The Kelly Gang’s armour, made of plough mouldboards, closely followed the style of ancient Chinese armour — as worn by Beechworth’s Chinese in the town’s Prince of Wales Birthday processions of 1873 – 74. Ned’s suit (pictured) was made by Tom Lloyd and the Gang on a bush forge near Greta and beaten to shape over a green log. The other three suits were made at different places by different men, their identities kept secret.

The Kelly Gang’s armour, made of plough mouldboards, closely followed the style of ancient Chinese armour — as worn by Beechworth’s Chinese in the town’s Prince of Wales Birthday processions of 1873 – 74. Ned’s suit (pictured) was made by Tom Lloyd and the Gang on a bush forge near Greta and beaten to shape over a green log. The other three suits were made at different places by different men, their identities kept secret.

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