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Mrs Kelly: The astonishing life of Ned Kelly's mother

Grantlee Kieza



Biography: historical, political & military;
True stories of heroism, endurance & survival;
Australasian & Pacific history;
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900


624 pages

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While we know much about the iconic outlaw Ned Kelly, his mother Ellen Kelly has been largely overlooked by Australian writers and historians - until now, with this vivid and compelling portrait by Grantlee Kieza, one of Australia's most popular biographers.

When Ned Kelly's mother, Ellen, arrived in Melbourne in 1841 aged nine, British convict ships were still dumping their unhappy cargo in what was then known as the colony of New South Wales. By the time she died aged ninety-one in 1923, having outlived seven of her twelve children, motor cars plied the highway near her bush home north of Melbourne, and Australia was a modern, sovereign nation.

Like so many pioneering women, Ellen, the wife of a convict, led a life of great hardship. Born in Ireland during a time of entrenched poverty and sectarian violence, she was a mother of seven when her husband died after months in a police lock-up. She lived through famine and drought, watched her babies die, listened through the prison wall while her eldest son was hanged and saw the charred remains of another of her children who'd died in a shoot-out with police.

One son became Australia's most infamous (and ultimately most celebrated) outlaw; another became a highly decorated policeman, an honorary member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a worldwide star on the rodeo circuit. Through it all, 'the notorious Mrs Kelly', as she was dubbed by Victoria's Assistant Police Commissioner, survived as best she could, like so many pioneering women of the time.

By bestselling biographer Grantlee Kieza, Mrs Kelly is the astonishing story of one of Australia's most notorious women and her wild family, but it's also the story of the making of Australia, from struggling colonial backwater to modern nation.

Mrs Kelly: The Astonishing Life of Ned Kelly's Mother by Grantlee Kieza at 131 York Street Sydney
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By:   Grantlee Kieza
Imprint:   ABC
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 242mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 50mm
Weight:   994g
ISBN:   9780733331572
ISBN 10:   0733331572
Pages:   624
Publication Date:   March 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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