The Jerilderie Letter event commemorates the 1879 raid on Jerilderie by Ned Kelly, Dan Kelly, Steven Hart and Joe Byrne.
The raid took place between Saturday February 8th, 1879 and Monday February 10, 1879.
During the raid, the gang robbed the Bank of New South Wales of 2,140 pounds, held more than 30 local residents hostage and locked the police in their own cell.
While the thirty hostages were detained in the Royal Mail Hotel, Ned Kelly addressed them, saying police persecution had led to the deaths of the three policemen at Stringybark Creek and the subsequent activities of the Gang.
Ned Kelly tried to locate the editor of the Jerilderie Newspaper, Mr Sam Gill, saying he wanted him to publish his account of the events of the past eleven years.
Ned tried to hand the now famous 'Jerilderie Letter' to Mrs Gill who refused to take it, upon which bank teller Mr. Edward Living offered to take custody of the letter until Mr. Gill's return when it could then be published.
Mr. Living did not give the manuscript to Mr. Gill but kept it himself; and it did not resurface until more than 100 years after the event.
The Jerilderie Letter is one of only two original documents by Ned Kelly known to have survived.
Both held at the State Library of Victoria, the most significant of these is the Jerilderie Letter, dictated by Ned Kelly to Joe Byrne in February 1879.
The original four pages of the Letter are on display with Ned's armour, together with photos and other items related to the Kelly story.
* yes, we know Jerilderie is in New South Wales.
❊ Web Links ❊
→ Jerilderie Letter
→ Transcript - Jerilderie Letter (TXT)
→ Jerilderie Letter (original) @ State Library of Victoria
❊ Also See... ❊
→ Ned Kelly | Bushranger
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