Ellen Kelly’s release from prison in February 1881 is commemorated by this photo taken at the Kelly homestead. Scarcely more than two months later, Constable Robert Graham visited here with Father Thomas Egan of Wangaratta and gained Mrs Kelly’s help in defusing the ongoing Kelly rebellion.
Kate Kelly (aka Catherine Ada Kelly) (12 July 1863 - October 1898) was the sister of famous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. It is believed she drowned in Lake Forbes, a small pond situated in the middle of Forbes, while saving an Aboriginal child that was in trouble during a flood of the lake. She was buried in Forbes Cemetery, aged 36.
The last photos of Ned Kelly were taken by the official Melbourne Gaol photographer, Charles Nettleton on November 10, 1880, the day before Ned’s execution. In this full-length study, Ned holds the cord attached to his leg irons to disguise the withering of his wounded left arm and rests a fist on his hip to mask a crippled hand.
Ellen Kelly, photographed in 1911 at age seventy-nine, with two of her grand-daughters, Lil and Alice Knight, daughters of Ellen junior. This amazing woman would live a further fourteen years and witness the birth of the motor car in Australia as well as listen to the horror stories from grandsons who survived the front lines of World War One.