Ned Kelly's Last Days: Setting the Record Straight on the Death of an Outlaw

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SOURCES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY

JC: In November 2003 the manuscript for ‘Ned Kelly’s Last Days’ was almost finished. The introduction was in draft form and a comprehensive list of notes and sources was next on the list of things to do.

Quality and thoroughness of research meant a great deal to Alex and properly accounting for the material was almost more important than the material itself (have a look at his 1994 publication Annotated Bibliography on Australian Law 1788–1900 and you’ll see what I mean!). He always endeavoured to use the original primary sources even though it was invariably more difficult to locate and access them.

I know he would have gone to great pains to make this part of the book as detailed and complete as possible, so it’s with great regret that I’ve been unable to even approach the kind of list that Alex would have presented. The jumbled pile of manila folders stuffed full of photocopies (often unlabelled); the random scribbles, names and numbers in dozens of notepads; and my own dim memory of his mentioning places he’d been and people he’d spoken to is all I have to go on. Alex kept so much information in his head, and when he died the information went with him.

What follows is the basic list of resources that I am aware figured largely in his research. I would welcome any corrections, additions or suggestions so they can be included in future reprints.


PRIMARY SOURCES

Burke Museum, Beechworth (mainly Beechworth Court of Petty Sessions case book).

Interview with Mrs Irma Hookey, grand-daughter of Constable Thomas McIntyre.

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Table of contents

  • About the Authors i
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents viii
  • Foreword xi
  • Killing Ned xiii
  • 1 - Call to Arms 1
  • 2 - Powers That Be 11
  • 3 - An Uneasy Alliance 19
  • 4 - Wild Animals 25
  • 5 - Stringybark 32
  • 6 - A Long Shadow 39
  • 7 - Benalla Interlude 49
  • 8 - Grisly Diversion 57
  • 9 - Buried Evidence 65
  • 10 - Matters of Faith 71
  • 11 - Words as Weapons 80
  • 12 - Outlaw No More 89
  • 13 - Prosecution Case 96
  • 14 - Family Loyalties 106
  • 15 - Homecoming 114
  • 16 - His Own Worst Enemy 121
  • 17 - Kitchen Court 129
  • 18 - Fallen 135
  • 19 - One for Ned 141
  • 20 - Tough Assignment 148
  • 21 - Preliminary Hearing 154
  • 22 - Lost Cause? 161
  • 23 - Sabbath Confession 167
  • 24 - Fear No Foe 171
  • 25 - Judge … 177
  • 26 - … and Jury 185
  • 27 - Wages of Sin 195
  • 28 - The Final Battle 201
  • 29 - No Earthly Mercy 207
  • 30 - Last Rites 215
  • Afterword 223
  • Epilogue 229
  • Sources and Bibliography 243
  • Acknowledgements 249
  • Illustration Credits 251
  • Index 253
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