Edward "Ned" Kelly was born in Beveridge, Victoria, Australia in either 1854 or1855, the first son of John "Red" Kelly and Ellen Quinn. His father was a convict transported to Tasmania from County Tipperary in Ireland, in 1841 for stealing two pigs.
Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang are considered, by many, to be folk heroes and a unique part of Australian history with many books and movies telling their story. This may be due to the fact that it was felt that the Kelly family, and the Irish in general, were persecuted by the law at the time and Neds' strong defiance of the authorities. Ned Kelly is also not considered to be a typical bushranger as he did not hold up coaches or kill people when robbing banks.
More information is available at Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online Edition, published by Australian National University
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