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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Whats Ned Kelly's character like?

need help on describing what Ned Kelly's character was like. I no its difficult but a little or a lot of help would be very much appreciated.


3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favourite answer

    Ned Kelly

    Like most outlaws Ned Kelly died young, being only 25 when he was executed. He was expert with a “running-iron” on stolen, unbranded stock, and was a deadly accurate shot with revolver or rifle. Surprisingly articulate for a self educated man, he was clannish, loyal to his friends and supporters, and had a sardonic sense of humour. He became an outlaw, hunted for almost two years before he was shot down and hanged. To the last, his mocking courage never deserted him and to be “as game as Ned Kelly”; came to symbolise, in Australian folk-language, heroism of a reckless, audacious kind.

    Ned’s family meant everything to him and he was the man of the family at the age of twelve. He was fiercely loyal his friends and supporters, to the extent that he would risk his own skin to ensure the well-being of an ally.

    Ned attended school at Avenel. It was during his school years that Ned risked his life to save a drowning boy, Richard Shelton, who was swept off the banks of the Hughes Creek and into the raging waters.

    Shelton’s parents rewarded Ned’s bravery by presenting him with a green silk sash. In 1880 Ned was to wear it as a cummerbund under his armour during his last stand at Glenrowan. At the age of 12, however, young Ned had to leave school due to the sudden death of his father. The loss of the family breadwinner was a severe blow to the family, but Mrs Kelly was a determined woman. She moved her family to a slab hut on Eleven Mile Creek, not far from Benalla and halfway between Greta and Glenrowan, an area which was later to become known as Kelly Country.

  • 5 years ago

    I don't think you'll find a connection between the popular Aussie song "Waltzing Matilda" and the legendary Ned Kelly. Check "Ned Kelly" in Wikipedia and you will find a lot of info about Ned.

  • 1 decade ago

    Ned Kelly's character - implacable and strong, carefully deliberate, yet impulsive, defiant and fearless.

    He wore his armour walking into a battle that he knew he could not win, and in doing so inspired the tributary phrase 'as game as Ned Kelly'.

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