Kelly play in Canberra explores final encounter between Ned and his brother Dan

By Ron Cerabona
Updated April 23 2018 - 11:30pm, first published June 19 2015 - 11:45pm

What comes to mind when you hear the name Ned Kelly? Was he a hero, a symbol of the oppressed who was loyal to his family and friends, who took a stand against corrupt authority and died game? Or was he a thug, a thief and a murderer who got what was coming to him? Whether you subscribe to either of these viewpoints, or something in between, there is no doubt the bushranger is a near-mythical figure in Australian history and culture, the subject of innumerable books, articles, films, paintings and other works.

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