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.


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The Ned Kelly Connection


Jerilderie Cemetery


Locating Samuel Gill's Residence & Office


Ned Kelly Raid on Jerilderie


Origins of the Cell Door


The Route Ned Kelly Took to Jerilderie