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Ned Kelly

What year did Ned Kelly become a bushranger?


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October 14, 2011 8:32AM

Ned Kelly, Australia's most famous bushranger, was quite young when he turned to crime. He was twelve when his father died, and so he was subsequently required to leave school to take on the new position as head of the family. Shortly after this, the Kellys moved to Glenrowan. As a teenager, Ned became involved in petty crimes, regularly targetting the wealthy landowners.

Kelly was apprenticed to notorious Victorian bushranger Harry Power at age 15, which was in either 1869 or 1870. Power took him on and taught him the finer points of bushranging.