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Ned Kelly’s Armour

23 November 2023, 10:00am31 December 2024, 6:00pm
Bookings No bookings required
Location Redmond Barry Reading Room
State Library Victoria

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 display of Kelly’s armour 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.

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