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Jim Kelly was a younger brother to Ned Kelly
father Red Kelly mother Ellen Quinn brothers and sisters Mary Jane, Anne 11/53, Edward (Ned) 12/54, Margaret (Maggie) 57, James 59, Daniel (Dan) 61, Catherine (Kate) 63, Grace 8/65, half sisters Ellen 70? and Alice
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Early years I was the second son and born on 31/7/1859 at Beveridge...
I was arrested with my brother Dan by Const Fllood. We got off on account of our youth and own intimacy with the owner of the horses (a Wangaratta based Hawker, Max Kraft)-one of us was 'a servant' of the person who owned the horses. (RC12585)
I was done with Thomas Williams and for cattle stealing. (Ensign4/3/1873)
We got mercy on the first charge and 5 years on the second. I was only 14. Patrick Murphy pleaded guilty. (Ensign22/4/1873)
Early in 1877 I returned home after spending my time in goal.. While in goal I learnt shoemaking and soon after I returned home I left for New South Wales.. I worked in Wagga and Hay for periods.
Within about 3 months of gaining my freedom the police got their hands on me again and in June 1877 I got 3 years for horsestealing. I was in Wagga gaol when Ned and Dan were riding as the KellyGang.
I had a troopers uniform from Jerilderie. I burnt it (BWC)
I was released from Gaol in NewSouth Wales in late 1880 (RC2968)
I have got a good trade.
I can earn £3 a week by making boots, and I am too fond of going to theatres, and taking girls in the gardens at night.
But should I ever be interfered with by the police I will not do as Ned has done; I will shoot every man, and have satisfaction. (RC12181)
I visited my brother Ned Kelly the day before they killed him (Age11/11/80)
The police intervened (13/11/80)
We moved the show to Sydney. They acted the same way. (SMH26/11/80)
I wrote to the paper (Argus24/11/1905)
I died on 18/10/1946 at Greta.
A testimonial to Jim Kelly ." My father met Jim on various occassions during the 1939's whilst living in Benalla. Dad always reiterated that Jim came across as a perfect well mannered gentlemen in those years. Dad (91) only retold me of his meeting Jim as recent as last week. Dad holds this as one of the most interesting characters in his life."