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Ned Kelly's armour

Ned Kelly's armour
29 November 2019

Please note: Ned Kelly’s armour is currently not on display. It is being prepared to move to a wonderful new home in the Library and will be back on display this Autumn. Stay tuned for updates.

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, have a look at our Velvet, Iron, Ashes exhibition which has moved online.

Watch the video to find out more