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I was walking around the township of Callington in South Australia when I noticed this structure of Ned Kelly. It fascinated me so I just had to take a photo to share with everyone.

Ned Kelly is the most famous of all Australian bushrangers. He was born in the Glenrowan in the state of Victoria in 1855. At the age 15 Ned had his first altercation with the police. Although not convicted, he was first charged with helping bushranger Harry Power, during robberies. Police tried many times to gain evidence on Kelly to get him behind bars until, on the 20th. of June, 1880, Kelly with a gang comprising his brother and others, attacked Glenrowan, cutting the telegraph wires and forcing railway workers to rip up the line. In the ensuing gun battle with police Kelly was shot in the knee and captured. He was hung in Melbourne on November the 11th. for his crimes. Some 4,000 Melbourne people attended the hanging.

The suit of armour which Kelly designed to protect himself in running gun battles with police is now a part of Australian folk lore. It comprised an iron helmet, something like an inverted bucket, with a slit for the eyes to see through.

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