The History of Leith

August 17, 2007

Ned Kelly

Two men were chased in commercial St, Leith in the late 19th century by the police on the suspicion that they had been breaking into houses around the port. One of them produced a gun and shot a policeman before they both fled. When they were eventually caught the man with the gun shot himself. The other said he wished that he had been killed too.He said that he’d rather die than go back to where he had come from. The story goes that these 2 men were part of the Kelly Gang and had stowed away on a ship from Australia and had made their way to Scotland.


Edward “Ned” Kelly (c. January 1855 – 11 November 1880) is Australia’s most famous bushranger, and, to many, a folk hero for his defiance of the colonial authorities. Born near Melbourne to an Irish convict father, as a young man he clashed with the police. Following an incident at his home, police parties went in search of him. After killing three policemen, he and his gang were proclaimed outlaws. A final violent confrontation with police at Glenrowan, with Kelly dressed in home-made plate metal armour and helmet, led to his capture and trial. He was executed by hanging at Melbourne Gaol in 1880. His daring and notoriety made him an iconic figure in Australian history, folk lore, literature, art and film. for more click here

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