’s sentence.
Mr. Enoch Downes.
[Police correspondence]

Chapter IV.
The Battle of Stringybark Creek.

Chapter V.
The search for the bodies.
On the Run.

Chapter VI.
A declaration of war.
The robbery at the Euroa bank.
[Ned writes to Cameron, M.L.A.]

Chapter VII.
The police in pursuit.

Chapter VIII.
The spy industry.
Chivalry of the police.

Chapter IX.
Beechworth Court proceedings, January 18, 1879. Kelly Sympathisers.
Kelly sympathisers before the Beechworth Court.
April 22, 1879.
To Jerilderie.

Chapter X.
Robbing the bank at Jerilderie.
The welcome home.

Chapter XI.
The spies.
Loaded dice still on active service.

Chapter XII.
Supt. Hare in charge.
Dog poisoners.

Chapter XIII.
Joining the Benedicts.

Chapter XIV.
The armour and ammunition.
More police deception.
Constable Fitzpatrick’s dismissal.
“The greatest man in the world.”

Chapter XV.
Formulating a campaign policy. Sherritt sentenced to death.

Chapter XVI.
Sherritt executed.
The Outlawry Act.
Anton Weekes.

Chapter XVII.
Sunday at Glenrowan.

Chapter XVIII.
Constable James Arthur.
Constable William Phillips.
James Reardon, railway line repairer.
Affidavit of John Nicholson, Doctor of Medicine, and legally qualified to practise in Victoria.
The green silk sash.
Thomas Carrington, artist.
Dave Mortimer’s statement.

Chapter XIX.
The hero of Glenrowan.

Chapter XX.
The charred bodies.
[Letter from Sub-Inspector Stanhope O’Connor]
[Reply from Mr. D. T. Seymour, Commissioner of Police]
Ned Kelly’s record.
Police and Government record.
Ned Kelly’s trial at Beechworth.
How Ned Kelly was tried at Melbourne by Sir Redmond Barry, who, at Beechworth, sentenced him to 15 years, though not convicted, tried, charged, or arrested. Friday 15th October, 1880.
Did Ned Kelly get a fair trial from Judge Sir Redmond Barry?
Death of Mr. Justice Barry.
Bias of the Press.

Chapter XXI.
Distribution of £8,000 blood money.
Schedule “D” — special rewards.
The Royal Commission.
Royal Commission’s report.
Dr. Dixon’s minority report.
The desecration of the grave of Ned Kelly.
The Police purge.
Review by Jim Kelly, only surviving brother of Ned and Dan Kelly.
[James Ryan’s review]


Reviews by newspapers in Victoria.

1st Edition – 1st March, 1929
2nd Edition – – 1st May, 1929
3rd Edition, Enlarged and Revised, 15th September, 1934.
4th Edition, Enlarged and Revised, August, 1945.
5th Edition – August, 1946.

Registered at the G.P.O., Melbourne, for transmission through the post as a book.


Printed and Published by J. Roy Stevens, 1-7 Knox Place, Melbourne, C.1.


J. J. Kenneally, The Complete Inner History of the Kelly Gang and Their Pursuers, Melbourne: J. Roy Stevens, 5th edition, 1946 [first published 1929]

Editor’s notes:
Whilst this publication did not have a contents page, it did have a brief index at the back of the book which listed the chapters, along with references to various sections (many of which approximated the section headings). The section titles listed above are those of the actual section titles used in the book, as well as some added section titles (in square brackets) where considered appropriate.

Several editions of the book have been published:
1st edition – 1929 March
2nd edition – 1929 May
3rd edition – 1934
4th edition – 1945
5th edition – 1946
6th edition – 1950
7th edition – 1955
8th edition – 1969
9th edition – 1980
The 7th, 8th, and 9th editions list the 5th edition (1946) as being published in 1948.


  1. Josie Nardella says:

    Hi there
    I have a copy of The Complete Inner History of the Kelly Gang.
    1955 Edition. What is the monetary value? Please.
    Thanking you
    Kind Regards

    • Whilst there can be a significant variation in the value of books, a rough estimate of the value of the 1955 edition would be AU $75 to $100.

  2. Mike Hare says:

    Finally got to this book after so many years. I have a VGC August 1964 5th Ed & I fear what the rank & file have been led to believe all these years, may not be quite exactly a true reflection of the actual & correct proceedings. A both gripping & disturbing insight!
    Would you have a ball park figure by the way for the 5th Ed on the market?



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