This pin collector pin features the legendary bush ranger and outlaw Ned Kelly with his carbine raised and set to fight.
Kelly is probably the greatest of all Australian folklore characters.
This a really solid pin with twin pin clasps on the back to ensure that it stays put on your jacket.
A great piece of bikers kit and a strong personal statement.
A highly collectible item for all Ned Kelly followers.
Pin measures 45mm x 20mm – Silver coated pewter.
Edward “Ned” Kelly (June 1854/June 1855 – 11 November 1880) was an Irish-Australianbushranger, considered by some merely a cold-blooded killer, while by others a folk hero and symbol of Irish-Australian resistance against oppression by the British ruling class, 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 on 28 June 1880. 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 November 1880. His daring and notoriety made him an iconic figure in Australian history, folklore, literature, art and film. In the time since his execution, Ned Kelly has been mythologised among some into a Robin Hood, a political revolutionary and a figure of Irish Catholic and working-class resistance to the establishment and British colonial ties. It is claimed that Kelly’s bank robberies were to fund the push for a “Republic of the North-East of Victoria”, and that the police found a declaration of the republic in his pocket when he was captured, which has led to his being seen as an icon by some in the Australian republicanism cause. Films included the first feature film, The Story of the Kelly Gang (Australia, 1906), another with Mick Jagger in the title role (1970), and more recently Ned Kelly (2003) starring Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush. A TV mini series of six episodes The Last Outlaw (1980) highlighted the plight of the selector and the social conflicts and battles between selector and squatters. During the 1960s, Ned Kelly graduated from folk lore into the academic arena. His story and the social issues around land selection, squatters, national identity, policing and his court case are studied at universities, seminars and lectures. External links:Kelly, Ned (1855-1880) National Library of Australia, Trove, People and Organisation record for Ned KellyImages and transcript of the Jerilderie Letter at the State Library of VictoriaThe Kelly collection, including John Hanlon’s transcript of the Jerilderie letter at the National Museum of AustraliaNed Kelly: Australian Ironoutlaw (the first site on Ned Kelly, established 1995)History of The Kelly’s and other Australian CrooksNed Kelly, Australia’s Iron IconNed on the net – Resource for information on Ned KellyTwo Huts at Stringybark CreekThe Siege at Glenrowan 1880.
*All biographical details taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.