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Ned Kelly's armour

Ned Kelly's armour
29 November 2019

Ned Kelly's armour weighed around 45 kilos but the heavy suit of steel saved his life when he emerged from the bush at Glenrowan, gun blazing, and helped launch the Kelly myth.

Our virtual reconstruction of Ned Kelly's iconic suit of armour shows how each piece was fashioned from plough metal and put together with bolts and leather.

You can also see where the bullet from a policeman's rifle struck the helmet's visor – and did you know that, ironically, Ned Kelly was captured when police fired at his unprotected legs?

To see the armour for yourself, visit our Velvet, Iron, Ashes exhibition in the Victoria Gallery.

Watch the video to find out more