Ned Kelly - The Kelly Collection

Public Record Office Victoria1870-07-28

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

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

The only surviving recorded document bearing Ned Kellys handwriting, this letter to Sergeant James Babington of the Kyneton police was written just a few weeks after his release from Kynetons police station. The letters final four lines every one looks on me like A black snake send me an answer me as soon as posable indicate Neds feeling of isolation upon his return to Greta the locals perceived him as the betrayer of the legendary bushranger Harry Power. Although the letter is littered with grammatical errors, it is an indication that despite Neds limited education, he knew how to both read and write.

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  • Title: Ned Kelly - The Kelly Collection
  • Creator: Public Record Office Victoria
  • Date Created: 1870-07-28
  • Provenance: VPRS 937 P0 Unit 272 File D7256
  • Transcript: James Babington 28th July. I write these lines hoping to find you and Mister Nickelson in good health as I am myself at present I have arrived safe and I would like you would see what you and and Mstr. Nickelson could do for me I have done all circomstances would alow me which you now try what you con do answer this letter as soon as posabel direct your letter to Daniel Kelly gretta post office That is my name no more at presant