Neducation is not Education

In the Border Mail a week or so back there was an article entitled “Ned and Ettie, a love story” and it featured a smiling photo of the goateed Mr Trent Cupid posing alongside a soft fabric doll with a Kelly style face mask, and in the background dozens of cheap models of Ned Kelly […]

The Making of Ned Kelly

Keith McMenomy, is the author of “Ned Kelly: the Authentic Illustrated History” a large and fascinating book described on the pro-kelly website “Ironoutlaw “ as:  “…. solid gold. It presents the facts without taking sides and has one of the most comprehensive collections of illustrations of any Kelly book. Together with its exhaustive index, bibliography […]

Kelly Propaganda Part Two

A Crusader – and what interesting headgear ! Lets look at the first sentence of the Blurb, Bradley Webbs clever piece of Kelly Propaganda : Washed deep with the convict stain Ned Kelly’s destiny was cast in a defiant mold, the story of his short life was one that saw Ned, his brother Dan and […]

The Kelly Gang Unmasked

The Kelly Gang Unmasked is the title of a book by Ian MacFarlane, published in Australia in 2012. It is a brilliant book because even though it is not a big book, it touches on just about every aspect of the Kelly story and is backed up by tons of research and cross references that […]

On Hating the Truth

There is a Facebook Page devoted to “unmasking” Ian MacFarlanes book. Its run by a fellow who for a long time attacked the book on various forums on the internet before he had even read it. No reasonable person would regard such a position as anything less than absurd – to attack a book you […]

Like Father, Like Son?

In so many ways the Kelly story is a tragedy from start to finish. Neds father “Red” ( John Kelly) was transported to Australia in 1841 for stealing two pigs, valued at six pounds. The way this fact is usually presented, such as by Peter Fitzsimons in his recent book, and on Pro Kelly websites […]