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Ned Kelly's armour


Armour worn by Ned Kelly at the Glenrowan siege on 28 June 1880; Right shoulder plate purchased with funds from the Sundberg Bequest and the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, 2001; Snider - Enfield 0.577 - calibre long rifle belonging to Ned Kelly before 1880; Boot worn by Ned Kelly c. 1870–80, on loan from the descendants of the late Jesse Dowsett.
15 April 2021, 10:00am31 December 2022, 6:00pm
BookingsNo bookings required
Location South Rotunda
The Gateway

Australia's most notorious bushranger has split public opinion for more than a century – Edward 'Ned' Kelly is a criminal who robbed and killed to some, but a heroic underdog to others. 

Fascination with the story of Ned Kelly often centres on his body armour, worn during the final siege.

Our new display of Kelly's armour, alongside his colourfully worded Jerilderie letter, asks provocative questions about truth, mythmaking and nationhood. 

Who is Ned Kelly? What went wrong between Ned Kelly and the police? Why do we still talk about Ned today, and why is his armour at the Library?

Visit Ned Kelly's armour and prepare to have your convictions challenged.

Please note: this is an ongoing display with no end date.

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