On June 28, 1880, police captured notorious Australian bushranger Ned Kelly. A “bushranger” was an outlaw who used the Australian Outback as a place of refuge from legal authority. Ned Kelly and the “Kelly Gang” were bushrangers wanted for murder, bank robbery, and cattle and horse theft.After years of eluding police, the Kelly Gang was finally cornered at a hotel in the small town of Glenrowan, Victoria. Instead of surrendering, the Kelly Gang came out with guns blazing, causing injuries and death for hostages, police, and members of the gang itself.Perhaps most famously, Ned Kelly equipped himself with a remarkable suit of homemade armor. The armor was iron, and weighed 41 kilograms (90 pounds). It included a helmet, breastplate, backplate, and shoulder guards. The heavy armor protected Kelly from a hail of bullets, although he was injured in his unprotected legs and arms.Ned Kelly’s reputation has outlived the man himself, who was executed for his crimes just four months after being captured. Kelly has become an icon—a popular, if controversial symbol of rebellion in Australia. He has been the subject of dozens of books, films, songs, and paintings. Even the police station in Jerilderie, a town robbed by Kelly, is modeled on the design of his armored helmet.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry armor Noun
person or organization responsible for making decisions.
18th- and 19th-century bandit who took refuge in the Australian Outback (bush).
cows and oxen.
questionable or leading to argument.
to escape or avoid detection.
to prepare or provide the right equipment.
to put to death by order of the law or in a well-planned manner.
forceful shower of something.
person held as security until certain terms and conditions (such as payment of a ransom) are met.
an image or person used to represent something.
to kill a person.
well-known for negative reasons.
remote, sparsely populated interior region of Australia.
local, state, or national government organization for law enforcement.
organized resistance to an authority.
shelter or protection from danger.
unusual and dramatic.
estimation or value in which a person or thing is held.
illegal taking of another person's or organization's property.
to give up.