Australia Post – Ned Kelly Centenary – Full Set of 10 Comemorative Envelopes – 1980 Australia Post produced a stamp/envelope set The Siege Of Glenrowan – Centenary 1980 to mark the capture of Kelly 100 years before.
The 22-cent ‘stamp’ printed on the envelope shows Kelly ‘at bay’ wearing his armoured helmet and Colt revolver in hand.
Queensland & Victorian Police as well as the Australian Police Association protested vehemently over their release. Kelly was after all a police killer and criminal being glorified for the sake of popular culture.
You can still find the occasional envelope up for sale here and there but the full set of all 10 is extremely rare.
If you are Kelly fan or if you are dedicated collector of philatelic items this set is an absolute must have.
It is the only full set we have ever encountered.
On offer here is 10 mint condition envelopes.
Most have a limited edition numbering and the ones with the red ink stamps were taken to the site at the Old Melbourne Gaol where Ned Kelly was executed.
Edward “Ned” Kelly (June 1854/June 1855 – 11 November 1880) was an iconic Irish-Australian bushranger, and, to some, a folk hero for his defiance of the colonial authorities. Kelly was born in Victoria to an Irish convict father, and as a young man he clashed with the Victoria Police. Following an incident at his home in 1878, police parties searched for him in the bush. After he killed three policemen, the colony proclaimed Kelly and his gang wanted outlaws. A final violent confrontation with police took place at Glenrowan. Kelly, dressed in home-made plate metal armour and helmet, was captured and sent to jail. He was hanged for murder at Old Melbourne Gaol in 1880. His daring and notoriety made him an iconic figure in Australian history, folk lore, literature, art and film.Kelly’s great-grandson became an Australian Rules footballer, Ian “Bluey” Shelton and played 91 first-grade games for Essendon from 1959 to 1965 — Bluey was “as game as Ned Kelly”, and played his last season with Essendon with only one eye, following a tractor accident on his farm at Avanel.
*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.