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Ned Kelly arrested in Glenrowan

Ned Kelly arrested in Glenrowan

On this day, 28th of June 1880, the notorious bushranger Ned Kelly was captured at Glenrowan, Victoria following a failed ambush of a police train. A subsequent siege and shootout with police at a local hotel resulted in a number of deaths on both sides including civilian hostages. This also marked an appearance of his well known home-made armour and a notable instance where Aboriginal Trackers were engaged to assist authorities.

This photograph is a copy of one taken by prison authorities at the end of the bushranger’s second jail sentence in 1874 when he was 19 year old. Charles Nettleton was the police photographer when this photograph was taken. Following a trial, Ned Kelly was hung for murder at Melbourne Gaol on November 11 of the same year.

The State Library of New South Wales holds a large collection of original manuscripts and pictures relating to Ned Kelly and other bushrangers.