Origins of the Cell Door
The door to the cell in which Ned Kelly and his gang incarcerated Senior Constable Devine and Constable Richards when they raided Jerilderie on 8, 9 & 10 February 1879 was purchased from Mr Valentine (Val) Thomas Chapman, in September 1988.
This article below explains how and why the cell door came to be in Val Chapman's possession. In doing so it is necessary to refer to Val's parents, when they came to Jerilderie, where they initially lived, what his father's occupation was, and where he was employed.
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Jerilderie was the only town in NSW visited in 1879 by Ned Kelly and his gang, comprised of Ned, his brother Dan, Steven Hart, and Joe Byrne. This page contains information about the Ned Kelly Raid Trail throughout Jerilderie and the Ned Kelly Touring Route through the historical sites of Melbourne, North East Victoria and Southern New South Wales.