On this day: the demolition of the Old Melbourne Gaol

Australia’s Old Melbourne Gaol photographed while being taken apart on the 19th of April, 1937.

The gaol is most famous for being the place of the execution of bushranger (highwayman) Ned Kelly in 1880.

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On this day: Ned Kelly’s execution

Ned Kelly the day before his execution 10th November 1880

Ned Kelly photographed – at his request – the day before his execution.

Notorious Australian bushranger (outlaw), Ned Kelly, was executed at Melbourne Gaol on the 11th of November, 1880. He was twenty-five at the time.

A divisive figure, some saw him as a type of Irish-Australian Robin Hood, while others condemned him for his actions.

Ned Kelly, aged fifteen, photographed in 1871 at Kyneton, Victoria.

Police mug shot of Kelly at fifteen.

While Kelly was convicted of or suspected of committing many crimes over his life, the one that finally led to his hanging was the wilful murder of Constable Lonigan at the infamous shootout at Glenrowan in late of June the same year.

Shows the burnt remains of the Jones's Hotel, the scene of the final confrontation between Ned Kelly and the Victorian Police. A sign still stands The Glenrowan Inn, Ann Jones, best accommodation. 1880.

The burnt remains of the hotel in Glenrowan, shortly after the Kelly Gang’s last stand.

All the other members of the Kelly Gang were killed during the shootout.

Nine people were killed during the Kelly Outbreak, and seven injured, including Kelly himself.

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Melbourne Gaol in 1861. Source.

Kelly’s last words were allegedly, and famously: Such is life.