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The Life & Death of Ned Kelly

The Life & Death of Ned Kelly

Outlaw, cattle rustler, bank robber, gunman, Ned Kelly’s story epitomises the struggle by first and second generation Irish Catholics to establish themselves in British-run Australia. It's a story that begins in the Golden Vale of South Tipperary when Ned's father...
Michael Dwyer (1772-1825) – The Outlaw of the Wicklow Mountains

Michael Dwyer (1772-1825) – The Outlaw of the Wicklow Mountains

Much of the post 1798 folklore in the Wicklow Mountains concerns the rebel leader Michael Dwyer who held out until 1803. Born in Camara, Co. Wicklow, in 1772, he was raised near Eadestown in the Glen of Imail and served under General Joseph Holt during the 1798...

The Tale of Ned Kelly

THE TALE OF NED KELLY By Turtle Bunbury image title Above: The Outlaw Ned Kelly. If you’re a member of the Kelly Clan, click here. As he reined up outside the Glenrowan Inn that fateful dawn, Ned Kelly’s mind was diverted. A bolt had slipped from the knee-length...

Michael Hayes (1767-1825)

Michael Hayes (1767-1825) By Turtle Bunbury (2004) Michael Hayes (1767-1825) grew up in Wexford Town on the south east coast of Ireland but was later transported to Australia. We are extremely fortunate to have fourteen letters, written by Michael in Sydney between...

Samuel Clayton (1777-1853)

SAMUEL CLAYTON (1777-1853) THE MASTER FORGER WHO FOUNDED FREEMASONRY IN AUSTRALIA Commission Court, Dublin, 1815. Samuel Clayton did not look much like a criminal. Standing just shy of 5 foot 5, the brown-haired engraver beheld the court with hazel eyes that peered...