The Jerilderie Letter
The Kelly Gang captured the southern New South Wales town of Jerilderie in February 1879, and robbed the local bank of 2,000 pounds. Here, Ned gave his Jerilderie Letter to the bank's accountant for publication as well as printing in the Jerilderie Gazette. It outlined Kelly's defence of the Gang's actions at Stringybark Creek, but was not published until after Kelly's death. A transcript of the handwritten letter (PDF - 306.37KB) (the original is held in the State Library of Victoria) is available from the link below.
A transcript of the handwritten Jerilderie Letter Transcript of Letter
The National Museum of Australia also has an interactive version of the letter on their website. Click here to view the Jerilderie Letter online.
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.