Edward Kelly's Prison Records Edward Kelly's Prison Records

Public Record Office Victoria

Public Record Office Victoria (State Archives of Victoria, Australia)

Public Record Office Victoria (State Archives of Victoria, Australia)
North Melbourne, Australia

Victorian prisons were quick to use the still-new technology of photography to create records of those who passed through their doors. The prison record featured here carries copies of two photographs of Ned Kelly, both probably taken by Charles Nettleton who worked on contract to Pentridge prison until the early 1880s. The first was taken in June 1873, five months after Kellys transfer to Pentridge from Beechworth prison, and half-way through his sentence for receiving a stolen horse. The second photograph was taken a week before Kellys release on 2 February 1874. Documents like this were created by prisons to be forwarded to the police at the time of the prisoners release. The police referred to these pages for the persons criminal history. This particular record was forwarded to the Penal and Gaols Branch of the Chief Secretarys Department on 11 March 1874.


  • Title: Edward Kelly's Prison Records Edward Kelly's Prison Records
  • Creator: Public Record Office Victoria, Public Record Office Victoria
  • Date Created: 1873
  • Provenance: VPRS 4966 P0 Unit 1 Item 1, VPRS 4966 P0 Unit 1 Item 1
  • Transcript:
    No.10926 [193] Name, Edward Kelly [74/1648] Native Place, Victoria Year of Birth, 1856 Arrived in Colony Ship Year Bond or free From where, - Religion, R. Catholic On Conviction On Discharge Education read or write Both Both Height 5.10 Weight 11.4 Build Med Complexion Sallow Color of Hair D brown Color of Eyes Hazel Trade or Calling Laborer Particular Marks, Scar top of head, 2 scars crown of do, scar front of head, eyebrows meeting, 2 natural marks between shoulder blades, 2 freckles lower left arm scar back of left thumb, scar back of right hand, scar left thumb When and where convicted, 2nd August 1871 Genl. Sessions Beechworth Offence, Receiving a stolen horse Sentence, 3 years H. L. Remarks, Freedom by remission February 2nd 1874 (above photo left: No. 925 Date, 24 1 74) (above photos right: No. 466 Date, 20 6 73) Criminal History and Remarks- 3 mos. for assault 3 mos. for obscene language 12 mos. for assault in default of bail/bail found/ these convictions on same date at Wangaratta Police Ct. [To be returned to Detectives Office Melbourne] Robt Gardiner Superintendant 14.3.73
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