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Ned Kelly's armour

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Date
15 April 2021, 10:00am31 December 2022, 6:00pm
CostFree
BookingsNo bookings required
Location South Rotunda
The Gateway

Please note: the Library building is temporarily closed, as Victoria enters circuit breaker measures in response to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Melbourne. 

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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