John (Red) Kelly

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I was Ned Kelly's father


'father Thomas Kelly of Clonbrogan? Ireland mother MaryCody brothers and sisters me, Edward (b1822),Thomas (b1825), Mary (b1828), Ann (b1831),James (Jim) (b1835), Daniel ' (b1839) wife Ellen Quinn children Mary Jane, Annie, Margaret, Edward (Ned), Daniel (Dan), Kate, Grace.

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Early years I was born in 1820 in Ireland near Tipperary in the poverty of a 3/8 acre farm.

Sentenced on 1 January 1841, probably for stealing to stay alive and finally transported on a ship called the Prince Regent and sent to Van Dieman's Land (now Tasmania).

Arrived in Hobart Town in January 1842.

I worked in a number of positions in convict camps at Browns River, Morven, Perth, near Launceston. I was granted a ticket of leave in 1845 and his certificate of freedom in 1848.

I was 5 feet 8 inches tall and had reddish hair, reddish whiskers

See also [[[The Complete Inner History of the KellyGang and their Pursuers (2)|JJK]])(CMC) See a version of my history (Herald4/7/1880)

Photograph Coming to Victoria and getting married I met James Quinn, Ellen's father while he was fencing at Donnybrook.

Ellen and I married in Melbourne in November 1850. Soon after they were living at Wallan.

In about 1853 I went gold mining near Kilmore and later at Bendigo. I came home to their home on Merri Creek for Christmas 1853.

I then went into business with the Quinns doing some horse stealing.

In 1857 my brothers and sisters Edward, Mary, Ann, James (Jim) and Daniel

After a time life at Wallan did not suite me and we moved to Avenel. While we were there I fell foul of someone. As a result in May 1865 I was charged with unlawful possession of a hide and sentenced to 6 months. (RCApp10)

Death Perhaps I had drunk too much. Perhaps. I died in 1865 (BWC) I was buried in Avenel Cemetery What happened to Red Kelly's family Of my brothers and sisters

Edward came to Australia but we dont know much about him

Thomas stayed in Ireland ?

Mary came to Australia but we dont know much about her

Ann married Jack Ryan

James (Jim) burnt down the Greta pub and nearly killed my wife Ellen

Daniel ' came to Australia but we dont know much about him