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How to find Ned Kelly material

The State Library has a significant collection of Ned Kelly-related items. These collection items and information about the Kelly story can be found in a wide variety of places, including our:

Catalogue items

Collection items are catalogued in different ways, according to the type of material and how the content relates to the Kelly story, so a single search for 'Ned Kelly' won't show you all our relevant collection items.

For the best results, use specific search terms relating to your exact topic of interest if you can. For example: Ned Kelly, the Kelly Gang, Kate Kelly, Constable Alexander Fitzpatrick, Redmond Barry and Kelly armour.

You can also search for information about life in Ned Kelly's day using broader terms such as bushrangers, the Greta Mob or Native Police.

You can refine search results by resource type, creation date and collection (Pictures, Manuscripts, Newspapers, etc).

See our catalogue help pages for more tips and troubleshooting information about searching.

As well as using our newspaper resources, try the National Library's online Trove service to search for press coverage and other digital resources relating to the Kelly story.

Website content

To find web page content on our main website, set your search to 'Website' instead of 'Catalogue' in the search bar at the top of the site before you enter your search terms.

To find material for teachers and secondary school students, visit our ergo website and search or browse from there.