When Ned Kelly, Australia’s most infamous outlaw, went to the gallows at the ripe old age of 25, he had already spent 10 years leading a life of crime and notoriety. Local newspapers reported obsessively on the events of his capture and trial, and recounted his final words: “Such is life.”
The makeshift armour worn by Ned Kelly, fashioned from repurposed metal plow blades, is now part of the collection at the State Library of Victoria, along with his death mask and an 800-word manifesto that helped seal his fate as an unlikely folk hero.
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