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.
armor
Noun

protective covering.

authority
Noun

person or organization responsible for making decisions.

bushranger
Noun

18th- and 19th-century bandit who took refuge in the Australian Outback (bush).

cattle
Noun

cows and oxen.

controversial
Noun

questionable or leading to argument.

crime
Noun

unlawful activity.

elude
Verb

to escape or avoid detection.

equip
Verb

to prepare or provide the right equipment.

execute
Verb

to put to death by order of the law or in a well-planned manner.

hail
Noun

forceful shower of something.

hostage
Noun

person held as security until certain terms and conditions (such as payment of a ransom) are met.

icon
Noun

an image or person used to represent something.

murder
Verb

to kill a person.

notorious
Adjective

well-known for negative reasons.

Outback
Noun

remote, sparsely populated interior region of Australia.

police
Noun

local, state, or national government organization for law enforcement.

rebellion
Noun

organized resistance to an authority.

refuge
Noun

shelter or protection from danger.

remarkable
Adjective

unusual and dramatic.

reputation
Noun

estimation or value in which a person or thing is held.

robbery
Noun

illegal taking of another person's or organization's property.

surrender
Verb

to give up.