Mrs Kelly: The Astonishing Life of Ned Kelly's Mother
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 510 pages
Author: G. Kieza
Other: b&w & colour photos, map, bibliog
Publisher: ABC Books
Ellen Kelly. Wife of a convict. Mother to outlaws. Witness to history.
While we know much about the iconic outlaw Ned Kelly, his mother Ellen Kelly has been largely overlooked ... until now.
When Ned Kelly's mother, Ellen, arrived in Melbourne in 1841 aged nine, British convict ships were still dumping their unhappy cargo in what was then known as the colony of New South Wales. By the time she died aged 91 in 1923, having outlived seven of her twelve children, motor cars plied the highway near her bush home north of Melbourne, and Australia was a modern, sovereign nation.
Like so many pioneering women, Ellen, the wife of a convict, led a life of great hardship. Born in Ireland during a time of entrenched poverty and sectarian violence, she was a mother of seven when her husband died after months in a police lock-up. She lived through famine and drought, watched her babies die, listened through the prison wall while her eldest son was hanged and saw the charred remains of another of her children who'd died in a shoot-out with police. One son became Australia's most infamous (and ultimately most celebrated) outlaw; another became a highly decorated policeman, an honorary member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a worldwide star on the rodeo circuit. Through it all, 'the notorious Mrs Kelly', as she was dubbed by Victoria's Assistant Police Commissioner, survived as best she could, like so many pioneering women of the time.
'Mrs Kelly' is the astonishing story of one of Australia's most notorious women and her wild family, but it's also the story of the making of Australia, from struggling colony and backwater to modern nation.
Prologue: March 1923, Eleven Mile Creek, Glenrowan, Victoria
1. 1832, The Giant's Causway, County Antrim, Ireland
2. 18 November 1850, St Francis' Catholic Church, Melbourne
3. December 1854, Beveridge, Victoria
4. December 1865, Avanel, Victoria
5. Winter 1868, Wangaratta, Victoria
6. August 1869, Eleven Mile Creek, near Greta, Victoria
7. 26 August 1870, Greta, Victoria
8. November 1872, Beeckworth Gaol
9. 19 February 1874, Barkly Street, Benalla, North-Eastern Victoria
10. 31 May 1877, Kiandra, New South Wales
11. 15 March 1878, Chiltern, Victoria
12. 16 April 1878, Benalla Police Station
13. Mid-October 1878, Beechworth Gaol
14. 26 October 1878, Stringybark Creek, Near Mansfield, Victoria
15. 31 October1878, Police Hospital, Richmond, Melbourne
16. 15 Novermber 1878, Mansfield, Victoria
17. Christmas 1878, Greta, Victoria
18. 7 February 1879, The Murray River
19. 18 February 1879, Jerilderie
20. 25 June 1880, Women's Section, Melbourne Gaol
21. 28 June 1880, Glenrowan, Victoria
22. 29 June 1880, Melbourne Gaol Hospital
23. 12 August 1880, The Railway Line Between Wangaratta and Melbourne
24. 11 November 1880, The Dead House, Melbourne, Gaol Hospital
25. June 1911, Glenrowan West
26. Dawn, 5 April 1917, Lagnicourt, Northern France
Epilogue: 19 October 2016, Kelly Street, Beveridge, Victoria